How to Save Money but Still Get that V8 Engine

 

Very often drivers find themselves torn—they want to feel the need for speed with that V8 engine, but they also don’t want to spend a lot of money. Unfortunately, it’s usually a give and take; you can have one, but not both. However, the good folks at Automobile Magazine recently ranked the 10 cheapest cars with a V8 engine, and low and behold, you can many of them at Jim Shorkey! Check out which ones made the list and what the mag had to say about them.

2015 Ram 1500 Tradesman, 5.7-liter V-8, 383 hp/400 lb-ft
You might think the stripped-down, $27,420 Ram Express is the go-to pickup for cheap power, rugged capability, and no nonsense. The heart and soul of that brutally basic pickup is the iconic 5.7-liter Hemi V-8, but there’s actually an even cheaper route to get the Hemi. Opt instead for the Ram 1500 Tradesman and tick the box for the 395-hp Hemi with 407 lb-ft of torque, and you’ll walk out the door paying $690 less than you would for a Ram 1500 Tradesman with a V-6. The secret is that the Hemi can be paired with an old-school six-speed auto; it undercuts the cost of the newfangled eight-speed automatic, which is included as standard on the V-6 to eke out every last MPG. More power, less money. What more do you want?

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2015 Ford F-150 XL, 5.0 V-8, 385 hp/387 lb-ft
The cheapest way to get a V-8 engine in the new, aluminum-bodied 2015 Ford F-150 pickup is in a regular-cab, short-bed XL model with rear-wheel drive. The 5.0-liter V-8 itself costs $1,595 over the base 3.5-liter V-6, meaning that it slots in between the F-150’s two Ecoboost V-6 engine options, price-wise. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard, but not much else—the bare-bones XL does without a CD player, power windows and locks, and cruise control, making for a no-nonsense work truck with old-school V-8 power (385 hp to be specific).

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2015 Ford Mustang GT, 5.0 liter V-8, 435 hp/400 lb-ft
There’s been a lot of buzz about the 2015 Ford Mustang’s new EcoBoost four-cylinder turbo engine, but America’s original pony car still comes with a honkin’ V-8 engine to please traditionalists. The cheapest Mustang V-8 is a base GT, which comes standard with the 435-hp 5.0-liter Coyote engine and a six-speed manual transmission. This 2015 AUTOMOBILE All-Star winner comes decently equipped to start, with features like HID headlights, a backup camera, and Ford Sync as standard, but at this price you’ll miss out on the appealing GT Performance Package ($2,495) that gives the ‘Stang a tighter suspension, better brakes, and upgraded wheels and tires.

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2015 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack, 6.4-liter V-8, 485 hp/475 lb-ft
People tend to lose their minds over the 707-hp Challenger Hellcat, but the real gem of Dodge’s muscle-car lineup is the Challenger R/T Scat Pack. Reviving a 45 year-old package, the R/T Scat Pack brings the monstrous 6.4-liter naturally aspirated V-8 from the $46,990 Challenger SRT 392 into sub-$40k territory. With 485 hp and a swift 4.1-second sprint from 0-60 mph, it combines the affordability of the R/T line and the performance of the SRT line. Take your pick of either the standard Tremec six-speed manual or the optional, $1,400 eight-speed automatic, and leave your opponents in the dust. The R/T Scat Pack would be even cheaper if it weren’t for Uncle Sam, who takes a $1,000 bite out of your wallet for the gas guzzler tax.

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How the Jim Shorkey Car Brands Got Their Names

As most of you know or could guess, The Jim Shorkey Auto Group is named after the man who started it as just a 3-car showroom – Jim Shorkey. Now decades and dealerships later, Jim Shorkey Auto Group is still a family run business and has become one of the most recognized automotive names in Western Pennsylvania.

But how did the car brands we sell get their names? Just like Jim Shorkey, Ford, Chrysler and Dodge we’re named after their founders. While Mitsubishi, Kia, Jeep and Ram have a different story. Check out below as we break down how these iconic brands got their names!

Mitsubishi
It’s not often that a company is named after its own logo, but that’s been the case with Mitsubishi since the 1870s. Mitsu is Japanese for three, and Hishi (pronounced Bishi at the end of a word) means rhombus, or diamond. The logo is a combination of two familial crests: that of the founder, and that of his first employer.

Kia
According to Kia Motors, the name “Kia” derives from the Sino-Korean words ki (“to come out”) and a (which stands for Asia), it is roughly translated as “arise or come up out of Asia” or “rising out of Asia”

Ford
Ford Motor Company’s name pays tribute to the man, the myth, the legend himself – Henry Ford. Henry Ford was an American industrialist, the founder of the Ford Motor Company, and sponsor of the development of the assembly line technique of mass production.

Chrysler
Chrysler falls into the same category as Ford and Dodge in naming their company after themselves. Walter P. Chrysler was an American automotive industry executive and founder of Chrysler Corporation.

Dodge
Dodge owes its name to the two founding brothers – Horace and John Dodge, who were both automobile manufacturing pioneers.

Jeep
Everyone always assumes Jeep comes from the slang version of the army term “general purpose,” or GP. That’s not entirely wrong, but it runs deeper than that. The Willis Overland was more frequently called the “Peep,” since it was a reconnaissance vehicle. As such it was coded GP, which meant it was a government vehicle with a wheelbase of 80 inches.

Ram
Although Dodge had produced trucks since 1917, the 1981 pickups were the first to sport the Ram name. Dodge actually used a Ram’s head hood ornament back in 1933 to characterize its trucks as rugged vehicles. The symbol was dropped in the 1950s and then resurrected for 1981 when Lee Iacocca (then President and CEO at Chrysler Corp.) and Dodge’s marketing team decided to name Dodge’s trucks after the tough beast and brought back the old mascot.

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Stop by any of our dealerships and take these iconic car brands out on a test drive today!

 

History Lesson: The Muscle Car

We know that its spring, which means its almost summer, which means school is almost out! But trust us, this is a history lesson you wont want to miss! And since Jim Shorkey is home to two of the most famous muscle car manufacturer’s (Dodge and Ford), we decided to pay tribute to these American classics.

The year was 1964, Beatlemania had taken over the US, NASA was training for the unthinkable, and the automotive industry launched something that would change history – The muscle car.

Due to the hot rod movement, brash, fast cars was nothing out of the ordinary. But after three decades of the same, America was left wanting more. A manufacturer’s attempt to amp up the automotive industry took the world by storm, capturing the imagination of car enthusiasts with speed, style, and the desire of the open road
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With a simple “A ha!” moment from General Motors, the muscle car was born. Pontiac Lead Engineer John Z. Delorean, had this “A ha” moment in a brainstorming meeting with his team on a spring weekend in 1963, when he realized that the midsize Tempest’s 326 cubic-inch V8 could be switched out with a torquey 389 from one of the marque’s large cars. This amped up vehicle got the name “GTO” or Gran Turismo Omologato.

The GTO had inspired many other manufacturer’s to pony up their vehicles, including auto guru, Ford. In 1964, Ford introduced the big engine/lightweight vehicle – the Mustang. The Mustang boosted an impressive appearance but also had the capability of seating four. The Mustang had paved the way for competitors like the Chevy Camaro, the Pontiac Firebird, and the AMX Javelin. Dodge had stepped up their game the most with the introduction of the Challenger and Plymouth Barracuda, which offered a more luxurious, larger footprints, sleeker styling, and massive Hemi powerplants.

The cars capabilities alone appealed to enthusiasts, but another factor also played apart – the visual. Automotive Journalist Matt Stone stated: “A big part of the muscle car fun was the image. The image, graphics, and colors went along with it. Mopar had the high impact colors [like Hemi Orange and Top Banana Yellow].”

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With the muscle car movement in full swing, independent tuning shops wanted in on the action. Among the most famous of this lot was Carroll Shelby, the former chicken farmer who raced for Aston Martin before convincing Lee lacocca to supply might Ford V8s, which he jammed into the bodies of AC Aces roadsters, yielding the legendary Shelby Cobra. Shelby also went on to modify Mustangs.

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Today, muscle cars are producing outrageous amounts of horsepower. With Ford currently offering track-ready versions of its Shelby-branded Mustangs, Chevrolet building powerful Camaros and Corvettes, and Dodge producing the roaring 707 horsepower Hellcat Challengers and Chargers under the SRT banner, there is one thing we know for sure, America will always crave the need for speed.

The Pittsburgh International Auto Show Is Right around the Bend!

The Pittsburgh International Auto Show is held every February at the David Lawrence Convention Center, displaying cars of all makes and models! This year, some of our brands are being featured; and were excited for it!

Some Ford featured vehicles include:

2015 Ford F-150
2015 Ford C-Max
2015 Ford Mustang
2015 Ford Escape
2015 Ford Explorer
2015 Ford Super Duty F-250
2016 Ford Explorer

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Jeep will be featuring their highly anticipated Jeep Renegade! Which will be available in our showroom in March!

Dodge is featuring the “Pit Viper” and the 2015 Dodge SRT Hellcat! Check out this photo of the Hellcat we had in our showroom!

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The Chrysler, Ram, Mitsubishi, and Kia vehicles are left to the imagination, but we’re sure we wont be disappointed!

The International Auto show will run from February 13th – 16th, So make sure you stop by and check these cars out!

Jim Shorkey Brands Take Over Motor Trends’ Top 20 Selling SUVs List

The SUV isn’t exactly a hard sell. These road warriors are usually equipped with four-wheel drive for on- or off-road capabilities, and often include the towing capacity of a pickup truck with the passenger-carrying space of a minivan or large sedan. However, the current automotive market is saturated with SUVs, making your decision a little more difficult.

Motor Trend recently ranked the top selling SUVs, and one thing is for certain: People are buying Jim Shorkey brands. From the Jeep Cherokee to the Dodge Journey, check out which of our SUVs made the list and what Motor Trend has to say about them.

20. Jeep Patriot: 84,028

With a brand dedicated to SUVs, it’s no wonder Jeep has four models in the top 20. The Jeep Patriot is the least expensive way to get into a Jeep model. Two four-cylinder engines are offered: a 2.0-liter (158 hp, 141 lb-ft of torque) or a 2.4-liter (172 hp, 165 lb-ft). A five-speed manual is standard and a six-speed auto is available. Front-drive is standard, and two four-wheel-drive systems are available: Freedom Drive I and the off-road-oriented Freedom Drive II.

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19. Dodge Journey: 85,151

Although five-passenger seating is standard, the Dodge Journey is one of the most affordable crossovers available with a third row and seating for up to seven passengers. Powertrain offerings include a 2.4-liter (173 hp, 166 lb-ft) inline-four mated to a four-speed auto or 3.6-liter (283 hp, 260 lb-ft) V-6 mated to a six-speed auto. Front-drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available.

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13. Ford Edge: 100,924

The Ford Edge sits between the compact Escape and three-row Explorer in the automaker’s lineup. Ford offers three engines. The base is a 3.5-liter (285 hp, 253 lb-ft) V-6, and a 2.0-liter (240 hp, 270 lb-ft) EcoBoost I-4 and a 3.7-liter (305 hp, 280 lb-ft) V-6 are optional. All engines are mated to a six-speed automatic. Front-drive is standard, with all-wheel drive available with the V-6 engines. The Edge’s advantage is much more interior volume than the smaller Escape, as well as the available V-6 engines.

9. Jeep Cherokee: 160,793

The all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee effectively replaced the Liberty in the SUV-maker’s lineup. The Cherokee is available with a choice of a 2.4-liter (184 hp, 171 lb-ft) I-4 or 3.2-liter (271 hp, 239 lb-ft) V-6 and three four-wheel-drive systems, including Jeep Active Drive I, Jeep Active Drive II, and Jeep Active Drive Lock. A nine-speed automatic is the sole transmission. Despite controversial looks and an unconventional transverse powertrain, Jeep sold just 532 fewer Cherokee models than the traditional Wrangler.

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8. Jeep Wrangler: 161,325

The Jeep Wrangler could be considered the last hardcore off-road SUV left on the market, thanks to its body-on-frame construction and solid front and rear axles. Power comes from a 3.6-liter (285 hp, 260 lb-ft) V-6 mated to either a six-speed manual or a five-speed automatic. And of course all Wranglers come with a standard four-wheel-drive system with a 2WD High, 4WD High, Neutral, and 4WD Low ranges. The Wrangler is the only choice for serious off-roaders.

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7. Jeep Grand Cherokee: 166,610

The Jeep Grand Cherokee is the SUV brand’s most luxurious offering. And with the SRT model, it’s also the fastest and most powerful. Four engine options from mild to wild are available. The base engine is a 3.6-liter (290 hp, 260 lb-ft) V-6, and a 3.0-liter (240 hp, 420 lb-ft) EcoDiesel V-6 and a 5.7-liter (360 hp, 390 lb-ft) Hemi V-8 are optional. The SRT model is powered by a 6.4-liter (475 hp, 470 lb-ft) Hemi V-8. All engines are backed by an eight-speed automatic transmission. The Grand Cherokee is available with rear-drive or all-wheel drive.

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6. Ford Explorer: 172,707

At one time the Ford Explorer was the best-selling SUV in the U.S. by a wide margin, selling more than double what it has sold this year. The Explorer is offered with two engine options, and the Explorer Sport is offered with a third, more powerful powerplant. The base engine in the Explorer is a 3.5-liter (290 hp, 255 lb-ft) V-6, and a more fuel-efficient 2.0-liter (240 hp, 270 lb-ft) EcoBoost I-4 is available. Front-drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available with the 3.5-liter. The Explorer Sport is powered by a 3.5-liter (365 hp, 350 lb-ft) EcoBoost V-6 and a standard all-wheel-drive system. All models feature a six-speed automatic. The Explorer seats seven passengers in three rows.

2. Ford Escape: 280,609

Since its last redesign, the Ford Escape has gained in popularity. With three engine choices and several trim levels, the Escape offers lots of choices for consumers. A 2.5-liter (168 hp, 170 lb-ft) is the base engine, and two EcoBoost engines are available: a 1.6-liter (178 hp, 184 lb-ft) I-4 and a 2.0-liter (240 hp, 270 lb-ft) I-4. All engines are mated to a six-speed automatic. Front-drive is standard, and the EcoBoost engines are available with all-wheel drive.

Ranked: Our Top 10 Cars in Movies

Behind every great action film is a great action-packed car. We aren’t talking any car either; we’re talking a car that influences a generation and inspires a car culture. There’s tons of cars that could have made the list, but we chose our top 10!

  1. James Bond – Goldfinger

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James Bond has had tricked out rides in all his movies, but the 1964 Aston Martin DB5 that was driven in Goldfinger and Thunderball takes the cake. Without modifications, the Aston Marin DB5 is already a masterpiece. But the special Bond effects added is what really made this car the one of the greatest movie cars of all time. The added gadgets include a ram bumper, machine guns, ejector seat, smoke screen, oil-slick sprayer, and more! This Bond car may have even started the revolution of navigation systems, with the most interesting feature – the map screen.

  1. Smokey and the Bandit

After a 1977 Pontiac Trans Am was shown sliding around corners, leaping over broken bridges, and evading Sheriff Buford T. Justice for hundreds of miles, it became one of the most sought-out vehicles of the 1970’s. After Smokey and the Bandit debuted, sales jumped by about 30,000 cars from 1977 to 1978, and by another 24,000 for 1979. Fans were amazed by the Starlight Black Special Edition paint job, the T-Top roof; the car was also quicker and had better handling than the Corvette of the same generation

  1. American Graffiti

Before George Lucas reached fame with his blockbuster hit Star Wars, he filmed American Graffiti. This film was a reflection of his memories of the car culture in California in the 1960’s. The film included A-list stars, but it’s the cars we are most impressed by. The brash Canary yellow ’32 Ford that was used became the most recognized Deuce Coupe in the world.

  1. Back to the Future

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The 1981 DeLorean DMC-12 that was used in Back to Future has become a cult classic. The DMC-12 was a stainless steel stunner was designed by the legendary Giorgetto Giugiaro. The futuristic look combined with movie magic gave the DeLorean its legendary status.

  1. Bullit

Steve McQueen could have made any vehicle look cool, that’s why the 1968 Mustang GT 390 used in Bullit became an instant car classic. Well that, and the fact that it’s a sweet machine! The movie’s chase scenes on the streets of San Francisco, tailing a 1968 Dodge Charger, are some of the best ever recorded on film.

  1. Vanishing Point

One of the most impressive pony cars to come out of the muscle boom in the 1960’s and 1970’s was the 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T – especially the Hemi model.

  1. Batman Begins

The Batmobile is one of the most recognized movie cars. The tough militaristic Batmobile Tumbler that made its debut in Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins and The Dark Knight Rises is the most visually and technically significant Batmobile since the George Barris-designed 1960s version.

  1. The Fast and the Furious

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The Dodge Charger has been making appearances in TV and movies for decades. In 2000, the Dodge Charger made an appearance as a menacing black street-racing machine for Vin Diesel in The Fast and the Furious. The Charger was decked out with a wicked stance, huge rear tires, and a monstrous engine and supercharger sticking out from the hood.

  1. Blues Brothers

The 1974 Dodge Monaco used in the Blues Brothers was used to perform outrageous stunts, such as jumping over an open drawbridge, flipping backwards in midair, and even flying for brief periods of time. This Monaco could do everything, except light a cigarette.

  1. Jurassic Park

If there were Dinosaurs chasing you, what vehicle would you use? Well, thanks to Jurassic Park, you would use a Jeep Wrangler. The 1992 Jeep Wrangler Sahara used in Jurassic Park was the perfect vehicle to tackle the terrain, transport stolen embryos, and escape a dinosaur chase.

Whats your favorite movie car?

Reasons Why Driving a Van Is Awesome

In a day and age of sleek SUVs, stylish sedans, and sporty crossovers, vans are typically last on a person’s list of favorite cars, if even on the list at all. It’s a shame no one gives these passenger-hauling vehicles a chance—we actually think driving a van is awesome.

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  • You make friends quickly: People always need things hauled and transported, and will frequently come knocking on your door and buying you thank-you gifts in return.
  • You will see a reduction in road rage: Other drivers are less likely to cut you off because they think you have kid in the back.
  • You get a free pass if you take up two parking spots: So if parking isn’t you’re thing, no one will ever have to know.
  • Pick Your Poison: With all those cup holders, you’ll have room for as many coffees, energy drinks, or water bottles your heart desires.
  • You improve your driving skills without realizing it: After parallel parking a van, you could practically parallel park a sedan blindfolded.
  • Not as iconic as the Jeep wave, but van drivers look out for other van drivers: If you need to pull out into traffic, our money is on another van being the first one to wave you on.

And now that we have you thinking, may we suggest the Dodge Grand Caravan, Kia Sedona, or Chrysler Town and Country?

Dodge Dart, Kia Forte Deemed Top Tech-Savvy Cars Under $20,000

Our smartphone culture has spread to almost every aspect of our daily lives, including our cars. We want to sync and stream from the comforts of our cabin, and we want it at an affordable price! With this attitude, AOL Autos recently ranked the top tech-savvy cars under $20,000. And it came as no surprise to us that two Jim Shorkey cars made the list: the ultra-stylish 2014 Kia Forte and the sportiest of the sportiest 2014 Dodge Dart.

How the Kia Forte made this list:

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The Kia Forte offers attractive styling, a refined interior and a great starting price. The Forte offers numerous comfort features, including dual-zone automatic climate control, HID headlights, LED taillights and power heated and ventilated leather seats. It can also be had with Kia’s UVO infotainment system, which provides the user with a clean, responsive interface. The system will even let you set a navigation destination from your computer and send it to the car.

How the Dodge Dart made the list:

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The Dodge Dart is a sporty little sedan that employs some great tech. The most notable tech feature on this car is its UConnect infotainment system, which is arguably the best in the business. Super fast, responsive and with a great easy-to-use layout, it makes controlling nearly everything in your car — from the climate to the radio to apps — a breeze. The screen is also the largest in this class of vehicle at 8.4 inches.

Feeling inspired? Give us a call—on your smartphone, perhaps—and schedule a test drive for one of these awesome vehicles today!

Buying an Older Car: Things to Look Out For

Most of us have that “dream car” we’ve always wanted—that orange 1969 Dodge Charger from Dukes of Hazard or the 1993 Jurassic Park Jeep Wrangler. Whatever you picture when you imagine yourself driving around Pittsburgh, it is important to know what to look for when purchasing an older car. Here, we offer five tips to help you get started!

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Leaking Engine Seals

Pittsburgh weather changes as fast as the Dodge Hellcat drives. And with changes in pressure and temperature, engine seals expand and contract. If a car sits for a long time without being driven, the seals can deteriorate even faster because they dry out and become brittle. Eventually, worn-out engine seals will start to leak oil. It is important to check engine seals frequently when driving an older vehicle.

Body Rust

Pittsburgh and North Huntingdon have seen some harsh and long winters, and cars that spend time in rough climates tend to exhibit rust in the undercarriage and around the window seals. Salt and moisture can be devastating to a car’s chassis, and the cost of proper repair can exceed the car’s purchase prices.

Fading Or Peeling Paint

A car that has a cheap paint job or has spent its life outside can have faded and cracked paint. To avoid another bad paint job, the solution is to completely repaint the car, which can be expensive but worth it if done correctly.

Cracked and Sagging Interior

All those days your car spent sun bathing can be devastating to its interior, causing seats, dashes, and outdoor panels to crack and fade. Finding original replacement parts for an older car can be challenging, and new reproductions can be pricy.

Electrical Issues

Although older vehicles don’t have all the bells and whistles of today’s cars, they still have their fair share of complex electrical components. Some electrical problems are relatively simple to diagnose and remedy. And if you do have any electrical issues, then schedule a service appointment with us, and we can properly diagnose the problem!

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The Best Family Cars for Pittsburghers

Automotive choices often mirror our progression through various life stages. Case and point, sporty coupes and hatchbacks are frequently traded in for SUVs and minivans. But family-hauling doesn’t have to mean frumpy and unrefined. Recently, MSN Auto ranked the top great-handling family cars, and it was no surprise to us that more than one Jim Shorkey vehicle made the list. Specifically, the Chrysler 300, Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT, and the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat were called out for their handling, smooth ride, and capacity for a crowd. See below what MSN Autos says about each vehicle.

Chrysler 300

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Detroit created the muscle car in the 1960s and that tradition continues today. The difference is that today’s cars go around corners just as well as they accelerate in a straight line. The full-size Chrysler 300 SRT8 seats five comfortably and boasts 470 horsepower from its 6.4-liter V8 engine. Performance-tuned suspension and large-diameter Brembo brakes bring its power and mass under control while still delivering a smooth ride. A base 300 SRT8 runs $48,900 plus a $1,000 gas-guzzler tax.

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT

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Fine-handling vehicles aren’t limited to cars. Some of today’s crossover utility vehicles do a great job of combining room for the family with canyon-carving handling. Few do that better than the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT. It is motivated by the same 6.4-liter 470-horsepower V8 engine as other SRT models, but it has even bigger brakes and offers a commanding view of the road typical of a crossover. Plus it has room for five passengers and all the hockey equipment they can carry. A base Grand Cherokee SRT costs $64,380.

2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

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The Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat is due later in 2014, and like its younger sibling Challenger SRT Hellcat, the heart of this beast will be a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine that produces a ludicrous 707 horsepower. But power won’t be the Charger Hellcat’s only calling card. Dodge hasn’t released technical specifications, but the Charger Hellcat will certainly get the adjustable performance suspension and big brakes from the Challenger Hellcat, which will allow this big 5-seater to corner and stop almost as well as it blasts down a quarter-mile.