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This is the Golden Era of automotive performance…

Technology is a wondrous thing. You can buy a 700+ hp car that can hall your family and some ass.

9 Responses to “I agree”

  1. Ken in NH Says:

    18.1 seconds to travel 1,320 feet, wheezing through the timing lights at 77mph. Even the Corvettes of the time strained to crack the nine-second 0-60 barrier.

    Bleak days in the early 80s indeed. My 7 seat Durango R/T gets to 60 in just over 6 seconds and turns 14s.

  2. HL Says:

    My new bone stock Mustang GT has 460Hp and gets 24mpg. In 2004 I had a new Cobra that was rated at 390Hp and it was supercharged! The 5.0 Vanilla Ice rolled in was 225Hp. Golden indeed.

  3. JTC Says:

    Good thing the “performance” qualifier was there.

    Can’t argue with that in the literal sense…my F150 crewcab with a frickin’ 6 cyl Ecoboost does 91 in the 1/4, makes more hp and torque than the 5.0 and gets 20+ mpg on the highway. When it was new I took it on a lonely stretch and floored it, acceleration was fast until a few seconds in it felt like I hit a wall. I thought I broke the damn thing by doing that before a breakin until I looked down and saw 100 on the clock; the damn speed limiter kicked in. Don’t know how much beyond that it will do and I don’t actually need to do 100 either, but I soon after fixed that limiter shit with a tuner just on principle.

    Still. Unfair to only compare this gen of efficient driveable technology only to that dark automotive time. Would you really choose that slick Korean sled or even a new Charger with too many doors over your choice of 60’s Detroit iron?

    There’s different kinds of performance.

  4. Stan McQueen Says:

    How about this one:
    You Can Buy a 700-HP 2020 Ford Mustang GT for $40,000
    https://www.caranddriver.com/news/a29462855/2020-ford-mustang-gt-roush-supercharger/

  5. Sigivald Says:

    “Would you really choose that slick Korean sled or even a new Charger with too many doors over your choice of 60ís Detroit iron? ”

    Yes, because I don’t hate myself or want to die in a wreck or live only in nostalgia?

    (I mean, I’d prefer neither of those two specific cars, and probably keep my Volvo wagon.

    But it’s got a 300HP straight six and gets to 60 in a plenty-fast 6.4 seconds.)

  6. JTC Says:

    Yup, like I said there’s all different kinds of Performance, Golden Era’s, strokes and folks.

    I forgot to mention my wife’s Benz. She traded a 2011 C300 Sport with the 3.0 V6 which actually has very fun hp to lb and distribution ratios for a 2015 C300 with a little 2.0 4 cyl twin turbo that with a 97 mph quarter will eat the 3.0 for lunch while having no lag, more speed, faster acceleration and gobs of torque, while turning in 32 mpg on the highway.

    All you have to do is get used to that engine/injection sound like an industrial sewing machine. Crazy though, it’s a rocket. Things change.

  7. Will Says:

    The obvious performance changes are the ability to put HP to the ground, and the huge increase in mpg.

    My stock ’71 Mustang required slicks to turn 11 second quarter miles, and only got 10mpg. Minus the slicks, it would wander down the strip in the mid-14’s @107mph. ‘Course it was spinning both tires to the lights (Detroit locker) on the Holley primaries. Dyno runs on YT show that engine package was probably making a bit over 500hp. Car would be worth about $80k today, but the guy I sold it to wrecked it.

  8. Skip Says:

    @JTC- Our company pickups are limited to 100mph because that is the tire limit.

  9. JTC Says:

    Not on mine any more. When son took the truck for a while he did some things, including 22″ Switchback rims with . V-rated Nexen Roadian 305/45R22’s, very smooth way above 100.