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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...

SRT Barracuda

The details on the upcoming SRT Barracuda are still very scarce and we aren’t expecting to hear more until sometime in late 2013, at the earliest. There are, of course, the occasional leaks and the inadvertent video evidence of its existence, but nothing too concrete. We all have our assumptions, given the nature of the SRT line, that the SRT Barracuda will be a hulking V-8 powered machine set to rip the fender wells from future 4-cylinder Mustangs and Camaros.

Well, let’s not get ahead of ourselves here. The SRT lineup is a growing brand in itself, much like the Ram lineup. Plus, with Chrysler now being in bed with Fiat, we all know that Chrysler likely won’t build any other cars that don’t have a Fiat relative somewhere. Not to mention that Fiat is in need of a newer rear-wheel-drive platform. This brings us to our point that the SRT `Cuda very well may be a full-line vehicle. By that, we mean one that has a 4-cylinder, V-6 and multiple V-8 options.

According to reports, the SRT Barracuda should come in at a full eight inches shorter than the Challenger it will replace, giving it an optimal size for Fiat to use. With this shorter body, the `Cuda is also set to drop a few hundred pounds, which will make it more even with the Mustang and Camaro that the Challenger is simply monstrous compared to.

Now add in the fact that the EU standards and new CAFÉ regulations are going to force SRT to up its mpg and lower its emissions and you can see exactly why the Barracuda may have more than just a bulky V-8 engine powering it. We will likely see a boosted 4- or 6-cylinder engine gracing the bottom end of the SRT Barracuda SRT Barracuda range with your typical array of 5.7- and 6.4-liters playing at the top. Without that, all that SRT SRT has to offer up to the CAFÉ standards is the gas-guzzling SRT Viper, and that simply won’t do. Nor will it work for the EU standards that Fiat has to live up to.

We’ll keep an ear out for any more information that we can dig up.

SRT Viper

The SRT Viper is one of the hottest models on the tip of all of our tongues and we are all excited to see it hit showrooms in November. We have seen many weird things, however, when it comes to its official release. In a report, we learned that only about 15 to 20 percent of all Chrysler dealerships will “earn” the right to sell it by having their entire team trained on the car, among other odd qualifiers.

Well, we have finally found out exactly what this all boils down to for dealerships. The “training” program that Chrysler is making dealerships put their employees through will run the dealers a whopping $5,000 to have completed. Following that, the dealership still has to pay an additional $20,000 just for the right to sell the Viper, given the dealership meets all of the customer service criteria.

That brings the grand total to sell the viper to $25,000, or roughly one-quarter of the price for one base model SRT Viper SRT Viper . We are all for Chrysler wanting to get this release right, but to gouge your dealers like that is simply inexcusable. Regardless of how much money you may think dealerships make, keep in mind that the average new car sale nets the dealer less than $2,000 in profit.

That would mean that a dealership would have to sell roughly 10 to 15 SRT Vipers (at the average profit number) to break even on bringing the damn thing into the showroom. I worked at a high-volume Dodge Dodge dealer and allow me to tell you that the two Vipers we had on the showroom floor never left their spot on the floor – even for a test drive – in the year I worked there.

Chrysler is likely making far more profit on the SRT Viper than the dealers will and it needs to step up and provide these cars at a lower rate than $25K. The $5,000 training fee is understandable, but $20K just to “earn” the right to have it grace your dealership’s lot… Yeah, we feel a collective “Screw You Chrysler” coming from the majority of dealerships.

Source: AutoNews

In early 2012, Ford unveiled the very cool Shelby 1000 , a special edition Mustang delivering an amazing 950 HP. Following that reveal, David Yurman released a series of limited edition timepieces to commemorate the unveiling of the Shelby 1000. Now both the car and the watch are featured in this new video released by Yurman.

This video was released to celebrate American Iconic designer, Carroll Shelby, as well as to introduce the fantastic timepiece that was created to coincide with the powerful machine Shelby built. The watch is limited to 300 units and features a 43.5mm stainless steel and rubber case, which houses the Swiss automatic chronograph Valjoux 7753 movement. A tachymeter is engraved on the bezel, allowing the wearer to log lap times with ease and the iconic Shelby Cobra insignia is hand-finished and applied to the multi-layer galvanic dial, which is accentuated by vertical, guilloche racing stripes.

The Ford Shelby Mustang 1000 is powered by a 5.4 liter V8 engine that has received new connecting rods, a new crank, and new pistons. The team also upgraded the cooling and exhaust, replaced the supercharger, and gas flowed the heads. These changes result in an impressive 950 HP in the road-legal version and an even more impressive 1,100 for the track version.

Whether you’re watching the video to take a look at the limited timepiece or to listen to the glorious sounds of the highly-modified V8, this video will definitely be worth your while.

If the 650 HP coming out of the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 isn’t enough for those speed-lovers out there, Shelby American is ready to shut them up with their famous Super Snake package, which will transform the stout muscle car into a more powerful and agile machine.

The new Super Snake package will upgrade the GT500’s power level to an impressive 662 HP in the base version, or an incredible 850 HP if the additional supercharger is chosen. The model can be ordered in any exterior color combined with Satin Black or Gloss White stripes and new wheels in Satin Black or Bright Silver Metallic. As a first for Shelby vehicles, the new Super Snake will be offered with a choice of rear-only or front and rear "wide body" packages with an optional 13 inch rear wheel and tire package - a tribute to the legendary Carroll Shelby.

The new GT500 Super Snake package is priced at $28,995 for the 662 HP version and $39,995 for the 850 HP model, not including the base car. It will be limited to only 500 units, both coupe and convertible. The official debut will be made at the upcoming Barrett-Jackson collector car auction in Las Vegas on September 27th–29th.

Hit the jump for a full list of specifications for the 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snake.

Ford has really cornered the American muscle car realm recently with its high-performance levels of the Mustang – the GT500 and the Boss 302 . Chevy has done its best to keep up with the release of the Camaro ZL1 and 1LE models, but ultimately the ZL1 just does not have the top-end giddy up needed to compete with the GT500 and the 1LE lacks the engineering refinement to hold its own against the Boss 302.

Last week, we pulled up some trademark information that showed GM had once again trademarked the once famous “Z28” name . This trademark, and the promise that GM gave us that the Z28 would return, gives us all hope that Chevy may be on the cusp of giving the GT500 something to check for in its rearview mirror. Now, we are still uncertain where the Z28 will sit in the Camaro lineup, so we’re not too sure which model the GT500 will be checking for.

Our speculation-o-meters are going off saying that the Z28 will almost undeniably be placed atop the Camaro lineup and will be the competition that the GT500 fears so much. The Z28 will likely challenge the GT500’s 662-horsepower crown and will also likely include the suspension refinements that the Mustang GT500 lacks. We’re not saying that the Mustang GT500 is a bad handler, but its live rear axle really puts it at a disadvantage, which actually makes the competition between the ZL1 and GT500 a close one, despite the huge horsepower gap.

We definitely see the Z28 at the very least breaking even with the GT500 and possibly taking over the top-dog role in the American muscle car realm. We just hope that Chevy doesn’t turn the upcoming Z28 into just a dedicatory car with special badges and no power upgrades.

May the Ford-Chevy arguments commence!!!

It looks like we will all be getting another rendition of the Chevrolet Camaro , but it won’t be an entirely new model so much as a blast from the past. General Motors has just trademarked the "Z28 " nameplate that was first thought to be the name chosen for the current ZL1. Before the ZL1 was named as such, GM had confirmed that the Z28 was going to return, but they never said when.

The only question we have is where the new Z28 will be placed in the Camaro line-up. Some say it will be placed above the current Camaro ZL1 , while others suggest that the new model will replace the current SS version. If you ask us, we would really like to see a Camaro placed above the ZL1. After all, Ford has just updated their Shelby GT500 to an impressive 662 HP, so it would be about time for Chevrolet to begin developing a competitor for it.

Expect to see the new Chevrolet Camaro Z28 launched sometime in 2013.

Source: GM Authority
Dodge Challenger

Lately it seems like the upcoming Barracuda is taking all of Dodge’s limelight, but we have been missing the fact that the Challenger is coming up on its fifth year in its current body design and is due for a redesign. There have been rumors swirling that the next-gen Challenger could hit showrooms as early as 2014, as either an early-2015 or late-2014 model. What we are still uncertain of is what exactly will change with this redesign.

Rumors began in the Challenger enthusiast world that Dodge would move its full-size coupe to a more compact chassis to help it better handle the likes of the Ford Mustang and Chevy Camaro . According to a report from Automobile Magazine, the Challenger will continue to share its “DNA” with its 300 and Charger brethren. This leads to either the Challenger remaining a hefty vehicle – much to the chagrin of enthusiasts – or Chrysler completely revamping the chassis that the 300 , Challenger, and Charger sit atop. The latter is very unlikely.

What we’ll likely see is a slight revision to the body and lighting, just to give it a new look, and some weight-loss measures. Things like aluminum panels, thinner metals, lighter rims, and so on, will help get the Challenger’s heft in check and maybe make it a more manageable car.

Under the hood, you can expect little change, with the exception of the elimination of the 6.4-liter SRT8 model, as the Pentastar V-6 engine is a serviceable engine relative to the Camaro and Mustang V-6 engines, and the Hemi V-8 lineup is as stout as ever, though it could use some tweaking in the efficiency area with the new CAFÉ standards being passed.

The row-your-own-gears option is a no go on the 2012 model, but with all of the outcry from V-6 buyers wanting a manual option, Dodge will likely comply in the next generation. As for the V-8 models’ transmission, look out for an 8-speed variant with paddle shifters. A dual-clutch system would be nice, but it’s highly unlikely.

For now, we simply have to wait and see. We will update this review as more information becomes available on the next-gen Challenger.

Source: Dodge Forum

The title to SR Auto Group’s newest tuning package couldn’t be any more fitting because a lot of people could state that owning a Ford Mustang would constitute their automotive American Dream. Owning this tuned-up Mustang would probably be even better.

SR Auto Group have added just enough spark to the muscle car to make it leaner, meaner, and more muscular than it already was. This was achieved by a new set of matte black 18" Niche Circuit wheels and a set of H&R lowering springs that lower the Mustang’s center of gravity. As a result, the handling is more responsive and direct.

No big changes were made to the Mustang ’s performance, but the tuner did add a simple Magnaflow catback exhaust system that freed up the airflow while giving this beast a nice growl. A sprint booster was also installed to improve the throttle response and offer more control over this machine.

On Friday afternoon, I was cruising down the road, heading to the gym, and the familiar sound of a pair of turbochargers came whistling by my late-1990s Saturn – yeah, I know... Being one of my favorite sounds ever, I quickly looked to my right and just in front of the passenger side fender was a bright orange 2008 Challenger .

Assuming I was just hearing things, I had to roll down my window and get a good listen as it pulled away. Sure enough, there was the whistle again. After debating whether to sacrifice a few sets of much-needed bench presses in favor of flagging down the driver of this beastly muscle car, the car suddenly pulled into a Hess gas station so I decided that was my sign to stop and talk to the guy.

I rolled up to this bright-orange Challenger expecting the worst – some inflated-ego 20-something that doesn’t have the time to deal with some dude in a Saturn that claims to write about cars – but instead I met Mr. Don MacLachlan, a friendly local that loves to talk about his car. After a quick exchange, I found out that he was heading to a local car show right then and would love to talk more. With my having nothing more than my camera phone, I opted to schedule a future meeting. Fortunately, Don was heading to another car show the following day, so we chose to meet there for an exclusive review on his nasty Challenger.

With the review complete and plenty of pictures taken, we are now set to present to you, Don MacLachlan’s Challenger.

Click past the jump to read our full review.

SRT Barracuda

Chrysler’s Viper conversion from Dodge to the new SRT name wasn’t going to venture down the new path on its own. Rumors have been floating around that the company was also reviving the "Barracuda " name as a replacement for the current Dodge Challenger , but Automotive News is adding a side note to those rumors.

Turns out, the Challenger will be replaced with the Barracuda, but not entirely. The SRT Barracuda will take the place of the Challenger SRT8, but the standard Challenger will maintain its branding. This coincides with SRT’s goal of only producing high-performance sports cars; the 305 HP Challenger doesn’t quite fit the bill.

The future Dodge Challenger will be entering its new generation in 2015, so we’ll see the SRT Barracuda around the same time. The new Barracuda will be built on an entirely new platform and will be powered by a new 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 that will debut in 2014.


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