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Muscle Car Wars Heat Up as Chevy Reveals New 2017 Camaro ZL1

Gen-6 model adds another 200 hp to the equation.

by on Mar.16, 2016

The 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 bumps the pony count up to 640 with its LT4 V-8.

If you think the battle for the White House has gotten nasty, just check out the fight for supremacy in the pony car market. Ford and General Motors are lobbing everything but hand grenades at one another, and GM is firing the latest shot with the announcement that it will bring out an all-new version of the Camaro ZL1 next year.

Chevy gave a handful of automotive journalists a look at the new model – and a brief ride — during a sneak preview at the Spring Mountain race track an hour outside Las Vegas. And, if seeing is believing, it only takes a lap inside the 640-horsepower monster to know that the bowtie brand is playing for keeps.

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“We’re delivering world-beating levels of performance, on the track and off,” proclaimed GM President Dan Ammann, before strapping on his element and heading out onto the track.

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Chevy 1LE Gives Performance Boost to Camaro

Package available for both V-6, V-8 models.

by on Feb.10, 2016

For the first time, the Camaro 1LE package will be available on V-6 and V-8 models.

For those hoping to squeeze even more performance out of the Chevrolet Camaro, the bowtie brand is bringing back its 1LE package.

Set to make a debut at the Chicago Auto Show this week, the Camaro 1LE option will be offered on both V-6 and V-8 versions of the muscle coupe. The package provides a combination of increased handling, extra performance and a more sporty appearance with a signature matte satin black hood.

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The 1LE is meant for “an owner who wants a daily driver and a weekend track car,” suggests Paul Edwards, U.S. vice president in charge of Chevrolet marketing.

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First Look: 2015 Saleen Mustang

New S302 pushes the pony car up to 640 horsepower.

by on Sep.25, 2014

Steve Saleen's team will build three versions of its S302 take on the new 2015 Ford Mustang.

With 435 horsepower under the hood, the new 2015 Ford Mustang is no stone pony. But in an era when Dodge is trying to redefine the muscle car breed with its 707-horsepower Challenger SRT Hellcat, Mustang fans are clearly going to be seeking more.

During our recent drive of the 50th anniversary Mustang, Ford officials assured us that they’ll be rolling out all manner of variants over the course of the car’s long lifecycle. So, expect to see Boss and Cobra models to come. But Steve Saleen, a man who has long been associated with the Mustang nameplate, isn’t waiting for the factory,

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And he’s giving us a first look at the custom-tuned version of Ford’s pony car that he soon plans to bring to market, the 2015 Saleen Ford Mustang S302. In various configurations, expect to be able to order one that can make anywhere from 450 to a full 640-horsepower.

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Camaro Z/28 Buyers will Pony up $75,000

Chevy auctioning rights to the first one for charity.

by on Jan.03, 2014

The 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 posted a faster time than the Porsche 911 on the famed Nurburgring in Germany.

In the automotive world, power often means cash, and in the case of the new Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 it means $75,000 if you want the 500-plus horsepower beast in your driveway.

A surprise introduction at last year’s New York Auto Show, the revived nameplate gives Camaro aficionados a high-performance option rivaling the best of America and Europe. In fact, it delivered an impressive time of 7:37.47 in a drizzly mist on Germany’s famous Nurburgring track, beating the numbers for the Porsche 911.

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“The Camaro Z/28 is an uncompromising performer that’s bred for the track – and every one of its unique components supports the goal of faster lap times,” said Mark Reuss, president, General Motors North America, in a statement. (more…)

Chevrolet Brings Big Surprise to Big Apple with Top-Secret Z28 Reveal

“It blew his mind,” says GM President Reuss.

by on Mar.27, 2013

Chevrolet's new 2014 Camaro Z28 surprised the New York Auto Show crowd today.

There aren’t many secrets in the auto industry, but Chevrolet pulled off a big one today, delivering the biggest surprise of the 2013 New York Auto Show with the unexpected unveiling of the new Camaro Z28 muscle car.

The highest-performance version of the updated 2014 Chevrolet Camaro was developed in a hush-hush program directly overseen by General Motors’ North American President Mark Reuss – who admits he wasn’t even sure until recently if he could convince his own bosses to give the project, codenamed HP, the go-ahead.

“I was never quite sure” it would pass muster with the folks who held the purse strings that would need to be loosened to get the money to finish developing the Camaro Z28, Reuss said during a one-on-one conversation with TheDetroitBureau.com. To try to make it happen, he laughed, “We built a mule,” a running prototype, and took GM CEO Dan Akerson for a ride. “It blew his mind.” Three GM board members followed and they apparently were equally impressed, as the Wednesday afternoon unveiling revealed.

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A throng of automotive media gathered at the North Hall of New York’s Jacob Javits convention center had already gathered to see Chevy’s update of the base 2014 Camaro. Instead, the Z28 rolled onto the stage.

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Dodge Brings Back 392 Hemi in Challenger SRT8

New engine adds 65 horsepower, 90 ft.-lb. of torque

by on Nov.04, 2010

For 2011, the Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 features a bigger, more power engine, revised interior and exterior styling and an upgraded suspension.

The news coming out of Chrysler HQ in Auburn Hills is almost relentless these days. There are new engines, completely new SUVs and crossovers and revamped sedans.

Add to the mix a new Dodge Challenger SRT8 with a huge power infusion.

While Dodge has already announced that the base 250-horsepower V-6 will be replaced by a 305-horsepower version of the new Pentastar V-6, it hadn’t said anything about the Challenger’s other engines. Dodge still hasn’t announced numbers for the R/T, but it is expected to maintain its 5.7-liter Hemi, but it will likely make slightly more power.

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Just as Ford has done by bringing back the hallowed 5.0, the Challenger is bringing back a reverred name of its own. The new SRT8 now adds the numbers 392 to its name, as in 392 cubic inches.

Now 6.4 liters, the top dog in the Challenger lineup is rated at 470 horsepower, 65 more than before. Torque rises to 470 as well, 90 more than before, compared to the old 6.1-liter Hemi.
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First Look: 2011 DUB Edition Ford Mustang

Taking it to the street.

by on May.03, 2010

Ford teams with DUB magazine and Roush to come up with this hip-hop pony car.

For pony car fans, the first thing they might want to ask about the 2011 DUB Edition Ford Mustang is: “Where’s the pony?”

The familiar logo is nowhere to be found on the nose of the V6 coupe’s high-gloss black exterior, replaced by the DUB badge, itself a highly-recognized logo for the hip-hop generation.

The Dub Edition Mustang is a joint effort of Ford, DUB magazine and the Detroit-based tuner, Roush Industries, and together they’ve come up with a package which brings together some performance enhancements as well as distinctive appearance touches.

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“The Ford Mustang is the most customized vehicle in the world, and this collaboration pushes the boundaries even further,” said Fritz Wilke, Mustang brand manager.

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First Look: Camaro’s Back

But is timing right for GM’s Reborn Pony Car?

by on Mar.16, 2009

The new Chevrolet Camaro is finally taking to the road.

The new Chevrolet Camaro is finally on the road.

“Timing,” goes the old adage, “is everything.”  But at this particular moment, it’s not easy to say whether the return of the Chevrolet Camaro is timed perfectly or primed for failure.

You might decide yourself, after checking out these pics of the production Camaro.  But there’s no question, Chevy’s parent, General Motors, certainly could use a hit, and it’s going to put some heavy promotional dollars behind the arrival of the new pony car at U.S. dealer showrooms.  But marketing dollars are scarce, and so are U.S. car buyers, the current market operating at less than a 10 million annual rate, compared with more than 17 million earlier in the decade.

Meanwhile, it’s unclear how American motorists will view a high-performance muscle car, even with the current slump in fuel prices.  But Chevy plans to expand its Camaro line-up, both up and down market.  It hopes to give chase to the current leader in the muscle car segment, Ford’s Mustang, while also offering more fuel-stingy V-6 engines for those who might like the look of the new Camaro, but without the tire-squealing torque.

TheDetroitBureau.com will get its first chance to get behind the wheel of the new Camaro, later this week, and we’ll have plenty to tell you when we’re done.

In the meantime, turn the page for the complete press release on the new Camaro.

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Sneak Peek: 2010 Ford Taurus SHO

The SHO-off is back.

by on Feb.11, 2009

SHO-ing off all over again

SHO-ing off all over again

Who says performance is dead? Despite the “greening” of the automobile, there are plenty of folks who like a little muscle. The reborn, 2010 Ford Taurus SHO says you can have them both. Equipped with a twin-turbo version of the automaker’s new Ecoboost V-6, the new SHO promises to deliver high performance, and high mileage, as well.

Sadly, it’s been a decade since Ford abandoned the SHO, after selling more than 100,000 of them between 1989 and 1999. The original version was powered by a little Yamaha engine that owed a lot to that maker’s experience with high-revving motorcycle engines. The second-generation SHO, like the base Taurus, was a misguided effort, featuring a chunky V-8 that lost a lot of the original’s quirky appeal. And as Ford shifted gears, steering the Taurus away from retail buyers, into the fleet market, it abandoned the SHO version entirely.

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