Fibonacci Friday

I am probably in over my head trying to write about this topic…

 

Fibonacci (also known as Leonardo of Pisa) was an Italian mathematician of the 12th and 13th centuries. He has been described as “the most talented Western mathematician of the Middle Ages.”

He is best known today for the Fibonacci sequence and for the golden ratio, although it is my understanding he did not directly write about the latter nor was he the first to discover the two concepts. Here is a Fibonacci sequence starting at 0 although it can actually start with any two numbers: 0,1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21,34,55. The next number in the sequence, like all in the sequence, is the sum of the previous two numbers.

The golden ratio refers to the fact, I think, that no matter what two numbers start the sequence, within just a few numbers the ratio of the next-to-last to the last number will be the same: .618. (That is also shown as the ratio of the last to the next-to-last, 1.618.)

The golden ratio seems to occur naturally in some, but not all, places. For example, the spiral arrangement of leaves or petals on some plants follows the golden ratio.

Technical stock analysts–those who only use the prices of stocks and their movements, as opposed to analyzing company fundamentals such as profits and expected growth–use something called Fibonacci retracement points. These points are often used to draw support lines, identify resistance levels, place stop-loss orders, and set target prices.

To no one’s surprise, I first learned of Fibonacci and the golden ratio from Bill James. I don’t remember the exact context in which he wrote about Fibonacci, but that concept really resonated with me.

When you’re a math nerd afflicted with OCD, even if it’s OCD-lite, stuff like this is just gold. Sorry for the pun, maybe not.

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We are now in the second half of the delivery window for the parts needed to complete the repairs of the demon ogre–uh, the Z06. I am still quite worried that the deal for the 2022 Mustang GT will be nullified if the parts are not delivered in a timely manner. No one at the Ford dealership said this to me, and perhaps that the Z06 is literally next door means they are not worried, but I am genuinely concerned.

I also don’t want to call the dealership to ask; the axiom “let sleeping dogs lie” seems appropriate. As I have written ad infinitum, it is hell to live inside my head.

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While The Hall of Very Good Cars series ended prematurely, I still have the list of approximately two dozen cars that I was going to show. I’m really not sure what is motivating me to show one of those cars today, but here it is.

 

 

This is a 1954 Hudson Hornet Hollywood Hardtop. (You know how much I love alliteration.) Of course, that was the last model year for “real” Hudsons as they became badge-engineered Nashes (called Hashes by their detractors) not long after the 1954 merger of those two companies that created American Motors.

It’s not the drivetrain that interests me, particularly. It’s just something about the lines of the car that especially appeals to me.

Just like all pickup trucks look basically the same to me, I’m sure many people–even those who are car enthusiasts–think cars from the ’50s or cars from the ’20s all look pretty much the same. Actually, I think almost all brass-era cars look the same. Different strokes for different folks, DSFDF.

 

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Ford > General Motors And Chrysler?

These two CNBC articles report that 1) Ford, unlike General Motors, is allowing dealers to opt out of selling electric vehicles and continue to sell the company’s cars, and 2) has unveiled the new, seventh-generation Mustang (beginning in the 2024 model year) as a car powered by an Internal Combustion Engine, unlike Chrysler/Stellantis which will end the Challenger and Charger as ICE-powered cars after the 2023 model year. Ford’s Mustang announcement also is contrary to the loud rumors that GM/Chevrolet will re-launch the Camaro as an electric car.

Martin Gjaja, Ford’s chief customer officer for the company’s electric vehicle business, is quoted as saying, “There’s too much uncertainty. We don’t think it’s fair to force them to go on the EV journey or force them into a buyout. We think it’s really uncalled for because they have a healthy and strong, growing business. We want them to have the choice.” OMG, a car company executive talking about choice.

When GM and Volvo and Jaguar announce they are committing to an all-electric fleet they are saying, “If you want to buy a new car from us in the near future, you HAVE to buy an electric car, whether you want to or not.” Oh, isn’t GM currently producing ICE vehicles, hybrids and pure EVs and still making profits?

As for the Mustang, Jim Owens–head of Mustang marketing–said, “We know customers do want that internal combustion and some of them want the electric and we offer both in that Mustang family.” Once again, Ford is giving customers a choice. Isn’t that the way the US economy is supposed to work?

Sorry, but I don’t care if many would label me as an old fogy, customers are supposed to be able to choose from among competing products, not have choice removed by government and big business. Yes, I know those two entities have been hand-in-hand in regulating commerce and restricting your choices for years. However, heading blindly into EVs without any thoughts about infrastructure and access for the many millions of people who don’t have a garage is beyond a fool’s errand.

“Do not go gentle into that good night,

Rage, rage against the dying of the light.”

 

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While this recent piece has a European slant, it is from the UK division of Hagerty, it does show what might have been if manufacturers had been less timid. I think this car that was not to be, unlike some of the others mentioned that were produced but only for a short time, has a very nice design:

 

Rover 75 Coupe concept

 

As you can see from the front grille, this is a Rover, the 75 Coupé Concept. However, it did not end up in production because MG Rover went “into administration” (more than £1.4 billion in debt) not long after this was unveiled. Another Ford connection…the rights to the Rover brand were part of the transaction when Ford sold Jaguar and Land Rover to Tata Motors of India in 2008.

I don’t care if I’m the last person in the country not driving an electric car and/or an SUV or pickup truck. I will drive what I want until it is literally impossible to do so although I am 99.9% certain I won’t live that long.

 

 

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Where Does The Time Go?!

I am having lunch today with someone I’ve known since 1988, more than half my life. We worked together at the two baseball teams for whom I worked full-time. (He is still working for the second of those teams and has for almost 30 years. That tenure is more than half of his life.)

I started working for the Orioles in a full-time job when I was 28; I am now 62. I know the reality, but it is semi-incomprehensible if I am to be completely honest.

Tomorrow will be five months since the Z06 first failed to start. Yes, supply chains and logistics are busted to bupkis. As frustrating as the situation is, it does not seem like five months.

Today is the 1,708th day that Disaffected Musings has existed. My wonderful wife and I married 8,501 days ago. Can this blog really have existed for one-fifth of our marriage?!

I liken the seeming increase in the speed of the passage of time with age to getting 100 marbles and giving them away one at a time. At first, you’re only giving away 1% of the marbles, but as the number of marbles decreases the percentage given away increases. You’re still only giving away one marble at a time, but when you get to 50 marbles remaining each marble represents 2%. When you get to 20 marbles left, the next marble given away is 5% of the total.

I think your internal clock knows your time is finite and processes each unit of time as a larger percentage of what time remains. I think that’s why time seems to be speeding up as we age. I have no proof (hey, physicists have no proof for string theory, either, but that doesn’t stop them from talking about it), but my theory is as good as anyone else’s.

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Speaking of string theory, this post from Why Evolution Is True is about “physicist and science popularizer” Sabine Hossenfelder “dissing” the multiverse. From the post:

 

“To Hossenfelder, the problem with mulitverse theories is that they all “Postulate the existence of unobservable entities.” That is, although the multiverse is an outcome of some mathematical physics, there is no way physicists have found to test it—to make observations that would make its existence more or less likely. If it ultimately can’t be tested, she says—and I agree—then it can’t be considered a scientific theory. (This is also true of string theory.)” [That last sentence is Jerry Coyne’s, not mine.]

 

As much as I respect science, I never forget that it is an endeavor of imperfect human beings. Even this guy wasn’t perfect, although I wish people like him were in charge instead of the dolt politicians.

 

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Today is Day 7 of the 15-day delivery window for the parts needed to complete the repairs of the Z06. Of course, the completion of the repairs is now all about getting the car ASAP to the Ford dealer from whom I purchased the Mustang GT last week. For perhaps the last time in this blog:

 

 

By the way, taking the published figures as given, the Mustang GT I purchased actually has a better power-to-weight ratio than the new Supra, at least in terms of horsepower. (In terms of torque it’s a virtual dead heat.) The Mustang definitely sounds better.

 

 

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Tuesday Turmoil

No disrespect intended to the people of Ukraine and I fully acknowledge that the turmoil is all in my head.

 

Despite this being the fourth day that my new Ford Mustang GT is in our garage, I am still envisioning a scenario in which another delay in the delivery of the parts needed to complete the repair of the Z06 causes the deal to come undone. That’s just how my mind works, or doesn’t. Ironically, the Z06 is literally next door to the Ford dealership where I bought the Mustang.

The parts are supposed to be delivered no later than the 22nd and the Ford dealership made the deal with that “knowledge.” The best-laid plans of mice and men oft go awry.

 

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On this day in 1814 the British army and navy halted their attempt to capture the city of Baltimore. Fort McHenry had been bombarded for 25 hours. Of course, this battle inspired lawyer and poet Francis Scott Key to compose the poem, “Defence of Fort M’Henry,” which became the lyrics for the US National Anthem.

This Wikipedia article might be a good starting point if you want to learn more about the origins of the War of 1812. I must admit I know little about that conflict even though my birthplace was the site of one of the war’s major battles and a turning point. I am not a student of military history. From Why Evolution Is True, a photo of the earliest surviving sheet music of the anthem:

 

 

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On this day in 1899 Henry Bliss (an ironic name as you will soon see) became the first person to be fatally injured in an automobile accident in the US. (The accident happened on September 13; he died from his injuries the next day.)

Bliss was exiting a streetcar at West 74th Street and Central Park West in New York City when he was struck by an electric taxicab driven by Arthur Smith. Smith was charged with manslaughter, but was later acquitted.

In 2020, about 7,000 pedestrians were killed in car accidents. About a third of those pedestrians were legally drunk, meaning that they had a BAC of .08 g/dl or higher. We are in an era where we can’t “blame the victim.” The percentage of drivers who were legally drunk  in accidents leading to the death of a pedestrian was, surprisingly, much lower, 13%. Maybe those in favor of Prohibition were on to something.

 

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Monday Monday

For the WordPress week that ended yesterday, Disaffected Musings reached a level for blog views for the fourth consecutive week that had previously only occurred once since February 1. Many thanks and please keep reading.

 

Are any of you fans of The Mamas & The Papas? Of course, their song “Monday, Monday” was a big hit, reaching Number One on the Billboard chart in 1966. (It was their only Number One single.) The group was only together from 1965 to 1968, not counting a brief reunion to record an album in 1971. Michelle Gilliam Phillips is the only surviving member of the group as none of the other three made it to age 70. Cass Elliott (born Ellen Naomi Cohen in Baltimore) died of a massive heart attack at the age of 32 in 1974.

My wonderful wife and I do not have much overlap in our musical tastes. When we are driving together we either listen to an oldies station from the Phoenix market or ’60s Gold on Sirius XM. When listening to the latter, which seems to have a very short playlist, “Monday, Monday” and “California Dreaming” seem to be played quite often.

 

The Mamas and The Papas: How the group's harmonies were a huge hit - Click Americana

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The recent turn of events in Ukraine are a wonderful development, but the war–sadly–is far from over. In this CNBC Europe interview, David Roche, President and Global Strategist for Independent Strategy (a company that provides institutional investors with advice), offers his belief that the Russian dictator will be gone within a year. One can only hope it will not take anywhere near that long.

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Maybe I have really gone off the deep edge, but the car below has moved very high up on the list of those I would purchase as a restomod candidate if I am ever in a position to do so.

 

Fit and Trim: The General Motors B-Body Coupes of 1977 | The Daily Drive | Consumer Guide® The ...

 

This is a 1977 Buick LeSabre Sport Coupe. This was one of the General Motors’ B-Body coupes for that model year. Buick produced about 59,000 of these for 1977 and they were available with a V-8 although it’s not clear from looking at the Buick listing for 1977 in Encyclopedia of American Cars by the Auto Editors of Consumer Guide®exactly what V-8s. I do think that at least two of the three V-8s listed were from other GM divisions, a 301 cubic-inch motor that I believe was Pontiac’s and a 403 cubic-inch mill that I’m 99% sure was Oldsmobile’s.

I just think this car has a very sharp look and is the best-looking of the four GM B-Body coupes from 1977. My restomod ideas are almost always about a wolf in sheep’s clothing with very few, if any, external cues about what drivetrain/suspension/brakes lie underneath.

 

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Sunday Surprise

No, the post title does not refer to Nebraska’s 45-42 home loss to Georgia Southern as a 22-point favorite. Of course, that happened yesterday, Saturday. The bettors and oddsmakers do not seem to appreciate that the only resemblance of the current Huskers football team to those great teams of the past is the uniforms. Fire head coach Scott Frost and the worst defensive coordinator in D1 football, Erik Chinander, now; buyout be damned!

The post title also does not refer to two Top Ten teams (Texas A&M and Notre Dame) losing at home yesterday to unranked teams. Of course, unranked teams beat ranked teams every season, but having two upsets like those on the same day is unusual.

Here are some photos/videos that should reveal the surprise:

 

 

Yep, I pulled the trigger on a 2022 Ford Mustang GT. This is not, however, the same one I test drove on Labor Day because that one was already sold.

I accompanied my wonderful wife to take her 2018 Corvette in for an oil change and other service on Friday. When we picked up the car it dawned on me that the Chevrolet dealer was right next to the Ford dealer (AutoNation Ford) where I test drove the Mustang. I told my wife to go home and that I would mosey on over to the Ford dealer.

Despite the fact that the Z06 is still in the shop, which means–of course–I still own the car, they were willing to make a deal. They let me drive the Mustang home yesterday.

They were very generous with the trade-in value for the Corvette–giving me what I paid for the car in March, 2019 although that is far less, unfortunately, than I actually have in it–and I paid several thousand below MSRP for the Mustang. Those developments made it very easy for me to make the deal. I will receive a good chunk of change back from the dealer not long after they take possession of the Z06.

I did not want to wait as new ’22 Mustangs will no longer be delivered and the ’23s will be more expensive. I decided not to buy a Supra for many reasons, one of those being I still want to drive a car with a great-sounding V-8. (Hopefully, you can hear the sound in the two videos.)

As I have written before, the first-generation Mustang was one of the cars that I first admired when I became interested in automobiles around the age of 5 or 6. Obviously, I have not driven it much, and it would be hugely disappointing if the car already had issues. All I’ll write is so far, so good.

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Obviously, I remember the horrific events that occurred on this day in 2001. Always remember…

 

Remembering 9/11 - Observe, Honor, Serve | LIBERTY FLAGS, The American Wave®

 

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Saturn Saturday

I only gave today’s post this title because I felt like showing this picture.

 

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Here are links to three posts from Why Evolution Is True:

 

A comment worth highlighting

Oberlin gives up fighting Gibson’s Bakery, starts coughing up dough

FIRE free-speech rankings again put Chicago on top, but Columbia at rock bottom

 

From the first post I did find the first part of the comment from a blog reader to be particularly on the mark:

 

“The Social Justice theocrats are almost impossible to debate, as they are fundamentalists who honestly believe they are the repository of all holy truth…”

 

Once again, woke is a cult.

The part about Columbia ranking last in free-speech hits home to me for a couple of reasons. The first is that a cousin of mine, but not someone with whom I communicate regularly, worked there for many years. The second is that when I was in high school a recruiter from Columbia chose me among five students with whom she wished to meet. My high school graduating class had 530 students. I have always joked that I was chosen because I was the Jewish student with the highest grade point average.

If I had attended Columbia, and assuming I would have survived because the school’s neighborhood was quite dangerous in those days, my life would have almost certainly turned out differently. As an Ivy League graduate I would have been considered among “the anointed” and I am not using that phrase as Thomas Sowell uses it.

I might not have pursued baseball as a career, but I would still be able to work at an interesting job if I wanted to. When I list the reasons I have been shunted into the employment backwater, my lack of an Ivy League degree is always among them.

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On this day in 1953 Swanson sold its first TV dinner. In April of 1955, the Campbell Soup Company acquired Swanson. By the next year annual sales of TV dinners reached 13 million.

I remember eating TV dinners not infrequently when I was young and usually I was not eating them while watching TV. I don’t remember the brand name, but I remember that I enjoyed a particular fried chicken TV dinner and probably ate it once or twice a month. Maybe this was it:

 

Swanson's TV dinner

 

The trend today is to subscribe to a service to have “fresh” dinners with “natural” ingredients delivered on a regular basis. We have never looked into subscribing, but I doubt those services are inexpensive. I did not grow up with money and frozen TV dinners were an economical way for my mother to feed us.

A tangent: I used to enjoy cooking, but have lost virtually all patience for it. Breakfast is almost always either cereal at home or dining out. Lunch is almost always eating something prepared by a restaurant. With my terrible GERD I don’t/can’t eat dinner. I snack on protein bars and dark chocolate, but I am almost always hungry–like as I am writing this. Time for breakfast…

 

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Freeform Friday

I watched about two-thirds of the NFL 2022 regular season debut last night between the defending champions, the Los Angeles Rams, and the team many think will win it all this year, the Buffalo Bills. Once again, I did not have a dog in the fight, but enjoyed the game until the Bills’ interception of Matthew Stafford with 11 minutes left and Buffalo ahead 24-10. I knew the game was over then so I changed the channel. (Buffalo won 31-10.)

I flipped to Motor Trend to watch coverage of the current Mecum auction from Dallas. I am reluctant to write this, but I could not watch the auction for long as there were just way too many pickup trucks and SUVs/Jeeps.

Look, I know what has happened to the “automobile” market in the US. As far back as 1996, the US Big Three car companies sold more non-cars than cars. That DOESN’T mean I have to participate.

Switching back to football, sort of…I would like to ask the football fans reading this to pick who they think would win a game between these two teams:

 

 

In the season I am playing with rosters and teams that bear no resemblance to the real ones from 2021, these two teams will play each other at some point. The game will be in “Texas” and yes, that matters in this computer football simulation.

I am waiting to play the game until the teams are at full strength. Both teams have a fair number of key players who are injured, injuries happen in this game as well, and I think it would be a better game if both teams had a full complement of players. Of course, other players could become “injured” in the meantime.

One is tempted to say this is a classic matchup of offense versus defense, but the Gilas also have a very good offense. (Yes, the Tornadoes are averaging an incredible 8.0 yards per play on offense and are converting 58.5% of their third downs.) If they [the Gilas] win, then they will have the tiebreaker in case the two teams finish with the same and best record in the conference. In this league I am playing, every team plays every other non-divisional conference opponent once. That makes it much easier to break ties for playoff entry and seeding. Oh, can you see why the OCD/Math Nerd football fan I am enjoys this stuff?

OK, football fans, who will win this game?

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Even though I distracted the readers yesterday with a second post, the first installment of If I Had To…had a decent number of readers. I suppose I will write more of those posts, if I can think of more topics. I think that for some of them I will only pick one car as opposed to the three I chose yesterday.

In a comment dialogue from that post I asked Dirty Dingus McGee for a recommendation for an interesting two-door car with good performance. Given I can’t fit a Dodge Challenger in my garage, and I have already discussed both a current-generation Mustang and current-generation Supra, I’m afraid I didn’t leave him much choice. He did mention the new Nissan Z car (pictured below), but as I replied to him they are very scarce on the ground and are marked up to hell by dealers.

 

See the source image

 

One thing that bothered Todd Deeken and Paul Schmucker of Everyday Driver is that the new Z is on the same chassis as the 370Z that debuted in 2009. That side view is quite striking, though.

I have never owned a Ford vehicle. My father, a Holocaust survivor (sort of the literal definition of that concept) and automobile mechanic, was not a fan of the Blue Oval. I have never owned a Toyota although the new Supra is really a BMW and I have owned one of those. I have never owned a Nissan-badged car, but I have owned an Infiniti. I wasn’t a big fan of that car, but the main reason–the awful CVT–is not available on the new Z.

I would like to buy something from a company whose product I have never owned. Remember, so many cars just one life, after all. I guess that means in case I really can’t decide what I want to buy, then the Mustang has the tiebreaker. However, as I write this I am still heavily leaning towards the Mustang, anyway. Whether or not that is, in part, because I have never owned a Ford, I can’t say.

 

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Queen Elizabeth

I hope this post doesn’t appear to be exploitative or in poor taste.

Unlike many Americans, I have no interest in the British royal family. I also know nothing about the history of the monarchy. One of my favorite all-time public comments is Dick Vermeil’s response to being asked if he was going to watch the royal wedding (the wedding of then Prince, now King, Charles and Diana Spencer). He replied, “The royal what?”

I did watch a baseball game with Queen Elizabeth, sort of. Before Washington, DC regained a place in Major League Baseball when the Montreal Expos moved there before the 2005 season, the Baltimore Orioles hosted “official” visits from time to time.

I don’t remember the exact year, but it had to be between 1988, my first year with the Orioles, and 1991, the team’s last year at Memorial Stadium. She and her entourage sat in the owner’s box, which was next to the press box. They were separated by a glass (plexiglass?) wall.

I usually sat in the press box even though I was not a member of the media. My employee pass gave me access to just about anywhere in the stadium.

I don’t remember how long before the Queen’s visit that we were informed she would be at the game, but by the time she arrived everyone knew. Everyone in the press box also glanced over at the owner’s box at least a few times during the game, myself included.

She and her entourage stayed for seven innings. I did not see her talk, smile, cheer, eat or drink anything, but I was not watching her the entire time.

I offer sympathies to the British people as I know the monarch is an important symbol of their country.

 

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If I Had To…

The window for delivery of the parts needed to complete the repairs of the Z06 begins today. The sooner, the better as the future beckons.

 

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For all I know, this could be the only installment of If I Had To…It is not easy for me to write about vehicles in which I have little interest. It is also possible that today’s post will not be well received or widely read.

OK, if I HAD to buy a four-door car which ones would I consider. I think that virtually all four-door vehicles look like boxes, devoid of interesting shapes. I spent some time thinking about these cars and only came up with three, one of which I have only seen at car events. In order of least expensive to most expensive:

 

Kia Stinger Scorpion Edition 2022 ra mắt: Đậm chất thể thao, giá từ 52.585 USD - iCar24h

 

This is a 2022 Kia Stinger GT2. On an episode of Everyday Driver Todd Deeken and Paul Schmucker drove and compared a Stinger GT2 to a BMW 430i Gran Coupe. No contest, right? Even the man who loves Porsche and BMW, Paul, preferred the Kia to the BMW. (Todd did as well.)

Both said the Kia had better performance AND a better ride than the BMW. The Kia Stinger is one of the great unknown cars, in my opinion. The subhead for this Motor Trend article about the Stinger reads, “America is missing out on this criminally overlooked sedan.” I believe that 2022 is the last model year the car will be produced and it will have died from badge snobbery. (The Genesis G70 is basically a Kia Stinger with three inches taken out of the chassis, meaning a less comfortable rear seat, and a little more luxurious interior.)

The GT2 is powered by a 3.3 liter (about 200 cubic inches), twin-turbo V6 that produces 368 HP and 376 LB-FT of torque. I’ve seen a 4.6 second 0-60 time associated with the car, but the time usually shown is 5.1 seconds. Either way, that’s quick for a car that seats five and has a rear hatch that allows much cargo to be hauled. The base MSRP for this car is about $51,000. That’s about the same as a Toyota Sequoia. Uh, which one would you rather drive?

The next car makes the list basically because I have been a fan of the make since I was very young.

 

 

This is a 2022 Maserati Ghibli in Trofeo spec. The article in which this picture appeared recommended the Modena version, however. What’s the difference? About 156 HP, the Modena has 424 HP (the base Ghibli has 345) while the Trofeo has 580. Do you need 580 HP in a four-door car? The Ghibli Modena engine makes 428 LB-FT of torque, which helps push the car from 0-60 in 4.9 seconds.

Like the Stinger, the Ghibli will soon be out of production. Maserati has realized that having two very similar four-door sedans in its lineup was not a good idea and will only be manufacturing one. Now part of the large Stellantis company, Maserati’s future is cloudy, in general.

I have test driven a Ghibli (a base model from 2020) and was impressed. The engine sound was awesome, the car handled and braked well and it was very comfortable. One feature I particularly liked was that the rear seats sit a little higher than the fronts, giving rear passengers a good view. The base MSRP for a Ghibli in Modena spec is about $81,000.

Here is the most expensive car of the bunch:

 

2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing | Sport Sedan | Model Overview

 

This is a 2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing. For about $90,000 you get a car that can accelerate from 0-60 in 3.4 seconds because it’s powered by a slightly tweaked version of the same engine found in the C7 Corvette Z06, the LT4. In the Blackwing, the engine produces 668 HP/659 LB-FT of torque. OK, in the context of the Ghibli Trofeo I asked if you needed 580 HP in a four-door car. No, you need 668.  🙂

All publications that I’ve read praise the CT5-V Blackwing for its combination of styling, acceleration and handling. Sadly, this and its sibling, the CT4-V Blackwing, will be the last gasoline-powered V cars Cadillac will ever produce. Supposedly, the make’s entire lineup will be either pure electric or hybrid by 2025.

 

Please share your opinions about this post. Also, feel free to recommend four-door cars (no SUVs or pickup trucks) of your choice.

 

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