The rebirth of the American muscle car is about a lot more than retro. It's about pride. It's about recalling a time when Americans looked down the road to the future with confidence, and they wanted a great big V8 engine to get them there as soon as possible.
It's no wonder the 2008 Ford Mustang Bullitt has our respect. It's the best version yet of the 2005 Ford Mustang, the car that set Detroit on fire again with enthusiasm for good old American muscle. Maybe the fuel-guzzling muscle car won't save Detroit from the challenge to build cars that people need, but it's surely restored the domestic car industry's confidence in its ability to do so. And it's shown that Americans can build cars that are utterly unlike anything you'll find in Stuttgart, Shanghai, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur or any of those other places that economists think they're so clever to know about.
Now that the 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 is here, Chrysler is cracking the seal on its own Mopar-branded can of muscle-car whoop-ass to show that it understands what's at stake in the muscle-car sweepstakes. The Bullitt and the Challenger are the two coolest cars in America, and it's only natural to bring them together.
Battle of the Bimmers: BMW M3 v BMW 135i v BMW 335i
Before you start sending us flaming e-mails complaining that a comparison
between the 2008 Audi S5 and the 2008 BMW M3 Coupe is an obvious mismatch
from the get-go, you should know a few things.
Our first full test of the $53,000, all-wheel-drive 2008 Audi S5 was a bit
of a revelation. With a 354-horsepower version of Audi's
direct-injection 4.2-liter V8 under its hood, the voluptuous Audi S5 ran a
13.3-second quarter-mile at 104 mph, just 0.1 second and 2 mph shy of the
420-hp 2007 Audi RS4 sedan. What's more, the S5's slalom speed is within a
couple mph of the harsh-riding RS-spec sedan. "It ran a 13.3? With that
kind of speed, who needs a $67,000 RS4?" we asked ourselves.
We believe so strongly in the 2008 Audi S5 that it earned our Inside Line's
inaugural Editors' Choice Award.
So we acquired (hastily perhaps) another 2008 Audi S5 and set it against
the new 2008 BMW M3 Coupe, a car now fortified with V8 power for the first
time. Speed-reading the specifications sheets of these two cars, they seem
like natural rivals: the 354-hp, all-wheel-drive 2008 Audi S5 measured
against the 414-hp, rear-wheel-drive 2008 BMW M3.
But as it turns out, we gave the 2008 Audi S5 a bigger challenge than we
had initially intended.
2010 Chevrolet Camaro: Backing Up Style With Substance
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Behold: The 2010 Chevrolet Camaro in all its full-on
What? Well yes, it looks like that Camaro Concept we saw more than
two and a half years ago at the 2006 Detroit Auto Show. And it looks
exactly as you knew it would from two years of spy shots of the car under
development. And it will look exactly like this when it goes on sale in
March of next year. You expected what? That it would look like a Corsica or
a Mark VIII?
Enthusiasts would no more forgive Chevrolet for watering down the stunning
2006 Camaro concept
than they would forgive General Motors if it decided a year from now to
cancel the Volt program. The concept, with its steely, all-business color,
dark-tinted glass, pavement-skimming raked stance and fang-shaped side
mirrors, looked like a 1969 Camaro designed by the Lockheed
Of course, the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro production-specification
cars pictured here — V6 models with 20-inch wheels that come as part of
the RS trim package — don't get the slammed stance, chopped roof and
black windows of the concept. Nor do they have the 22-inch rear and 21-inch
front wheels of the concept.
The V8 model of the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro — called the SS —
won't have that showcar ornamentation either. Chevy is holding back on
revealing the SS for reasons that make sense only within the confines of
GM's headquarters at the Renaissance Center in downtown Detroit, even
though it looks very nearly identical to the V6 model with the RS package.
(In case you were wondering, the SS will have the concept car's little
mail-slot opening on the top of the front fascia. This particular aperture
has no historical precedent in the world of Camaro and owes more to the
Corvette Z06 or the Mini Cooper S.)
But we're still happy.
Nissan Beats Porsche? 2009 Nissan GT-R (U.S.-Spec)
For a few seconds, you give in to the spectacle of driving a 2009 Nissan
GT-R. This car attracts its own entourage and then takes you along for the
ride. It's not just the Skyline mystique, either. It's the fact that even
in production sheet metal, the R35 GT-R looks like a one-off concept stolen
from a Southern California design studio. It has as many hard contours as a
Porsche 911 has soft curves. You have the key fob, and still you ogle it.
Soon, though, you point the GT-R down an on-ramp and plant the throttle.
The effortless brutality with which the 2009 Nissan GT-R gathers speed is
what you'll describe to your friends — once everyone's tired of talking
about the styling, that is.
What you won't tell them is that you suspect your supercar might be a
sociopath. It doesn't flow around corners like your E46 BMW M3 did, nor
does it transmit feedback through the steering wheel for the sheer pleasure
Instead, the 2009 Nissan GT-R bends asphalt to its will. When it talks to
you about tire grip, you get the feeling it's only bothering because you're
part of its great plan to break free of the Earth's orbit. Should it ever
achieve this, you imagine that its conversation will cease and it will
simply expel you into the airless void. Until then, though, you have the
Hurst Hemi Challenger @ 2008 SEMA
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CHATSWORTH, California — Hurst gets its turn in the barrel with the new
Dodge Challenger, readying a 2009 Hurst/Hemi Challenger for a splashy debut
at the 2008 SEMA Show.
The tuner says it takes a Dodge Challenger SRT8 and beefs it up to 500-plus
horses. Hurst said the Hurst/Hemi Challenger will be available in four trim
levels through participating Dodge dealers. Details include five-spoke
Hurst alloy wheels and a classic pistol-grip Hurst shifter.
Pricing has not yet been announced for the four trim levels. But Hurst
spokesman Ron Flint said the special model will add a minimum $10,000
premium to the Challenger.
"We are targeting a range of $10,000-$20,000 MSRP above the cost of the
vehicles for Stages 1 through 3," he said in an e-mail to Inside Line.
"Stage 4 will come later and is a built-to-order model that can range much
higher depending on special options like special paint colors."
MuscleCar Tuner Showdown: HPE650/SuperSnake/SpeedfactorySRT8
We've compared nearly every combination of modern American muscle cars on
the market. Now it's time for the ultimate showdown - Hennessey's Camaro HPE650 vs Shelby's GT500
Super Snake vs Speedfactory's Challenger SRT8. We head to the Dyno, the test track and the
racetrack to determine which of these tuned pony cars reigns supreme.
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Hot Rod Time Machine: Old vs New
Just How Good Were the Good Ol' Days? To find out, we've gathered three
modern high-spec ponycars and matched them with their glory days ancestors.
We're pitting a 2011 Camaro SS against the '69 Camaro SS396 that inspired its
design; a 2011 Challenger SRT8 meets the '70 Challenger it so faithfully
resembles; and a freshly minted Shelby Mustang GT500 convertible meets its
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Challenger Drag Race! - SE vs R/T vs SRT8
MT Technical Director Frank Markus tests the three 2009 Dodge Challenger
variants - SE, R/T, SRT8 - with a three-way drag race and laps around our
figure eight. Read the story here:
Ford Shelby GT500 vs Chevrolet Camaro ZL1! - Head 2 Head Episode 11
On this episode of Head 2 Head, Angus MacKenzie brings you the ultimate
modern musclecar showdown -- 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 vs 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. It's an epic
3-round bout, with canyon carving up and down Mulholland Highway, hot laps
at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca with pro driver Randy Pobst, and a classic
quarter-mile drag race finale. It's a winner-take-all battle for ultimate
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First Test: 2010 SMS 570 Challenger
Associate Editor Scott Evans is out at the Motor Trend test track to find
out how fast the all-new 2010 SMS 570 Challenger is.
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Ford Shelby GT500 vs Dodge Challenger SRT-8
Motor Trend comparo between Ford Mustang GT500 and Dodge Challenger
SRT-8. This is for those of you complaining that the Camaro SS should have been
stacked up againt these two. When (or if) the Z28 comes out then we'll see
who the true muscle car king is.
Ford Mustang Crash And Fail Compilation
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ZR1 Drag Race King - Spanks GTR, 599, and GT2
Join us as we pit Chevy's all-new 638 horsepower Corvette ZR1
against the Nissan GTR, Ferrari 599 GTB, and Porsche GT2 in a no holds
barred drag race.
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