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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...

The first-generation Dodge Challenger was one of the quickest muscle cars you could have back in the early 1970s. The R/T model, for instance, needed just 6.2 seconds to sprint from 0 to 60 mph and 13.7 seconds to complete the quarter mile. That was pretty quick 40 years ago.

The current Challenger can still hold its own against the Ford Mustang and the Chevy Camaro — the only modern muscle cars around — but its 0-to-60 and quarter mile figures have improved only slightly.

However, these numbers tend to become spectacular under NHRA regulations, where superchargers, aerodynamic tweaks and drag race -spec tires can make things astoundingly fast. Racing driver Rob Goss, for exacmple, managed to take his 2009 Challenger into seven-second territory last year, setting a new quarter-mile record for the model.

More recently though, Goss improved his benchmark once again by completing the 1320 in only 7.32 seconds at 187 mph, making his DragPak-fitted Mopar the fastest modern-day Dodge Challenger out there.

The record pass was achieved during the National Muscle Car Association (NMCA) Muscle Car Series in the Street Outlaw Class at Bradenton Motorsports Park in Bradenton, Florida. Word has it that Goss is set to reach new heights by the end of the year.

In case you’re wondering, this specific Challenger is powered by a 404-cubic-inch, aluminum V-8 engine built by BES Racing paired with a Pro Charger F1X supercharger.

Speaking of superchargers and Challengers, did you know the 2015 Challenger is getting a "Hellcat" V-8 engine that’s expected to deliver at least 640 horsepower? More info about this spectacular mill, as well as on the facelifted Challenger, are about to become official at the New York Auto Show this week, so make sure you stick around and don’t miss any of the details.

Rumors about a 50th anniversary 2015 Ford Mustang coming to the New York Auto Show have been flying around for quite some time now, but the Blue Oval manufacturer remaining hush on the matter. Now the 50th anniversary edition Mustang became reality, as Ford took the wraps off the 2015 Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition ahead of the aforementioned event.

Based on the brand-new 2015 Mustang GT that was unveiled last December around the world, the special edition 50 Years model will see only 1,964 examples — obviously a reference to the Mustang’s first year on the market — and fitted with numerous unique features inside and out.

Production of the 50 Year Limited Edition car will begin in mid-August, and although Ford has yet to announce when customers will be able to order one, we suggest you have them checks ready next month.

But before you start making any plans, let’s have a closer look at the anniversary Mustang and see what it has to offer compared to the regular pony.

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

A few weeks ago we reported that Ford was planning a daring reenactment of the 1964 Ford Mustang convertible launch atop the Empire State Building’s 86th floor observation deck. With only a few hours left before the big 50th anniversary celebration begins, Ford lets loose the details on how it’s pulling off the stunt.

Just like in 1964, the 2015 Mustang convertible has gone under the knife, getting sliced up into pieces in order to fit within the building’s elevators. Though the first Mustang was only sectioned into three pieces, the 2015 pony car had to be sliced into six. Each section is welded to a steel tube subframe that bolts together with the other sections, holding together the entire car. Even the suspension components are held in place by the steel tubing.

Despite the car’s divided ascension of the skyscraper, the car will look showroom fresh as it sits on the observation deck for 54 hours, while the New York Auto Show happens 1,454 feet below.

This isn’t the 2015 Mustang Convertible’s first public appearance, but it certainly is grander than the lackadaisical attention it was given when it was first seen along side the Mustang coupe when it debuted December 5th.

Earlier this year, the first production 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 was auctioned off for an impressive $650,000, which were donated to Detroit’s Cornerstone Schools. Today, the first example of the 2015 model year Z/28 will cross the block in Palm Beach, during a Barrett-Jackson sale.

This time, all proceeds will benefit the AARP Foundation and its Drive to End Hunger campaign that raise awareness and funds to address the problem of hunger among Americans age 50 and over.

The winning bidder will take delivery of the very first 2015 Camaro Z/28 and will get to choose from the five exterior colors the muscle car is offered in: Red Hot, Black, Silver Ice Metallic, Ashen Gray Metallic and Summit White. We anticipate seeing it go for around $165,000 when the final gavel finally falls sometime after 5:30 p.m. EST.

The Camaro Z/28 remains unchanged for 2015, which means it will be powered by the same naturally-aspirated 7.0-liter V-8 engine that pumps 505 horsepower and 481 pound-feet of torque through a close-ratio six-speed manual transmission.

We are live at the auction, so stay tuned to TopSpeed as we’ll bring you the selling price and photos from the Palm Beach auction as quickly as our mobile WiFi allows us — hey, it’s better that carrier pigeons...

Updated 4/14/214: The gavel has fallen on the first 2015 Camaro Z/28, and the final price was far higher than we expected: $500,000.

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

When it comes to modern muscle cars , the Dodge Challenger is anything but a best-seller compared to its Ford and Chevrolet rivals. Although it had a spectacular sales increase of more than 19 percent in 2013, the Chrysler-built pony spent the entire year looking at Mustang and Camaro taillights, settling for a U.S. market share of 24.6 percent.

The Challenger is already in its seventh production year, and very little has changed since introduction in 2008. That being said, the coupe is in dire need of an update, and that 2015 model year facelift can’t come soon enough. But in spite of its dated looks and technology, Challenger aficionados still stand firm behind their muscle. Especially when it comes to special edition models.

You might recall that the 2014 Dodge Challenger R/T Shaker , which marked the reintroduction of the iconic, 1970s shaker hood, went on sale with much fanfare, as Chrysler dealers flocked to order no less than 2,000 units in four days. Now, Dodge reports that yet another version of the 2014 Challenger was launched with great success. We’re talking about the limited-edition Mopar ’14 Challenger , which sold out in the blink of an eye.

Sure, this special, Hemi-powered bullet will be built in only 100 units, but mind you, all of them were accounted for in less than 24 hours after being made available to U.S. dealers.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Dodge Challenger Mopar Edition.

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Chrysler and its subsidiaries — Mopar, in particular — are rolling into the 2013 SEMA Show with quite an amazing entourage of vehicles. Together they have developed over 20 new vehicles for this show, and one of them is a new Scat Package that pays tribute to legendary "Scat Pack Club" offered back in 1968.

The new package comes just in time to celebrate Scat’s 45th anniversary, and it will be offered for the 2014 Dodge Challenger , Charger and Dart models. The new Scat Package will be available starting the spring of 2014.

For the Challenger, the Scat Package is all about bumping up the output of the 5.7-Liter HEMI V-8 and it will come in three different stages: Scat Package 1, 2 and 3. The only issue is that Chrysler has yet to formally announce how the kits will affect the HEMI’s output.

Updated 04/03/2014: Dodge released today performance numbers and prices for the Scat 1, 2 and 3 packages offered for the 2014 Challenger. Check the new numbers after the jump.

Click past the jump to read more about the Dodge Challenger with Scat Package.

How is it possible that Dodge’s flagship model, that being the 640-horsepower SRT Viper , may not even be the most powerful model in the entire lineup? For Chrysler , the answer might very well be tied up to what it does with its new "Hellcat" supercharged V-8 engine , specifically if it uses it to power the next-generation Dodge Challenger.

Should that be the case, it could prove prophetic to what SRT boss Ralph Giles told Hot Rod magazine. In the April issue of the mag, Giles talked about an "internal horsepower race" brewing within Dodge, one that could determine whether the Viper maintains its post as the brand’s flagship, or if it gets undermined by the next-gen Challenger .

It’s an interesting pickle to be in the middle of, especially if the Hellcat engine is everything it’s been hyped up to be. The company has made no bones about its plans for the Hellcat, with a recent leak of what could very well be an official Hellcat logo having made the Internet recently.

Every indication seems to point to the arrival of the SRT Challenger Hellcat within the year, and the word out is that it will come in a 6.2-liter, supercharged package, producing close to 700 horsepower, more than what the SRT Viper and its 640 ponies is capable of producing.

If that doesn’t smash eggs in the face of the Viper, then the potential demand for the SRT Challenger Hellcat would. With the Viper struggling to get its sales going , the last thing it needs is a competitor from within its ranks.

Note: Current Dodge Challenger pictured here.

Click past the jump to read more about the Dodge Challenger.

Knowing the technology that goes behind the development of a car like the 2015 Ford Mustang is important to understand why the car is what it is: a powerful piece of American engineering designed to thrill Mustang aficionados young and old. One of the more important elements about the development of the Mustang outside of its performance numbers is in the aerodynamic front, something Carl Widmann, the Mustang’s Aerodynamics Manager, touched on in this video.

The Mustang might look like an aggressively-designed muscle car that pays homage to its sporty spirits, but it’s no accident why the car was built that way. Take for instance the Mustang’s sharp nose, which Widmann describes as "forward-facing," allowing it to trap the flow of the air as it goes across the top, thus improving the car’s aerodynamic functionality.

If you’ve ever wondered why the Mustang can perform the way that it does in a seemingly uninhibited fashion, the answer lies in its aerodynamic features. It might be too complicated to understand for some people, but once you watch this video of Widmann describing the innovation in all its glory, you’ll begin to understand that the start and end of aiming for aerodynamic tightness is tantamount to building the perfect performance vehicle.

Click past the jump for the video and more details on the 2015 Ford Mustang.

The new 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 is more than just another Camaro with a huge motor. As we have shown with videos about wheel design and alterations to the Chevy Bowtie , Every piece of the Z/28 is built to perform. In this latest video, Mark Stielow, the program engineering manager for the project, covers all the new aerodynamic changes that have been made to the car to make it a Nurburgring-blistering beast.

Starting with the nose of this beast, the Z/28 features a large front lip spoiler to create downforce. Mark is quick to point out that this front splitter is much larger than the unit sold with Chevrolet’s other track-focused Camaro, the 1LE . Not only is this front splitter larger, it is steel-reinforced and mounted to the bumper beam of the Camaro to allow it to withstand up to 200 pounds of force. The hood of the car features a revised heat extractor that is made from carbon to reduce weight, and it features a more open design to improve cooling.

Around the side, there are gurney lips in front of the front wheels, the side sills reduce drag and improve downforce, and the whole car sits a full 33 mm (1.3 inches) lower, thanks to a new suspension setup. You can’t see it normally, but there is a large bellypan under the front of the car as well.

There are few more changes, but we don’t want to ruin the whole video for you. All we can say is that GM went above and beyond in creating the new Z/28, and we love every square inch of it.

The Camaro Z/28 is set to pace the ‘Greatest Spectacle in Racing’ with recently retired driver Dario Franchitti at the wheel. The three-time Indy 500 winner will be leading the field May 25th, as the 98th running takes place at the famed Brickyard.

Franchitti’s career includes wins in 2007, 2010, and again in 2012, taking rank with a very select number of drivers to achieve such an outstanding IndyCar career. Though Franchitti is retired, he’s not slowing down. He now works in a driver development position with Chip Ganassi Racing, who is of course, powering their race cars with Chevrolet engines for the 2014 Indy season.

The Camaro Z/28 is unmodified for its pace car role, save for the decals affixed to the hood, doors, and rear quarter panels. That’s all well and good though. The Z/28 won’t have any issues getting to speed and holding corners with its 505-horsepower, 481-pound-foot 7.0-liter naturally aspirated V-8. The massive 305-series Pirelli PZero Trofeo R tires grip their 19-inch blacked-out wheels that mount to hubs holding huge carbon ceramic rotors squeezed by six-piston Brembo calipers up front and four-piston units out back.

While this will be Franchitti’s first time pacing the Indy 500, it’s old hat for the Camaro. It first did it in 1967 and 2014 will mark its eighth time. The Chevrolet brand, however, has led the field an impressive 24 times with various cars throughout the years. A 2014 Corvette Stingray did the honors last year .

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


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