muscle cars

muscle cars

  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...

There was plenty of new and interesting things to climb the famous hill at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this year, but perhaps nothing else hits closer to home than the iconic American pony car in its latest iteration; the 2015 Ford Mustang . With it still months away from hitting dealer showrooms and with no official reviews gracing the glossy pages of magazines or the Interwebz, the Mustang is still a dark horse in terms of third-party information.

But we get just a little closer with this video from Ford of a Mustang GT Coupe barreling up the hay-lined hill. Professional driver Paul Swift (a fitting last name, huh?) takes the wheel of the ‘Stang. Unfortunately, the 5.0-liter’s exhaust is masked by the video’s musical selection. There are a few instances where some burble cuts through, but we’ll wait to reserve judgment on its sound. Then again, Mustangs have always managed to sound amazing, so it’s unlikely we’ll be disappointed.

The video also gives us a good look at the manual transmission’s shifter. It appears to have nice, short throws that are easy to manipulate. We also get a decent look at the interior and its all-new dashboard, and form-fitting Recaro seats.

Sadly, the video is less than a minute long, but there are several good scenes and sequences within. Ford also neglects to publish the Mustang’s time, leaving us to wonder how well it did in what is likely its first-ever public racing event.

The wait for the 2015 Ford Mustang is finally almost over. Okay, so the muscle car isn’t going to hit dealerships for another few months, but production is expected to begin in a few days!

Mustang6g forum member "RisingForce" posted on the site a new bulletin indicating that Ford will commence production of the 2015 Mustang on July 14, 2014. That’s this coming Monday!

Equally important is the September 9, 2014 "OKTB" date, which basically means that by then, the 2015 Mustang will "okay to buy." That now gives us a specific date to look forward to after months of waiting to see when Ford was going to release its latest pride and joy.

As for the Mustang Convertible , the reported start of production will be September 15, 2014 with an OKTB date of October 27, 2014. Those dates are a lot sooner than what we initially expected, but that’s neither here nor there.

What’s important are the concrete dates of production. Now that they’ve been announced, we can now prepare our finances in time to make a purchase of the muscle car.

Good times all around!

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

Source: Mustang 6G

Ladies and gentlemen, the 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat SRT , the most powerful muscle car ever built, has just been certified as the fastest, factory-built muscle car ever created. In a test conducted by Dodge and supervised by the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA), the Challenger Hellcat ran the quarter-mile in 11.2 seconds at 125 mph. That makes the 707-horsepower Mopar exactly one second quicker than a stock 2014 Corvette Stingray with an automatic and enables its full on bragging rights at the drag strip.

But wait, there’s more! Chrysler didn’t stop at running the 1320 using the Challenger’s standard Pirelli P Zero tires, but equipped the coupe with drag radials and had another go. The run dropped to just 10.8 seconds at 126 mph, making the Hellcat SRT the first production muscle car to achieve a 10-second quarter-mile. To get an idea of what that means, the Hellcat is quicker than supercars such as the Saleen S7 , Ferrari Enzo , Nissan GT-R Track Pack and the McLaren F1 . Sure, most of them are at least four years old, but the GT-R in question is a 2014 model. And beating the Track Pack on the drag strip is quite the achievement.

Unfortunately, Dodge has yet to release 0-to-60 mph acceleration data for the Challenger Hellcat SRT, and we’re dead curious to find out whether the sprint drops below the 3.5-second mark. If it does, customers will have a muscle car that’s quicker than the Ferrari 430 Scuderia and the Porsche 911 GT3 on their hands. How cool would that be?

As a quick reminder, the 2015 Challenger Hellcat SRT is powered by a supercharged, 6.2-liter, V-8 HEMI engine rated at 707 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque. The powerplant, which is the first factory supercharged HEMI, mates to either a six-speed manual transmission or a brand-new, TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic. This crazy, rubber-shredding beast is scheduled to hit the streets in the third quarter of 2014. Mustang and Camaro owners, save yourselves while you still can!

The hype over the 2015 Challenger SRT Hellcat ’s 707 horsepower hasn’t died off since Dodge proclaimed that information on its 100th birthday July 1, 2014. Now the fun begins. First up: gratuitous burnouts. Yep, what would an American muscle car be without the ability to lay down a smoke screen thick enough for a war zone? Well, it seems the SRT Hellcat has that ability and then some, as this video proves.

Put on by the guys at Car & Driver, the two Challengers challenge each other to the best burnout. This sort of hooning comes easy with 650 pound-feet of torque getting both tires loose and a monstrous 707 horsepower to keep them spinning. You almost feel sorry for the Pirelli P Zero Nero tires. Almost.

What’s more, those 707 horses not only make the SRT Hellcat more powerful than Dodge’s own SRT Viper , but more powerful than any other muscle car in history. It’s all thanks to a supercharged, 6.2-liter, HEMI V-8 with beefed up internals and a 14,600-rpm redline on the Lyshoim-style supercharger. The HEMI engine is mated to a six-speed TF-6060 manual unit from Tremec.

We look forward to seeing some actual numbers from the drag strip, including both 0-to-60-mph and quarter-mile times. Until then, we’ll know the Challenger SRT Hellcat is one awesome burnout machine.

Ford Motor Company has been synonymous with racing ever since the early days for the Model T, but no era brought as much success as the 1960s. By 1969, Ford already had four consecutive 24 Hours of Le Mans wins with the GT40, while the Mustang was putting up a good fight in the Trans-Am series. The Blue Oval also dominated the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, as the almighty Torino Talladega had won the championship in both 1968 and 1969.

However, with Dodge and its Charger Daytona growing increasingly stronger throughout 1969, Ford planned to bring its very own "aero warrior" to the party in the form of a modified, much more aerodynamic Torino. Thus the King Cobra was born, a prototype motivated by the famous Boss 429 engine and capable of delivering enormous amounts of downforce on the oval track. Unfortunately, as NASCAR increased the minimum number of cars produced for the public from 500 to 3,000 for a vehicle to qualify for the Sprint Cup, Ford abandoned the project and left Dodge and Plymouth to dominate the series for the next three years.

44 years later (as of 7/7/2014), the Torino King Cobra prototype resurfaced to regain its glory as a near-mint, classic collectible with an intriguing story attached to its name.

Click past the jump to read more about the 1970 Ford Torino King Cobra.

We hope everyone enjoyed the show! A special big thanks goes out to our live viewers and commentators. You make the show even more enjoyable.

This week is crammed full of crazy and wild stuff, and we start things off with a bang. Right after introductions we talk about my upcoming trip to Colorado to drive some V-8 powered Miatas. We then jump straight into the Weekly Wheels segment where Justin talks about his time with the spacious Kia Sorento . Spoiler alert: he really liked it. We kept the SUV theme going with my talk about the Lexus RX 450h . You get a good explanation about why I was so hard on the thing in my review. We finish with Mark’s thoughts on the Prius .

If you think this list is a bit boring, I have a brand new Miata coming soon, so that will be in next-week’s podcast.

For the news, we start with the somber news of the tragedy at Pikes Peak. To keep from depressing everyone on this Thursday we move to Mark’s trip to the Hyundai manufacturing plant in Alabama. From there we move to the insanity that is a 700 horsepower Challenger. There is lots of grunting and yelling of ’Merica in that segment.

To finish out the news, we do a mad dash through a pile of Goodwood news including the new Focus ST , the McLaren 650s GT3 and Nissan’s new hill climb record.

We finish the show up with a few questions from the viewers that range from how to buy a used car, to how to escape rapid soccer fans. We also look at the future of the Focus RS and the next-generation Miata .

The last piece of the show is Own, Drive, Burn and we have a large Mercedes , an armored personnel carrier and a monster truck. This whole show was full of awesome and crazy.

If you have questions for us, or if you have suggestions for Own, Drive, Burn, just drop them in comments, or hit us up on the Twitter @TopSpeedPodcast . You can also send us an email to Podcast@TopSpeed.com.

Have a safe weekend and we will see you next Thursday.

Steve Saleen has made good use of his time since regaining his namesake brand in 2012. The timing couldn’t have been any more ideal too, because a little over a year after returning to Saleen , the all-new Ford Mustang made its debut. Yep, sometimes, timing is everything.

The aftermarket company known for building sick specialized Mustangs has prepared its first interpretation of the new Ford muscle car . It’s predictably called the 2015 Saleen 302 Mustang and like its predecessors, and it’s sure to have all of the familiar high-performance modifications that Saleen has come to be known for.

The full scope of details haven’t been released as of 7/3/2014 and we only get a teaser photo to look at, plus an accompanying video. But make no mistake, a lot of the technical components are there for the new Saleen 302, including what we expect to be a robust performance tune that adds even more power to the Mustang’s already gnarly 5.0-liter, V-8 engine.

Without knowing how Saleen reinvented the Mustang into the 302, a look at the front section photo suggests that Mustang was given the full Saleen treatment, including improvements to its aesthetic and aerodynamic qualities. The vented hood now has a scoop, something the standard Mustang doesn’t have. Moreover, the headlights appear to have been cut in favor of a longer front grille. Even the lower bumper is restyled to include visible intakes and what appears to be slit-like indicators.

We expect Saleen to divulge more details soon. For now, enjoy the photo and the video. Let your imagination do the rest.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Saleen 302 Mustang.

It’s no longer a secret that the 2015 Mustang is one of the most technologically advanced vehicles to come out of Detroit. It also represents huge step in Mustang history and brings many firsts to the 50-year-old pony. The sixth-gen model is the first Mustang — sans the Cobra model in years past — to gain an independent rear suspension that promises to improve its handling on both the street and track.

The new suspension will also move the Mustang closer to European competitors like the BMW M4 , an important switch now that the muscle car is ready to hit the Old Continent on official terms. What’s more, the 2015 Mustang is the first pony to adopt a more familiar look in the Ford lineup, as the company’s trademark, trapezoidal grille makes its way onto the nose.

Then there’s the 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine. Sure, this isn’t the first time a Mustang gets a turbocharged four-banger — it happened back in the 1980s too — but it comes in a era in which fuel economy and CO2 emissions are crucial in just about every market except the Middle East . And let’s not forget about the line-lock system , a gimmick that allows drivers to perform burnouts without destroying the car’s clutch. We also call this button the "warranty eliminator," as pressing it allows Ford to assume you raced the Mustang, resulting in dealers having reason to void your warranty.

As impressive as it may sound, the 2015 Mustang is set to receive even more innovative features, one of which is an industry-first on a production car.

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

For those of you who’ve been living with wolves since the beginning of 2014, the Camaro Z/28 is a little slice of heaven and hell rolled into one slab of rolling metal. It’s handling it out of this word, the braking system is supercar -like, and its 7.0-liter V-8 churns out 505 horses and emits a growl that may frighten young children and high-end sports cars. We have learned plenty about the 2014 Camaro Z/28 in the past few months, but not every tiny detail has been covered by press releases and other reviews online. That all changes with this new review from YouTube user Saabkyle04, who takes the time to dig into some of the more intricate details on the new Camaro track monster.

So often us media folks get a little bit blinded by the insane power, ostentatious luxury , or ridiculous handling of cars we review, and we overlook the little things. Saabkyle04 took the time to show us the finer details like the door panels, frameless rearview mirror, lightweight rear seat, Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel and seats, and much more.

He really dug deep to bring all of the Camaro Z/28’s key features to the surface and really give potential buyers information they need to know, while saving them a trip to the dealership.

Although production of the 2015 Ford Mustang is not scheduled to begin for another two months, the brand-new pony is on sale and already enjoying great success, especially in Europe . With hundreds of examples already booked via preliminary reservations, Ford has just fired up the online configurator so we can all have a little fun going through the car’s options and features.

The configurator allows users to pick from five different fastback versions. The base V-6 sits alone at the bottom of the range, while both the EcoBoost and the V-8-powered GT are available in standard and Premium guises. Moving over to the Convertible ’Stang, the EcoBoost and the GT are only available in their Premium trims.

Once you select a transmission — either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic — the Mustang is ready to receive one of the many available exterior colors. A range of packages, options and up to six distinct wheels designs round out the vehicle’s exterior customization potential. The next step takes us into the cabin where possibilities are reduced to just a few options and upgrades.

Things should get far more interesting in the Accessories section, but that part of the configurator is not available as of 06/13/2014. Nonetheless, there’s plenty of fun to be had loading the 2015 Mustang with all sorts of features inside and out. Before any extras are added, the brand-new pony starts from $23,600 with a Fastback body and from $29,100 with a soft-top.

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


Back to top