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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...


In what has become somewhat of a tradition for Chevrolet at SEMA , the Bowtie-bearing brand is preparing to introduce a new version of its drag-racing mastodon, the COPO Camaro.

At the 2013 SEMA Auto Show, the COPO program returns with all the design tweaks and modifications given to the 2014 Camaro. This time, the factory-built dragster will immediately hit production with the same 69-unit allocation, making it another must-have Camaro for enthusiasts and drag racers alike.

The 2014 COPO Camaro will also come with a pair of new racing engines, including a revised take on the naturally aspirated 427 engine, as well as a supercharged version of the 350-cubic-inch engine that we first saw tucked comfortably under the hood of the 2013 COPO Camaro. The latter will also receive a 2.9-liter Whipple, screw-type compressor, as if all the mechanical workings done on the engine aren’t enough on their own.

Naturally aspirated 350- and 396-cubic-inch engines are also set to be offered for the 2014 COPO Camaro, giving buyers plenty of options to choose from as far as their preferred engine choice is going to be for their Camaro drag racer.

All 2014 COPO Camaros come standard with an NHRA-approved roll cage and suspension, and feature an exclusive live rear axle.

In somewhat of another similar move, or possibly to drive up the car’s PR-worthiness — as if it needed any — Chevrolet will send the first production COPO Camaro to Barret-Jackson this coming January for the Scottsdale, Arizona Auction. The proceeds from the auction will be sent directly to the Achilles Freedom Team of Wounded Veterans.

There’s plenty to love about the 2014 COPO Camaro. We’re sure that a lot of people share our sentiments, which is to say that those interested in scooping one up better get their finances in order before all 69 models are accounted for.

Click past the jump to read about the 2013 Chevrolet COPO Camaro

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Nearly every year that it’s been in existence, Chevrolet displayed a special-edition Camaro at the 2013 SEMA Show , and it looks like this year won’t be any exception. Despite the Camaro’s home market ramping up for wintertime, Chevrolet will display the Camaro Spring edition at SEMA.

Based on the 2LT or 2SS trims, the new Camaro Spring Edition is distinguished by a Summit White exterior with Blue Ray stripe and a blue fabric top on convertible models. The model will also feature a body-colored ZL1 spoiler, and a ground-effect package, grille and 21-inch wheels from Chevrolet Accessories. The Spring Edition will borrow a set of HID headlights and LED taillights from the Camaro RS .

For the interior, the concept gains a white trim kit with Blue Ray accents. Also included are blue leather seats and floor mats from Chevrolet Accessories.

Under the hood, the 2LT model will come with its typical 323-horsepower, V-6 engine, and the 2SS version will make use of a 6.2-liter, V-8 engine with an output of 426 horsepower when combined with the six-speed manual transmission or 400 ponies with the six-speed automatic.

Overall, this concept is a nice display of some of the options that Chevrolet Accessories offers its customers. Fortunately, there is nothing over the top, and Chevy chose not to update it with anything that is not available to its customers.

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

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April 17th 1964: The day the first generation of the Ford Mustang was introduced to the public. Today, almost half a century later, when the words ’American Icon’ are spoken together, this car is probably the first thing that comes to mind.

With the 50-year anniversary of the Mustang approaching, the anticipation over the next generation of the pony car has been greater than ever. With the news of Ford filing a trademark application for the “Mach 1” moniker, speculations are rife about the return of the badge in the 2015 Mustang.

The model, when launched in 1969, sat between the GT and Boss 302 models, and it replaced the GT in 1971.

Based on the unique design elements of the original 1969 Mach 1, we at TopSpeed decided to create a rendering for you what the Mach 1 Mustang (if released) could look like.

Click past the jump to learn more about the design process.

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A few weeks ago, we let you know that a Camaro Z/28 lapped Nurburgring in 7:37.47 , making it the fastest Camaro at the `Ring.

With a Camaro achieving this feat, should we be surprised that Ford decided to release a video of its resident muscle car — the Shelby GT500 — lapping the ring in an impressive time? We think not, but this video has an interesting back story.

According to SVT Performance, this particular video hit their inbox after they asked Ford for some videos of the GT500 testing on various tracks. It looks like this video "accidentally" made its way into the email, as Ford has not revealed the GT500’s Nurburgring time.

The unofficial timer in the video shows that the GT500 lapped the `Ring in less than 7:40. Of course, this time does not make it faster than the Z/28, but it certainly makes it faster than the Camaro ZL1 , which lapped the same ring in 7 minutes and 41 seconds.

We’re sure that Ford will soon make an announcement regarding this video, but until then, enjoy the video!

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As usual, the Ford Mustang will be present and accounted for in great numbers at the 2013 SEMA Show . Classic Design Concepts will be one of many tuners showing off its mods for the Stang, and this one is simply called "Bad Penny." Why the name? Apparently because "in God we pay, all others pay cash."

The concept features a cool combination of black and copper, and gets some of the aerodynamics and styling options we’ve seen on the Vaughn Gittin, Jr.’s RTR Mustang . These elements include the new performance grille, the lower grille, front fascia with functional brake-cooling ducts, side and rear splitters, license plate surround, custom deck lid trim panel and a rear spoiler.

The car sits on 20-inch, Forgiato three-piece wheels wrapped in BF Goodrich G-Force Rival tires sized 285/35R20 up front and 315/35R20 in the back.

Wilwood big brakes are responsible for bringing the pony car to a stop, while a Whiteline Watts link suspension and RTR adjustable front and rear sway bars help keep it steady in the twisties.

Click past the jump to read more about the Ford Mustang Bad Penny by Classic Design Concepts.

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Rumors about the 2015 Ford Mustang have ranged from mouthwatering to downright boring, and today Car and Driver magazine learned pretty much all there is to know about the new-generation Mustang. Of course the image you see here is CGI, but according to the magazine, it is pretty close to the real deal.

We have to say that if the new Mustang indeed looks like this, then the next-gen Camaro is in for a big fight.

According to the report from C&D, the Mustang will adopt design elements seen in the rest of the Ford lineup, like the trapezoidal grille and the thin, wraparound headlights. Despite these new elements, the model will retain the distinctive Mustang elements — sequential taillights, for example..

We’ve known for quite some time that the 2015 Mustang will sit atop an all-new chassis that will feature an independent rear suspension, plus it will drop about 200 pounds when compared to the current model. What’s huge about the C&D report is that they uncovered the engine lineup too.

First up is a little disappointment for those of you looking to snag up the Mustang the second it comes out. According to the report, the 2015 Mustang will initially carry over the current engine lineup. This means it will come with either a 3.7-liter, V-6 engine with 305 horsepower or the "Coyote" 5.0-liter, V-8 with 420 horsepower.

After the Mustang has been on dealer lots for a bit of time, Ford will start offering a 2.3-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder with a reported 310 horsepower. This will likely be a resurrected SVO.

For those of you who believed there wouldn’t be a Shelby version — us included — the big surprise is that it will continue on with the same 662-horsepower, 5.8-liter, V-8 engine. New to the lineup will be a EcoBoost twin-turbo V-8 engine — code named "Voodoo" — that will find its way into the GT350 model; this engine is reported to put down 550 to 600 horses.

On top of that, C&D also reports that the 5.0-liter "Coyote" V-8 will get a retune several months after launch, jumping it to 500 horsepower, plus Ford is "considering" using the EcoBoost, 3.5-liter, V-6 in a mid-range model — the same engine in the Taurus SHO .

Remember, these are all rumors, so who knows what is real and what is not...

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

Source: Autoguide
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TopSpeed Rendering: 2013 Ford Mustang Mach1

It has been rumored for quite some time now that the new-generation Ford Mustang would bring about the return of some old-time names, like the SVO or Cobra.

That is looking more like a reality no, as Ford has filed a trademark application for the "Mach 1" moniker, meaning that the new Mustang will also likely include a Mach 1 variant.

Ford filed the trademark on Thursday, February 23, 2012 with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and it was published for opposition on January 1, 2013. Starting August 26, 2013, the trademark application has a status of "First Extension – Granted," meaning that Ford is free to use it, and that it needs to offer a legal document summarizing the way in which the automaker is planning to use the trademarked.

While this document offered by Ford remains a secret, we expect ford to slap the "Mach 1" badge on a high-performance version of the 2015 Mustang. A likely possibility is the Mach 1 name replacing the outgoing Shelby badge.

Click past the jump to learn more about the Ford Mustang Mach 1.

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The new Camaro Z/28 announces itself to be an amazing muscle car, but how is it when put next to its competition? This is the question Chevrolet wanted to answer, so it took a brand new Z/28 and put it face to face to a Mustang Boss 302 . Why Boss 302 and not Shelby GT500? Well, because according to Chevrolet , the Boss 302 is the fastest Mustang on the track.

The test was made at GM’s high-security MRC road course in Milford, Michigan, and, as no surprise, the track-oriented Camaro dominates the Boss 302 in almost every area. You do have to remember that the test was made by Chevrolet and its car needed to be better.

We have to admit however, that the new Camaro Z/28 was specially designed to dominated the muscle car segment: it lightweight, nimble and incredibly powerful. It also lapped the Nurburgring in 7:37.40 - which makes it very fast!


Just like any other automaker that looks to make a splash at the SEMA Auto Show , Ford knows that the way to go is to build a car that can stir up some buzz and turn some heads.

Recently, the American automaker teased a pair of Ford Mustang GT models that hopes to accomplish that. The first one, called the Mustang GT Nitto Tire, is the little more subdued of the two Mustangs.

But make no mistake, this Mustang GT still looks the part of a car you’d normally see in the biggest aftermarket show in the world. It’s got an aggressive new look, highlighted by a Brilliant Red finish from BASF to go with black racing stripes, as well as a new aero kit and if you didn’t notice by its name, a fancy set of what we think are 20-inch wheels wrapped in Nitto tires.

According to Ford, the Mustang GT Nitto Tire also has a performance upgrade under its hood, thanks to a new Ford Racing Cobra Jet intake manifold breathing through a twin-bore 65-millimeter throttle body. No mention of how much of an increase in output it carries, but anytime you hear the name "Cobra Jet", the thought immediately goes to a muscle car that has in excess of 500 horsepower at its disposal.

Whatever that number is, the Mustang GT Nitto Tire will undoubtedly fit right in at SEMA.

Click past the jump to read about the 2014 Ford Mustang GT

German tuner Geiger Cars is the rare European aftermarket company that specializes on American vehicles. It’s a distinction the company has proudly worn on its sleeves and with a history of impressive programs, it’s a badge of honor that’s certainly well-deserved.

Recently, Geiger Cars added another feather on its cap with the introduction of its new program for the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 . Re-christened as the Camaro LS9, the tuning program covers an expansive set of modifications done on the Camaro ZL1’s body and engine. No surprises there, considering it is, after all, Geiger Cars we’re talking about.

One look at the new Camaro LS9 and you’re immediately drawn to the sharp-looking exterior that mixes a white body finish with a neon green touch on the front fender flares, the side sills, and the rear underbody. The Camaro also has a revised grille, a new spoiler, race-inspired tow hooks, and a new set of 19- and 20-incch Goysar wheels wrapped in Michelin Cup tires. A bar code design graphic on the doors round out the exterior modifications, adding a distinctive style to what already looks like a sportier and more aggressive looking Camaro.

Pop open the hood and you’ll notice that the engine configuration has been dramatically improved with the additions of a new pistons, upgraded camshafts, a new crankshaft, a larger intercooler, and optimized cylinder heads. With all those new components added into the Camaro ZL1’s 6.2-liter V-8 engine, the muscle car’s output rockets up to an incredible 780 horsepower and 725 pound-feet of torque, good enough to blast the coupe off the block and reach 62 mph in just 3.7 seconds. A quarter-mile time of 11.9 seconds is similarly impressive, as is the 210 mph top speed that the Camaro LS9 is now capable of hitting.

The program is impressive all the way around, which largely explains why it’s also expensive. For all the bells and whistles of this tuning kit, Geiger Cars is charging €138,090, which is just under $190,000 based on current exchange rates.

Click past the jump to read more about Geiger Cars’ Chevrolet Camaro LS9 program


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