1966 Dodge Charger
The Dodge Charger was Chrysler Corporation’s more luxurious response to the Mustang, billed as a mid-size fastback coupe similar in size and shape to the AMC Marlin. It was based on the Coronet but shared none of its visuals and spawned a number of super quick versions that tortured just about any early Mustangs.
The year was 1966 when Dodge finally joined the fastback muscle car party with the Charger. It was based on the B-body platform and was previewed in an ad that ran during that year’s Rose Bowl which talked about the new "Leader of the Dodge Rebellion."
The original Charger was a more refined coupe sitting just under the personal luxury category dominated by Ford’s T-Bird. That’s why performance wasn’t paramount from the get-go although the 426 Hemi engine was duly available. Also, Dodge quickly put the Charger on the track in the Nascar series, the car winning the 1966 NASCAR Grand National championship with driver David Pearson.
Beechmont Ford Performance Has Another Crazy Deal - this Time It Involves Nitrous and Mustang GTs
Beechmont Ford Performance, an Ohio-based dealership, is in the news again. And, for good reason. Its claim-to-fame was selling 700-horsepower Mustang GTs for a mere $40,000. This time, the showroom is selling brand new Mustang GTs with a bottle of nitrous fitted in the boot. Can it get any crazier than this?
Watch a Ford Mustang Bullitt Rip Across the Isle of Man TT Course: Video
The original Bullitt Mustang is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and, while that’s going on, a brand-new sixth-generation Mustang with the Bullitt package headed for the emblematic Isle of Man to tackle the TT course. Yes, that idolized ribbon of road.
Held annually in May or June for over a century, the Isle of Man TT races, where TT stands for Tourist Trophy, are arguably the most dangerous races you can attend. Year in and year out, riders dabble on the edge of disaster and disaster does strike some of them. That’s because the TT is run on the B-roads that go around the picturesque Isle of Man.
The whole road course stretches over 37 miles and, along the way, you encounter hills, jumps, dips, houses, towns, just about everything you can imagine. There’s no room for error and, in spite of that, the current lap record translates to an astounding 135 mph average speed. Ford took a 2019 Mustang Bullitt to the island for its latest installment in the series that talks about Europe’s greatest driving roads.
Keep on reading to learn more about the way the Mustang Bullitt faired around the Isle of Man
Dodge Preps For Xmas With Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Sleigh
With Christmas around the corner, the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye is the latest car to get a sleigh makeover. Introduced as part of Dodge’s “Big Finish” campaign, the Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Sleigh stars in a new commercial called “Upgrade” alongside retired WWE wrestler Bill Goldberg, who happens to play a pretty jacked-up Santa Claus. With muscles coming out of his ears, Santa decides to keep with the profile this holiday season by commissioning his elves to make improvements to his current sleigh. The result, as you can see, is a sleigh that’s going to make a lot of pony car enthusiasts wish they had the means to do the same thing.
Ford Mustang Tries to Race a Mercedes-AMG A45 and Ends Up Regretting It: Video
A Ford Mustang and a Mercedes A45 AMG were involved in a huge crash in South Korea after both cars figured into an ill-advised race that quickly got out of hand. A video of the race taken from inside the Ford Mustang shows the muscle car blatantly disregarding traffic laws in the country. According to the description, both the ‘Stang and the A45 AMG were reportedly running at speeds of up to 110 mph on roads with a 37-mph speed limit. The reckless driving ultimately came back to bite both cars in the bee-hind, resulting in the Mustang getting spun around and ending up on the sidewalk. There are no reports of injuries, so that’s about the only good thing to come out of this idiotic episode.
1972 Dodge Challenger
The 1972 Dodge Challenger is the epitome of the tired muscle car. Not yet bloated and altered beyond any recognition like the 1974 Mustang, but showing clear signs that the muscle car phenomenon was dead thanks to stringent emission and safety regulations that turned all of America’s muscle to mild fat.
The Challenger, which debuted in 1970, has somewhat always lived in the shadow of the bigger Charger but, there, it had a life of its own. It raced to some success in the then-sprawling SCCA-governed Trans-Am Series, and that spawned a highly popular homologation special: the Challenger T/A. Then, things changed and new regulations swept away all of the big engines, so the 1972 Challenger was only available with a choice of three small block engines.
To make it even more evident that the status quo had changed, Dodge decided to give the Challenger a makeover. Basically, the body itself remained unchanged, but the car sported different front and rear sections which made it, arguably, uglier than the original iteration. With that being said, it’s unarguably still a work of art compared to the generic Japanese car Dodge decided to rebrand as a ’Challenger’ in 1977...
Arguably the hottest and most discussed car to be unveiled in 2019, the Chevy Corvette C8 remains a mystery, with very little official information to run by as of November. Thankfully, the rumor has provided us some data in recent months and now it’s back with pricing information, placing the mid-engined sports car at $169,900 before options.
Mopar’s Hellephant Crate Engine Proves 1,000 Horsepower Is the New Benchmark
When Bugatti first announced that it would equip the original Veyron with a 1,000-horsepower engine straight from the factory, the world stood still. It was a watershed moment for the car industry, a point in time where even the most uninterested of the automotive laymen were forced to take notice of what was happening.
In the nearly 15 years since the Veyron first hit production, the bar has consistently been raised, and now internal combustion is taking on ever-greater levels of performance. FCA just proved as much, with Mopar now offering the first-ever 1,000-horsepower crate engine from an OEM. If you think about it, four-figures right out the box is insane, but that’s the world we live in now. But the question is - how’d we get here, and where are we going?
All About The Hellephant Crate Engine and Why You Should Care
Mopar made an enormous splash at SEMA this year, revealing the most powerful crate engine to ever come from an OEM. It’s called the Hellephant, and it’s got enough muscle to outrun just about anything on four wheels. But we wanted to know - what makes it tick, and how does it compare to what’s already out there? What’s more, where exactly will this thing find a home?
2018 Dodge Super Charger Concept
The Dodge Super Charger is a concept car that marks the 50th anniversary of the second-generation Charger, produced for the 1968 to 1970 model years. Unveiled at the 2018 SEMA Show, the Super Charger is a restomod that combines the design of the original Dodge Charger with modern parts from Mopar and the Challenger SRT Hellcat and Demon. More importantly, it showcases a new Hemi V-8 engine that cranks out an incredible 1,000 horsepower.
The big news here is that the 7.0-liter mill is a crate engine that you’ll be able to buy from FCA starting in 2019. The Super Charger was created specifically for the massive mill, which was dubbed Hellephant as a tribute to the original Mopar 426 Hemi engine, nicknamed Elephant due to its size and power. Obviously, Hellephant combined both the classic Elephant and the modern Hellcat monikers. The Hellephant is also the first 1,000-horsepower crate engine offered by an OEM carmaker.
Continue reading to learn more about the Dodge Super Charger concept.
2018 Dodge Charger Evolution
Wisconsin-based Speedkore is the same performance company that built an absurd 1,650-horsepower Dodge a few years back. It was seen in the Fast and Furious movie as well. This time around, they’ve built a more balanced, calmer version of the same Dodge Charger and moniker’d it as the ‘Evolution.’ The Evolution packs half the power of its predecessor, but has more utility. Speedkore claims that the Evolution represents “the most advanced 1970 Dodge Charger” anywhere on the globe, which may actually be true. Speedkore is known to play with carbon fiber and has used its skills on this beast as well. Despite the heavy engines and strong body, the company has built a muscle car that weighs just about 3,200 pounds - that’s anywhere between 228- and 638-pounds lighter than the original 1970 Dodge Charger!
Silly Ford Thinks it Can Take On the Porsche Panamera With a Four-Door, V-8 Mustang
Yes, the Mustang will remain the only car the Blue Oval will offer on U.S. soil, but the legendary pony car might spawn a number of models, including a four-door coupe-style sedan that aims to match Audi’s A7 or Mercedes-Benz’s CLS Class.
We’ve heard just about anything that could’ve been heard about the upcoming Mustang-styled crossover. But during that same meeting with the dealers that Ford organized, the company threw in the mix some hints towards a potential Mustang sedan that could be outfitted with a turbocharged V-8 engine.
Keep reading to learn more about the rumored Mustang sedan.
Mopar Drops 1,000-Horsepower Crate Engine Bombshell at SEMA 2018
Following a number of teasers in the run-up to the annual SEMA show in Las Vegas, the speed gurus from Mopar, FCA’s in-house performance group, pulled the sheets on a brand-new, utterly custom Dodge Charger concept car, and with it, a new crate engine that puts last year’s “Hellcrate” package to shame.
Chevrolet is previewing the COPO Camaro 50th Anniversary Special Edition package that it will offer from 2019 with an extreme racing version of it at the 2018 SEMA show. The 2019 COPO Camaro race car it revealed today marks the 50th anniversary of the creation of the original COPO Camaro, which Jim Campbell, GM U.S. Vice President of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports, said is “one of the most enduring legacies in drag racing, with a powerful past and fast future.”
2018 Chevrolet ECOPO Camaro Concept
First introduced in 1969 and revived in 2012, the COPO Camaro celebrates 50 years with a revised version at the 2018 SEMA Show. For the first time, the drag racer is joined by an electric version. Called the ECOPO Camaro, it’s just a concept car for now, but it’s probably a preview of things to come.
The ECOPO Camaro was built in partnership with pioneering electric drag racing team Hancock and Lane Racing, as well as with the involvement of Patrick McCue, the man behind the record-holding “Shock and Awe” electric dragster. Showcased alongside the 2019 COPO Camaro and about two dozen other Chevy vehicles at SEMA, it also suggests Chevy might offer an electric motor as a crate "engine" in the future.
Continue reading to learn more about the Chevrolet ECOPO Camaro concept.
2019 Series 1 Ford Mustang RTR
Ford has brought the Series 1 Mustang RTR Powered by Ford Performance to the 2018 SEMA show, but unlike most other special Mustangs on display, it’s actually going to sell 500 examples come early 2019. Its creation is the collaborative effort of Ford Performance and RTR Vehicles, the company owned by world champion drifter Vaughn Gittin Jr. and is a mix of elements from both.
Is This Really the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500R?
Can we believe what we’re seeing? We’ve barely gone past the news that an image of the 2020 Ford Mustang GT500 was leaked and now the GT500R too? It would be too good to be true.
Last week, we were unexpectedly hit with the news that the new GT500 based on the S550 Mustang has been sneakily photographed during a dealer presentation. It featured the same dual white stripe over blue livery as seen in Ford’s official overhead sneak peek shot, so we think that that is the real deal.
However, we’re not so sure about the GT500R, since we don’t even know if and, if yes when an R version will come for the GT500. We know the GT350 was offered in R form so it would seem natural that its big brother sees a similar treatment, but nothing’s been confirmed yet.
The Latest Teaser from Dodge and Mopar Hints at the Return of the 426 HEMI, aka "The Elephant"
Mopar will release something big on October 30th, at least that’s what they say. We think they’re talking about the return of the famed 7.0-liter Hemi 426 — a model that was nicknamed ’The Elephant’ due to its size and power output.
The SEMA Show will be the stage where we’ll witness the unveiling of a new high-performance crate engine from Mopar. But we don’t really know all that much about the new unit, although the video posted by Mopar to build the hype is metaphorically referring to an engine of biblical proportions.
Now That Ford Knows Better Than to Name an SUV "Mach 1" Will the Name End up on a Hybrid Mustang Instead?
Ford’s plan for the “Mach 1” name is still shrouded in questions, but a new teaser from Ford seems to have left bread crumbs on what the automaker intends to do with the resurrected nomenclature. Without directly identifying it, the teaser included a shot of the original Ford Mustang Mach 1, followed by a shot of the current Mustang, an illuminated version of the Mustang’s V-8 engine, and a lit version of the muscle car’s iconic badge. Without explicitly saying anything, Ford may have hinted its plans to use the “Mach 1” name on a future hybrid Mustang.