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Hennessey ZR1-powered HPE700 Chevy Camaro Convertible


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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!


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


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


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


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



  • 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


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!

Camaro Convertible Auction to Benefit Nevada Charity


Camaro Convertible Auction to Benefit Nevada Charity - Muscle Cars BlogCamaro Convertible Auction to Benefit Nevada Charity

LAS VEGAS – Car collectors on Friday will vie to become one of the first owners of the 2011 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible, several months ahead of its arrival in dealerships and even before the production car is shown to the public.

The winning bidder will receive the second 2011 Camaro Convertible produced for consumer sale. The car on the auction block in Las Vegas will be the Camaro Convertible Concept that has traveled the world’s auto shows. The first production model will be used for historical purposes.

The production version will make its debut later this fall, prior to start of production in early 2011.

Chevrolet is partnering with Greg Heinrich, owner of Fairway Chevrolet in Las Vegas, to offer one of the first Camaro convertibles at the Barrett-Jackson Auction on Friday (Sept. 24) at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. Proceeds from the winning bid will go to the YMCA of Southern Nevada.

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The Fastest Street Car in The World – 1966 Chevrolet Nova


Larry Larson proves his car once again to be the fastest street car in the world by completing Hot Rod Magazin’es Drag Week 2010 AND making the first 6 second pass in Drag Week history! Not only did he make a 6 second pass, but he made that pass after driving 1200 miles on country roads, rain, and he did it 20 minutes after a 7.005 pass, hot lapping the car!

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Larry Larson Runs 6′s


BangShift.com presents Larry Larson’s 2009 Drag Week winning ’66 Chevy II running 6.934 at 211.59 mph in Las Vegas at the PSCA Street Car Supernationals. This video shows you all the angles, from inside, underneath the bumper, and outside the car. Larry’s car was unchanged from it’s Drag Week trim, and had only been outfitted with a new pair of Hoosier DOT legal “slicks”. Over the 4 day event, Larry ran 6.99, 7.00, 6.96, and finally 6.93. After the 6.93 on Saturday evening, we added air to the tires, packed the chutes, filled it with pump gas, and cruised the strip for about 4 hours while shooting video and photos. Stay tuned at www.BangShift.com for a feature on Larry’s car along with more killer 6 second and cruising video.

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