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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...

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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


Ford must be feeling left out considering that a bunch of other automakers, Hyundai and Chrysler , specifically, are in the middle of previewing their SEMA -bound vehicles.

So, the Blue Oval did what’s only right under these circumstances: join the party!

It already introduced the Mustang Yellow Jacket a week ago; now, a pair of new heavily-modded Mustangs have been introduced, or should we say teased, leading up to the big show this coming November.

Of the just-teased Mustang GTs , the one that was built in collaboration by Hollywood Hot Rods is the more eye-catching of the two, and for good reason. The bronze-ish color looks absolutely intense! Add that to the aerodynamic enhancements that appear to include a hand-made hardtop, new fenders, a redesigned tail secition, new wheels, and what really looks like side exhausts, and you have a completely remade Ford Mustang GT that definitely lives up to its name as straight out of Hollywood.

Like the Mustang GT Nitto Tire, the Hollywood Hot Rods’ Mustang GT also comes with massive performance modifications. And like the Mustang GT Tire, Ford hasn’t revealed any details on how much of an engine upgrade it has.

Fortunately, it won’t take us too long to find out because SEMA is just around the corner. When that time comes, we’ll know everything we need to know about a Mustang GT that already has our hearts on its strings.

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

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While Chevrolet was busy taking the Camaro Z28 to the Nurburgring race track where it scored a lap time of 7:37.40, the guys over Motor Week had the chance to take the 2012 Camaro ZL1 for a pretty cool test drive.

The 1969 Camaro ZL1 was inspired by the original 1969 Camaro ZL1 that was offered in a limited edition run of just 69 units, but comes loaded with lots of cool stuffs that transform it into one of the coolest Camaro ever.

The ZL1 is based on the SS version, but it adds a few more features, like an updated suspension, a more powerful engine - it delivers 580 horsepower instead of 550, gets an updated engine, and will look a little bit different on both the interior and the exterior.

The test was made at the Vigginia International Raceway - a pretty challenging track for a pony car, but the ZL1 is always incredible to watch... even on Motor Week.

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If you ask us, a standard Shelby GT500 is pretty cool from factory, but somehow Steeda decided the GT500 can be further updated it you know where to add the updates.

The 2014 Steeda GT500 package improves the most powerful Mustang ever with an extremely aggressive, but in the same time smooth, overall appearance. The car’s width was increased, so it now perfectly fits those wider wheels, but also makes the GT500 looking a little bit more aggressive.

A base Shelby GT500 is powered by a 5.8-liter V-8 engine that delivers a total of 662 horsepower - an amount of power more than enough for a car like the GT500. However, Steeda found a solution to increase this output up to 725 horsepower. Steeda did not reveal how it obtained the extra power, but we expect the usual ECU updates and a new exhaust system.

Click past the jump to read more about the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 by Steeda.

Yellow’s looking like the color of choice for a lot of automakers going to SEMA this year.

On the heels of Hyundai previewing the "Yellow Cake" Night Racer Veloster a week ago, another company is headed to the aftermarket auto show with its own piece of yellow awesomeness.

This is the Ford Mustang GT , or as it’s been dubbed, the Mustang "Yellow Jacket." It’s a heavily modified 2014 Mustang GT that was born from a collaboration between Ford and Vortech Superchargers. Yep, the mere mention of the latter means that this muscle car will have some serious horses under its hood.

Not one to disappoint, that’s exactly what Vortech is giving us courtesy of its V-3 Si blower that shoots the output of the car’s 5.0-liter, V-8 engine from its stock 420 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque to an incredible 605 horsepower and 473 pound-feet of torque. This is good enough — we assume — to hit 60 mph in just under four seconds to go with a top speed of about 185 mph.

Outside of the obvious performance improvements, the Mustang Yellow Jacket still has to live up to its name, and it does with a disarmingly charming yellow paint to go with a Webasto sunroof, a carbon-fiber, cowl-induction hood, a new body kit courtesy of 3D Carbon, a tuned suspension and last but not least, a set of 20-inch iForged Icon wheels wrapped in Falken Azenis FK452 tires.

Be on the lookout for the Mustang Yellow Jacket at SEMA next month. Chances are, it won’t be too hard to find.

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

Chevrolet Camaro Z/28

Modifying Camaros has been a long-standing tradition with gear heads everywhere, and now owners of fifth-generation Camaros have a one-stop shop for their go-fast goodies. Chevrolet Performance has released a whole slew of factory-engineered performance parts that not only help Camaros perform well, but also retain their factory warranties.

Chevrolet says its portfolio of parts is designed to make V-6 and SS Camaro more capable on the street and track. Need more stopping power for your stock Camaro SS? Upgrade your front brakes to those massive 14.6-inch rotors and six-piston Brembo calipers found underneath the ZL1 . Didn’t order the “Track Pack” option and now regretting it? No problem. Swap up to the 1LE Performance Package for both V-6 and SS models, which includes beefier front and rear stabilizer bars, retuned front struts, new monotube rear shocks and stiffer toe links.

Other upgrades include a low-restriction air filter, high-flow fuel pump, short-throw manual shifter, front strut tower brace, complete ZL1 independent rear axle assembly (much stronger than the SS’s rear axle) and even an upgraded camshaft and cylinder head package for the SS model that’s good for an extra 40 horsepower.

For those looking to race their Camaro, Chevrolet Performance is also offering many high-performance parts found in the limited-production COPO Camaro — an all-out, drag strip-oriented build that pays homage to the original 1969 “Central Office Production Order” Camaro built to compete in NHRA drag strip events.

Check out what Chevrolet Performance is offering, both for the Camaro and other GM vehicles at chevroletperformance.com

Click past the jump to read more about the Chevrolet Camaro

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The 2013 SEMA show getting closer, more details on the cars to be displayed in Las Vegas.

Today, aerodynamics specialists APR Performance revealed the first details on a new wide body kit it developed for a 2013 Ford Mustang GT . We’re not huge fans of wide body kits on muscle cars, especially the Mustang, but we’ll entertain the idea.

This kit includes 10 new pieces, that will widen the `Stang GT by 50 mm (1.96 inches) on each side. Widening isn’t all this kit is about, as it also comes with a range of track-proven carbon fiber parts, including: a front splitter, a massive GT-250 wing, a rear diffuser and a parts bin chock-full of parts from other manufacturers.

This parts bin is what piques out interest the most, as it includes a nice list of performance parts. The big boy of the bunch is a ProCharger centrifugal supercharger system that will likely push the Mustang near the 600-horsepower mark. A MagnaFlow exhaust system also chimes in to add a nasty rumble to the 5.0-liter, V-8 powerplant.

Helping keep the Mustang in check is a KW coil-over suspension system, a set of custom wheels and a set of Stoptech brakes. On the inside, a set of Sparco racing seats help keep the driver in place when tackling the twist.

Meh, we can live without the body kit, but the performance goodies definitely add some extra "Go" to all of the show that this gaudy kit exudes.

We’ll bring you more when APR releases all of the information.

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

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It’s October, folks, and that means it is time for the pink cars to start rolling out in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month!

For the third year in a row, Chevrolet prepares to raise funds for the American Cancer Society to help fight the most common cancer in women in the U.S. Last year, the company raised a total of $1,211,463, and it hopes to do the same this year.

To help raise these funds, Chevrolet prepared a series of fundraising walks, test-drive promotions, service rebate promotions and recognition at select NASCAR Sprint Cup Races. At the Advocare 500 race, a Chevrolet Camaro SS coated in pink will serve as the pace car.

The Camaro SS Pace Car wears a combination of pink and white, and features a series of special logos and stickers. The model is also equipped with sirens and lots of LED lights that will help it stand out on the race track in case of an incident — as if the hot pink isn’t obvious enough.

The logical step after its pace run is the auction block, and we’ll let you know when/if that happens.

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


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