Muscle cars are a product of the American car maker between late 60’s and the oil crisis in the 70’s. Those car featured enormous gas hungry engines producing over 500 horse power. Handling was poor but price was cheap and design was agressive. Those cars are now worth over million dollar and they are the symbol of the bold American cars forever. To name a few iconic muscle cars: Dodge Charger, Chevrolet Camaro, Corvette, Pontiac GTO, Chrysler Hemi Cuda...
This time on Motor Trend’s "The J-Turn" they got behind the wheel of one of the most powerful Hennessey models: a highly-modified Camaro ZL1. The test was made this week at the Texas Mile where a Hennessey-tuned Ford GT with Patrick O’Gorman behind the wheel set a new top speed record of 267.6 mph.
Jessi Lang got behind the wheel of the modified Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and tried to push it to the limit. So, what do you think: was she able to handle the 750-horsepower muscle car as well as John Hennessey usually does and hit its top speed of 203.9 mph?
Of course, we’re not going to spoil the fun for you. You’re just going to have to check out the video up above to see if Jessi was able to crest the 200 mph mark or not. Either way, it’s fun to watch that ZL1 stretch its legs a little.
Formula Drift Champion, Vaughn Gittin Jr., officially unveiled the 2014 Mustang RTR that seems to be ready to rock the 2013 Formula Drift season. The 2014 RTR was developed by Autosport Dynamics and will make its competitive debut at Formula Drift Round 1 in Long Beach, California April 12th and 13th. After that, Vaughn will compete in the World Drift Series in China and in numerous other select competition and demonstration events in Europe.
If last year’s model impressed you, the 2014 version will be a sensation. Its V-8 engine delivers a total of 845 horsepower - an increase of 45 horsepower over the previous model year. As usual, the engine has been developed by Ford Racing, so you know it’s built to run with the best of them.
The car sits on 18-inche wheels wrapped in Nitto NT05 tires sized 295/35R18 on the rear and 275/35R18 on the front. The model is distinguished by a carbon-fiber body with RTR appearance package. On the inside, it adds Recaro racing seats with Takata six-point harness.
Those Camaro Hot Wheels models have proven to be quite a hit in the box office. From a concept model that we first saw at the 2011 SEMA Auto Show, the Camaro Hot Wheels model has evolved into a coupe model and most recently, a convertible model.
The latter is set to show its face this week at 500 Festival at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, one of the lead-up events for the annual Indianapolis 500 race.
As for the Camaro Convertible Hot Wheels Edition, Chevrolet wanted it to be as distinguishable as its coupe counterpart, so it set out to do just that. The same Kinetic Blue exterior paint finish can be found on the convertible model, as are the matte-black touches on both the hood and taillight surrounds.
New components have also been added, including a new rear spoiler, an upper grille, a front splitter, side skirts, and a new set of 21-inch wheels.
Seeing as this is a Hot Wheels model, you’ll find plenty of brand badging all throughout the vehicle, including special graphics and Hot Wheels flame badges on the exterior, and a black leather trim with red and black stitching with an embroidered Hot Wheels logo.
The special-edition Camaro Convertible Hot Wheels Edition will serve as the Official Vehicle of the Indy 500 before a limited, one-time production run arrives in Chevy dealerships in a few months.
In case you need a refresher, you can find out some details about the Chevrolet Camaro Coupe Hot Wheels Edition after the jump
Now this is really something of an aftermarket build, now isn’t it?
If you’re a fan of the Gold Rush Rally, then you might be familiar with this geek-tastic, Tron-wrapped Chevrolet Camaro. If you’re not a fan of the Gold Rush Rally, then feast your eyes on a true one-of-a-kind build from some of the most creative aftermarket companies in the business.
Before we dive into this awesome Tron-inspired Camaro, the Gold Rush Rally is an international public display, and exotic and supercar rally. It’s scheduled to take place from June 8th to 15th and will run through numerous U.S. cities, including: San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Dallas, Memphis, St. Louis and Chicago.
If you live in any of those cities, you might want to keep an eye out for this turbocharged Camaro that has been dressed by Team Turbo Legacy with a Tron-inspired wrapped, using Knifeless tape in "Brushed Blue Steel" courtesy of 3M Commercial Graphics. Notice also the huge front spoiler and the red headlights, which make for an even more imposing muscle car.
While the exterior look is, without question, the most distinctive part about this program, this Camaro also has quite a performance upgrade under its hood. Courtesy of a pair of turbochargers, the Camaro’s output is bumped 750 horsepower.
Considering that a stock Camaro produces up to 426 horsepower from its 6.2-liter V-8 engine, we’d say that this Tron-inspired Camaro by SS Customs is one that’ll definitely catch a lot of people’s eyes – in more ways than one.
SRT chief, Ralph Giles, isn’t the type to back down from a challenge. So when Chevrolet unveiled the track-focused Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, nobody was surprised when Giles told Motor Trend that his brand "was preparing for an answer" to the Z/28.
So the onus now turns to Dodge’s resident muscle car, the Challenger, to pick up and answer the call. Giles didn’t go into specific details regarding what that "answer" was going to be, but there’s already speculation that a Challenger will be that steed and it will come with what folks expect to be a doozy of a powertrain.
As far as expectations are concerned, ours is that SRT will fit a modified version of its 6.4-liter Hemi V-8. You know, the one that currently produces 470 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. Add a couple of tweaks here and there and that output can easily be bumped up to around 500 horsepower, right around the same figure the Camaro Z/28 currently provides.
In addition to the more powerful engine, SRT could also make the Challenger lighter with the use of carbon-fiber parts to go with lighter suspension, bigger brakes and new track-focused wheels.
All this, of course, is a matter of conjecture. Yet we do know that SRT has something planned up its sleeve. Ralph Giles isn’t the type to double-talk, so when he says that an answer is coming, you can pretty much take that to the bank.
Remember back when the V-6 engine in the Camaro could barely move the neutered muscle car out of its own way? Well, if you had the “joy” of driving any of the early-model V-6 Camaros, you were likely rather surprised to see the new Camaro’s V-6 engine muscling out 323 horsepower. Well, a leaked image shows that GM is taking its V-6 engine to an all-new level.
That’s right, an image passed over to the guys and gals at Carscoops by a “GM insider,” shows a pilot brochure for the 2014 Camaro. In this brochure, it lists the V-6 engine at 354 horsepower – a 31-pony bump over 2013 – a 0-to-60 mph time of 6.2 seconds and an excellent 34 mpg highway. The latter represents a 4 mpg increase over the 2013 model year, which is mighty impressive to go along with the nice horsepower boost.
These are all unconfirmed reports from “insiders” that we don’t know personally, so we need to take this with a grain of salt. But, the above image sure does lend it a little credence to the report.
With this rumored bump in power, the revised body and the all-new Z/28, Chevy is certainly making a huge push in the muscle-car realm.
The new Camaro looks to have a more aggressively styled front end with its upper grille being a bit shorter than the outgoing model. The headlights also look a bit shorter to give it a more menacing look. On the hood, there is a large vent for extra cooling. The side profile and rear end look basically the same at first glance, but with redesigned tail lights and a slightly different spoiler.
The SS Camaro had no surprises under the hood, as it carries the same 426 horsepower 6.2-liter V-8 and the automatic version will likely remain detuned to 400 horsepower. It also features big Brembo brakes to help drag the muscle car to a halt quickly. The opening in the hood combines with an opening in the bottom of the car to allow air to flow freely through the engine compartment, keeping those ponies nice and cool.
The Ford Mustang is turning 50 years old on April 17, 2014 and Ford is planning something big. The first step in this huge celebration is the creating a logo that signifies the muscle car hitting the half-century mark. After an internal design competition, Ford has chosen a logo to commemorate the event and it is that of designer Michael Thompson.
As you can see in the above image, the trademark galloping mustang graces the top of the logo with the phrase “50 YEARS” underlining it. According to reports, this logo will be used on various products, including: jackets, shirts, watches, pinball machine and much more. There is no mention on whether this logo will grace the 2014 Mustang, but we think it’s safe to assume that it will be there.
While this logo is cool and the refreshed 2014 Mustang is awesome, we are still awaiting the official reveal of the next-gen mustang, which was leaked via some clay models a few days ago. All the experts, us included, expect to see the next-gen Mustang revealed on the `Stang’s 50th birthday.
So, until then, we are going out to pick up the cliché “Over The Hill” birthday cards.
It has been rumored for quite some time now that Blue Oval will be celebrating Mustang’s 50th anniversary with the launch of the muscle car’s sixth-generation. While the car’s final design is still a secret, a set of images of a clay model have surfaced on the Internet, revealing what the 2015 Mustang could look like.
As previously suggested, it looks like the next Mustang will adopt a more global design, but in the same time it will pay tribute to classic Mustang models. As we can see from the clay images, it appears that the 2015 model year will adopt a fastback appearance with wide hips - a tribute to the first-generation Mustang.
According to the guy who posted these images on Mustang6g Forums: "This clay design study model was confirmed to be of the next-gen Mustang (s550), although it may not be the final design settled upon."
SRT has unveiled today at the Spring Fest the special edition Charger SRT 392 - a model limited to only 392 units and set to be put on sale later this year. It will be available in four exterior colors: Bright White, Billet Silver, Plum Crazy, HEMI Orange and TorRed.
The four exterior colors will be combined with black accents on the hood, roof, rear spoiler and exterior mirrors, plus a gloss-black “392” badge and numerous gray inserts. For the interior, this special edition will add a serialized dash plaque on the instrument panel — each unit will get an individually-numbered dash plaque. The car sits on a set of black Vapor Chrome wheels.
No updates have been announced under the hood, so we expect the new Charger SRT 392 to be offered with the usual 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 engine that delivers an impressive 465 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque.