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...
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.
Chevrolet Performance announced today the availability of an NHRA-certified Camaro rolling chassis specially designed for drag racing. Customers will only get the painted body and chassis ready to be finished and they will have to add the engine, transmission and other drivetrain components. The price for the rolling chassis is $55,000 will be put on sale on March 28th, 2013.
If you are interested, Chevrolet can provide you with all the other components needed to finish your car: engine and air inlet system, engine mounts, engine controller and wire harness, exhaust headers, transmission and shifter assembly and driveshaft.
Customers can choose between a 350-cubic-inch engine that delivers a total of at 325 horsepower; a 396-cubic-inch engine with 375 horsepower, and a 427-cubic-inch engine delivering 425 horsepower. The engines offered in the COPO Camaro program are also available
The chassis will be offered with a roll cage, NHRA-approved racing chassis and suspension components. The models will be painted in Summit White and will feature a production Camaro hood and SS grille, production window glass, headlamps, taillights and more. On the interior, Chevrolet will add racing seats, a production-style instrument panel, steering wheel, racing switch panel, door panels, headliner and black carpeting.
Last year at the New York Auto Show, Shelby American unveiled the 1000 as a celebration of the company’s 50th anniversary. The model got sold like hot cakes, so this year at the 2013 New York Auto Show, we are going to see an improved version of the model named 1000 S/C, which is essentially a GT500 with a double shot of car `roids.
Unlike the initial version, the new S/C delivers a total of 1,200 horsepower – a 250-horsepower increase over the previous 950 horsepower. This output is even more impressive when compared to the standard 662 horsepower level delivered by the 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 - the model it is based on.
So how did Shelby almost double this output? You’ll have to come back next week if you want to find an answer to this question. We do know that Shelby yanked out the 5.8-liter V-8, stripped it to just a bare block and installed strengthened internals.
Along with the output increase, the new 1000 S/C also received an adjustable suspension, a performance cooling package, big brakes and, of course, a new set of wheels to roll on.
As usual, exclusivity comes with a huge price. The price for the upgrade goes up to an amazing $154,995, not including the base GT500 - which is priced at $54,650. There will be only 100 units built so you better hurry up!
We’ll bring you full details once Shelby release them.
Click past the jump to read Shelby’s press release
Car addict or not, everyone out there has seen the famous movie "Gone in sixty seconds” at least once. Of course, most of you were amazed by Angelina Jolie, but, for those of you with a passion for cars, there was another "female" that caught your attention: "Eleanor."
"She" is a 1967 Shelby Mustang GT500 and a total of 15 units were specially developed for the movie. Apparently, Eleanor was the last car to be stolen, but turned out to be the hardest one to get.
While the GT500 models developed during that period are known as the "Eleanor," in this video you are watching at one of the 15 units developed for the movie. It features a 7.0-liter supercharged V-8 engine that delivers a total of 650 horsepower for the rear wheels.
This video is another reminder of what an amazing car the Eleanor is!
Chrysler announced a voluntary recall for 2013 Dodge Challenger models equipped with a V-6 engine and produced during an eight-week period ending Jan. 24, 2013. The recall affects a total of 4,459 vehicles, of which approximately 1,900 are in dealer hands and 2,500 units have already been delivered to customers.
According to the official statement, the units recalled are affected by a potential short circuit that could cause a wire harness to overheat and possibly lead to fire. This problem has already led to seven such incidents, but luckily no one was hurt.
Chrysler announced that the affected owners will be contacted by phone or mail and will be asked to immediately refrain from driving their vehicles until; it is repaired by a local dealer. Also, Chrysler is advising its clients not to park their vehicles in or near any structures.
Back when Pontiac went the way of the dodo bird, we didn’t so much mourn the loss of the brand as much we did the finality of the Trans Am’s death. Sure, the Trans Am was gone following the 2002 model year – along with its cousin, the Camaro – but there was still a glimmer of hope for it to return, much like the Camaro has. Well, when GM finally boarded up the windows and doors at Pontiac in 2010, we laid the Trans Am name to rest.
We have seen many people attempt to turn the new-generation Camaro into Firebirds and Trans Ams, but none have really done the model’s heritage justice. The folks over at Trans Am Depot, on the other hand, have done rather well in converting the Camaro into something that at least somewhat resembles what the Trans Am would likely look like, if it existed today.
The Trans Am is available in three models, so far, and they include: 2012 7T7 Trans Am, 2013 6T9 Trans Am and 2013 Hurst Trans Am. These bad boys not only give the model its due attention, but they also punish the pavement better than Trans Ams of yesteryear with the 6T9 version punching out 1,100 horsepower. Simply amazing.
To help promote its models, Trans Am Depot has released a series of videos about the cars they offer. Above, you will see the promo video for the Trans Am lineup, which includes some shoddy acting, but the cars are sexy as hell and the women are, well… “nice.” The two videos after the jump are mini documentaries about the production of the cars.
Remember the days when the V-6 model of various performance vehicles –the Mustang and Camaro, for example – were often seen as sub-standard models with laughable performance numbers? Well, these days these base-level V-6 models push well over 30 horsepower, allowing them to perform rather effectively.
Roush Performance has just announced its tuning program for the 2014 Mustang lineup V6, dubbed the “RS V6.” Unfortunately, two of the stages do not offer any performance upgrades, but the top levels do push the V-6 engine to its limits.
The entry-level kit, dubbed the Stage 1, includes an aero body kit, a set of wheels and interior upgrades, but no engine mods. Stage 2 upgrades the Stage 1 and adds a new racetrack-inspired suspension that improves the car’s behavior in the twist.
The good stuff arrives with the Stage 3 kit, which offers a supercharger that increases the engine’s power up to 575 horsepower and 505 pound-feet of torque.
The most powerful upgrade it the "Aluminator" engine, which is offered in two different phases. In Phase 2, the engine’s output is listed at 625 horsepower and Phase 3 hits a monstrous 675 horsepower.
For the record, this isn’t a special edition model, nor is it a new trim introduced by Chrysler.
This one-off 2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392, called Pitch Black, is owned by Chrysler CEO, Sergio Marchionne. But he’s saying adios to it because the car is headed to the auction block at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Palm Beach, Florida this coming April.
So why is Marchionne selling this doozy of a one-off? Well, give credit to the man because proceeds from the auction will go directly to the United Way for Southeastern Michigan and the money will be used for education, income and basic needs of people in the Detroit area.
About the car itself, it gets its "Pitch Black" designation because of the color of the body. Adding to that are a slew of other design and aero components, including: a set of custom mixed “Dark Charcoal” racing stripes, lowered suspension that makes use of a Mopar adjustable coil-over kit, and a Mopar exhaust system. In addition, the muscle car also has smoked taillights and a set of factory forged 20-inch wheels with a matte-black finish.
Black leather seats embroidered with “SRT” and “392” logos adorn the interior of the one-off Challenger while a state-of-the-art SRT-exclusive Electronic Vehicle Information Center was also installed.
Finally, the Marchionne’s Challenger SRT8 392 comes with a 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 engine that produces a stout 470 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque, good enough to hit 60 mph in less than five seconds with a quarter-mile time of just a shade under 13 seconds.
According to the magazine, the American market is going to receive the 2.3-liter turbo four-cylinder engine, but not in the base version. Ford is already offering such an engine on models like Fusion and Explorer, so why not also offer it in the Mustang as well? The four-cylinder EcoBoost is rumored to deliver over 300 horsepower, making it an improvement over the base 3.7-liter V-6 that delivers a total of 305 horsepower.
It is also speculated that the 2015 Mustang will be offered with a paddle-shift automatic transmission too.
However, it looks like things are just getting ramped up and we expect to learn more about the next Mustang in the upcoming weeks. Stay tuned!