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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...

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.

With a $75,000 sticker attached to its windshield, the Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 is a muscle car very few people can afford. However, a lot more enthusiasts could afford to buy counterfeited parts and turn their regular Camaro (almost) into a Z/28 clone.

And since the entire Z/28 production for 2014 is already sold out , more and more people are likely to seek an aftermarket upgrade to get their Z/28 fix. To prevent that and keep their exclusive customers happy, Chevrolet plans to restrict 35 of the Z/28’s parts, which will only be available to driver that already owns the said vehicle.

At least that’s what GM Authority claims, quoting "dealer sources" and providing a list of components, along with their part number, that won’t be offered as performance or visual upgrades.

The inventory is quite extensive and hints that Chevrolet aims to protect an array of aesthetic, interior and powertrain parts ranging from body flares and aprons to seats, brakes and differential. Even the "Flowtie" front grille badge, which had its gold center cut out to improve airflow and lower coolant and oil temperature, has been barred.

Some Camaro owners will obviously lose their temper following this decision, but at least we won’t get to see any V-6-powered "Z/28s" wandering the streets.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 and to see exactly what parts are restricted.

Source: GM Authority

Turbocharging a 2014 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 might sound like an insane thing to do — some would call it blasphemous — but the folks over at Hennessey have no issues in replacing the muscle car ’s supercharged V-8 with a larger-displacement eight-pot and a pair of turbos.

The swap comes by way of the tuner’s HPE1000 package, which can also be fitted to the 2014 Corvette Stingray or the SRT Viper . As the name suggests, the upgrade plants no less than 1,000 horsepower under the hood, with all of them fully unleashed at 6,400 rpm.

For that spectacular oomph to become available, Hennessey ditches the ZL1’s supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 in favor of a 7.0-liter LS V-8 and a pair of ball-bearing turbochargers and other key updates that include forged-aluminum pistons, a custom camshaft, high-flow cylinder heads and an upgraded fuel system.

Naturally, the vehicle benefits from the company’s engine management calibration, and goes through a series of dyno and road tests before being delivered to its lucky owner. As seen in the video above, trials also include a few quarter-mile passes, obviously conducted for Hennessey to ensure the ZL1 reaches the parameters the HPE1000 package claims to offer.

We’re not going to spoil the result, but this twin-turbo Camaro ZL1 returned some spectacular figures. Needless to say, Hennessey is about to make yet another customer happy.

Ever fancy owning a new Dodge Charger or a Challenger without having to pay the price tag for either muscle car ? Well, Dodge is giving you the opportunity to do just that with the “Dodge Chance to Be Bad Giveaway”.

The giveaway is being done in collaboration with iconic rock band Motley Crüe as the latter embarks on its "Final Tour". As the presenting sponsor of the tour, Dodge is commemorating its involvement by launching a nationwide promotion where fans have an opportunity to win an ultimate Mötley Crüe VIP experience that includes meeting the band, and other prizes, including autographed guitars, band collector’s items and tickets to the tour, which kicks off July 2 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

But the biggest prize of them all? A 2015 Dodge Charger or Challenger.

First of all, the giveaway is only open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, who are 18 years of age or older and have a valid driver’s license. If you meet the criteria, you can enter the promotion by registering at www.dodgechancetobebad.com. To better their odds, participants are also encouraged to use social media by sharing custom links through a variety of social media platforms.

If you’re interested in joining the giveaway, you have until July 1, 2014 to register and put your name in the hat. We doubt it’ll take you too long to do so given the chance for you to win either a 2015 Charger or Challenger.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Dodge Charger and Challenger.

Despite its hefty, $75,000 price tag, the Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 has been greeted with huge enthusiasm by muscle car aficionados, who purchase all 500 units scheduled to be built for the 2014 model year through April.

That’s the word coming from AutoGuide, who learned about the immense interest the track-focused coupe has spawned since its introduction straight from Camaro chief engineer Al Oppenheiser.

With the 2014 models already commissioned, the main man behind GM ’s iconic muscle car says Chevy will try and build on current success by expanding next year’s production to a projected 2,500 units, with more to be made if demand grows even further.

With that being said, Oppenheiser added that Chevrolet will open order books for the 2015 Camaro Z/28 in the next four to six weeks. And in case you haven’t found out yet, the first retail 2015 model has been already auctioned off by Barrett-Jackson for a staggering $500,000.

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

Source: Autoguide

Although production of the 2015 Ford Mustang has yet to commence, the pony is attracting a great deal of attention as everyone, potential customers and enthusiasts alike, are champing at the bit waiting for final specs and pricing figures to come out. The wait shouldn’t last much longer, but if you already find it unbearable, we have some preliminary pricing and options information to keep you busy until the Ford spills the beans.

Specifically, some of the details the Blue Oval company has introduced in its dealer ordering system have surfaced on the Interwebz, via a batch of snapshots taken by a few willing folks. Pricing for the actual vehicle is not included, but don’t be disappointed, there’s plenty of stuff to chew on.

For instance, the leaked data comes to confirm that Ford will, once again, offer a pony slotted atop the Mustang GT for the 2015 model year. Although the documents do not reveal what sort of badge the vehicle will wear, its different body code suggests we’re in for more than just a polished GT.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Mustang’s options and pricing.

Source: mustang6g

Ford ’s intentions with the brand-new, sixth-generation Mustang are more than obvious. The more European design, the independent rear suspension and the new tech behind it are there with one purpose, to make it appealing to a global audience.

Sure, the Mustang benefits from a 50-year-long history and its iconic, American charm, but Ford was aware that most non-U.S. costumers that haven’t been touched by the muscle car bug were more likely to choose other offerings, such as a BMW 4 Series, over the ’Stang. Hence the diluted recipe for the 2015 model, one that has been acclaimed and criticized as well since day one.

It’s been a little more than four months since the Blue Oval took the wraps off the new Mustang , but new details around the pony are still to come. While we’re anxiously waiting for Detroit to release final performance numbers and pricing figures, the manufacturer introduced us to yet another brand-new feature that will come with the Mustang: electronic line-lock.

Don’t let the name confuse you, this is no groundbreaking technology set to improve handling or braking, but an electronic burnout-control system that enables the driver to burn rubber without risking damage to the clutch. To put it simple, when activated, the feature gains access to the stability control’s hydraulic control unit and locks the front brakes while releasing the rear brakes. This means the driver can do a burnout without having to worry about finding the perfect balance while keeping one foot on the brake pedal and the other on the throttle.

Now don’t go thinking that this new gimmick, which comes standard on Mustang GT models equipped with manual transmissions, was added so that customers can show off by creating a cloud of smoke in traffic. Ford clearly states that the electronic line-lock is intended for race track use, quoting the drivers’ need to prep their tires before pulling a quarter mile run. On the other hand, the automaker says that "racing the 2015 Mustang will void warranty," a statement that leaves up puzzled to say the least, and is in stark contrast to Chevy’s stance on the Z/28’s warranty and racing .

Ford also claims its electronic line-lock is an industry-first feature, but we know this isn’t entirely true, as BMW offers something similar — it’s called "smokey burnout" — on the new M3 and M4 models.

All told, this electronic burnout trick will be hard to swallow by muscle car purists, but we bet it will find a lot of fans among users that are looking for these kind of technologically advanced features. Now everyone can do a burnout without having to practice or worry about anything...

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

Not a lot of people (or things, for that matter) last a century on this planet and are able to tell the story of how they’ve made it this far. That’s especially true in the automotive industry. But some brands do get to blow out 100 candles on that birthday cake, and one of them is celebrating it this year. Dodge has turned 100 years old, and to commemorate the occasion, the company released a touching video that’s probably gonna tug at a few heart strings before pleasing your senses with tire burning excitement courtesy of the Challenger .

The video starts of with monologues from individuals that are about the same age as Dodge. It may have looked weird at first, but the approach definitely hammered home the message. With age comes wisdom and its not just true for these admirable men and women; it also holds true for a car company that’s been around for 100 years.

Congratulations on reaching the big 1-0-0, Dodge! Here’s to more birthdays and even more success in the years to come!


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