Posts Tagged ‘muscle car’

OK, so let’s be clear. Yes, there are some amazing ‘supercars’ out there that right off the dealer lot showroom would impress any calf-skin leather gloved, short espresso with a twist aficionado.

But the cars we are talking about here are for the average ‘Joe’, the individual who does not own a black AMEX card nor has either Brad or Angelina on speed dial.

So without any unnecessary fanfare, here’s our final selection.

2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392

Dodge has done an absolutely stunning job of camouflaging the Challenger SRT8 392 as an automobile. When compared to its most direct rivals, the Challenger is the design that most successfully draws on its muscle-bound coupe heritage. Just look at it. Raw animal like power oozes from the sheet metal – and then some.

Look at the hood scoops and beefy oversize tires – it all adds up to one menacing muscle car. Not beautiful, almost mean, poised like a tightly wound spring, and ready to leap into action at the drop of a hat – or flag.

The new 6.4L HEMI pumps out 470hp and 470 lb ft. of torque – 50 more horses and 90 lbs more twist than the previous model. That extra torque results in some impressive straight line acceleration: 0-100 km in the high 4-second range. Fortunately for everyone, Brembo brakes are standard issue on this built-for-speed beast. The boys in the backrooms must have been chuckling when they came up with this monster.

Traditionally cars with this much heat under the hood are good for one thing – going fast and in a straight line. However, it would appear that the engineers built a spectacular muscle car with aspirations of German sports-car agility.  Really.

Only a limited number of these driving machines are destined for Canada so keep a wary eye – and your wallet wide open.

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2011 Ford Mustang GT Premium

With the arrival of the new V8, ‘5.0’ badges make a return to the Mustang’s flanks after an 18-year absence. Mustang GTs are also quickly identifiable by their grille-mounted fog lamps and 18-inch wheels that fit snugly under the boldly flared wheel arches. Make no mistake, the 2011 Mustang is no wallflower.

From behind the wheel, it’s soon evident that the Mustang GT even with automatic transmission is not your grandmother’s Ford. When filled up with wallet-draining premium fuel, the 5L 4V Ti-VCT V8 kicks out 412hp and 390 pound-feet of torque. You’ll still see gas station owner’s smile when you drive in.

OK so we know this is a driving machine. How does it stack up, overall?

Chances are, you’re going to enjoy the time you spend inside the 2011 Mustang GT. Ford do not appear to have ‘cheaped’ out on materials and finish.

The by now almost ubuitous (Microsoft) Sync infotainment system is pretty amazing, but it’s perhaps not quite as instinctive as TV spots might have you believe. Spend time with it and it is impressive and quite versatile. Word to the wise; the navigation system might even make getting lost fun. It’s one of the best out there – especially in this price range which, incidentally, starts around $40,000.

The 2011 Ford Mustang 5.0 V-8 launch in LA