Automakers raise horsepower, speed to new heights

New York • Fred Croatti often drives his silver Dodge Charger Hellcat to the grocery store, turning heads as he rumbles through the parking lot with a supercharged 6.2-Liter 707-horsepower engine. Although Croatti’s car sounds like a NASCAR racer, the retired pilot from Port Orange, Florida, isn’t looking for attention. He just loves the power. “The visceral effect of the air, the sound,” he says. “All you’ve got to do is tickle the gas a little bit and the hairs on the back of your head stand u...

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