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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...

I’m not expecting anyone to agree with me, but I think the all-new Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat is way cooler than the 2015 Ford Mustang . Sure, the Challenger ’s design is awfully dated when compared to the Mustang, and that platform was introduced eons ago, but I don’t care. All I care about is that huge, nasty HEMI V-8 and the supercharger sitting atop it. And between you and me, Ford somehow managed to dilute the Mustang with the new design.

Anyway, there’s more to the Challenger SRT Hellcat than that 600-plus-horsepower mill. It has a cool name, roars like all hell breaks loose with ease and sports a cool amount of exclusive features. What’s more, it can be had in Dodge ’s brand-new high-impact colors, including the awesome B5 Blue and Sublime Green. All of a sudden it feels like 1971 again. And by the way, did you see the massive integral charge coolers Dodge is dropping in the Hellcat’s engine bay?

If the aforementioned facts, our in-depth review , and the batch of videos released by the automaker aren’t compelling enough for you, then you must have a look at this new Hellcat footage we just stumbled upon. There’s nothing official about it, just a Sublime Green-painted example exiting a driveway. And grunt, a lot of grunt, a pair of rear tires leaving marks on the asphalt, and further proof there’s no actual replacement for displacement!

If you’re one of those lucky people enjoying a Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 on a daily basis, then you’d better pick up the phone and call the GM recall hotline. The company has found an issue with the supercharger sitting atop the muscle car ’s 6.2-liter, V-8 engine and needs to check all models sold for the 2012 and 2013 model years.

The manufacturer says the defective superchargers may not perform as intended and, if left unrepaired, a contamination of the internal bearing shaft grease could cause the bearing to rattle when the engine is idling. In more extreme cases, the issue is known to cause bearing failure and severe damage to the point where the engine will no longer start.

The good news is that GM is replacing all affected superchargers at no charge to customers, a campaign that will cost the company $2,095 and additional labor hours per car. What’s more, General Motors is extending the warranty coverage on the 2012 and 2013 Camaro ZL1s to 10 years or 120,000 miles.

In addition to the aforementioned Chevys , GM is also recalling all 2009-2013 Cadillac CTS-V models, which are equipped with the same engine and blower as the ZL1. The affected Caddys benefit from the same no-cost supercharger fix and extended warranty.

So far, there is no official recall from the NHTSA, so it appears as if this is GM showing that it is on the ball following that ignition switch mess.

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

The early 1970s was a grand time for American muscle cars with plenty of iconic iron rolling off the Big Three’s assembly lines. But few cars have reached the level of rarity as the Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda. Production numbers of these legendary street machines were rather low compared to other muscle cars of the era. In the case of this particular ‘Cuda and its combination of options, the number is one.

Yes, out of the total 16,159 Barracudas sold in 1971, only 11 were fitted with the sportiest ‘Cuda option powered by the 426 Hemi and ordered as convertibles. Of those 11 cars, only three came with the four-speed manual transmission. Over 40 years later, one — yes o-n-e — B5-coded “Bright Blue” ‘Cuda is the only numbers-matching, 426 Hemi-powered, four-speed, convertible in existence. Talk about rare.

Updated 06/16/2014: This very cool Hemi Cuda Convertible was auctioned during this week-end’s auctions at Mecum for the amazing amount of $3,500,000.

Click past the jump to read more about the 1971 Plymouth Hemi ’Cuda Convertible.

Source: Mecum

The fastback design has become synonymous with the Mustang since the first wave of models broke into the scene back in 1965. So the 2015 Ford Mustang’s adoption of the muscle car’s iconic fastback design look was no accident.

It’s become a strong and recognizable design cue that has generated tremendous admiration from Mustang lovers of all generations, so much so that a lot of people still seek out those old fastback Mustangs to this day.

Joel Piaskowski, Ford’s Design Director of Strategic Design further explained the stylistic importance of the fastback Mustang in this new video. In it, Piaskowski goes into detail about the nostalgic look of the Mustang’s fastback DNA and how it continues to this day.

Whatever generation of Mustang it is, the fastback design, according to Piaskowski, continues to evoke that spirit of sportiness and elegance that the first Mustangs showed back in the 1960s.

Fast forward to today’s Ford Mustang and you can still see the fastback inspiration on the current muscle car . That can be attributed to the timeless nature of the design and while certain styling characteristics on the new Mustang may have changed, the stretched fastback design remains steeped in Mustang tradition.

The 2015 Ford Mustang is arguably one of the most anticipated vehicles to go on sale this year, and with the pony reaching Europe on a legal basis for the very first time, Mustang fans living across the Old Continent are more than excited to jump in its brand-new cabin.

They’re so anxious to get behind that stallion-badged steering wheel that the first 500 units scheduled to reach European shores have been reserved in just 30 seconds. It all happened during Saturday’s UEFA Champions League final, when more than 9,000 people battled online to reserve a pony.

The 500 Mustangs will go to 20 different countries, but only after the owners complete their orders at a Ford dealership later this year. Although the first 500 models are limited to Race Red fastbacks and Magnetic Silver convertibles, customers are allowed to choose between 2.3-liter EcoBoost and the 5.0-liter, V-8 engines. We’re no fortune tellers, but we have a feeling most buyers will go for the EcoBoost option.

Each of these vehicles will be equipped with SYNC 2 connectivity and navigation, Park Assist, heated and ventilated seats, black leather trim, and 19-inch alloy wheels, all part of a special package offered on the preliminary batch.

Unlike the U.S. version, the Euro-spec 2015 Mustang will get a stiffer suspension, specifically tuned for European roads. Also, the pony won’t feature the entry-level 3.7-liter, V-6 engine, which will remain as a base offering only in the United States.

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

We have some solid evidence that the Challenger ’s new Hellcat engine will be making a lot more power than people are giving it credit for. What we have here is an exclusive image of the prototype phase of the Hellcat’s intecoolers.

You may be yelling at your monitor right now that many supercharged engines don’t use intercoolers, and you are correct, sort of. When you compress air, it gets hotter. Superchargers traditionally don’t add much boost pressure, so the need for an intercooler is mitigated. The Challenger does have an intercooler system mounted in the front of the car, but the correct term for it in this case is "integral charge cooler."

An integral charge cooler has a very similar function to a normal intercooler, cooling air, but it is integrated into the supercharger system itself. It the last thing the forced air passes through before reaching the engine. This makes sure the air is as cool as possible before combustion to provide the greatest level of power and performance.

This unit here is a water-to-air style cooler, which looks to be larger than most units I have encountered. This suggests that Dodge is likely playing boost levels over the 11 pounds they are quoting, or perhaps an overboost function. As a bonus, even at lower boost levels the cooler air is much more dense, helping the engine to make more power.

Either way, it seems that Dodge still has a few tricks up its sleeve about what the Hellcat is really packing under its hood.

Suddenly Viper -beating horsepower doesn’t seem so unrealistic. Cue the maniacal laughter, folks.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and read more about this integral charge cooler.

Introduced in 1988 as a stock racing option inspired by Chevrolet ’s involvement in Pro-Am road racing , the 1LE Package has become an iconic feature among Camaro enthusiasts looking for more than just a fast daily driver. Rarely sold by the hundreds, the bundle moved onto the 2014 model year with new ZL1-sourced enhancements and neat powertrain upgrades.

Offered with the exclusive TR6060-MM6 six-speed manual transmission, the package is yet again available on the Camaro SS , placing it between the most powerful naturally aspirated model and the supercharged ZL1 missile. Things didn’t change for the 2015 model, but the 1LE remains the same attractive and affordable muscle car that sits below the more exclusive Camaro Z/28 .

So what makes the 1LE so special you may ask? Well, it may not be as fast or as track-focused as a Z/28, but it does come with a few unique exterior parts, Camaro ZL1 -sourced interior features and enough powertrain tweaks to make it the perfect car to drive to the office during the week and at your local track on a warm Sunday.

The current 1LE is about to enter its final year on the market, so it’s about time we have a closer a look at what it has to offer until a brand-new iteration comes out.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014-2015 Chevrolet Camaro 1LE.

We’re pretty much done with the Mustang ’s 50th Anniversary celebrations here in the U.S., but the iconic muscle car is about to get one more birthday party in Europe. The event will occur during the Silverstone Classic in late July, when more than 25 competition-prepped Mustangs take on the famed track in two different races .

To preview the event that we expect to become the world’s largest gathering of race-spec Mustangs on one grid, the folks over at Silverstone Classic have put together a video that pays tribute to the memorable car chase from the "Bullitt" film. Regarded as one of the most influential in movie history, the chase saw a 1968 Mustang driven by Steve McQueen gain on a 1968 Dodge Charger through the streets of Chicago.

Recreated right on the Silverstone track with vehicles that looked similar to those in the movie, the scene is a worthy replica of the "Bullitt" scene with all the drifting and the V-8 revving. It all comes to an abrupt halt near the end, when the Charger "blows up" in a poorly rendered crash. At least they didn’t wreck a perfectly restored classic.

If you’re planning on traveling to Britain for the Mustang races, this year’s Silverstone Classic is scheduled between July 25th through 27th.

Unlike the Ford Mustang , which has been produced continuously since its initial introduction in 1964, the Chevrolet Camaro took a seven-year-long break from 2003 through 2009. It took GM a couple of years to realize the importance of a muscle car in its lineup, but it finally launched the fifth-generation Camaro in 2010.

Underpinned by the Zeta platform developed by Holden , the new Camaro rolled out with a range of V-6 and V-8 engines, which was just enough to compete with its long-standing Detroit rivals — the Ford Mustang and the Dodge Challenger .

Mildly updated with each model year, the fifth-gen Camaro received its highly anticipated facelift in 2014, gaining new fascias, redesigned headlamps and taillights, and enhanced interior features. Despite the refreshed body is only going into its second model year in 2015, the sixth-generation model will step in to take center stage in 2016.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 - 2015 Chevrolet Camaro.

The fact the next-generation Camaro will replace the current model for the 2016 model year is no longer a mystery, but Chevrolet has finally made things official, confirming that 2015 will be last year on the market for the fifth-gen pony . The announcement, which came with a shorts list of updates — basically just one new color — for the 2015 Camaro , was quite brief and lacked any details on the redesigned model. However, previous reports have suggested the Camaro will get a new platform and an evolutionary styling that’s pretty familiar to customers.

Of course, the 2016 Camaro will get plenty of powertrain updates, with more horsepower coming out of its V-6 and V-8 engines, and possibly with the Corvette’s seven-speed manual transmission offered as standard. Interior revisions may include more soft-touch materials and premium surfaces, and loads of technology that will help the Camaro catch up with the 2015 Mustang .

As for the 2015 model, there are no horsepower improvements on the horizon, with all the current models to keep their respective specs and configurations. The main novelty is a new Blue Velvet Metallic color to the existing palette. With no significant updates on the table, pricing for the 2015 Camaro lineup is likely to remain nearly unchanged.

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


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