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muscle cars

  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...

There is no denying the pony car wars are raging hotter than ever. With the Chevy Camaro boasting the ZL1 and new Z/28 , the all-new 2015 Ford Mustang coming to market soon, and Dodge presumably working on an outrageous halo engine for the Challenger, the segment is on fire. Well, things are getting a little less “presumable” for Dodge these days.

According to Allpar, one of their contributors shot a photo of a T-shirt worn by SRT staff members while at SRT’s annual Spring Festival of LXs. That shirt sported the menacing image you see above – and what is likely the logo for the new 6.2-liter supercharged HEMI engine.

Rumors suggest the Hellcat HEMI will crank out some 650 horsepower and 640 pound-feet of torque, besting even the mighty SRT Viper’s 640 horses and 600 pound-feet. The Hellcat’s numbers make sense, considering the standard output of the current, naturally aspirated, 6.4-liter HEMI in the Challenger and both the TorqueFlite and Tremec six-speed manual transmissions are capable of handling even more power.

Though Allpar says SRT’s CEO Ralph Gilles told their contributor the Challenger would debut in just under three months, most suspect the new Hellcat-powered Challenger will appear at the New York Auto Show happening April 16th and 17th. It’s appearance will also likely usher in the next generation of Challenger, as we’ve caught them testing around the streets of Detroit.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat.

Source: Allpar

Ford ’s massive worldwide debut of the all-new 2015 Mustang was nothing short of spectacular. While the Mustang coupe stole the show, the convertible made its appearance but didn’t seem to make its presence known. However, Ford is pulling out the stops to properly introduce the redesigned pony. Just like it did 50 years ago, Ford is putting a Mustang atop the Empire State Building, parking on the observation deck along the 86th floor.

Unfortunately, Ford is running into the same issue it had debuting the first-generation Mustang — how to get it up there. A simple helicopter drop becomes impossible when considering the deck’s close proximity to the Empire’s tall spire. Rolling in a mobile crane would work except a crane that tall doesn’t exist. So, like the Mustang before, the new pony will squeeze into an elevator.

As you can imagine, the ‘Stang would have a hard time fitting in an elevator built for people. Just like in 1964, the car will be sliced into three sections before making the ascension. Ford’s team of engineers with then have a mere six hours to reassemble the car before its grand debut 1,454 feet off the ground on April 16, coinciding with the New York Auto Show happening below. The car will be on display for a short 54 hours before the process happens in reverse.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Ford Mustang and watch a video on the convertible top operation.

The 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 is a hulking ball of muscle with the agility of a ballerina. It’s hard to come up with enough praises to describe one of the most powerful and best-handling Camaros in history. Somehow, though, the folks over at Motor Trend have found a way to do just that.

MT’s resident racer Randy Pobst took some time to give the 2014 Camaro Z/28 a serious shakedown and by, did he come out singing the praises of the Chevrolet and Z/28.

Comparing the Z/28 to an Italian supercar doesn’t seem fair, but the Z/28 debunks that notion. Pobst found this out himself when the Camaro posted a figure-eight time of 23.6 seconds, right on par with the Ferrari 458 Italia. Pobst was also quick to praise the vehicle’s carbon-ceramic brake system, which allowed the Z/28 to consistently stop from 60 to 0 mph in fewer than 100 feet.

Those things, coupled with the car’s obvious power output, are what makes the 2014 Camaro Z/28 such a prized thoroughbred, enough, at least, to be considered as one of the best Camaros Chevrolet has ever built.

With 505 horsepower and 481 pound-feet of torque at its disposal, the 2014 Camaro Z/28 is probably the purest Chevrolet -badged muscle car you can get nowadays. It has a naturally aspirated 7.0-liter powerplant (think 1968-1969 Baldwin and Yenko ) that will make most think that all hell is about to break loose each time the gas pedal hits the floor.

Sure, it has less power than the supercharged 2014 Camaro ZL1 , but Chevy built the LS7-engined pony with track performance in mind. Is the 2014 Z/28 the most track-capable Camaro yet? You bet! However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that the sports coupe that lapped the Nurburgring in 7:37.40 minutes can’t be had with an extra kick under the hood.

No, Chevrolet is not rolling out an update just yet. The 2014 Camaro Z/28 fell into the hands of Callaway Cars , the Connecticut-based GM specialist that that has already meddled with the 2014 Corvette Stingray , the 2014 Silverado truck and the 2014 SS sedan .

Dubbed Camaro Z/28 SC652, Callaway’s newest creation sports an Eaton TSV2300 supercharger under the hood, as well as a few other enhancements destined to increase output all the way up to 652 horsepower and 620 pound-feet of torque. Specifically, Callaway added a liquid-to-air intercooler, a high-flow intake system and, as expected, a low restriction exhaust system.

The extra horses kicking inside the supercharged mill enable the SC652 to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds, about 0.3 seconds faster than the factory Z/28. Callaway claims the muscle car can complete the quarter mile in 11.5 seconds at 114 mph, which means you will not embarrass yourself at the drag strip in one of these machines.

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

The 2014 running of the Festivals of Speed is in full swing, and it is on its way to St. Petersburg, FL from April 4th through 6th. Since this show is right in our stomping grounds here in the Sunshine State, we wouldn’t dare miss it. We’ll be there live and in person on April 6th, and you can be there too.

Tickets to the April 4th Jet Port Reception at Tampa International Airport will set you back $100. This event kicks off at 8:00 p.m. on April 6th and runs through 11:00 p.m. The cost of the ticket gets you entry into the hangar-based show, which will have on display vintage and contemporary aircraft , exotic cars, custom motorcycles, high-performance watercraft and luxury products. You also get access to an open bar and themed food, while a jazz orchestra delights your ears.

If that’s not your cup of tea, you can opt to hit up Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg on for the April 6th Festivals of Speed Motorsports Display for just $12 per person. This is the show that I will be at, and it kicks off at 10:00 a.m. on the 6th and runs until 4:00 p.m. Not only do you get to drool over some of the finest cars, motorcycles and watercraft in the U.S., but you also have access to fine cuisine, jazz music, and cigar and wine tasting.

If you want the full treatment, you can opt for the VIP Weekend Package for $190. This package include entry to both events and all sorts of VIP treatment at the Motorsport Display on the 6th.

You can pick up tickets online HERE

So, if you have that weekend off, are in the St. Pete area, and want to check out tons of awesome supercars , luxury cars and sports cars , the Festivals of Speed may be right for you. Plus, you can see yours truly at the show.

Stay tuned to TopSpeed to see the coolest that FOS has to offer.

Since it first hit the market, the Ford Mustang has been one of the “go-to” vehicles for great movie cars. From Bullitt all the way to this year’s Need for Speed movie, this pony is the king of the silver screen. One of the most memorable Mustangs to entrance theater goers was Eleanor in the 2000 remake of Gone in 60 Seconds. The Eleanor from the film was a 1967 Shelby Mustang GT 500 , but many modern remakes of that classic machine now roam the road. If you want a modern “Eleanor” GT500 , I know just the place to get one; RK Motors in Charlotte, North Carolina.

This particular Mustang is a 2007 model with a host of visual and performance upgrades. From the supercharged V-8 dumping almost 500 horsepower towards those rear wheels to the shimmer of that Satin Silver paint, this is one machine you don’t want to miss.

Click past the jump to read more about the Ford Mustang Eleanor Edition by RK Motors.

The most important consideration for any track-day special is not horsepower, suspension setup, brakes or tries. Ask any Formula One team, Le Mans racer or local SCCA guru; the number one consideration is cooling. If the car doesn’t stay cool, the car won’t run. You can have a million horsepower, but does no good if you are sitting in the pits waiting for your engine to cool.

General Motors understands this well, so for its new track-focused Camaro Z/28 it has taken every piece of the car to the drawing board to help improve cooling and overall performance. One of the biggest changes to the car ended up being the smallest; the Flowtie.

During wind tunnel testing, engineers noticed that the shining gold bowtie on the grille was forcing lots of air away from the radiator. Richard Quinn, one of the Powertrain Cooling Development engineers, decided to take the bowtie off and he cut out the gold insert, leaving just the chrome outline. The results spoke for themselves with a 3-cubic-meter increase in airflow every minute. The net result of that was a 2-degree temperature decrease.

The newly christened Flowtie is now standard on every Z/28. If you have ever hacked at your car with a grinder, you are now justified.

If that wasn’t enough proof that Chevy believes the Z/28 is a true track machine, think about this. General Motors will provide you full warranty service even if you cane your Camaro at the local track. There are essentially no other manufacturers that will cover your engine explosion in turn 6 at VIR.

It is at this point where I believe GM would “drop the mic” and walk off dramatically.

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

I don’t know about you, but this video just blew my mind. If you haven’t watched it already — spoiler alert! — Chevrolet had issues with the new Z/28 braking and cornering so hard, it would literally spin the tires around the rims. Originally, the development team though the rotation was only occurring by a few degrees, but after marking the tire’s location on the wheel, they found it rotated nearly 360 degrees while lapping the test track.

To solve the issue, Chevrolet tried several ways of locking the tire’s bead to the wheel, including coating the inner wheels with abrasive paint. Nothing stopped the problem, so the team took a media blaster to the inside of the wheel. The tiny grains of sand ate away at the smooth surface and created a slightly pitted, coarse surface for the Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tires to grip. It’s an ingenious solution to a hidden problem that negatively affects lap times and braking performance.

When the top-dog Camaro Z/28 hits dealers this spring, it will arrive with 505 horsepower and 481 pound-feet of torque coming from its naturally-aspirated 7.0-liter, LS7 V-8. Through the Camaro ZL1 makes more power at 580 horses and 556 pound-feet, the Z/28 is a faster track car, thanks in large part to its reduction in weight. Heavy use of carbon fiber and lightweight glass, along with a lack of many creature comforts, the Z/28 drops some 300 pounds from the ZL1’s curb weight.

Video and more about the Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 after the jump.

The next few years will be rather exciting, as the pony car war heats up with three updated models. We’ve already reported the deep details of the all-new 2015 Ford Mustang and more recently the 2016 Chevy Camaro with its new underpinnings. But what has Dodge been up to? Well, apparently it’s developing a supercharged version of its mighty HEMI engine and calling it the Challenger SRT Hellcat.

Reports are uncertain on whether the 6.2-liter V-8 or the updated 6.4-liter engine will be the recipient of forced induction, but either way, the added power will be a welcomed addition. We also expect the Challenger to undergo some significant visual updates for the 2015 model year, helping it compete against its two refreshed rivals. More specifically, the Hellcat will likely challenge the Camaro Z/28 and outgoing Shelby GT500 in both performance and price, coming in at $70,000 to $80,000.

In the shaky and distorted spy video above, the Challenger is seen with camouflaged front and rear fascias, and with an updated, more luxurious interior. We’re not expecting the updates or even the supercharger to rocket the Challenger into the trio’s sales leader, but the changes will help Challenger sales to remain steady. Chrysler sold just over 50,000 Challengers in 2013.

All the development money spent on the Hellcat project likely won’t be relegated to one Chrysler car either. Rumor has it the supercharged mill will find its way into the upcoming and also refreshed 2015 Dodge Charger. Though unlike the 6.4-liter HEMI shared between the 300 SRT and Charger SRT, the Hellcat is said to miss the 300.

Chevrolet Camaro SS

Note: Current Chevrolet Camaro pictured here.

It might be early, but we’re hearing the first rumblings about a refreshed Chevrolet Camaro set for showrooms in the 2016 model. The reports say the Camaro is destined for an evolutionary update verses an entirely new theme. What will be all new, however, is the Alpha platform underpinning the car.

The Camaro will be sharing that platform with the Cadillac ATS and the recently reworked CTS sedans. Still rear-wheel-drive, the updated platform will allow Chevy to better compete with the independent rear suspension setup underpinning the new 2015 Ford Mustang .

But The General can’t mess too much with success. The current Camaro is already selling like hotcakes to the tune of 80,600 units last year, besting the current-gen Mustang’s 77,200 sales figure and blasting the Dodge Challenger ’s 51,500 units sold. That’s why Chevy’s prodigious performance recipe needs to remain familiar.

"The difference between the existing and redesigned (Camaro) is not drastically different,” an industry insider who’s seen the new car told Edmunds. “It looks like a worked-over current-model Camaro. It is on a different platform, so that is a significant difference, but when they modified it to be on a different platform, the styling did not change that much."

We still expect to see obvious changes to the Camaro’s existing design, both inside and out. Perhaps Chevy will pour money into the cabin in an effort to surpass the new Mustang’s rather luxurious appointments. What’s more, Chevy may decide to offer a forced-induction four-cylinder in response to the Mustang’s 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine. Seems convenient the ATS has a 2.0-liter turbo I-4 mill it could loan out.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro.

Source: Edmunds

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