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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...

We already know everything there is to know about the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. We’ve also seen this utterly powerful muscle car perform in plenty of video footage, including a spectacular 10.8-second quarter-mile run, a lap around the Portland International Raceway, and an comprehensive review by automotive connoisseur Jay Leno . What we haven’t seen yet is the Hellcat put its 707 horsepower to good use on the dyno.

Well, that ends now, as the folks over at K&N Air Filters hosted Motor Trend and the Challenger Hellcat SRT they were testing for a dyno run. Making things more interesting aside from the that awesome supercharged, HEMI V-8 sound, the California-based manufacturer also released the output numbers the Hellcat cranked out on the dyno. So if you were wondering how much of the 707 ponies and 650 pound-feet reach the rear wheels, the answer is 635 horsepower and 591 pound-feet. Not bad at all. At the crank, the Hellcat churned 722 horses and 672 pound-feet, an impressive figure as well.

But that’s not all. The video becomes a bit more captivating toward the end, when the camera focuses on the car’s instrument cluster. The footage shows the Hellcat accelerating through all the gears before redlining into its eighth cog at no less than 202 mph. That’s two mph less than what the Charger SRT Hellcat can deliver, but enticing nonetheless. Hit the play button above for yet another awesome Hellcat video.

The completely redesigned 2015 Ford Mustang is no longer a mystery. The specs are out in the open and the pony car is already available for order. However, Detroit’s brand-new muscle car still has a lot of cool tricks up its sleeve, mostly consisting of performance and visual upgrades. Be it a factory-prepped SVT or aftermarket tunes from Saleen or Roush, Mustang enthusiasts are in for a lot of awesomeness over the next few months. Then there’s the Mustang RTR , one of the most aggressive-looking ’Stangs the market has to offer. Yes folks, Vaughn Gittin Jr.’s shop is getting ready to launch its own interpretation of the fifth-gen Mustang.

Looking back at past Mustang RTRs, including Gittin’s Monster Energy drifter, this is great news. Large front splitters, flared wheels arches, bespoke front grilles, and rear spoilers are only a few of the tweaks we can expect from RTR. Making things that much more exciting is the fact that RTR-prepped Mustang will become available at numerous Ford dealers around the world, enabling European and Asian enthusiasts to buy and drive them as well. Read on to find out what performance Mustang is about to go on sale globally.

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

Though we’ve already learned about the second Hellcat to join Dodge’s lineup, let’s not forget about the original. Shortly before revealing the 2015 Charger SRT Hellcat , Dodge shot a video surrounding the Charger SRT Hellcat with a few members of the team that had hands in making this monster. The video dives into the details surrounding the process of coming up with this insane slab of metal and how hard it was to get the fun-killing bean counters to sign off on it.

Given the car was put into motion by the SRT team — one that is more concerned with power and speed than how much money it can make — it wasn’t hard to get the big-wigs to sign off on it. SRT has never been shy about building cars that really make no sense financially, but are a hell of a lot of fun to drive, and I love them for that. The Hellcat lineup, particularly the Charger, is a prime example of tossing caution to the wind and building something insane that could potentially end up as one massive fail (read: SRT Viper)

The jury is still out on whether the Hellcats will be successful or not, but if my drool-covered keyboard is any barometer of its success, chances are customers will be climbing over one another to get their hands on one.

As a reminder, the Challenger Hellcat carries a 6.2-liter, supercharged, HEMI V-8 with an unreal 707 horses and 650 pound-feet off tire-torching torque. This all routes through a standard six-cog manual or an optional TorqueFlight, eight-speed autobox en route to the rear wheels. It rips off 0-to-60 sprints in just 3.5 seconds and crushes the quarter-mile in just 11.2 seconds with street tires... Yeah, it’s bad-ass...

Check out the above video to learn a little more.

Although most of us agree that the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 is awesome enough as it is, some tuning companies would rather slap their visual and output-increasing upgrades to the naturally aspirated muscle car. Renowned GM tuners Callaway Cars and Hennessey Performance have already done it with fantastic results, but it seems the list of shops looking to soup-up the Z/28’s 7.0-liter, V-8 engine up keeps getting bigger.

The latest company to join the pack is Geiger Cars, a German shop known for tuning American cars since 1979. Cadillacs, Chevys, Ford Ford s or Dodge Dodge s, you name it. Geiger Cars doesn’t care about Detroit’s silly wars. If its American, the tuner will modify it, and stuff extra ponies and torque under the hood. Although the Camaro Z/28 is already sold out for the year, Geiger managed to get its hands on the track-prepped muscle car to add some magic to that brilliant engine we all love to hear.

If you live in Europe and you were worried about not having a shot at buying a Z/28, then you’d better read on and get ready to pay the folks over at Geiger Cars a visit.

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

Two simple facts: Hennessey is known for making crazy horsepower numbers by tuning already-powerful cars and many enthusiasts complain the new Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 is underpowered. The solution: let Hennessey tune your 505-horsepower Camaro with some go-fast goodies to get an amazing 636 horsepower from the its 7.0-liter V-8.

This particular kit is called the Hennessey HPE600 and includes porting the heads, swapping in a more aggressive camshaft, upgrading the valvetrain components, bolting on stainless steel longtube headers, welding on high-flow catalytic converters, and flashing the Z/28’s computer for some extra power.

The result is an extra 131 horsepower, making the total count 636 horses at the crankshaft. The new parts help the naturally aspirated, 7.0-liter V-8 make 553 horsepower at the massive 305-series rear tires.

Hennessey explains the process wasn’t as simple as using the previous HPE600 kit from the old Corvette C6 Z06 toolbox. General Motors changed the LS7’s cylinder heads extensively between the two cars, so the Hennessey team had to reconfigure its porting process. On the flip-side, GM’s stock cold-air intake box on the Z/28 works well enough to be left alone.

As with every car Hennessey builds, a shakedown run is needed to ensure everything is ‘tight and right.’ In the video John Hennessey himself takes the Z/28 through its paces to see what the added power does. The Camaro’s super sticky Pirelli tires, performance suspension, and carbon-ceramic brakes all combine to make the it one of Chevy’s best-handling cars, but the added power allows the GM’s new track toy to keep up with the Camaro ZL1 and perhaps even nip the heels of Dodge’s new Challenger Hellcat .

The world has definitely taken notice of Dodge’s new Challenger SRT Hellcat . Journalist from all over the world rave about its 707 horsepower and its ability to run the quarter-mile in 10.8 seconds on drag radials, while still getting nearly 20 mpg while cruising down the highway. Well, the time has come for famed car guy Jay Leno to get behind the Hellcat’s wheel.

Helping Jay give the Challenger a once-over is the President and CEO of Dodge, Tim Kuniskis. The two guys quickly start talking about the how the new Challenger Hellcat compares with Jay’s original 1970 Challenger that’s powered by the legendary 426 HEMI — a car that when new, represented the same outrageous performance as the Challenger Hellcat of today.

“The 1970 Challenger,” Jay says, “This was like the scariest car in the world when I was a kid. 425 horsepower, 0 to 60 mph in 6.4 seconds. Now not so much.” Jay continues saying, “It’s like walking around with a rolled up sock in your pants…it’s not that impressive. But this, (pointing to the 2015 Challenger Hellcat), this is impressive."

As he walks toward the 2015 Challenger Hellcat, it’s stunning to see the size difference between the two cars. There’s no wondering why Dodge had to stuff 707 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque under its hood. As Tim walks Jay through the workings of the Hellcat, he spouts off some impressive facts. At around the 17-minute mark, Tim walks Jay through the SRT Performance Pages on the Challenger’s 8.4-inch Uconnect infotainment screen.

Of course, no muscle-bound Jay Leno’s Garage is complete without a smoky burnout at the end. Sure enough the Hellcat’s supercharged, 6.2-liter, HEMI V-8 provides plenty of billowing clouds for theatrics.

So you don’t have enough money to afford a $60,990 2015 Dodge Challegner SRT . Don’t feel too bad because you’re not alone. But don’t worry because Dodge is throwing us a bone of sorts. Instead of having to buy a Challenger SRT to enjoy the throaty roar of its HEMI Hellcat engine, Dodge has released a free mobile ringtone of the 6.2-liter, supercharged engine, and we can download and enjoy it to our heart’s content.

The ringtone is currently available for Apple, Android, and Blackberry devices, so unless you still own an old Nokia or one of those Siemens brick phones form the `90s, you can get the Hellcat ringtone at no charge. In addition to the ringtone, Dodge is also offering downloadable wallpaper images of the muscle car, which you can use on your desktop or smartphones. How sweet of Dodge to think of us.

All you need to do is download the ringtone HERE and you’re well on your way to equipping your smartphones with one of the most awesome-sounding engines in the entire world.

That’s more than what Chevrolet or Ford has given us in recent memory.

Click "Play" to hear the ringtone

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

The 2015 Ford Mustang hasn’t even hit showrooms yet, but the aftermarket performance scene is already preparing for upgrades and modifications. Legendary Mustang modifier Roush Performance is among the first on the scene with a silhouette teaser of its upcoming creation. Roush posted the image on its Facebook, saying more information would be slowly revealed over the next few weeks. As of August 1, 2014, the picture and pure speculation is all we have to go on.

Roush is famous for offering different stages of performance boosts via bolt-on parts, namely superchargers. It’s very likely this trend will continue with the new Mustang. Remember, the ‘Stang’s 5.0-liter V-8 isn’t changing all that much for 2015, so Roush already knows what it is dealing with.

Roush’s current supercharger offerings include Stages one through three. The Stage 1 kit bumps power up 155 horses and 115 pound-feet to total an impressive 575 horsepower and 505 pound-feet. What’s more, the Stage 3 kit pushes power to 675 horsepower and 585 pound-feet of torque. Those are stout numbers, to say the least.

Of course a Roush-upgraded Mustang wouldn’t be complete without a body kit. No doubt Roush will add aero bits like diffusers, spoilers, and chin splitters to the new pony car.

But hang on, the 2015 Mustang has a new performance-minded engine under its hood: the 2.3-liter EcoBoost. Perhaps Roush is planning performance upgrades for the four-pot. A bigger turbo? Larger intercoolers? Upgraded fuel injectors? Maybe Roush will push the 310-horse EcoBoost closer to 400 horsepower? For now, it’s all speculation, but stay tuned as Roush debuts its plans for the all-new Mustang .

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

Source: Roush

We’ve already seen photos of the upcoming 2016 Mustang SVT lapping the Nurburgring, thanks to our paparazzi earlier this week. Now, time has come to have a more dynamic look at the high-performance muscle car as TouriClips released a three-minute video with two SVTs being trotted around the "Green Hell".

And boy what a video this is! Not only are the two coupes tackling the iconic German course at full throttle, they’re also doing so rather aggressively, having no trouble taking those tight curves at high speed. In fact, tire squeal is kept to a minimum, which says a lot about Mustang’s ability on the track, especially with that new independent suspension mounted in the rear. Speaking of tire screech, its absence also allows us to hear that wonderful V-8 growl better.

The engine sounds like there’s no forced induction, meaning the SVT is motivated by an updated, all-motor, 5.0-liter Coyote, maybe with a slight displacement increase. We expect output to sit in the 500-horsepower area — a bonus of at least 70 ponies compared to the range-topping Mustang GT. Naturally, the extra power will be backed by a lowered curb weight, a re-tuned chassis, and that mean-looking, aerodynamic body kit.

Details are still under wraps — or under camouflage if you will — but the prototype appears to be running on 19-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels. The aggressive stance is further enhance by the massive quad exhaust pipes integrated in the rear diffuser. All told, the 2016 Mustang SVT looks, sound and acts like a race car on the ’Ring. That’s reason enough to keep us excited and on the lookout for more details. Stay tuned to TopSpeed for more info on this hot muscle car .

With Ford celebrating the Mustang’s 50th anniversary this year, it seems only appropriate to take a gander at a vintage model that enjoys both an iconic status and a resale value that’s far and above its original MSRP back in 1968.

While the Mustang was available with several engine options, the one to lust after was the 428-cubic-inch, Police Interceptor V-8 found in the GT500. It spat out roughly 420 horsepower and nearly 450 pound-feet of torque. Mated to a three-speed automatic, the GT500 could lay down 0-to-60-mph times around six seconds on its way to a quarter mile in just over 14 seconds — pretty respectable numbers for that era.

All that extra grunt came courtesy of the legendary Mustang man, Carol Shelby and his affiliation with Ford Motor Company. The extra tuning and Shelby’s name makes examples of his work very valuable these days. As of this writing, the particular example seen above is up for sale at RK Motors for a cool $149,900. With all the right paperwork and certified documentation, this car is the real deal.

Click past the jump to read more about the 1968 Ford Shelby Mustang GT500.


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