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Callaway Pushes Camaro Past 600 Horsepower

Despite tweaks, still lags Challenger Hellcat and Roush Stage 3 Mustang.

by on Jan.13, 2016

The Callaway Camaro SC600 is the most powerful street legal 2016 available. Production begins in the first quarter of this year.

The competition between the Chevy Camaro and the Ford Mustang isn’t just about sales. It’s about style, history and horsepower. Plenty of aftermarket firms tweak the pony cars looking to extract more and more horsepower and bragging rights in the process.

However, the real key is to get as many ponies for your pony car as possible while still being able to drive it on America’s highways and byways. When it comes to the Camaro, famous car customizer Callaway Cars has that problem solved as it claims its Callaway Camaro SC600 is the most powerful street legal 2016 Camaro available.

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“The 2016 Camaro is a superb car that’s light, nimble and fun to drive,” said Reeves Callaway, founder and CEO of Callaway Cars. “We designed the Callaway Camaro SC600 to deliver an even more driver-focused experience for those seeking even more power. Using the TripleCooled technology we developed for the Corvette Z06, we created the most powerful Callaway Camaro available today.” (more…)

First Drive: 2016 Chevrolet Camaro

Initial impressions suggest Chevy has pulled together a winner.

by on May.18, 2015

Still wearing camouflage, a handful of new 2016 Camaros launch down the Grand Prix track.

The early morning calm is shattered by the sound of the big V-8 firing up. Shifting into gear, I head out onto the winding road course that will, in two weeks’ time, play host to the annual Detroit Grand Prix. But on this particular Sunday morning it is serving as a test track for a first ride in the new 2016 Chevrolet Camaro.

To provide some perspective on the new car, Chevy starts me out on a lap of the 2.35 mile circuit in the outgoing, fifth-generation pony car. If anything, they’ve set the bar high, however, using as comparison the high-end 2015 Camaro Z28. As I blast out of the pits and onto the straight, its raw torque sinks me deep into the car’s sports seats. I slam through the gears, accompanied by the sound of squealing tires and squeaking brakes, hammering through a series of tight corners before finally pulling back into the pits.

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Sweating more than you’d imagine on this cool Detroit morning, I jump out of the old car and into a new 2016 Chevrolet Camaro – all the while, wondering what they could have had in mind putting that Z28, with its 6.2-liter V-8, up against a “base” car with a far more modest, 3.6-liter V-6. But my questions are quickly answered as I head out for a second run on the Grand Prix course on.


First Official Look: 2016 Chevrolet Camaro

New pony car aims to remain king-of-the-hill.

by on May.16, 2015

Smaller yet roomier, lighter and more fuel-efficient but also more powerful, the 2016 Camaro.

After a steady build-up of leaks and teases, Chevrolet has finally pulled the wraps off the sixth-generation Camaro, a model that it claims is lighter, faster, more nimble and more fuel-efficient than the “pony car” it replaces.

The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro is also more technologically sophisticated, introducing a number of new features – such as a first-ever turbocharged engine — and expanding the availability of others, including a magnetic ride control suspension. And even more high-tech features and variants are set to follow, senior General Motors officials confided.

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The short-term goal is to keep the Camaro at the top of the muscle car heap. Despite the launch of an all-new version of the Ford Mustang last year, the Chevy coupe has been the segment’s number one seller for five consecutive years, though it has lost its lead during the first four months of 2015.


Chevrolet Offers Revealing New Tease of 2016 Camaro

It’s “all about the aero.”

by on May.11, 2015

Chevrolet will stage the official debut of the 2016 Camaro in Detroit next weekend.

They may be called muscle cars, but it takes more than a big engine to make a car like the Camaro go fast. And with the new model set to debut next weekend, Chevy says it has put a premium on aerodynamic enhancements, as well as lightweighting.

As this shot – the most revealing teaser image yet– shows — the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro has spent a lot of time in the wind tunnel to both reduce aerodynamic drag and improve the cooling of its big 6.2-liter V-8.

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“The importance of aerodynamics increases exponentially as we increase vehicle performance,” said Kirk Bennion, Exterior Design manager. “As engine output increases, we need more engine cooling. As acceleration and top speeds climb, we need to reduce lift for better high-speed stability. However, we cannot make any changes at the expense of increasing drag, which can hurt fuel economy.”


Chevy Video Reveals 2016 Camaro

Muscle Car hits 500,000 sales mark – but faces tough challenge from new Mustang.

by on Mar.13, 2015

Camaro devotees will have something to be happy about for 2016, Chevy execs claim.

There were plenty of skeptics when Chevrolet said it would bring back its Camaro, a few years back, but if the Gen-5 model’s sales numbers are any indication, it’s been a solid hit for the Detroit maker.

But in today’s hotly competitive market, those 500,000 sales might be a nice milestone, but Camaro will have to keep the customer’s coming. And that’s becoming a fair bit more difficult to do, what with an all-new Mustang on the verge of reclaiming pony segment leadership for Ford Motor Co.

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Not to worry, Chevy fans. There’s a sixth-generation Camaro in the works and due to reach market for the 2016 model-year. Better yet, after giving us a vague tease of what to expect with a black-and-white silhouette image back in January, Chevrolet has kindly released some new images that give a brief, but clearer impression of what to expect for ’16. (more…)

First Production Fisker Rocket Mustang Set for Delivery

725-hp, limited-production model will debut at Amelia Island Concours.

by on Mar.13, 2015

The supercharged version of the Fisker Rocket will deliver nearly 300-hp more than the Mustang GT.

Four months after pulling the wraps off his automotive reincarnation, Danish designer Henrik Fisker is set to deliver the first of his 725-horsepower Rocket Mustangs.

The result of joint venture with California mega-dealer Galpin Motors, the first production version of the Fisker Rocket will make a brief appearance at this weekend’s Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance before being delivered to its new owner.

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Word has it that Fisker may also reveal another big project at the weekend classic car show, something he telegraphed during an interview with last November at the L.A. Auto Show where the Rocket made its premier.


Fisker Rockets Back with 725-HP Mustang

Limited sales set to begin in early 2015.

by on Nov.21, 2014

A project "born out of passion," says Fisker.

Henrik Fisker, perhaps best known for his abortive effort to launch the plug-in hybrid Fisker Karma sports car, is back in the limelight, but turning his talents towards a very different direction. The Fisker Rocket revealed at the Los Angeles Motor Show is all about performance, the Danish-born designer dubbing the modified Mustang “the ultimate American muscle car.”

The Rocket is a 725-hp rework of the all-new pony car Ford Motor Co. Fisker and partner Galpin Auto Sports have not only upgraded the performance of the 2015 Mustang but made a number of exterior modifications that give it both a more sinister and exotic appearance.

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“My jaw dropped. I got chills” when first shown the sketches former Aston Martin chief designer Fisker had in mind, said Beau Boeckmann, president of both Galpin Auto Sports and Galpin Motors, the world’s largest Ford dealer. For his part, Fisker explained that the Rocket is “really a program born out of passion.”


Return of the Shelby GT350 Mustang

Most powerful, naturally aspirated Ford production engine ever.

by on Nov.17, 2014

A legend returns: the new Shelby GT350 Mustang.

Only months after launching the all-new 2015 Mustang, Ford is turning the pony car’s performance quotient up a notch, confirming reports that it will bring an all-new version of the Shelby GT350 Mustang to the Los Angeles Auto Show later this week.

And, as recently reported, the Shelby will get a unique new 5.2-liter V-8 featuring a high-revving flat-plane crankshaft that can deliver up to 500 horsepower. That, it turns out, will make it the most powerful naturally aspirated production engine the Detroit maker has ever produced.

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“When we started working on this car, we wanted to build the best possible Mustang for the places we most love to drive – challenging back roads with a variety of corners and elevation changes – and the track on weekends,” said Ford’s global product development czar Raj Nair. “Every change we made to this car was driven by the functional requirements of a powerful, responsive powerplant – nimble, precise handling and massive stopping power.”


Spy Shot: 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby 350GT

Working a little Voodoo?

by on Nov.13, 2014

Under the camo, the Shelby GT350.

Ford’s new Mustang has been receiving rave reviews, and for good reason considering the new design, the shift to a long-awaited independent rear suspension and all the improvements in its powertrain mix.

For serious muscle car fans, the 435-horsepower 2015 Ford Mustang GT is the only option to consider – unless they want to wait for something bigger and better to come along. Members of the Mustang team have done nothing to hide the fact that they’re not finished with the pony car line-up – something made all the more obvious by this spy shot of what appears to be the next-generation Mustang Shelby 350GT.

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Powered by the new Voodoo engine, it will be aimed at the likes of the new Camaro Z/28

You don’t see many of the changes in this view of the high-performance version being tested at Ford’s proving grounds in Michigan, but a few revisions are evident.


Special Edition to Celebrate Camaro’s Final Run

Three special versions of pony car debuting at SEMA this week.

by on Nov.03, 2014

The 2015 Chevrolet Camaro Commemorative Editon will help end the car's fifth-generation run.

Chevrolet isn’t about to let the current Camaro line fade away without some celebration. It’s planning to unveil three special versions of the popular pony car at the SEMA Show this week, including a special 2015 Camaro Commemorative edition that will go on sale next spring.

It also will reveal another special – but as yet-unnamed — production model that will help mark the unexpected rival of a once-dead nameplate. Re-launched in 2009 after a long absence, the Camaro is now the country’s most popular muscle car, handily out-selling long-time leader, the Ford Mustang. But Ford is looking for a revival of its own with the launch of an all-new model of its own this year.

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“The Camaro has had an amazing run since we introduced the fifth-gen Camaro,” said Jim Campbell, GM’s U.S. vice president of performance vehicles and motorsports. “In fact, Camaro’s outsold everybody in the segment, every single year. And what I attribute it to, is Camaro has always had this ability to deliver a combination of style, performance and affordability.”