Reader Question: Performance Options?

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Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!

David asks: My first project vehicle was a 2001 Dodge Cummins. It was built stout enough to double the horsepower and be able to run it like that for a decade. I had problems with a RWD dually getting stuck in parking spots so I traded it in on a Lincoln MKS. It doesn’t get stuck anywhere with AWD and 350 hp to the wheels with a tuner. The problems are that the low front bumper scrapes all over town and plows snow when things get sideways in the snow. No input as a driver makes a bit of difference; it is all the computer making the decisions and I’m not really a fan of the FWD slip and grip type AWD system. So spending a decade with 1,000 ft/lbs at the rears did spoil me, but after reading your Tacoma review I’m leaning towards a 4Runner. I like the idea of a simpler fuel injection system compared to direct and indirect fuel injection and the rear biased AWD system available on some models. That is the holy grail there: RWD- biased AWD. I have toyed with the idea of a used police charger to get the V8 and elusive rear biased AWD system, but I’m in SD and couple probably use more ground clearance. The other idea I’ve toyed with is a used Porsche SUV. some sort of turbo or S model that has been hail damaged might get me a level of performance I am accustomed to along with the ability to crash through snowbanks in SD? We’d probably both be better off right now putting money into Bitcoin and gold rather than cars so I look forward to your response, but this is a mental exercise not a need. I’ve been stewing with buyers remorse for years with the Lincoln MKS and I haven’t yet quit looking for a better alternative. Also I am boycotting every business in town with a Face Diaper policy!

My reply: Have you considered a Dodge Durango SRT? You can get this thing with either the 6.4 Hemi or the 6.2 supercharged Hemi and I suspect that would be plenty of RWD-based performance for you! Another option is a Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. The 4WD Hellcat. Even more extreme and yet also extremely capable.

The Chevy Silverado with the Corvette’s 6.2 V8 is also fun.

If you can abide something smaller, a Subaru WRX is magnificent in the snow with a set of Blizzaks.

The Charger is fine, too – but keep in mind the V8 is not available with AWD!

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