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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...

With all 500 units of the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 sold out within a couple of months, a lot of muscle car enthusiasts are basically forced to wait for the 2015 model to start rolling off the production line. But not the big guns of the aftermarket industry, who have already managed to snatch of few examples and turned them into more extreme machines.

For instance, Callaway is already selling a supercharger upgrade for it, while the folks over at Hennessey are ready to stuff a pair of turbochargers under the Z/28’s hood at any time. Redline Motorsports also got its hands on one of these muscle cars and are working on a few updates as we speak. But before getting busy with adding more power to that 7.0-liter engine, the tuner put it through a dyno test to see how many ponies actually reach the rear wheels.

This is the first time a 2014 Camaro Z/28 hit the dyno to our knowledge, and the results are interesting to say the least because the coupe pulled 455 horsepower and 420.4 pound-feet of torque. That translates into a 10-percent power and 13-percent torque loss from its official rating of 505 horsepower and 481 pound-feet of torque, which is far less than we expected. What do you think? Make sure you voice your opinion in the comments section below.

In our most recent TopSpeed Podcast , Christian, Justin, and myself were asked the age-old question: If you had a reasonable amount of dough to blow on a sports car, what would you get? Well, we’d be lying if we said it wasn’t a constant fantasy in our subconscious. The idea of a sporty car with generous power and an accessible sticker price would make any gear head salivate.

To that end, we’ve gathered a list of eight respectably sporty cars that can be picked up for under $20,000. The list includes a mix of foreign and domestic brands with coupes, convertibles, and even a four-door sedan. Of course, this is hardly an exhaustive list that includes every good sports car under $20K, but it’s a good start and will likely generate ideas for other cars if you’re in the market.

And like we said on the podcast, it’s always a smart idea to have a trusted mechanic give the car a once-over before fronting the cash. Even if problems don’t exist on your car in question, it’s always a good idea to know the typical problem areas of that particular model.

So without further rambling, click past the jump for our list of cheap kicks. Oh, and don’t forget to leave your thoughts and suggestions in the comments below. It might just get covered in the next podcast.

Click past the jump for our list of cheap kicks

We’re only a few months away from seeing Ford dealerships packed with 2015 Mustangs , but the Blue Oval automaker is still trying to keep some of the essentials in the vault. Luckily enough, it’s not really working, as more and more details continue to leak out. Less than a month ago, for instance, we got a taste of the pony’s options, packages and their pricing via the first major 2015 Mustang leak . Now we’re about to have a look at the vehicle’s ordering guide, which sheds even more light on what customers will be able to have their Mustang fitted with once it goes on sale.

The guide is quite extensive and consists of 21 pages, but we’re already familiar with some of its content, like standard features, colors and what packages each trim level can be equipped with. New on the sheet, however, are the contents of the Performance Package that can be had with both the EcoBoost and the GT models.

For $1,995 — as it was revealed by the previous drip — the bundle will add goodies such as a larger radiator and rear sway bar, heavy-duty front springs, larger brake rotors, 19-inch Gloss Black aluminum wheels and a spoiler delete. Additionally, the pony will benefit from a unique chassis tuning and calibration.

Moving over to the Mustang GT, the package will bring most of the features and tweaks from the EcoBoost plus 3.73 Torsen limited-slip differential, a strut tower brace, a K Brace and Brembo six-piston front brakes, the latter only available on vehicles selected with a manual transmission. For the GT, the Performance Package is priced at $2,495.

You might also be interested in having a look at the five wheel designs that Ford will be offering. They all come in 19-inch sizes, but feature different twin-spoke styling and a multi-spoke design. None of them, however, are available as standard and require a Performance Package or a 50 Years Appearance Package.

You’re probably wondering why we’ve been talking about all of the above and haven’t said anything about performance specs. Well, the order guide doesn’t list any of them, with the respective sections being marked as TBA. Looks like we’ll have to wait a bit longer to find out more about horsepower, torque and 0-to-60 mph times. Make sure you stick around, ’cause we’ll be back as soon as we lay our eyes on them.

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

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The celebrations over the Mustang’s 50th birthday have been nothing but extraordinary — from launching a completely redesigned model for 2015 to displaying a drop-top pony atop the Empire State building, Ford and its fans have been having a good year. However, the guys in this video have quite literally topped all other efforts by sending a model Mustang to space.

Yep, the guys strapped a plastic Revell kit Mustang to a weather balloon fitted with cameras and sent it off to space. The video is edited down to under three minutes, but it documents the major points in the Mustang’s journey. It took 74 minutes for the Mustang to reach its maximum height of 110,000 feet before the balloon burst, allowing the car and its cameras to plummet to earth some 21 miles below.

Perhaps the most interesting aspect about the Mustang’s ascension into space is when the original pony car debuted some 50 years prior in 1965, the American Space Race was just heating up. The United States went on to land men on the moon in 1969 while Ford’s Mustang has moved to become a global product for 2015 and one of the most iconic vehicles to ever roam the streets.

Click past the jump to see the video of the high-flying 2015 Mustang

The folks over at Ultimate Auto are known for modifying a host of vehicles ranging from SUVs such as the Range Rover Sport to sports cars like the McLaren MP4-12C . They’ve been working on an enormous amount of muscle cars too, but their recent Camaro project surpasses anything they’ve created so far.

Unlike the stock-looking ZL1 project car the tuner built last year, the "Ultimate Sixty Seven" Camaro that just rolled out of their shop has undergone extensive modifications, gaining a unique ’restomod’-like appearance that blends modern and classic cues together.

As the name suggests, this pony was built as an tribute to the almighty 1967 Chevrolet Camaro , a muscle car specifically built to take on the popular Ford Mustang , but with a modern touch. And as you might have already guessed, it took a lot of effort to modify the body of a first-gen Camaro to make it suitable for hand-built parts and accessories, as well as interior and powertrain modifications.

Nothing remained unchanged on this vehicle, with Ultimate Auto performing some extensive metal and carbon-fiber surgery and making use of several 1967 and 1969 Camaro parts to obtain the final result. Even the drivetrain was ditched and replaced with a supercharged GM LS9 engine mated to a Tremec T-56 transmission.

Performance figures haven’t been revealed, but judging by the engine’s name and the tweaks provided by Mast Motorsports we must be looking at something beyond the 700-horsepower mark.

Click past the jump to read more Chevrolet Camaro "Ultimate Sixty Seven" By Ultimate Auto.

We’ve learned everything Ford would tell us about the 2015 Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition at the New York Auto Show last month, when the iconic pony turned half a century, but what Ford failed to mention is that this special muscle car will also get a convertible version.

Unfortunately, the drop-top pony isn’t intended to hit dealerships along with other 2015 Mustangs . The 50 Year Limited Edition-based cabriolet will only be built as a one-off, with its lucky owner to be decided through a charitable raffle.

Finished in Wimbledon White and fitted with all the amenities found on the 50th Anniversary Mustang, this unique ride will be equipped with a special instrument panel badge with serial number 0001 of 0001 and signed by company Executive Chairman Bill Ford. Just like the 50 Year Limited Edition, the convertible will be built in GT guise, with the iconic 5.0-liter, V-8 Coyote engine under the hood.

The muscle car will be donated to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, who is raffling it to raise funds for its "No Opportunity Wasted" MS research initiative. The raffle tickets can be purchased in "limited numbers" through both the National MS Society and Ford, as well as on Ford4MS.com, for $20 each. The Society is hoping to raise $2 million for the unique Mustang, which shouldn’t be too hard. To achieve this goal, Ford and the National MS Society need to sell 100,000 tickets.

The winning raffle ticket will be drawn during the Woodward Dream Cruise on August 16.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Ford Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition.

With news pouring in about Chrysler Group ’s five-year production plan that includes new brand strategies , new launches and axing of long-standing models, the Detroit-based manufacturer has also filed to trademark the "Rebel" moniker

The patent filing, which has been submitted with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office nearly a month ago, according to Ignitionist, states that the trademark is to be used on "motor vehicles (...) and structural parts therefor," suggesting we might see anything from an automobile to an SUV wearing a "Rebel" badge in the near future.

There’s no info as to what sort of Rebel will hit the streets over the next few years, but that doesn’t mean we can’t speculate a bit.

The first thing that comes to mind when thinking about this nameplate is the AMC Rebel, a midsize built by American Motors from 1967 through 1970. It’s true that Chrysler is somewhat entitled to use the name it purchased in 1987 along with the AMC brand, but that’s not likely to happen. With the Challenger and Charger filling in the muscle car and sedan spots, we see no reason for Chrysler to push the envelope in that direction.

On the other hand, the "Rebel" moniker may very well be used to name a replacement for the Dodge Avenger , a slightly smaller sedan that’s scheduled to go out of production by the end of 2014. However, with no actual details in sight aside from the fact that it could be underpinned by an Alfa Romeo rear-wheel drive platform, it might be years until we find out.

Lastly, there’s a chance the newly-filed "Rebel" name is set to be used to more utilitarian purposes, like christening an upcoming Jeep crossover or even a special edition pickup truck based on the Ram 1500 . Of course, we could go as far as to dream about a Jeep-badged truck (remember the Gladiator ?), but that’s far-fetched on too many levels.

Either way, we’ll be keeping a close eye on the matter and bring you an update as soon as more info surfaces. Meanwhile, don’t be shy about sharing your own opinion on the "Rebel" conundrum with us via the comments section.

Click past the jump to read more about the Rebel nameplate.

Source: Ignitionist

Remember last month’s report saying Chevrolet will restrict an array of Camaro Z/28 parts to prevent aftermarket cloning and preserve the muscle car’s exclusivity? It was all but good news to customers hoping Chevy will release a few visual and drivetrain Z/28 upgrades for the regular Camaros .

Well, we’re back on the matter to let you know that GM will eventually offer nine performance packages that will add some Z/28 bells and whistles to the regular Bowtie-badged pony car. That’s the word from Car and Driver, who adds that some of the bundles will also feature parts that aren’t available as individual components.

Specifically, the Z/28 suspension kit will also come with spool-valve dampers, springs, and anti-roll bars, while the helical differential will be paired with an integrated heat exchanger. Additionally, drivers owning a 2012 model year or newer Camaro will also be able to order the Z/28’s cold-air intake, exhaust manifold (V-8 models only), brake cooling ducts, cat-back exhaust, and Recaro Seats.

What’s more, it appears that Chevy is also rolling out a body package that includes the Z/28’s front splitter, rear spoiler, and underbody tray that allows users to take their Camaro even closer to the Z/28 in terms of aesthetics. Of course, they won’t be able to build a perfect clone of the Z/28 without a crate engine and the parts Chevrolet has restricted, but it’s better than nothing, right?

Pricing for these packages is not available yet, but we’ll be right back as soon as Chevy Performance spills the beans.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28.

Source: CarAndDriver

The 2015 Ford Mustang is one of those cars that really doesn’t need too much advertising. It already stands out just by its presence, and there’s something about the Mustang badge that attracts buyers like a moths to a flame. People love the Mustang so much that there are those willing to spend money to have the muscle car appear in some pretty weird music videos.

Scott Winn and Derek Pueblo, together with a musical duo that call themselves Scott & Brendo, have created a music video of the latter’s song "Shimmy Fallon" in what looks like their entry to Ford’s #inamustang competition. The objective of the competition is to find the best Mustang story with the winner getting its entry used to inspire an actual film.

Directed by Winn, the music video has a pretty weird "80’s Aerobic Dance Battle" theme. But what’s even weirder, or funnier depending on how you view the video, is the sheer absurdity of the whole concept. 80’s aerobics? Really?

It’s so silly you can’t help but let out a few chuckles yourself. But it is entertaining in its own way, that much we’ll say.

The only comment we have is why the Mustang looks like its been relegated to the background.

Editor’s Note: Having grown up in the 1980s, this video scares me, and I will have nightmares for weeks now... Thanks...

With 415 horsepower and 415 pound-feet of torque at its disposal, the Chevrolet SS is one of the most attractive rear-wheel-drive sedans you can buy nowadays. But if those figures aren’t enough to satisfy your thirst for power, the SS can be upgraded with help from tuning specialists such as Callaway] or Hennessey].

An update from the former will enable the SS to deliver 570 horsepower via an Eaton TVS supercharger and other enhancements. This is a huge improvements over the standard model, but don’t think the SS can’t handle more oomph. Because it can, and Hennessey’s new upgrade is out to prove just that.

Just like it did with the Camaro ZL1 , the Texas-based company took things up a notch and replaced the 6.2-liter V-8 with a larger, 7.0-liter unit and a couple of ball-bearing turbochargers. Yes, we’re talking about the famous HPE1000 package that also comes with forged, low-compression pistons and connecting rods, a custom camshaft and stainless-steel piping and exhaust, just to name a few vital components.

The bundle enables the SS to deliver no less than 1,000 horsepower at 6,300 rpm and benefits from a professional installation, dyno tuning, extensive road testing and a one year or 12,000-mile warranty.

Click past the jump to read more about the Chevrolet SS HPE1000 By Hennessey.


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