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  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...

The sixth-generation Ford Mustang has been caught testing plenty of times, but we have yet to get a clear listen to the turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Well, one lucky Youtube user just so happened upon a camouflaged Mustang on the roads of Flagstaff, Arizona with the a distinct whistle coming from the engine compartment. The video is pretty short, but is definitive proof that Ford engineers are hard at work on a four-cylinder, turbocharged version of the next-gen Mustang.

Rumors have recently been pulling everyone in multiple directions. One day, a report claims that the turbocharged model will only find its way to European showrooms and the next day, someone else claims that the U.S. market will get a turbocharged version. This video pretty much puts the issue to bed, as there is no reason to test a turbocharged Mustang in the States, if it won’t find its way here. That would seem a little counterproductive to us.

Just about every report of this turbocharged four-pot point to it being a 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine that is based on the 2.0-liter EcoBoost that you can find on the Focus ST, but tuned to about 350 horsepower. And according to several comments by Focus ST owners, the sound that this Mustang makes as it pulls away is identical to the sound that they hear everyday from their Focus’ engine. So, this also helps somewhat validate the claims that this engine will, in fact, be on loan from the Focus ST.

The next-generation Mustang will be the first ever to offer an independent rear suspension and it will adopt a global design that will be inspired by the Evos Concept.

We expect to see the 2015 Ford Mustang unveiled on April 17, 2014 - just in time to celebrate the car’s 50th anniversary. As a reminder, rumors point toward the first 1,000 units will be offered as a 2014 1/2 model year.

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Ford announced today that the last retail 2014 Shelby GT500 Convertible will be auctioned on August 9, 2013 at the Hot August Nights Auction presented by Barrett-Jackson. All the proceeds will go to the Brain Injury Association of America.

The winner of the auction will have the possibility to customize the GT500 Convertible according to his or her personal desire. Ford offers the opportunity to choose between any imaginable interior, exterior and striping package that will offer a buyer to create a one-off GT500. The car will also be signed by Indy 500 winner, Parnelli Jones, who will attend the auction as well.

At the auction, Ford will also offer both Ride-and-Drive and hot lap experiences in the parking lot of the Atlantis Casino Resort. Visitors will have the chance to experience models like Shelby GT500, 2014 Focus ST and 2014 Fiesta ST .

Click past the jump to read more about the Shelby GT500 Convertible .

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The Mustang is about to turn 50 years old and Ford is preparing to celebrate the event in style. The most important will be that we are going to see the launch of sixth-generation Mustang , but there will be a few other events prepared for the celebration.

One of these events is a "Mustang Countdown" online video series that reveals the many stories behind Ford Mustang and how it has touched people all around the world. The series includes behind-the-scenes looks at the Mustang 1 concept car. the build of the 1 millionth Mustang at Flat Rock Assembly Plant and many more.

This is only the beginning though, as Ford promised future videos will cover video games, Mustang’s competition heritage custom restomods and much more.

Ford Mustang will turn 50 years old on April 17, 2014, which happens to be the same day that we expect to see the new-gen Mustang.

Click past the jump to watch the video series.

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A very lucky member of the Mustang6g Forums was fortunate enough to be in a hotel parking lot in Arizona just when Ford engineers were taking a break from testing a few 2015 Mustang protoypes. As no surprise, Mriley — the forum member that spotted the `Stangs — quickly took his camera and snapped off a few pictures. He even managed to take a photo of the car’s interior; well, sort of.

As no surprise, the 2015 Mustang is still heavily camouflaged and these new shots revealed very little. The interior picture does show a concave steering wheel and thick sport seats.

We do know that Ford will drop the Mustang’s current exterior look that made the Mustang so famous and will adopt a global design language. Ford previewed this design when it displayed the Evos Concept.

Along with its new look, we expect to see a few updates under the hood too.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Ford Mustang.

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The Dodge Challenger SXT models bring all the muscle-car intimidation factor of their pricier peers, plus a heavy dose of American full-size, rear-wheel-drive coupe swagger.

The Challenger SXT is actually nimble and quick, despite its V-6 powerplant. The Pentastar engine is good for 305 horsepower and a 6.8-second sprint to 60 mph. With a base price of under $26,000, this lovable retro coupe is a desirable option for many shoppers.

The Challenger SXT lineup comes in three flavors: SXT, SXT Plus and SXT Rallye Redline. All three come standard with a respectable feature list that includes 18- or 20-inch black chrome wheels, a five-speed autobox and thumping audio options.

The future is bright for this big-boned rear-drive muscle car, with plans for a hardcore 2015 SRT Barracuda spin-off and even a possible Chrysler luxury soft-top cabrio for the next generation of downsized models spun off this platform.

The big girl herself looks set to keep the current package until 2015, with possible light tweak to the headlights and eight-speed auto likely the only changes to keep it competitive until well into 2017.

How does the value side of the Challenger range compare with the Ford Mustang , Chevrolet Camaro and the wildcard Subaru BRZ?

Click past the jump for the full review of the 2014 Dodge Challenger V-6 SXT and SXT Plus, with info on the optional SXT Rallye Redline package’s amazing polished and painted inner wheels and the available Mopar T-handle gear level.

The Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is a hard muscle car to improve in large part because the car already looks and performs like a tried-and-true Shelby.

But Anderson Germany is undaunted; the German tuner believes that there’s still something inherently more evil that lies within the Mustang Shelby GT500 and it’s determined to summon this evil with its new program.

Dubbed the Super Venom Edition, Anderson Germany successfully outfitted the Shelby GT500 with a really cool body kit that not only drives up the muscle car’s aggressive looks, but also helps improve its performance and handling credentials.

It certainly goes without saying that Anderson Germany has made a business out of these kinds of projects. The tuner has time and again provided aftermarket body work on numerous vehicles in the past with the Shelby GT500 being the latest in a long list of vehicles that have been, so to speak, "Anderson Germany’d"

Click past the jump to read about what the German tuner did in turning the Mustang Shelby GT500 into the Super Venom.

SRT has unveiled at the Spring Fest the special-edition Charger SRT 392 - a model limited to only 392 units that hit showrooms earlier this year. It is available in five exterior colors: Bright White, Billet Silver, Plum Crazy, HEMI Orange, and TorRed.

Far more than just adding some color to the already unabashedly charismatic Charger SRT, the 392 Package also gives the muscle car some added attitude. Not that it needs ay more attitude, but when you’re in a market that also includes the Ford Mustang and the Chevrolet Camaro , any sort of extra sizzle is a wonderful thing.

No performance modifications are included in the Charger SRT 392 package but that’s not why you’re going to spend another $2,495 to avail of the add-on. The Charger SRT 392 package is all about turning the Dodge muscle car from frighteningly awesome to frighteningly awesome with some spitting attitude to boot.

Click past the jump to read about the Dodge Charger SRT 392.

Chevrolet will unveil four customized Camaros at SEMA

If this special edition Camaro looks eerily familiar to you, it’s because this car has been around for a number of years now. It’s called the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro GS Racecar Concept and it was built by Riley Technologies and General Motors’ High Performance Vehicle Operations as one of four customized Camaros at SEMA 2008 .

Four years after wowing the crowd in Las Vegas, the Camaro GS Racecar Concept returns to the headlines because it will be up for sale at the Mecum Auctions next month as part of the Monterey Car Week.

The car draws inspiration from a particular racer from the past, specifically the 1969 Camaro Trans-Am racecar driven by Mark Donohue. The Camaro GS Racecar Concept was even painted in the same deep-blue paint scheme that comes with accented yellow graphics, a yellow-painted interior and yellow racing wheels.

In addition, the prototype also had its seams welded to go along with carbon-fiber fenders, doors, hood and trunk. A 3-inch exhaust system with aftermarket mufflers took the place of the stock equipment, while the car’s standard LS3 V-8 engine was fitted into solid engine mounts and mated to a close-ration six-speed manual transmission.

Organizers at Mecum Auctions don’t have a specific price for the one-off prototype, but they do estimate the hammer falling in the low-to-mid six digits.

Click past the jump to read about the Chevrolet Camaro

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Shelby American announced that the 2013 model year will be the end of the line for the Mustang GT350 . The company will continue to accept orders for new GT350 models through December 31st, 2013, so you had better get to ordering while you still can.

Shelby launched the GT350 program in 1965 and painted each and every one of the debut models Wimbledon White with Guardsman Blue rocker-panel stripes, and just over a quarter of these models features Le Mans (racing) stripes. These models came with a 289-cubic-inch V-8 powerhouse that Shelby Shelby tuned to 306 horsepower — stock output was 271 horsepower. Other updates included heavy-duty rear axles from the Ford Galaxy, larger rear drum brakes and upgraded Kelsey-Hayes front disc brakes. The engine hooked up to a T-10 four-speed manual gearbox and the car held the road via over-rider traction bars, revise A-arms and 130 mph-rated Goodyear rubber.

1966 brought about four new colors: blue, red, green and black. It also gained brake cooling ducts, an optional three-speed automatic transmission and an optional Paxton supercharger. The latter option ran $670 — a relative bargain by today’s standard — and bumped the engine to 440 horsepower.

Also new for 1966 was the Hertz "Rent-a-Racer," which were later refurbished by Ford and sold to the public as the GT350-H. The "Rent-a-Racer" program netted plenty of issues, as many of these cars were rented for use in SCCA events, which ended up with customers temporarily welding in roll cages. Additionally, many of the performance parts were missing by time Hertz returned the models to Ford for refurbishing.

In 1968, Ford added in the GT350-KR model — "KR" meaning "King of the Road" — which included a 428-cubic-inch V-8 powerplant with 335 horses and 440 pound-feet of torque. Also changed up was the addition of the "Cobra" tag to the name in 1968, making it the "Shelby Cobra GT350."the Otherwise, the GT350 remained the same in 1967 and 1968.

In 1969, which was the GT 350’s final year, the "Cobra" tag disappeared and a 351-cubic-inch V-8 found its way under its hood.

In 2011 Shelby reintroduced the GT350 and produced only coupe models painted in Competition white with Guardsmen blue stripes. In 2012 , it also offered a convertible version, plus three more colors (red, blue and anniversary black/gold celebrating 50 years of Shelby American).

As of January 1st, 2014, Shelby will continue to offer models like Shelby GTS, GT500 Super Snake and Shelby 1000, Shelby Raptor muscle truck and hot hatch Shelby Focus ST.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350.

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Typically, Chevrolet sends its most powerful cars to pace the most important racing events and this year’s NASCAR Sprint Cup will be no exception. Chevy and Indianapolis Motor Speedway announced today that a Camaro ZL1 will pace this Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup field set to the start the Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana. The ZL1 will be driven by ESPN "SportsCenter" anchor and Indiana University graduate, Sage Steele

The ZL1 Pace Car is painted in a nice combination of blue and gray with the official logos and badges. There are also lots of sirens and LED lights that will help it be more visible on the racetrack.

Chevrolet has paced the previous 19 Sprint Cup races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and this is the sixth time a Camaro has paced the race.

Click past the jump to read more about the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.

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