Warren Brown and Lou Ann Hammond chat about cars on www.washingtonpost.com July 18, 2014

Warren Brown and Lou Ann Hammond chat about cars on www.washingtonpost.com July 18, 2014

Good morning Warren and Friends

Carlist and Driving the Nation correspondents drove two hot fun cars this week.

First was the 2015 Dodge Challenger and the new models

Four Engines, Eight-speeds and up to 707 Horsepower: Dodge Announces Pricing for Its New 2015 Challenger Model Lineup

As Tim Kuniskis, President and Chief Executive Officer – Dodge Brand, SRT Brand and Head of Fleet Operations, Chrysler Group LLC, told DrivingtheNation, “if you like the vehicles of the past and the fuel economy of today, you’ll love these cars”

Starting later in the third-quarter, Dodge is unleashing the Most Powerful and Fastest Muscle Car ever, along with the most capable and technologically advanced Challenger lineup ever “ with a starting U.S. Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $26,995

New Challenger R/T Scat Pack features a 6.4-liter HEMI with best-in-class 485 horsepower and 475 lb.-ft. of torque, delivering 0-60 mph in the low 4-second range with up to 25 mpg highway with a starting U.S. MSRP of $38,495

New Challenger SRT 392 delivers 485 horsepower, plus new six-piston front Brembo brakes, 20 x 9.5-inch wide forged wheels, 18-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, three-mode adaptive suspension and all-new Drive Modes to personally tailor the driving experience with a starting U.S. MSRP of $45,995

Americas most powerful muscle car ever: all-new Challenger SRT with the supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI Hellcat engine, produces 707 horsepower and 650 lb.-ft. of torque and recently achieved an NHRA-certified 10.8 second quarter mile time (on drag radials), is available with a starting U.S. MSRP of $59,995

The second car was the ultimate driving machine, the BMW 435I convertible. As with any convertible there is less trunk space, as with any BMW the driving was wonderful. I can see why people think BMW owners are jerks on the road, but there is something so sweet and seductive about a car that feels like it takes control of the road, that it will do exactly what you want it to without any strain.

The starting MSRP is $54,900 but the one I drove was $65,775. Up hill, around sweepers, it is just a lovely handling car. BMW has the i-drive right.

Lastly, do you see gas prices going back up? Does the Ukraine/Russia Israel/Gaza tension make a difference?

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Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a member of the North American Car and Truck of the Year (NACTOY), Women's World Car of the Year (WWCOTY), and the Concept Car of the Year.