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Fuel-Efficient Muscle Cars Unveiled at the New York Auto Show

Posted April 25, 2014 11:51 AM by Jordan Perch

Fuel efficiency + muscle cars, sounded like a paradox, for sure. Fuel efficiency has never been the strongest suit of muscle cars, equipped with powerful engines that make them perfect for drag racing, in addition to everyday street use. But, with automakers forced to make more fuel-efficient vehicles due to stricter fuel economy standards, mileage of muscle cars is bound to improve, as well. Today's muscle cars are powered by cleaner, more efficient engines, that make these vehicles more eco-friendly, but don't affect their performances. This year's New York International Auto Show welcomed a few of these modern-day pony cars, that are as powerful as those built 40 or 50 years ago, with the added bonus of lower emissions and better mileage.

While there are plenty of luxury sports cars on display at the New York show, that usually grab all the attention at this kind of events, American car makers unveiled a couple of amazing muscle cars that turned out to be the stars at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in Manhattan. Chrysler really made its presence felt with the new Dodge Challenger, that looks a bit like the first-generation models that were built in the early 1970s, but packs more punch than the original Challengers.

The 2015 Challenger will be offered with three different engines: a 3.6-liter V6 engine, delivering 306 horsepower; a 5.7-liter Hemi V8, that provides 375 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque; and a 6.4-liter Hemi V8, with 485 hp and 475 lb-ft of torque. Thanks to Dodge's innovative Fuel Saver Technology, that deactivates four cylinders when the car is moving at lower speeds, the latest Challenger gets a far better fuel economy than its predecessors and has lower emission levels. In addition to the new Challenger, Chrysler unveiled the 2015 Charger, as well, which has been redesigned and got a more efficient engine, that gets 31 mpg on the highway.

One of the Challenger's biggest competitors will certainly be the new Ford Mustang, which also had its debut at the New York Auto Show. The 2015 Mustang marks the 50th anniversary of this iconic pony car, and it is equipped with Ford's EcoBoost engine technology. It comes with a smaller, lighter, four-cylinder engine, that results in lower fuel consumption, which shows the company's commitment to green technologies and making its vehicles more efficient and eco-friendly. It is supposed to go on sale in a couple of months.

These muscle cars may not be as efficient and as green as EVs or plug-in hybrids, but they have the potential to be appealing to those who want to enjoy the riding experience that only a high-performance car can offer, but are environmentally-aware at the same time. Also, while there is certainly a growing trend toward alternative fuel vehicles, they are not selling as well as expected, and the demand for high-performance cars is still high. There have been many indications that the market for muscle cars has started to improve, so companies like Ford and Chrysler can be rest assured that cars like the Challenger and the Mustang will do very well in the U.S. market.

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04/26/2014 4:10 AM

Modern ECUs, squirter mapping and turbo charging on big block Chevs in the guise of the LSx build produce rip snorting power on demand and achieve that magical 30mpg milestone. All that and they still stuck with pushrods!

Add factory fitted dual fuel LPG/gasoline and the running costs drop again. Mild mannered and sniffing propane changes seamlessly to full power gasoline burning mayhem on command from the right foot with nary a hiccup.

I love those LSx donks.

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04/26/2014 8:10 AM

Donks? High-risers? Seriously Wal? I guess I just didn't picture you with natty dreads and a face full of gold teeth...

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I'm with you on the LPG dual fuel, but I'd prefer mine in diesel, thank you.

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04/26/2014 8:59 AM

High risers!!!???? The only suspension lifting I do is on my 4x4 to get a bit more clearance when loaded not for the bling factor....I like the teeth though.

I am in awe of the LSx craft that is being produced. I love powerful engines...that's my vice...too bad I can only afford to run a small diesel though.

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04/26/2014 9:33 AM

I think we are just experiencing variations in vocabulary again (like the 'mob' thing).

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When you say 'donk' (in reference to cars) this is what comes to my mind....:

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Redonkulous.

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04/26/2014 11:55 AM

Yeah, I keep forgetting you are speaking Aussie. In many ways it is very close to acceptable English, so hopefully you can understand my occasional confusion.

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'...Hi-Risers are a type of highly customized automobile, typically a traditional, full-size, body on frame, V8 powered, rear wheel drive American-built sedan modified by significantly increasing the ground clearance and adding large-diameter wheels with low-profile tires. Depending on the model and style of body, autos customized in this manner can be labeled "donk," "box," or "bubble."...'

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05/09/2014 4:54 PM

Grouse donk, 4 on the floor, twin "Weebers," goes like sh*t off a shovel - remember it all well from my days down-under. I always thought "donk" was a substitute for horse. Correct?

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Dunno about the horsey origins mate.

...3 on the tree, went like a cut snake and stuck to the road like sh*t to a blanket.....

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05/10/2014 11:41 PM

Don't take this the wrong way....I'm not trying to be a bully or even just catty, but all these common animal names with a 'y' added at the end....Horsey, Donkey, Doggy.....they all seem a bit fishy to me; out of place. Maybe if I were on the Suwanee (river) it wouldn't seem so batty.

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04/26/2014 8:18 AM

Any perceived conflict the efficiency of an engine and the power output of an engine is illusory. Efficiency is about maximizing the output in relation to the input. Neither, minimizing the input nor minimizing the output is sufficient to claim higher efficiency.

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For a few decades now, improvements in available power have been an ongoing phenomena as improving engine technology has made better use of the consumed fuel.

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