Detroit Bureau on Twitter

Posts Tagged ‘muscle car’

Ford Goes California Dreaming with Special Edition Mustang

Mustang California Special returns for 2019.

by on Mar.12, 2018

Ford has built a series of California Special editions since the first was launched in 1968.

After a brief absence, Ford is bringing back the Mustang California Special, and the latest special-edition pony car amps up both the performance and comfort quotient.

The GT/CS will join the reborn Mustang Bullitt that was unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit just two months ago, Ford hoping to regain some momentum in its tough battle with the Chevrolet Camaro.

Muscle Car News!

This marks the fifth-generation California Special, the original making its debut way back in 1968. And it’s the most powerful version of the GT/CS ever, the 2019 model punching 460 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque out of the familiar 5.0-liter Mustang V-8.

(more…)

Dodge Aims to Shake Down the Competition with New Shakedown Package

Dodge goes Plum Crazy.

by on Mar.08, 2018

The 2018 Dodge Challenger with Shakedown Package and old-is-new Plum Crazy paint.

The Dodge brand is continuing its push to dominate the classic muscle car segment with the launch of its new Shakedown Package.

Inspired by the old-is-new 1971 Dodge Shakedown Challenger concept that was revealed at the 2016 SEMA show, it adds a range of customized features, from paint colors like Plum Crazy to a new Alpine audio system, but it’s specifically designed for the three current shaker versions of the Dodge Challenger.

Performance News!

“Dodge//SRT has a rich history of using iconic heritage and high-impact colors and unique graphics to make our vehicles look custom, straight from the factory,” said Steve Beahm, Head of Passenger Car Brands, Dodge//SRT, Chrysler and Fiat – FCA North America. “These paint colors and unique Shaker stripes stand out in the crowd and speak to our customers’ passion for their cars and their love of the Dodge and SRT brands.”

(more…)

Dream On! Woodward Dream Cruise Brings Back Memories

World’s largest classic car event continues gaining momentum.

by on Aug.20, 2017

A little Deuce Coupe works its way down Woodward Ave. on Saturday during the Dream Cruise.

He might only be 10, but Ashley McInnis didn’t need much time to find the car of his dreams. Walking down the sidewalk along Woodward Avenue his eyes grew wide as he spotted a pearl white Ford GT.

“I love it,” the youngster from Yorktown, Virginia gushed to his grandfather, adding “I may have to take out a loan to get it.” When advised it would cost more than $400,000, he paused for a moment, trying to figure out how long that would take on the money he makes on his paper route. “It may take me a little while to pay it off,” he said.

We're Cruising!

McInnis was just one of as many as 1.5 million people estimated to line a 17-miles stretch of Woodward Ave., metro Detroit’s main thoroughfare, for the annual Woodward Dream Cruise.  And while there were a handful of new GTs and Ferraris, even the occasional Lamborghini and McLaren, the real focus was on the classic sort of muscle cars and hot rods that used to cruise the once quiet suburban roadway back in the 1960s and ‘70s.

(more…)

Fastest-Ever Factory Mustang Coming in 2018

New GT will blast through 60 in under 4 seconds – but still not the fastest Detroit muscle car.

by on Jul.25, 2017

The 2018 Ford Mustang GT is the fastest base V-8 version ever, at under 4-sec 0-60.

The pony car race is heating up, Ford Motor Co. the latest to give its sporty coupe a big performance boost.

Ford says the 2018 Mustang GT will be faster than ever, blasting from 0 to 60 in less than 4 seconds, with its big V-8 jumping to 460 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. The 2018 Ford Mustang will also get a new drag-strip mode to ensure that all its power goes to the pavement when needed.

Performance News!

“Typically, when you shift gears, you give up time,” said Mustang Chief Engineer Carl Widmann. “In Drag Strip mode, the engine torque doesn’t drop when you’re shifting. You get peak engine torque and horsepower straight through thanks to our new Ford-built 10-speed transmission.”

(more…)

Dodge Conjures up the Demon for New Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody

“You can feel the extra grip.”

by on Jun.27, 2017

The latest entry into the Dodge performance family, the Hellcat Widebody picks up key Demon cues.

Hellacious, it may be, but with a mere 707 horsepower, the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat is no match for the raw, blistering power of the new Dodge Demon. But it’s about to come a little closer.

The Detroit muscle car brand is about to up the performance ante with yet another entrant into its Hellcat family: the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody. Call it the Challenger Widebody for short, suggests Jim Wilder, head of the development team, noting it takes nearly as long to say the muscle coupe’s full name as it needs to launch from 0 to 60.

By the Numbers!

The latest entry into the Dodge muscle car family is designed to squeeze out every ounce of performance out of the Hellcat motor, a 6.2-liter monster that – until the Demon debuted – laid claim to being the most powerful factory-built vehicle ever.

(more…)

Inside Story: How Dodge Got the Demon Up to a Hellacious 840 HP

"Kill everything to make the car faster."

by on Jun.02, 2017

Dodge passenger car boss Tim Kuniskis with the Dodge Demon during a background briefing.

When it comes to the Demon, the devil is in the details, or so a select group of Dodge designers and engineers, operating in secrecy, quickly realized as they set out to develop the most powerful V-8 muscle car ever built. While many on the team had already demonstrated their skills with the development of the Dodge Charger and Challenger Hellcat models, going from a daunting 707 horsepower to 800 or more was a task that required them, in many cases, to start all over, rather than building on what they already had.

Power to the People!

The Dodge Demon made its tire-smoking debut at the New York International Auto Show two months ago, and while the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles brand revealed some impressive numbers, it offered few details about what it took to get to 840 horsepower, 808 pound-feet of torque – and a quarter mile time of just 9.65 seconds. On Thursday of this week, several leaders of the team opened the kimono on the project during a background briefing for a handful of media outlets, including TheDetroitBureau.com. (more…)

2018 Dodge Demon to Start at $84,995

Several key accessories to cost $1 each.

by on May.23, 2017

The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon with its $1 optional Demon Crate.

Want to unleash your inner Demon? Dodge says it will cost you $84,995.

As it gets closer to launching the newest version of its muscle coupe, the Detroit automaker is revealing more about the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, starting with its price. The $84,995 figure — which is about $20,000 more than a 707-hp Dodge Challenge Hellcat — includes both delivery charges and the $1,700 gas guzzler tax.

Performance News!

But a closer look reveals that it will “only” get you the 808-horsepower base version of the Demon, which made its splashy debut at last month’s New York International Auto Show. If you want to unleash the full 840-horsepower version, you’ll need to spend another $1 for the “Demon Crate,” which adds some key performance accessories.

(more…)

At 840 HP, New Dodge Demon is World’s Fastest Production Car

“We wanted to be the best at the most.”

by on Apr.12, 2017

New Dodge brand ambassador Vin Diesel at the Demon debut. He drives one in the latest installment of the "Fast & Furious" series.

The news came in a letter from the National Hot Rod Association. A prototype of the new Dodge Demon had set an all-time dragstrip record, hitting 140 at the end of the quarter mile in just 9.65 seconds. Oh, and the NHRA added, it was banning the new muscle car from production before the first model officially rolled off the production line.

“That was the highlight of my 25 years in the business,” said Tim Kuniskis, the head of passenger cars for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles in North America, as a crowd of journalists and muscle car fans descended on the stage after the formal debut of the new Dodge Demon in New York Tuesday night.

Performance News!

After a two-month teaser campaign that drew millions of views on social media, there was a palpable tension at Pier 94, along the Hudson River waterfront where the Challenger-based Demon made its debut.

(more…)

Dodge Punches Things up with Durango SRT

Hemi V-8 hammers out 475 hp.

by on Feb.07, 2017

The Dodge Durango muscles up for '18.

With more and more Americans trading in sedans and coupes for SUVs and CUVs, it would seem to make sense to also give ute buyers the option to muscle up.  And that’s what Dodge plans to do next year.

It will be showing off a new performance version of its three-row Durango model at the Chicago Auto Show, packing a 475-horsepower Hemi V-8 under the hood that will enhance both off-the-line acceleration and the ute’s towing prowess.

Auto Show News!

“This is what you get, when you take everything great about the Durango and combine it with the performance of the Charger SRT: a 12-second quarter mile, toy-hauling, three-row muscle car,” said Tim Kuniskis, head of FCA’s passenger cars brands.

(more…)

The Demon Returns – as Next Dodge Hellcat

New Dodge Challenger SRT Demon could top 707-hp.

by on Jan.12, 2017

The Demon is coming - a scene from the teaser video announcing the new Dodge Demon.

For those who didn’t think the Dodge Charger and Challenger Hellcat models, with their 707-horsepower hemi V-8s were powerful enough, salvation is coming – in the form of the new 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon set to make its debut at the New York International Auto Show three months from now.

The Demon name is a blast from the past. It was used for one of the old Chrysler Corp.’s classic ‘70s muscle cars, though back then it was based off the old two-door Dodge Dart. Dodge hinted it might want to resurrect the name with the debuting of a roadster concept, dubbed Dodge Demon, that made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in 2007.

Subscribe Now!

The new beast, it turns out, will be based off the same modern coupe as one of Fiat Chrysler’s current Hellcat models, the Dodge Challenger SRT. But it apparently has some devilish new tricks.

(more…)