How cool would a garage of all FCA vehicles be?
We came up with a fun game where we choose on automotive group to fill out a dream garage with five vehicles. We've already created dream garages with the many brands of General Motors and the Volkswagen Group, but Fiat-Chrysler also has some excellent brands. FCA has more than five brands under its umbrella, so we had some tough choices to make. Some of the models selected aren't really available at the dealership, but this is a dream garage after all. This five-car garage might be our best one yet.
FCA's most premium brand is clearly Ferrari, and we went with the most expensive model the company offers. We could have picked a 488, F12, or even a California T, but why deny our dream garage of the most incredible car in the FCA lineup? The Aperta is the roofless version of the LaFerrari hypercar, and only Ferrari-diehards are allowed to buy one. That means that even if we walked into a Ferrari dealership with around $4 million, we still couldn't walk out with a LaFerrari Aperta. Only 150 units will be built using the same 6.3-liter V12 mated to a hybrid system for a total of 949 horsepower. Our FCA dream garage would be incomplete if we didn't get a LaFerrari Aperta.
If you want an exciting daily driver, you don't need to look beyond the FCA lineup. The Hellcat twins are here to stay, and it's hard to remember the Dodge lineup before them. The Charger Hellcat is a large four-door car that is extremely practical, but also has a 707 horsepower supercharged V8. You would be hard pressed to find a more powerful sedan on the market, even if you had hundreds of thousands of dollars to spend. The Charger Hellcat may not be the most upscale sedan on the market, but it does have heated and ventilated seats, an 8.4-inch infotainment system, and every luxury feature that you can reasonable expect. It also has more horsepower than a Lamborghini Aventador.
The Jeep Wrangler is one of the best off-road vehicles in the world, so we had to put it into our dream garage. Jeep will be releasing an all new model for 2018 that could come with a new four-cylinder turbo. There could also be a pickup truck version in the works. Since this is a dream garage, we want a diesel-powered pickup truck version of the Wrangler. We would love to be able to take the family on an off-roading adventure and still be able to bring all of your stuff along in the bed. We also wouldn't mind if Jeep stuffed a Hellcat engine in a Wrangler, that would certainly turn some heads.
If we ever wanted to go to a track day, or do autocross, we need something lightweight and simple. And with the need for at least one manual transmission in our dream garage, we chose the Fiat 124 Abarth. The Fiat 124 is based on the legendary Mazda MX-5 Miata, albeit with a more powerful turbocharged engine. Fans have been clamoring for Mazda to build a turbocharged Miata, and Fiat has finally answered the call. The 1.4-liter turbo is not a powerhouse with just 164 horsepower, but the lightweight Mazda chassis should make this car a handling dream. The 124 would be the perfect car for a nice Sunday drive or attacking a track on a weekend.
It would be impossible to build one of these dream garages without including at least one family-hauling SUV. FCA has many interesting models to choose from including the Maserati Levante, the upcoming Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, and even the surprisingly good Chrysler Pacifica minivan. However, we have picked an FCA model that has yet to be revealed, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio. The Maserati Levante seems too expensive and only comes with a 424 horsepower V6. The upcoming Alfa Romeo Stelvio should get the same 2.9-liter 503 horsepower V6 as the Giulia Quadrifoglio. We could spend more money on the Maserati Levante, but we think the Alfa Romeo will be even better.