Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Muscle Cars of 2016

Ah, the holy concoction of machismo and outright firepower. Muscle cars have always held a certain aura, in being so unique and never masquerading as something else. They are what they are and unapologetically so. In a world populated by hybrids, electrics and all sorts of high-mpg sissy cars, the muscle car roars, banshees and flips the finger to this nonsense. 

But not to say their innards are still '60's vintage. Oh no. Today, underneath the muscle, lie the latest in automotive technology. One of them even has carbon fibre wheels! And yet they preserve the essence of the Muscle Car. 

Here are this year's best, in not particular order. Do pour over the hq, hd wallpapers!

Dodge Challenger Hellcat 

This version of the 2015 Dodge Challenger with a supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI engine is rated at 707 hp (527 kW) and 650 lb·ft (881 N·m) of torque. This muscle car's engine is also available in the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat. The inner driving light on the left front has been removed to allow air to get into the engine resulting in more torque, and the wheel wells are different from the standard SRT muscle car to accommodate the 20-inch aluminum wheels. The SRT Hellcat will come equipped with two separate key fobs; use of the "black" fob will limit engine output to 500 horsepower, while the "red" fob will enable the full output capability. The Hellcat has a quarter mile time of 10.85 seconds; this was accomplished with street legal drag tires. On stock tires the Hellcat was able to achieve 11.2 seconds @ 125 mph on the quarter mile.

The Challenger SRT Hellcat can accelerate from 0-60 in 3.6 seconds and can brake from 60-0 in 109.0ft. Top speed is 199mph to 202mph. The Challenger Hellcat has a lateral acceleration of 0.94g.

The European-spec Hellcat is capable of 0–62 mph (0–100 km/h) in 3.9 seconds, 0–124 mph (0–200 km/h) in 10.7 seconds,[43] and 0–186 mph (0–300 km/h) in 38 seconds (although the speedometer appeared to be inaccurate by 10-15km/h).

Laptime performance

The Challenger Hellcat was able to complete its Gingerman Raceway lap in 1:45.8, the Hockenheim Short in 1:14.6, the Motown Mile in 0:56.37.

This brute muscle car also completes the Motor Trend figure-8 circuit in 24.7 seconds.

Ford Mustang Shelby GT350

For 2016, the GT350 has a 5.2 L flat plane crank V8 engine, known as Voodoo, with 526 horsepower and 429 foot pounds of torque. The GT350 is more track focused than the GT500, and was benchmarked against the Camaro Z28, Porsche GT3, and BMW M4. Notable features are track-focused chassis tuning, significant aerodynamic changes to include lowering the hood around the engine, two piece Brembo brakes, MagneRide damping option, light weight Tremec six speed manual transmission, Recaro seats, and various lightening efforts. Specifically a carbon fiber reinforced polymer radiator support that directs cooling channels for various components. 

This muscle car has the power as well as the chassis dynamics to compete with the best that Europe has to offer, all at a bargain list price.

Additional options, such as larger alloy wheels, navigation system, rear backup sensors, a rear backup camera, blind spot monitoring, security system, remote vehicle starter system, SHAKER PRO Surround Sound Premium Sound System, premium leather seating surfaces, sunroof and HID front headlamps are available. Interior color schemes, such as Coral Red and Saddle, are available in addition to the standard black interior color scheme.


At the 2015 North American International Auto Show a more refined, hardcore and limited production version of the GT350 was unveiled called the GT350R, it still has the GT350's 5.2-liter flat-plane crank V8, pushing at least 526 hp and 429 lb.-ft. of torque, but items like the air conditioning, the stereo, the trunk floorboard, all the carpeting, the rear seats, the backup camera and the spare tire have been removed. This means the GT350R is 130 lbs. lighter than the GT350. A larger splitter and rear wing help improve downforce, with the wing drawing the car's weight balance more rearwards. A Torsen limited-slip differential with a 3:73 axle ratio helps handling further. Serial #001 was sold at the 2015 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction for $1,000,000 with the proceeds to benefit the JDRF.

Ford now offers a back-seat option for the GT350R after a while after it entered production.

The GT350R is one of the 10 best 2016 cars in Car and Driver.

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

On May 16, 2015, Chevrolet introduced the sixth generation Camaro at Belle Isle park in Detroit, Michigan. The launch, complete with previous generation Camaros on display, coincided with the vehicle's upcoming 50th birthday. We always knew a boisterous ZL1 will be in the pipeline. The 6.2 L LT4 V8 will be featured on the ZL1 models. Output is 640 bhp (480 kW; 650 PS) and 640 lb·ft (870 N·m) of torque. These figures exceed the previous generation by 60 hp and 84 lb-ft and a top speed of 204mph compared to the 5th gen ZL1's top speed of 186mph.

The sixth generation Camaro sales began in late 2015 and are offered in LT and SS models built on the GM Alpha platform at Lansing Grand River Assembly in Michigan. The A platform is currently used by the Cadillac ATS. The 2016 Camaro will weigh 200 lb (91 kg) less than its predecessor. Over 70% of the sixth generation's architectural components are unique to the car and are not shared with any other current GM product.

Early production will have three engine versions: a 2.0 L turbo-charged inline-four producing 275 hp (205 kW; 279 PS), a new 3.6 L V6 making 335 hp (250 kW; 340 PS), while the SS model features the 6.2 L LT1 V8 with 455 hp (339 kW; 461 PS); the ZL1 model will use a supercharged 640 hp (480 kW) LT4 based on the Corvette Z06,[34] and the transmissions are either a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic (the 2017 ZL1 will share the six-speed manual but has an optional ten-speed automatic).

The 2016 Camaro will come equipped with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Capability features. However, only one of their phone brands at any one time can be used. The 2017 ZL1 Camaro has a top speed of 193 mph, and a Nürburgring Nordschleife lap time of 7:23.77.

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