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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...

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

None of us, with exception of Ford , know what is really going on with the Shelby GT500 Mustang . The consensus says that Ford will replace the Shelby name starting with the next-gen Mustang and likely replace it with a revived Cobra model.

Well, regardless of what Ford does with the range-topping Mustang in the next generation, it is obvious that its engineers are working on something hot. In the above video you see a lucky man that so happened upon a next-gen Mustang on public roads with a rather throaty engine note. The assumption is — and I agree — that this is a hopped-up variant of the Mustang and likely the Shelby GT500/SVT Cobra or whatever Ford chooses to name it.

Could this simply be a tester for the 2015 Mustang GT? Sure, it could be, but that would be one hell of an exhaust note for a GT Mustang, and that quad-exhaust system simply doesn’t strike me as something Ford would put on the Mustang GT.

Regardless of what version of the Mustang this is, we do love seeing spy videos of the new `Stang.

Let us know what you think we are looking at in this video in the comments below.

When Ford revealed the Mustang on December 5th, 2014, it took what it has built in recent years and did the impossible: make it better. The new, European styling is not as over-the-top as I feared it may be and it only added to the model’s outstanding legacy.

Well, now we all get to drool over the topless version, which is sure to ruin the lives of toupee wearers around the globe.

The details are still not complete on the 2015 Mustang Convertible, much like its coupe brother, but we are able to piece things together using the details from the coupe, the limited information on the convertible and the few image that Ford released.

One thing is for sure; Ford did a good job in designing the convertible Mustang separate from the coupe, giving them distinct appearances that reminds me of the Fox Body years.

Click past the jump to read all about the 2015 Ford Mustang Convertible and let me know what you think of it in the comments.

Dodge Challenger R/T Shaker

Dodge has quickly learned that it’s got a very hot product on it hands with the 2014 Challenger R/T Shaker model as all 2,000 units were snatched up within four days of the order books opening on January 7th.

First seen at last year’s SEMA show , the Shaker edition of the popular Challenger adds the throwback “Shaker” hood scoop and a swanky retro graphics package. The design harks back to the 1970 Challenger R/T that became a cult classic with help from the 1971 film Vanishing Point.

The Shaker hood scoop is perched atop Dodge’s 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 and is free to shake through the open cutout in the Challenger’s hood as the 375 horsepower, 410 pound-feet of torque engine snarls below. The satin-black scoop matches the stripes running along the center of the car and the rear deck-lid spoiler. With the Shaker package also comes the Super Track Pak that includes upgraded steering gear, upgraded brake linings and monotube shocks. Goodyear Eagle F1 tires sized in 245/45R20 are easily morphed into billowing clouds of burning rubber.

Dodge hasn’t given estimates on any performance gains from the Shaker cold air upgrade, but we imagine both the horsepower and torque outputs benefit – even if ever so slightly – from having the Shaker installed. Dodge also isn’t saying whether it will produce more Shaker models to match the obvious demand. Honestly, it would be silly not to. The whole kit adds $2,500 to the price of a Challenger R/T Classic, which brings the base price to $36,995 before any (probable) dealer mark-ups.

Click past the jump to read more about the Dodge Challenger R/T Shaker.

The 2015 Ford Mustang to Star in "Need for Speed"

The 2015 Ford Mustang has drummed up plenty of interest, with its European design and independent rear suspension. Its starring role in the upcoming "Need For Speed" movie simply added fuel to the fire.

Now the upcoming Stang is set to hit the front page again, as the earlier-mentioned role in "Need For Speed" is prepared to cross the auction block. And this is no normal Mustang, as it comes with a custom wide-body kit, a set of Forgiato 22-inch alloy wheels, an enlarged grille with revised air intakes, rocker-panel extensions, a twin-snorkel hood and low-profile mirrors. Add in its silver paint with Kona Blue racing stripes, and you can see that this truly is a one-of-a-kind Mustang.

To my knowledge, there are no engine mods, but given this beast packs at least 420 horsepower, then no mods are really necessary.

This custom Mustang will roll across the auction block at the Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach auction on April 12th, 2014. The car will be sold with no reserve and all of the proceeds will benefit the Henry Ford Health System.

Click past the jump to see a video about the Ford Mustang used in "Need For Speed".

The day has finally come when Chevrolet is building flying cars. Maybe not quite like George Jetson’s ride, but at least in our eyes, it’s far more exciting. Engineers developing the 2014 Camaro Z/28 programmed in a “flying car” mode into the car’s Performance Traction Management system to compensate for the sudden loss of traction if the car goes airborne over a cresting hill like those found along the 12.9 miles of undulating tarmac at the infamous Nürburgring.

Rather than letting the PTM cut torque to the rear wheels due to a decrease in traction like it normally would, the Z/28’s driver can engage “fly car logic.” The system works by using the ride-height sensors to detect when the suspension is fully decompressed and the tires are no longer in contact with the pavement. When that scenario occurs, the PTM is temporarily disengaged allowing full torque to continue to the wheels. Milliseconds after landing, the system returns to normal and continues to manage the 7.0-liter V-8’s 505 horsepower and 481 pound-feet of torque.

Chevy says “flying car logic” gives the Z/28 up to a five-second advantage on the car’s overall lap time around the ‘Ring, which is currently recorded at 7 minutes, 37 seconds.

“Flying car logic” is available in all five PTM modes, but is said to be most effective in Mode 5, the most hard-core track setting. Even without GM’s Magnetic Ride Control, the Z/28 easily outruns the Porsche 911 Carrera S and Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 around the Nürburgring. It also outguns its Camaro ZL1 cousin by a four-second margin.

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


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