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    New 640hp Cadillac CTS-V revealed

    2015 Cadillac CTS-V

    New 2015 Cadillac CTS-V is a Caddy for the racetrack not the golf course. 

    Cadillac has revealed its new super saloon weapon to take on the autobahn storming Germans and it’s packing some serious firepower. Set to be unveiled at next month’s Detroit auto show, the new model will of course be powered by a big American V8. But unlike the last CTS-V which had a supercharged V8 from the Camaro ZL1, the new model gets the fire-breathing LT4 6.2-litre supercharged V8 from the new Corvette Z06 and makes a whopping 640hp and 640lb-ft.

    2015 Cadillac CTS-V

    2015 Cadillac CTS-V

    The motor is a total monster and easily out-classes its German rivals in terms of outright grunt. The most powerful BMW M5 to date develops 600hp, while the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG makes do with 585hp and both cars take more than four seconds to reach 60mph. The new Caddy takes just 3.7 seconds. And where the German cars are all fitted with speed-limiters, the American car does without and can top 200mph. This thing should be an absolute weapon.

    Power goes through the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic gearbox which is hooked up to an electronic rear limited slip differential. The car is also fitted with adaptive dampers, while a monster brake package has been fitted to support the 200mph top speed claim. Front discs are 390mm and clamped by six-piston calipers with 19-inch alloys fitted as standard. Cadillac claim torsional rigidity of the sports model is up 25 per cent compared to the standard sedan while curb weight is 1880kg.

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    Visually the performance model gets new front and rear bumpers which are more aggressive than standard while an agro carbon fibre bonnet with power bulge and ventilation has also been fitted.

    Indoors the new CTS-V can be optioned with Recaro sports seats and a Performance Data Recorder to provide telemetry and video from track days.

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  • Reviews/ Super Cars

    Jay Leno Takes A Spin In A Shelby Brock Daytona Coupe (VIDEO)

    The Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe is one of those classic cars that has managed to stand the test of time, likely due in part to both its racing success, helping the charismatic Carroll Shelby defeat Ferrari with Ford-powered Anglo-American machines of his company’s own design, and its stunning good looks. And, while Shelby is the name history recalls most fondly, the man behind the Daytona Coupe’s slippery bodywork was Pete Brock, who had previously drawn up the design of the seminal Corvette Sting Ray for General Motors.

    Watch Jay Leno take this Daytona for a spin in the video below.

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  • Super Cars

    Chevy Lists 28 Reasons That Make Its 2014 Z/28 Its Quickest Camaro Yet

    Chevy Lists 28 Reasons That Make Its 2014 Z/28 Its Quickest Camaro Yet

    Muscle cars have never been the most sophisticated of things. For most of their history, they’ve relied on great looks and brute force–and captivated hearts and minds as a result. More recently though, things have changed.

    Muscle car customers today want their cars to go around corners too, so the cars have become much more sophisticated as a result. Latest into the fray is the 2014 Camaro Z/28, which Chevy tells us is its quickest production Camaro yet, quicker than even the more powerful ZL1.

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    To achieve this status, engineers of the 505-horsepower Z/28 focused on three key areas: increasing grip, increasing stopping performance, and reducing weight. And the benchmark they used? Lap times for one of the toughest race tracks on the planet, Germany’s Nürburgring, otherwise known as the Green Hell.

    In wet conditions, the Z/28 lapped the Nürburgring in a time of 7:37.47, which is 4.0 whole seconds quicker than the best lap time achieved in the 580-horsepower ZL1. Here’s a list of 28 reasons straight from Chevy explaining why that was possible. And, as a reward for getting through the list, we’ve added links to videos showing the ZL1 lapping the ‘Ring and GM’s Milford Road Course at the end.

    1. Rear spoiler with wickerbill: to meet downforce requirements for the Z/28, the spoiler was modified with a wickerbill–a small, vertical tab at the edge of the spoiler.

    2. Unique front fascia: although the Z/28’s fascia is based on the Camaro SS, the fog lamps, air dam and the upper-base grille are replaced with covers, reducing weight.

    3. Front splitter: designed to withstand 250 pounds of downforce at its tip, it is matched with an aero closeout panel under the front of the engine compartment that also enhances aero characteristics.

    4. Hood extractor: made of carbon fiber, it provides increased engine cooling by allowing hot air an exit route.

    5. Rocker moldings and wheel flare moldings: help increase the car’s downforce.

    6. Front wheelhouse liners: work with the vehicle underbody to make the most of airflow.

    7. Belly pan: helps reduce front lift and contributes to drivetrain cooling.

    8. Thinner rear window glass: Chevrolet saved 400 grams by reducing the thickness of the rear window glass from 3.5 mm to 3.2 mm.

    9. Lightweight rear seat: 10.3 lbs lighter due to reduced seat foam and a fixed seatback design.

    10. Lightweight wheels and tires: 29.1 lbs lighter wheels and tires than on the Camaro SS.

    11. Carbon ceramic brake rotors: 21.16 lbs lighter than steel brake rotors.

    12. No air conditioning: 28.4 lbs were saved.

    13. LS7 engine with dry-sump oiling: features a durable forged-steel crankshaft, lightweight titanium connecting rods and high-flow cylinder heads with lightweight titanium intake valves, as well as racing-style dry-sump oiling system.

    14. Air intake system: the LS7 uses a unique open air box intake system to make the most of high-rpm airflow into the engine.

    15. Track capable fuel system: he road course-ready fuel system is designed to keep the primary fuel pump reservoir full even under hard cornering.

    16. Active dual-mode exhaust system and high-flow converter assembly: engineered to provide high-flow and muscular sound character under aggressive acceleration, while attenuating noise levels in cruising conditions.

    17. TREMEC TR6060 six-speed manual transmission: with short throws, smooth gear synchronization and shift feel, the gearbox has the capability to stand up to high-performance engines.

    18. 5.1-ratio short-throw shifter: provides quicker, more precise-feeling gear changes.

    19. Strut tower brace: the same as on the Camaro SS 1LE, provides extra chassis stiffness by tying the towers together.

    20. Zero-preload limited-slip differential: features a concentric helical gear set that generates friction proportional to the input torque.

    21. Differential cooler: incorporates an integral heat exchanger, eliminating the need for an external pump, wiring, relays, temperature sensors and fan.

    22. Uprated lower control arm ride link “travel limiter” bushing: offers 50-percent greater stiffness at high load than the SS.

    23. Uprated rear upper control arm bushing and lower trailing link bushings: 400 percent and 25 percent stiffer, respectively, compared with the SS.

    24. Higher-rate coil springs and smaller-diameter stabilizer bars: the stiffness rate of the Z/28’s coil springs was increased by 85 percent in the front and 65 percent in the rear.

    25. DSSV damper technology: the Z/28 is the first high-volume production road car to use Dynamic Suspensions Spool Valve damper technology from Multimatic.

    26. Performance Traction Management: integrates the chassis mode selection, Traction Control and Active Handling Systems.

    27. 19-inch wheels and Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tires: the widest front wheels/tires of any comparable sports coupe: 19×11-inch wheels with P305/30/ZR19 tires.

    28. Brembo carbon ceramic brakes: 60-0 mph in less than 120 feet (36.6m).

    Chevy Lists 28 Reasons That Make Its 2014 Z/28 Its Quickest Camaro Yet
    Chevy Lists 28 Reasons That Make Its 2014 Z/28 Its Quickest Camaro Yet
    Chevy Lists 28 Reasons That Make Its 2014 Z/28 Its Quickest Camaro Yet
    Chevy Lists 28 Reasons That Make Its 2014 Z/28 Its Quickest Camaro Yet
    Chevy Lists 28 Reasons That Make Its 2014 Z/28 Its Quickest Camaro Yet
    Chevy Lists 28 Reasons That Make Its 2014 Z/28 Its Quickest Camaro Yet

    As promised, here are the links to videos showing the 2014 Camaro Z/28 at the Nürburgring and the Milford Road Course.

    2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 Laps The ‘Ring In 7:37.47: Video

    2014 Camaro Z/28 Laps The Milford Road Course: Video

    via: Motor Authority

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  • Latest News/ Videos

    Equus Bass 770: The $250,000 Muscle Car For The 21st Century (VIDEO)

    The Equus Bass770 is the American dream; a dedication to the muscle car of the 70s with all the tech of a 21st century vehicle. Whether buyers will spend $250,000 is another question?

    Yahoo Motors Report: It’s easy to be dubious when an unknown car company claims it’s built a 640 hp, 21st-century muscle car from scratch out of a small plant in the suburbs of Detroit. Then, despite no evidence of reality bar a fancy video with more Hollywood effects than a James Cameron flick, goes on to announce it’s received orders overseas where buyers are willing to spend $250,000 sight unseen. I was suspicious.

    Equus Bass 770: the $250,000 muscle car

    The Equus Bass770 resembles the American dream; a glorious fastback muscle car evoking memories of the 1960s and ’70s, yet with all the modern luxuries and technologies today’s wealthy expects. It’s perhaps the most beautiful, evocative muscle car in decades. And yet, despite alarm bells ringing louder than Thor, the car pictured above is actually real. I’ve seen it with my own two eyes.

    Better still, at the Detroit auto show, I’ve seen not one, but three Bass770s — one in red; one in white; one in blue.

    Equus, based in Rochester Hills, Mich., began working on the Bass770 six years ago. Its aim was to create the ultimate dream car; one that’s undeniably unique and unequivocally American. When small builders attempt to realize their lofty ambitions, inevitably it becomes a mismatch of leftovers from various scrap yards. Equus, however, created its frame from scratch out of superformed aluminum lined with carbon-fiber inner panels. This helps the Bass770 tip the scales at just 3,640 lbs. — 480 lbs. lighter than aCamaro ZL1.

    Equus Bass 770: the $250,000 muscle car

    Ditching the ’60s muscle car stigma of atrocious brakes, Equus opts for carbon ceramic matrix rotors by Brembo. GM’s magnetic ride suspension comes equipped, too, promising a driving experience as smooth as Frank Sinatra. The engine, a 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 featuring 640 hp and 605 lb.-ft. of torque, is the LS9 from a Corvette ZR1, capable of dashing to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds and reaching a top speed of 200 mph, while routing said performance to the rear wheels via a six-speed, dual clutch manual transmission.

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    It’s a stunning work of retro-flavored modern engineering, and in the metal, it looks as beautiful as depicted in the video below. Every edge is perfectly finished; the interior is wrapped in more leather than Catwoman, and for an extra $50,000 or so, Equus will grant you a bespoke Bass770 — just in case your neighbor on Palm Islands has one too. According to Equus, opting for this allows you to select things like “unlimited” power, body enhancements and rare materials.

    via autos.yahoo.com

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  • Videos

    ‘Need For Speed’ The Movie, Bring In The Muscle! #AmericanMuscle (VIDEO)

    ‘Need For Speed’ The Movie, Bring In The Muscle! #AmericanMuscleSome of the greatest american muscle cars get a badass tuning session with powerful new engines, suspension and refined parts – making them far exceed anything you can get out of the factory. The ‘Need For Speed’ movie are bringing in the muscle!

    Watch the behind the scenes video below and rekindle your love of american muscle…


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  • Videos

    Place Your Bets: Nissan GT-R vs. American Muscle (VIDEO)

    Watch this tuned 560bhp Nissan GT-R go up against a whole bunch of modified all-american muscle cars in this epic California drag race.

    Here’s what 1320video said about the event:

    We were invited to a daytime street race event out in the boonies of California to hang out and street race all day long. One car that was willing to throw down with anyone was this bolt-ons GT-R from the Bay Area. The street wasn’t hooking the greatest at times, giving this GT-R quite the advantage.


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  • Reviews/ Videos

    2015 Ford Mustang: Officially Official (with photos & video)

    No more leaked images, this is the real deal. Ford lift the lid on the brand new 2015 Ford Mustang.

    After all of the speculation, all of the spy shots, all of the leaked images and all of the hype, the brand new 2015 Ford Mustang is here. Ford fanboys, take your hats off now. The new Mustang is here with a new sharp suit, a new four-cylinder Ecoboost engine, and, perhaps most importantly, a suspension design that isn’t from the sixties.

    At the back there’s a new sophisticated independent rear suspension setup rather than a sketchy live rear axle. The front suspension has also been changed quite dramatically compared to the current car, a double-ball joint independent front end with MacPherson struts replaces the reverse-L of the current car. This is important if you want to go around corners without crashing. Or compete with European cars. Apparently the Ford engineers benchmarked the new Mustang against the BMW M3 and Porsche 911 – blimey.

    Under the bonnet there’s a selection of new or revised engines. The base V6 model uses a 3.7liter naturally aspirated V6 producing around 300hp, next up there’s the 2.3liter Ecoboost four-cylinder developing 310hp, and the big daddy 5.0liter V8 produces more than 420hp. All engines send power to the rear wheels, obviously, through either a six-speed manual or automatic gearbox.

    In the middle of the car there’s a new, more up-market feeling interior with all of the classic muscle car-inspired looks that you could ever want. A long strip of (real) metal spans across the dashboard and there’s leather on the dash and central stack, too. Aircraft-inspired toggle switches and controls complete the look. In terms of quality and feel the interior is miles ahead of the 2014 car, but there is still some nastier looking plastics around the transmission tunnel and door panels to remind you that the Mustang is the working class hero’s supercar not some posh car built to ferry bankers and accountants from their dreary offices to their favourite swanky ‘lounge bar’ – or something.

    The Mustang is still undoubtedly a typical American muscle car in terms of style. It’s big, it’s brash and it doesn’t look subtle at all. But we reckon it’s a fantastic looking car, the lines toward the rear of the car are sooo smooth, and we like the intricate little details in the rear tail lights. The front of the car is typically aggressive with the classic Mustang grille and those razor sharp headlights.

    Overall, it’s a great looking car, and we suspect that many Mustang shoppers won’t be interested so much in the technology or the performance, but more the car’s styling and the whole ‘burnouts when the cops aren’t looking and drag between the lights’ theme that the iconic Ford muscle car represents.

    Ford will keep performance figures, including 0-60 times, close to its chest until some stage during 2014. But the new V8 Mustang supposedly features a launch control mode to maximise traction off the line, and is expected to hit 60mph in under five seconds.

    Now watch the videos to learn about how the new Mustang was born…


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