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Hypermiling Performance Cars?

Posted in Dodge, Domestic Rides, Fuel, Rants & Raves, Rides, Tips by MrAngry | March 9th, 2011 | 11 Responses |

Dodge Magnum SRT8

I never thought I’d be doing this, but yesterday I found myself trying to hyper-mileage my 2006 Dodge Magnum SRT8. There I was in a 425 hp, 170 mph hot rod wagon trying to shift before the tachometer reached 2500 rpm. It’s ridiculous I know, but after paying just over $60.00 for a premium tank of fuel just a few minutes earlier, my thought was that I wanted it to last. At the station by my house premium fuel was $4.01 per gallon, and I’ll be honest, it’s getting to the point where it’s starting to hurt. I’m also finding myself doing things that I’ve never done before. For instance, I just purchased new tires for my Maggie, but instead of going with a full-on max performance summer tire with a low tread rating, I instead opted for a max-performance all season, with a treadwear rating of 540AA or 50,000 miles. First off there’s less rolling resistance and secondly, they won’t be bologna skins after 15,000 miles.

Dodge Magum SRT8

When it comes to cars I was always the guy that said, “Screw it! I’ll pay what I need to pay!”, however that’s becoming harder and harder to do these days. Don’t get me wrong, I won’t be trading in my uber wagon just yet, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t notice the financial hit. I know we’ve talked about it, but some sources are saying that fuel may exceed $4.50 per gallon by the end of the summer. Honestly, if that happens, I’ll be running out to buy a used motorcycle and parking everything else. So… anyone got a used Kawasaki KLR 650 for sale?

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11 Responses

  1. Shahroz says:

    My 300 fills up with about $80…. of regular gas
    yep, it’s gotten painful

  2. Hunter says:

    My KLR consistently gets better than 50MPG and is about the best smile value of any vehicle I’ve ever owned. That includes some seriously fast bikes (hayabusa, Concours 14, CBR600RR etc..) KLR is the apocalypse bike of choice and it’ll burn the worst gas you can find.

  3. BigRuss says:

    lets see… my Scion from empty cost me $31.50, my C10 $80, and the faithful ZX11 is around $20 for premium…

  4. Paul Bearer* says:

    Lose the coffin in your hearse, that should shave some weight, and increase your efficiency…

  5. hker says:

    Im here in hongkong suffer from the fuel price either, we’re now paying $7.6(USD) for a gallon of REGULAR gas… i think $4.5 for premium fuel is not so scary at all…. sigh…

  6. Dave says:

    I was gonna tell you to shut up and try living North of the border, but the guy in HongKong has us all beat hands down. F’ing OUCH.

  7. Siddharth says:

    I live in Madras, India, and my calculations say that i pay 5.5 USD per gallon! That’s for normal unleaded.

  8. John says:

    It doesn’t matter what you pay, we’re all paying too much! There is absolutely no reason we should be paying that much for gas. I live in Albany and last time I filled my tank it was $65 for regular. That’s what I used to pay to fill my wife’s Mercedes Benz ML350 with premium just two years ago. I am convinced the price gauging is a ploy by the auto makers to make their 35-40 gallon sub compact cars to look more appealing. I am sorry but I really don’t think 40 MPG is a big deal, by now these cars should be getting 70 MPG at least. If I lived closer to work I’d ride my bike to work everyday. I can’t wait till electric cars are more affordable and have a longer range…I’ll definitely be considering the switch.

  9. Thibaud says:

    Hello,

    I read from france and I have to say one thing when I read that gas is high price in the US, in france, the gallon is at an average of $ 7,90 and if you want the premium gas (octane 98) it will be $8,5 a gallon.

    And we are not in the baddest position in France because in Germany the gas price is even higher.