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Muscle cars were starting to die out in the mid 1970s, and they were a distant memory by the 80s. The Mustang and Camaro bounced up and down in the car game throughout the 1990s and 2000s, and there were actually some great examples that were made. It wasn’t until the mid 2000s that the retro styling was applied to the modern muscle car. Everything is bound to make a comeback, right? Lets take a look at some brand new muscle cars for the 2014 model year and compare them to what they were 40 years ago back in 1974.
The Challenger was Dodges answer to the Camaro and Mustang. 1974 was actually the last year of the first generation Challenger, and made a comeback a few years later as a subcompact car. Fail. All Challengers in 1974 had V8s under the hood. Sales figures were very low due to high gas prices and the fact that insurance rates were bumping up for performance cars. Take a walk into a Dodge dealership today and you will see that a brand new Challenger looks quite similar to ones of days past. Multiple engines are offered for the 2014 model including a 6.4L Hemi V8. This is a very customizable car today, and be sure to take a look on Dodges website to see all the configurations that are offered. I’d be all set with a R/T Classic in Header Orange. Classic styles with modern performance. Take a look at this example if you prefer a ’74.
Everyone loves Mustangs, and they are one of the most recognizable cars around. The Mustang was already 10 years old in 1974, and it was actually the year the second generation debuted. Call me a jerk, but this thing was a pile of shit. Gone are the days of big V8s, burning rubber, and drag races. The 1974 Mustang was much shorter and lighter than the previous year. It was also a little light under the hood because only 4 and 6 cylinders were offered, with the most powerful being a 2.8L V6 that produced 105 horsepower. Banged out the quarter mile in just under 20 seconds. See what I mean about muscle cars dying off by the mid 70s? Now lets talk about 2014. Skip over the V6 models because those are useless. The GT is equipped with a 5.0 that produces 420 horsepower, and the Shelby GT500 has a 6.2 that is supercharged making 662 horsepower. The Mustang is similar to the Challenger when it comes to customizing. There are plenty of colors to choose from and wheels to pick out. Its pretty obvious that the better car here is the 2014, where as both of the Challengers we previously talked about were just as good.
Here is some more Mopar love. The Dart was well into its fourth generation in 1974. This car is actually quite similar to the 2014 model that Dodge currently offers. The Dart was never a big time muscle car like a Chevelle or Charger, but more of a sporty, compact sedan (coupes were offered as well). Sales were up due to the oil embargo in 1973, and the Dart proved to be a favorite. Economical, yet fun to drive. Even though it is the last car I would choose in this article, the Dart still impresses me with the Sport model that had a 360 5.9L V8. Considered an entry level muscle car, the Dart will always be loved by Mopar guys and car guys alike. The Dart was resurrected in 2012 as a 2013 model, and proved to be exactly what it was back in 1974. The top of the line GT model features a 2.4L 4 cylinder good for 184 horsepower, and shows us that it is still a good entry level sports coupe. Muscle car not so much.
We’re going to focus on the Z28 here, which was the flagship model back in 1974. The ’74 model was facelifted, received new bumpers due to federal standards, and looked a bit different than it had in 1973. The Z28 was the last one offered for a few years, and included sport mirrors, optional decals, an updated suspension, and a 350 V8 that made 245 horsepower. Nothing crazy, and nothing compared to the 2014. The new one will be available this spring and offers buyers, drivers, and dreamers a 7.0L V8 that is rated for 500 horsepower. Performance is the main focus with the new Z28, and people should only buy it if they are planning on driving it like it is made for. The air conditioner has been removed, thinner rear glass is used, all seats are manual, the trunk carpet and sound deadening is also removed, and there is no stereo. Only one speaker is being kept for the seatbelt chime. This is a true performance car, and sets the bar on how all performance cars should be built.
1974 was yet again another final year for a vehicle. The 3rd generation saw its last year in 1974, and is considered the last “muscle car Charger” until it was reintroduced in 2006. The ’74 was nothing to write home about, and was yet another sign that muscle cars were truly dead. The Charger was dwindling down due to high insurance rates, government regulations, and the oil crisis. The ’74 was nothing compared to what it had been, and was now geared towards competing with luxury sports coupes such as the Chevrolet Monte Carlo. You could get an optional 440 Magnum under the hood that produced 275 horsepower and this was the last of the Charger being a true muscle car. The Charger for 2014 is a hell of a lot different than it was 40 years ago, and it is a hell of a lot better all around. We all know that the biggest difference between new Chargers and the old ones is that the newbies have an additional two doors. Engine options include a 3.6 V6 with 292 horsepower, a 5.7 V8 with 370 horsepower, and a 6.4 V8 with 470 horsepower.
This is another obvious choice when deciding whether to get a new or old Charger. The new one clearly has the upper hand in this battle, whereas its brother the Challenger can both be well desired as a 2014 or 1974.
It’s interesting seeing muscle cars of today compared to what they were 40 years ago in 1974. What is more interesting is to see how much the muscle car declined in the mid ’70s due to all the issues we discussed. What will happen to the muscle cars of today? Will they live on or just be a phase?
Lets get one thing straight. The Escalade was cool in 2002. Yeah, it is a nice looking SUV that goes up against others in its class such as a Range Rover, but MTV and rap music killed this vehicle a long time ago. After cruising on the roads, highways, and through the ghettos for the past 14 years, the Escalade has been updated. This is the fourth generation of the chromed out monstrosity which will be replacing the third generation that debuted back in 2007.
The Escalade was born in 1999 as a response to the Lincoln Navigator (a luxurious, yet hideous, version of the Ford Expedition). Cadillac did the same thing. They took the guts and skin of the Chevy Tahoe and GMC Yukon Denali, and badged it as an Escalade. Pretty simple. All three trucks shared the same 5.7L V8 under the hood.
All three of these guys were basically the same truck.
Things changed in 2002 when Cadillac completely redesigned the Escalade to fall in line with its other vehicles. You could now differentiate one SUV from the other. Sales were great in the States, and a record 62,250 units were sold in 2004. Another redesign came along in 2007, but sales figures were starting to decline. This big, flashy SUV was certainly a phase of the 2000s, and around 26,000 were sold by the end of the decade for the 2009 model year.
This new generation is really set apart from its GMC and Chevy cousins. Classic Cadillac styles are used to magnetize your eyes to this vehicle, and you should expect to find a much better interior than previous models.
Pricing and fuel economy isn’t available yet but be sure to expect a high price tag and low fuel economy from the 6.2L V8. When you put my wise attitude aside, you really do see what a nice job Cadillac did with the Escalade. Sure it may not be for me or you, but this is great for someone who will dish out the cake for a comfy ride with all the creature comforts that will make all the neighbors envy you or roll their eyes at you. We’re expecting it in showrooms the first quarter of next year.
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The Pontiac Trans-Am is one of the most recognizable muscle cars of all time. I am a muscle car guy and am a sucker for a 1967 Shelby Mustang GT500 a.k.a “Eleanor” from Gone in 60 Seconds. If I could choose any car to have, it would be Eleanor. But my favorite car of my generation is a 2002 Pontiac Trans-Am WS6 in Sunset Orange Metallic. Always has been. I have wanted one of these ever since high school, and I can guarantee you that this will be the next car I buy.
We were car guys in high school, and usually spent Friday nights wrenching on something or went out cruising. One of the older guys we hung with had a black WS6 that was awesome. This kid beat the living snot out of this car, and made route 28 his personal drag strip. It was awesome. He eventually wrapped the thing around a tree and walked away with a few scrapes. After some searching, he found another black one. I haven’t talked to the guy in years but rumor has it that he has a silver one now. Long live the bird.
The Trans-Am, along with the Camaro, were killed off in 2002. The Camaro did come back to life in 2010 but the Trans-Am was gone for good. Pontiac died in 2010 due to financial issues that we are well familiar with. So that leaves Trans-Am guys out of luck. Camaro guys get their car back, but Trans-Am guys (like me) are left to weep. Not so fast… Ever hear of the Trans-Am Depot? Bet you haven’t.
The Trans-Am Depot was founded by brothers Ted and Scott Warmack along with Jim Dowling. These guys work alongside designer Kevin Morgan and what they do is transform a new Camaro into a “new” Trans-Am. They did it right and got a license to use the Trans-Am name, and have also partnered with Hurst to create a Hurst Edition Trans-Am.
I literally had a heart attack when I found out about the Depot, and have to say that these guys do an unreal job at keeping the Trans-Am alive. Check them out here for more info.
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Here’s a quick little bit for you – the new Corvette Stingray was reportedly taking some laps around the famed Nürburgring track in Germany. How was its time compared to some of the other cars that went around the 12.9 mile track? We don’t know yet. The numbers aren’t available at the moment but what we do know is that Chevrolet was testing out the Stingrays suspension and seeing how it can handle European roads. Well post the numbers once they are available. The Radical SR8 currently holds the track record for a production car at 6:48
Audi is really itchin’ to get a new Coupe Quattro in the dealerships. Just a few years ago in 2010 they presented us with an awesome Coupe Quattro concept. I guess you can argue that the A5/S5/RS5 is a modern day Coupe Quattro, but there hasn’t been a true Coupe since the early 90s
1990 S2 Coupe
When you hear the words “new Audi Sport Concept” or “new Coupe Quattro Concept”, don’t get confused with what Audi released in 2010. The new concept which was released a few days ago is totally different. This one has a twin turbo V8 under the hood that churns out 690 horsepower, hits 62 miles per hour in 3.7 seconds, and has a top speed of 189 miles per hour. Did I mention that it has a hybrid system that manages 113 miles to the gallon and emits 59g/km of CO2? Pretty impressive.
The new Sport Quattro concept is nice to drool over, but the real question is whether Audi will actually produce it.
I’m a BMW guy. Always have been, and always will be. The new i8 really opened my eyes and truly showed me that BMW is really branching out into new territory. Call me old school, but give me an E36 M3 in Dakar Yellow II any day of the week. I’m a performance guy and do love some of the new cars in BMWs lineup. But some of their stuff makes me scratch my head. The 5-Series GranTurismo? Really? I’ll save my ranting for another day on how BMW is drifting from their roots. Today we are going to take a quick look at the new i8.
First things first. What the hell is the i8? It is a $136,000 hybrid sports car that is going on sale this coming spring as a 2015 model. No manual transmission is offered, but the automatic transmission will power the rear wheels while the front ones will be pushed by an electric motor that has 131 horsepower. Under the hood is a 1.5 liter turbocharged 3-cylinder that produces 231 horsepower. All in all, you get 362 horsepower. 4.4 seconds is all it takes to get to 62 miles per hour, and you can speed up all the way to 155 miles per hour (75 while driving in electric mode). Fuel economy is as follows – 94 MPG, and only 22 miles per charge when driving in electric mode. Sigh. BMW claims it will take about 4 hours to completely charge the battery, and only 1.5 hours at a “BMW Charging Station”.
I admire what BMW is doing here. They are trying something new and want to break into this new “electric performance” market. I really dig the looks, and reminds me of something that you would see in the 2002 sci-fi film Minority Report. Remember the Lexus from the movie?
The i8 will be driven by countless celebs and athletes who will strive to make our planet “greener”, etc. I wonder how many car enthusiasts and performance guys will actually buy this thing to drive it like a BMW should be driven, and not to Starbucks and Whole Foods. The i8 is cool but I like my cars with big, gas-guzzling V8s. If I had $136,000 to burn on a car(s), I would certainly invest it else where.
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Most artists and BMW freaks know of the BMW Art Cars. These paintings with engines were brought to us by French racecar driver Herve Poulain. His goal: to have an artist use a car as a canvas.
The very first Art Car was a 3.0 CSL and was painted by Alexander Calder
Many famous artists have shown us their skills by the use of a paintbrush and BMW. Some of the artists include David Hockney, Frank Stella, Roy Lichtenstien, and Andy Warhol. The most expensive and valuable Art Car is the one done by Warhol; a 1979 M1. This car is actually going to be on display in Boston at the Park Plaza Castle as part of ARTcetera, which is a local artist get together that raises money for HIV/AIDS research.
After doing up a scale model of the M1, Warhol took in hand his paintbrush and transformed a race car into an Art Car. It took him 23 minutes.
Massachusetts BMW dealers will be sponsors for this event. You can see the M1 on display and tickets start at $350.
BMW M1 Quick Facts
Only 456 made from 1978-1981
3.5 straight 6 that made 277 horsepower
0-62 in 5.6 seconds
Top speed of 162 MPH
check out the Art Cars here – http://en.bmw-art-cars.de/
You’re already starting to pay more at the pump as a result of the growing crisis in Syria and other tensions around the Middle East.
AAA says that gas prices are still lower than they were at this time last year, but the drop has been curbed as crude oil prices rise.
The national average for a gallon of unleaded gasoline was $3.59 on Friday, up a nickel from the previous week. By Monday, that had risen to $3.61. Massachusetts is slightly higher than the national average, averaging $3.67 on Monday.
It has been called one of the greatest cars of all time – the Jeep Cherokee. Imagine that. A basic, little SUV is considered one of the greatest cars ever. That is how much of an impact the Cherokee left on us. Production ceased in 2001 after a 17-year run. Jeep has introduced some vehicles since then that has questioned their brand and image. After a 12-year nap, the Cherokee is being resurrected. Will it live up to the standards of loyal Jeep enthusiasts?
Lets start out with a brief history lesson: The Cherokee was introduced in 1984 and axed in 2001. It was replaced by the Liberty, which was killed off this year and will be replaced by the new Cherokee this fall as a 2014 model. The Liberty is still offered in some countries but is badged as the Cherokee. Along with the Smashing Pumpkins, Coolio, 2Pac, and Alanis Morrisette, the Cherokee reached its height in the 1990s and was undoubtedly the most iconic SUV of the decade.
The 1990s are unfortunately long gone. We could never have thought back then that someday the Cherokee will be reborn as an aerodynamic crossover that has a 9-speed automatic transmission and gets 31 miles to the gallon on the highway. 31 MPG in a Cherokee?! You heard me right. But what will diehard Jeep fanatics really think of this new Cherokee? We are going to take a look here:
The new 2014 Cherokee has four models to choose from: Sport, Latitude, Trailhawk, and Limited. Pricing starts at around $23,000 and goes up to almost $40,000. Initial looks will make any Jeep guy (including myself) cringe, but honestly, it grew on me. I’m practical and think SUVs should be used the right way. I get pissed when I see a Range Rover on 22-inch rims. Useless. I wasn’t all that impressed with this new Cherokee. Where is the classic boxy styling? Square headlights? Manual transmission? Infamous 4.0??? Instead we get a bubbly looking crossover with the option of a 2.4L inline 4 or a 3.2L V6. Got my hopes up for a 4.0 revitalization.
I’m not going to waste my time talking about the Sport, Latitude, or Limited. Lets take a look at the Trailhawk. My thoughts on the new Cherokee changed as soon as I saw the Trailhawk. This model is outfitted for the outdoors and off-roading. Granted, it’s no Wrangler Rubicon, but it is much improved over the other “Small Useless Vehicles” and crossovers Jeep offers. The Trailhawk starts at about $29,500 and is around $40,000 when fully loaded with all the bells and whistles. What sets the Trailhawk apart from the other Cherokees? Here’s what is included:
-Active Drive Lock 4×4 System
-Locking rear axle (keeps both tires spinning at the same speed allowing for better traction)
-1 inch lift (I know, not huge by any means but still better than nothing)
-Off road suspension
-17 inch offroad aluminum wheels
-All terrain tires
These options are all standard on the Trailhawk, but the price spikes once you start to add the navigation system, panoramic roof, etc. It’s tough to actually give the Cherokee a grade or actual review because it isn’t out yet. It should be in dealerships this fall. I am very anxious to go check it out and hope Jeep can reinvent its “crossover” class by bringing the Cherokee back to life.
The Brits, as usual, take car reviews to another level.
In the vide above, Evo’s Jethro Bovingdon sets out winding and snaky European back roads to find out how the Porsche 911 GT3 does against competition such as the McLaren MP4-12C and the Nissan GT-R
The company claimed that this model is quick around the ring. The 991-generation GT3 is the first GT3 with electric power steering and no manual transmission option.
“I guess what we’re concerned about is what might have been lost along the way; ‘Character, involvement, or one of the better word ‘feel.’’ Bovingdon said. “But generations of 911s have been defined by their weight distribution and fantastic steering and the challenge they present to the driver.”
Bovingdon describes the noise and power as “unbelievably addictive.”
As for the McLaren 12C, it is double the price of the Porsche but is much faster.
“It is unbelievably fast. There is so much power,” Bovingdon raved. “With the handling mode in track, it’s so stiff. It feels like a proper little race car. If the GT3 gets anywhere near this thing, it will be utterly, utterly amazing.”
In Evo’s driving test, the 12C peaked at 151.7mph whereas the GT3 peaked 144.6mph but was better at braking.
So what about the Nissan GT-R?
“It’s a love-it or hate-it machine but that’s really on a point of principle rather than the reality of driving this car,” Bovingdon said. “It is obscenely fast across the ground. There still takes technique to get the best because it is relatively heavy and so powerful.”
Bovingdon wasn’t convinced that the GT3 will be faster than the Nissan but his main concern centers on the Porsche’s character and whether or not it has changed.
He said that in regards to the grip and stability of the GT3, that is similar to the GT-R but the GT3 ultimately feels more refined.
It’s difficult to say which car is the best as it comes to the drivers themselves but I guess for car enthusiasts, this one is up to you.
The government is refuting a claim made by Tesla that the Model S is the safest car ever tested, and that it received a “5.4” star rating.
Tesla’s claim was recently challenged by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and according to ABC News; the agency says the car had a superb performance but not to the extent of the claim.
In a press release, the NHTSA said “The agency’s 5-star Safety Ratings program is designed to provide consumers with information about the crash protection and rollover safety of new vehicles beyond what is required by Federal standards.”
The agency also gave a little backhand directly to Tesla, saying “NHTSA does not rate vehicles beyond 5 stars and does not rank or order vehicles within the star rating categories. In addition, the agency has guidelines in place for manufacturers and advertising agencies to follow to ensure that accurate and consistent information is conveyed to the public.”
The Model S scored five stars in all of the test categories conducted by NHTSA and it is not possible to score higher than that. However, according to a Tesla spokesperson, the NHTSA provides additional safety measures, which the company combined to achieve a 5.4 star rating.
Although the NHTSA rejects the 5.4 claim by Tesla, it does not deny that the Model is indeed a very safe car.