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    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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    Top Viral Car Videos Of The Week – Episode 25

    Alfa Romeo 4C First DriveIn this week’s Carhoots top ‘viral’ car videos; a Lamborghini Aventador gets split in two, Equus put a Corvette engine in a Mustang body (*gasps*), Chris Harris drifts the Alfa Romeo 4C, DTM race drivers test the new BMW M3 Saloon and M4 Coupe at the Nurburgring, and some chickens move around a bit.

    Lamborghini Aventador Splits In Two During Brooklyn Crash

    Imagine this for a moment; you’re driving your sexy Lamborghini Aventador down a Brooklyn street. Life is good with that 700hp 6.5liter V12 humming away behind your head, its acoustics enough to get you giggling. Bliss… When suddenly a total idiot in a crappy car drives into you, and your Aventador breaks into two pieces.

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    Ouch. The Aventador’s rear sub frame is of course designed to break away in a crash to prevent any engine fires from harming the car’s occupants. Clever, that.

    Equus Bass 770

    Old-school style, new-school technology – always a great combination. The Equus Bass’ body is designed to mimic the gorgeous lines of the ’68 fastback Mustang, its chassis is new, its interior bespoke (though reminiscent of the current ‘Stang), and its 631hp engine is from a, um, Corvette. “AW HELL NO!” shout the Ford fan boys…. Maybe this intense video will reassure them that it’s all OK. Then again, maybe not.

    Mercedes-Benz TV: MAGIC BODY CONTROL TV commercial “Chicken”

    Now, THIS, is how you create a car commercial without cars! It’s complete genius, no?

    BMW M3 Saloon and M4 Coupe Race Driver Test At The Nurburgring

    We know the BMW M3 and M4 specification details now, what we don’t know is how well the pair can carve up a racetrack. In this video BMW DTM racers, Bruno Spengler and Timo Glock, test M3 and M4 prototypes around the Nurburgring, and they seem quite pleased with the cars. But they would be, wouldn’t they…?

    Alfa Romeo 4C First Drive, Road and Track. — /CHRIS HARRIS ON CARS

    It’s the car we’ve wanted Alfa Romeo to build for years. It’s not a stupid rebadged Fiat hatchback, it’s not front wheel drive either. It’s a proper rear wheel drive, mid engine sports car. And it is stunning. The spec sheet reads well, too. Carbon tub, 895kg dry weight, 237hp, 0-62mph in 4.5 seconds. But what’s it like to drive? Finally, we have the answer.

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