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Final Specs on 2011 Shelby GT350 Mustang

Oct
08

Final Specs on 2011 Shelby GT350 Mustang - Muscle Cars BlogSHELBY AMERICAN RELEASES FINAL SPECS AND NEW 600+ HP OPTION FOR 2011 GT350
10/7/2010

• 2011 Shelby GT350 supercharge package has 525 HP; normally aspirated has 430 HP
• 624 horsepower optional
• All 2011 GT350s are built at the Las Vegas facility and documented in the official Shelby Registry

LAS VEGAS – October 7, 2010 – Shelby American, a wholly owned subsidiary of Carroll Shelby International Inc. (CSBI:PK) has released the official performance specs of the supercharged and normally aspirated post title packages for the Shelby GT350, as well as a new higher horsepower option for the 5.0 liter powered car. With up to 624 horsepower on tap via an optional “R” tune, the 2011 Shelby GT350 is one of the most powerful limited production cars in the world. Read more!

Neiman Marcus Edition Chevrolet Camaro Convertible

Oct
07

Neiman Marcus Edition Chevrolet Camaro Convertible - Muscle Cars BlogChevrolet Camaro Convertible Showcased in Neiman Marcus “Christmas Book”
2010-10-05

DETROIT – A special edition of the 2011 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible will be showcased in the annual Neiman Marcus “Christmas Book,” the luxury retailer announced today.

Only 100 special edition convertibles will be built, each offering luxury appointments inspired by Neiman Marcus combined with the legendary performance of the Camaro SS. This is the 84th edition of the luxury retailer’s catalog of ultimate holiday gifts. Neiman Marcus debuted the Christmas Book and the special edition Camaro Convertible today at its flagship store in Dallas.

“Neiman Marcus provides a great platform to showcase the new Camaro Convertible,” said Tom Peters, Chevrolet Design director. “And, it enabled us to create a special edition car that combines the powerful design and performance of the new Camaro with an element of exclusivity, craftsmanship and customized luxury.”

The Neiman Marcus Edition is defined by its exclusive Deep Bordeaux exterior color, accented by subtle, “ghosted” rally stripes.

“The tri-coat, metallic paint shifts in response to natural light,” said Peters. “In low light, it appears almost black with a touch of deep violet. In sunlight, a little bit of red and burgundy appear.”

The Deep Bordeaux color is complimented by a color-matched fabric top and windshield frame finished in matte silver, both also exclusive to the Neiman Marcus edition.

The interior of the Neiman Marcus Edition Camaro Convertible features exclusive leather interior appointments, including amber-colored leather seating surfaces offset by black leather side panels and red stitching. Red accents also appear on the center console, steering wheel and shift knob. The Deep Bordeaux color from the exterior is brought inside the car, appearing on the dash and door panels.

The Neiman Marcus Camaro Convertible has a retail price of $75,000, and will be ready for delivery in the spring of 2011. Reservations for one of these limited-edition cars will be accepted beginning at noon, EDT, on October 19, 2010. To place a reservation, customers can call 1.877.662.6276. For more information on the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book, please visit: www.neimanmarcus.com/christmasbook. Read more!

2011 Dodge Charger

Oct
07

2011 Dodge Charger - Muscle Cars BlogDodge Brand Product Onslaught Continues: Introducing The All-new 2011 Dodge Charger, World-class Performance And Precision With An Iconic Soul

October 5, 2010 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – With its iconic character, contemporary fastback four-door coupe proportions, world-class performance, craftsmanship and refinement, and state-of-the-art connectivity features, the all-new 2011 Charger is the Dodge brand’s flagship that proudly delivers premium, world-class E-segment sedan precision at an incredible value.

The efficient and aerodynamic exterior of the 2011 Dodge Charger is spiritually inspired by the iconic second-generation Charger from the late 1960s, featuring a design that is sure to strike an emotional chord with Dodge performance enthusiasts of all generations.

With its sinister “ready to attack the road” face, the all-new Dodge Charger puts the world’s best E-segment sedan competitors between its new “split crosshair” signature grille. Its sculpted all-new body is a conscious nod to its deep heritage and muscle-car roots. The Charger’s profile is also a modern affair, a result of countless hours in the wind tunnel, from its lower hood line, faster windshield and radically raked back headlights to its tighter wheel openings, lower sill and race-car-like flat underbody, the Charger effortlessly cuts thought the air with its attitude intact. The aluminum hood features dual “scallops” that bring a sculptured, performance look to the front end, while large body-side scallops deliver a striking undulating A-line across the doors. Running front to rear is the iconic horizontal “coke bottle” or “double-diamond” body-side styling that creates a tapering silhouette accented with muscular front and rear fenders and gives the Dodge Charger one of the most distinct profiles on the road. Defining the fastback’s wide stance is an all-new signature taillamp design that incorporates 164 illuminating LEDs to form its signature “racetrack” graphic and gives the new Charger its unmistakable character from blocks away. Read more!

Hennessey ZR1-powered HPE700 Chevy Camaro Convertible

Oct
07

2011 Hennessey HPE700 LS9 Camaro Convertible - Muscle Cars BlogLS9-Powered Camaro Goes Topless

New 2011 Hennessey HPE700 Camaro Gets Convertible Option and 755 Horsepower

SEALY, TEXAS – With the limited production run of Hennessey’s 2010 HPE700 Camaro long since sold-out, the company has announced they will build another 24 units for the 2011 model year. This latest run of HPE700′s will include the addition of the new convertible model (from Chevrolet) and an increase in power from its supercharged 6.2L LS9 V8 – the same engine found in the Corvette ZR1.

The 2011 HPE700 gets its additional power from revised boost levels and a more robust fuel system, delivering 755 bhp and 763 lb-ft of torque. This 30 horsepower increase over 2010 will also help move the convertible’s extra weight, while the large 15 inch brakes from last year remain to bring it back to a stop quickly.

As the Camaro convertible arrives in showrooms in the spring of 2011, the 6-speed manual SS model will become available alongside its hardtop brethren to become the basis for the HPE700 LS9 Camaro transformation. Read more!

Chevrolet Camaro Convertible … for Kids!

Oct
06

Chevrolet Camaro Convertible ... for Kids! - Muscle Cars BlogInnocence is the last word that comes to mind when one thinks about the Chevrolet Camaro. And the same goes for electric propulsion. This is because the Camaro has been a symbol of the American (automotive) dream for decades and the contemporary incarnation of the car is a perfect example of this.

However, it seems that General Motors has found a way of combining the three, while also adding the “convertible” world. No, the upcoming Camaro convertible won’t be an innocent electric machine. Instead, we are talking about a Camaro for your kids.

The vehicle measures 61 inches long (154.9 cm), 23 inches (58.4 cm) wide and 29.5 inches (74.9 cm) in height, tips the scales at 75 lbs/34 kg and has a “payload” of 130 lbs/59 kg (yes, your boy will be able to offer his girlfriend a ride).

The car uses an electric propulsion system, offering a cruising speed of 5 mph (8 km/h). The vehicle’s 12V battery needs between 8 and 10 hours to reach a full charge.

“Officially licensed kid’s battery operated version of the Chevrolet Camaro. Perfect for your child, your grandchild, a nephew or a niece. This ride rocks!” stated the press release. Read more!

2011 Dodge Challenger Drag Pak With Viper Engine

Oct
04

2011 Dodge Challenger Drag Pak - Muscle Cars BlogDodge has prepared an extreme, drag strip-orientated incarnation of the 2011 Challenger.

Dubbed the Challenger Drag Pak, the vehicle drops its 6.1-liter V8 engine in order to use the Viper’s 8.4-liter V10 powerplant, which is mated to a drag racing two-speed automatic transmission. The power is sent to the road via a solid rear axle and a set of special tires. The racer can be ordered in Stock Eliminator or Super Stock versions.

Many systems and parts that added weight to the vehicle have been removed. We are talking about the HVAC system, the windshield wiper assembly, the rear seats, the power steering and the underbody heat shields.

The vehicle has been fitted with special parts such as polycarbonate door windows, lightweight racing seats that are six-point harness-ready, custom drag-race only front brakes, manual rack and pinion steering and others.

Mopar (the Chrysler Group’s parts division) will only build 70 units of the car, each one set to retail for a price of $85,512. Read more!

2011 ROUSH 5XR Mustang With 525HP

Oct
04

2011 ROUSH 5XR Mustang With 525HP - Muscle Cars BlogWhile everybody keeps their eyes on the 2010 Paris Auto Show, the specialists at ROUSH have released an enhanced version of the 2011 5XR Mustang. Thanks to the factory-installed ROUSHcharger, the muscle car now sports no less than 525 horsepower and 630 Nm of torque.

According to the team, there will be just 150 units of the 2011 ROUSH 5XR Mustang built, each with a 3-year/36,000 mile warranty on the powertrain and ROUSH components.

Available in both coupe and convertible forms, the more powerful 5XR Mustang comes only with a six-speed manual transmission. The car rides on ROUSH 20-inch chrome rims with high-performance Cooper RS3 tires.

Other highlights include a ROUSH exhaust with square tips, a custom body kit, a ROUSH front fascia with driving lamps, front chin splitter, side rocker splitters, rear valance and three-piece decklid spoiler. The package is completed by unique 2011 ROUSH 5XR Mustang graphics and badging.

“I’m always excited to get an opportunity to work on a new engine, and the Ford 5.0-liter is a great platform. It has 412 horsepower to begin with, but our group was able to coax out another 113 horsepower with the ROUSHcharger. The 2011 ROUSH 5XR runs fast, sounds great, and is another amazing addition to the ROUSH Mustang heritage,” said Jack Roush, chairman of ROUSH Enterprises.

A letter of authenticity, personally signed by Jack Roush, will be sent to each buyer of the 2011 ROUSH 5XR Mustang. The 2011 ROUSH 5XR package carries a suggested retail price of $15,390 in addition to the cost of the base Mustang chassis.

Other upgrades available for the 2011 ROUSH 5XR Mustang include color-matched sport leather seats, big four-piston brakes with 14-inch slotted rotors, vent pod gauge, and a lower three-piece billet grille.

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USAF A-10 Mosnter Truck

Oct
01

USAF A-10 Mosnter Truck - Muscle Cars BlogIf you’re living in America, then at some point you must have found yourself drawn to the idea of serving your country. Noble as they might have been, we’re pretty sure your feelings at that point we’re boosted the way in which the Army, Air Force and Navy advertise their way of life.

If you have been with autoevolution long enough, then you might be familiar with last year’s US Air Force (USAF) Project Supercar and its results, the Mustang X1 and Dodge Vapor. But that’s last year’s news.

This year, the USAF has something bigger and meaner up its sleeve: the A-10 Monster Truck. Built to match the A-10C Thunderbolt II Warthogs serving in the 188th Fighter Wing, the monster truck will be the weapon of choice for recruiters of the USAF.

Back to the truck, although it will pack no actual weapons, it will surely look like it does. The vehicle has been fitted with the A-10′s wings and two General Electric GF-34 engines, accompanied by a 30mm Gatling gun. None of them actually work, though.

In the purest American marketing style, the monster truck and Warthogs will be featured in songs and poetry (read photos and videos) and spiced with the little recruitment tools that can make a big difference: the 30mm Gatling gun will be launching T-shirts where ever it passes, while the sound of the 30mm Gatling gun will be transformed into ringtones.

If you are not quite the monster truck type and more of a chopper rider, the USAF already knows it and it has already prepared a new bomb: an Orange County Choppers… chopper built to match an F-22.

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2011 Ford F-150 Desert Racer

Sep
28

2011 Ford F-150 Desert Racer - Muscle Cars BlogRUNNING HOT AND COLD: FORD F-150 WITH ECOBOOST ENGINE TAKES ON BAJA 1000 OFF-ROAD DESERT RACE

  • A 2011 Ford F-150 EcoBoost™ will take on the demanding Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 long-distance desert endurance race this year, marking Ford’s EcoBoost engine racing debut.
  • A 2011 Ford F-150 EcoBoost™ engine will take on the demanding Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 long-distance desert endurance race later this year, marking Ford’s EcoBoost engine racing debut. Ford trucks have won more Baja 1000 titles (13) than any other four-wheel manufacturer
  • Ford will equip the F-150 off-road race truck with the same stock EcoBoost engine that already has experienced 150,000 equivalent miles of dyno testing and other real-world tests as the final step in the durability torture tests
  • The EcoBoost truck engine is tested to the equivalent of more than 1.6 million total miles of harsh customer use in the lab, in test cells and on the road
  • The new F-150 EcoBoost has 420 lb.-ft. of torque – more than any competitive half-ton truck – and provides an unequaled combination of capability and fuel economy
  • Racing the EcoBoost truck engine under these conditions, which include temperature swings from just above freezing to well above 100 degrees, harsh terrain and at least 30 hours driving the course, helps validate the testing of the new truck enginе

Dallas, Sept. 23, 2010 – The 2011 Ford F-150 EcoBoost stands ready to challenge and conquer the harsh environment that makes the world-famous Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 an unparalleled test of man and machine – and the world racing debut for Ford’s EcoBoost engine. Read more after the jump!

2011 Dodge Ram Laramie Longhorn Edition Unveiled

Sep
24

2011 Dodge Ram Laramie Edition Unveiled - Muscle Cars BlogRam Truck Brand Unveils Laramie Longhorn Edition

- Ram Laramie Longhorn edition: most luxurious Ram Truck ever
– Exclusive interior and exterior features
– New colors, new levels of refinement welcome premium buyers

September 23, 2010 , Dallas -

Chrysler Group LLC today unveiled the most luxurious Ram Truck ever produced by the company. Named the Ram Laramie Longhorn edition, the Ram lineup’s most well-appointed model is designed for the owner who needs a truck for work or play, but won’t settle for anything but the finest quality and refinement.

Inside and out, Laramie Longhorn is loaded with remarkable features.

“The Ram Laramie Longhorn edition is going to share a driveway with some fine luxury cars,” said Fred Diaz, President and CEO – Ram Truck Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “The only difference is the Ram Laramie Longhorn edition is going to be the vehicle with the fulltime job – towing the horse trailer, taking the crew to the game, picking up supplies. It’s ready to go from the dirt to downtown.”

Ram Truck officials unveiled the Laramie Longhorn in the heart of Truck Country: the State Fair of Texas. Read more after the jump!