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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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 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Is Heading to Auction

The first production of the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat is heading to the Las Vegas auction block in September. Dodge said the vehicle with VIN0001 and a Viper exclusive Stryker Red exterior will be auctioned on September 27th during the Barrett – Jackson Las Vegas 2014 auction.

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Tim Kuniskis, Dodge and SRT president and CEO stated, “The 2015 Challenger Hellcat is already guaranteed to be one of the hottest cars that will roll through the Barrett-Jackson auction lanes in decades to come, the VIN 0001 being auctioned this year is the ultimate one-of-one collectible 2015 Dodge Challenger, as Dodge is ensuring there will never be another one like it.”

The Hellcat models are due out later this year and will feature the vehicle’s standard 6.2-liter supercharged Hemi V8 engine rated at an unprecedented 707 horsepower and 650 lb.-ft of torque and class-exclusive TorqueFlite 8-speed paddle shift automatic transmission.

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The vehicle heading to Vegas includes exclusive Hellcat accessories, like a Hemi-painted presentation box with a VIN0001 electronic vehicle build book and video documentary, still shots, vehicle footage, and an authentic Hellcat embossed Laguna Leather iPad sleeve.

Proceeds from the auction will go to Opportunity Village, a non-profit organization that serves people with significant intellectual disabilities in the Las Vegas Area.

The supercharged  vehicle is expected to arrive in dealerships in September, but the Hellcat already has a solid resume with a National Hot Rod Association-certified quarter mile elapsed time of 11.2 seconds at 125 miles per hour (with drag radicals, the run dropped to just 10.8 seconds at 126 mph). It’s these performance details that make it the most powerful production muscle car to date.

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The Hellcat, starting at roughly $60,000, anchors a lineup of updated 2015 Challengers that includes nine other models.

How much do you think the Hellcat will go for in the auction? Don’t forget to check our inventory in September for the exclusive Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat!

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Dodge Celebrates 100 Years

The Dodge brand has grown from a simple bicycle business into the thriving car manufacturer that it is today. To say this has happened without any bumps in the road would be remiss, but the lengths to which the Dodge brand has come are remarkable.

Headquartered in Detroit, Dodge originally manufactured and supplied parts for automakers, like Ford and Oldsmobile. The Dodge brothers had a vision beyond that, however, and decided to build their own car. That car was unveiled in late 1914—100 years ago.

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In 1920, both the Dodge brothers passed away from influenza but their company survived, despite multiple owners and a bankruptcy. Through these trials and tribulations, the Dodge brand has remained intact. To help celebrate this latest and greatest milestone, enjoy a compiled photo gallery of Dodge ads that will take you down memory lane, as well as some more recent Dodge pictures that may even steer you to our showroom for a test drive!

Happy 100th birthday, Dodge!

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Dodge Dart Sport – the “Convertriple”

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Dodge Polara

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And today:

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2014 Dodge Durango

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2015 Dodge Challenger: Exclusive first look

While Edmunds.com recently named the 2014 Dodge Challenger the winner of its Best Retained Value® Award, Dodge was building on this success to introduce the redesigned 2015 Challenger. This all-new version received a styling refresh, both inside and out, with a bevy of features and upgrades.

Check out our sales associate Rich Stevens, as he showcases the award-winning 2014 Challenger, and then check out Hot Rod Magazine’s sneak-peak preview of the 2015 Challenger.

First, the magazine provides a little food for thought:

“The Dodge Challenger ranks third in U.S. ponycar sales (behind Camaro and Mustang), yet Tim Kuniskis, president and CEO of Dodge, reports those numbers continue to climb year over year. That’s not a statistic you typically see from a vehicle that’s been on the market for 5 years—and Dodge is proud of that.

The Dodge team is also quick to point out the Challenger has a higher conquest rate (buyers who come to the brand after owning a competitors’ car), a higher loyalty rate, and younger average buyer than the average Camaro or Mustang customer. These younger customers are reportedly purchasing the Challenger not just for its style and performance (which they are) but because the Challenger is larger, more comfortable, and more of a grand-touring vehicle than the Mustang or Camaro. Of course, there are still HOT ROD readers amongst the buyers—those who want power and performance—so Dodge improved the ’15 Challenger with an optional 392 Hemi Scat Pack package that promises more than 470 hp. This is the first time the 6.4L Hemi has been offered in a non-SRT-branded car.”

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The articles continues:

“When the Challenger was relaunched for ’09, the car was clearly an homage to the ’70 model. It had the grille, the lights, and obviously the sheetmetal. For ’11, Dodge refreshed the Challenger by changing the lower grille opening, giving it the “frown” seen in the grille of the ’72–’74 Challenger. For ’15, the third-generation Challenger gets its most significant styling refresh, with changes inside and out that reflect the ’71 Challenger.

Although most of the sheetmetal and chassis stays the same, all Challengers get a new front and rear fascia. The front end still uses the characteristic quad headlights with halos, but they’re new for ’15 with a shorter main grille opening for a wider look. The new grille now has twin elements like the ’71 Challenger, and there’s more depth to the sculpting. The lower grille opening is also larger with a plastic mesh that uses the same texture as the upper grille.

The hood is also new for ’15, with the familiar twin scoops now moved much farther forward. The scoops are functional, adding airflow through the engine bay, but aren’t plumbed into the airbox. If functional hoodscoops are your thing, the Shaker option we saw at the SEMA show in 2013 will be an option on all ’15 Hemi models.”

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Further new features and amenities include:

“All Challengers now have electric power steering with adjustable steering feel. The eight-speed TorqueFlite transmission is available behind every engine. Dodge claims the addition of the trans helped the 3.6L Challenger shave half a second off its 0–60 time.

The Super Track Pak can be had with any trim level. It incudes a performance suspension that reduces the car’s ride height by half an inch, Bilstein shocks, Goodyear Eagle F-1 tires, and performance brakes.

Aluminum rearend with 9-inch ring gear.”

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