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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.

We perform!

“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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BMW X6 M Debuts in New York

Bringing M performance to whatever it's called.

by on Mar.28, 2009

BMW is trying to bring some life to a wilting segment.

BMW is trying to bring some life to a wilting segment.

In the twisted logic of automotive marketing, calling a four-door a “coupe” makes sense. And it also takes some work to provide a sport utility with a performance image. But that’s what BMW hopes to do when it presents in New York next month the M version of its mid-size X6, err, Sports Activity Vehicle, as it’s called in its marketing jargon. Let’s get this straight it’s not a SUV, but a SAV; but then it’s not a four-door, so it’s a coupe; that makes it a SAC — are you still with me?  

The New York reveal does make perfect sense in this sense though, about 40% of all 24,000 global M sales occur in U.S. The M line of performance cars started simply enough with the hot rodder’s trick of an engine swap, in BMW’s case by taking the six-cylinder engine from the M1 race car and stuffing it into a 5-Series sedan. Der neue M5 resulted. 

Faced with the collapse of its SAV sales, BMW is trying the old performance market gambit once again. The X6 M will have several new engine, drivetrain, and suspension technologies to transform the world’s first SAC into an M product, says BMW.  (I guess that makes it a SAM?) All of these needed tweaks are unspecified at this time. (more…)

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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