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Insuring the continuance of the Muscle Car

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    Insuring the continuance of the Muscle Car

    For the last 10-15 yrs the Am. auto industry has thrived on massive unit sales of SUV's, 4x4's, and Pick-ups. Most of this population represented 5500-6500 pound vehicles being hauled around by 330-350 ci V-8's- who's gas mileage hung closer to 15mpg than 27.5mpg. [Dealers won't take these cars in trade anymore]
    .C.A.F.E. mandates the manufacturer's fleet-wide average mpg = 35 mpg.( & this time SUV's and Pickups are counted in the fleet)

    IF,IF in the next 5 yrs the Auto industry could build a gasoline engine V-8 powertrain that could achieve 35mpg -hauling around SUV's, 4x4's, and Pick-ups-(they make up nealy half of the fleet) it would be so expensive as to fail on launch.
    What's the fix?
    Stop putting gas V-8's in these vehicles. Such vehicles beg for 'high pressure DIRECT injection' FI, turbocharged, modern diesels.
    Keep the high output gas v-8's for the performance crowd.
    Auto CO.'s don't have to make dumb stuff & we don't have to keep buying dumb designs-that way we can still enjoy our tire smoke and l satify C.A.F.E. [BTW 91 octane gas is +$4.00/gal here in northern CA.]

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    While I somewhat agree, I'm also a huge truck guy and I personally want a gas powered truck. Not just something with a little 4.8 or what have you. More like the 6.0L HO trucks, or even the 6.2L now. Perhaps a compromise for people like me? Diesel base models and such, but offer the high performance trucks like the Silverado SS and GMC C3 and VHO and Vortec Max trucks like they stand now.

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