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PostHeaderIcon Hear the Challenger SRT Demon Roar in Dodge's Latest Teaser Video

Dodge has just released the fifth video teaser of the Challenger SRT Demon, revealing more details about the upcoming muscle car. Along with the clip, Dodge also unleashed four new high-resolution photos. Both the video (called “Forced Induction”) and the pictures highlight the coupe’s supercharger and “Air Grabber” system.

There aren’t any significant hints about engine data or the size of the new supercharged, but the soundtrack includes the roar of the 6.2-liter V-8 when idling and under full throttle. And needless to say, it sounds amazing.

Other than that, the video shows air entering through the two intakes flanking the headlights and the massive scoop atop the hood, which includes the “Air Grabber,” described as the largest functional cold air intake ever installed on a production car. The system drops the air temperature by more than 30 degrees compared the Hellcat.

The Challenger SRT Demon is set to break cover at the 2017 New York Auto Show in April. Until then, Dodge is set to release nine more videos. The next one will hit the Interwebz next Thursday (February 20). Stick around for updates.

PostHeaderIcon Does the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon Have 900 HP?

Although we have yet to see the new Dodge Challenger SRT Demon in the flesh, we already know many things about it. For starters, we know that it will be one heck of a muscle car. We know it will be the most powerful, factory-built muscle car, as well as the quickest from 0 to 60 mph. We also know it will be RWD and that it will have a few unique features inside and out. It’s also safe to assume that it will be powered by the same supercharged, 6.2-liter V-8 found in the Hellcat. However, there’s no word as to how much horsepower it will have. This mystery was seemingly solved today by a picture posted on Instagram.

The photo in question was posted by Ryan Nagode, an FCA designer, and shows the refreshed UConnect screen on the center stack. On closer inspection, the display also includes a dyno graph showing a peak horsepower rating of around 900 horsepower. Likewise, the torque graph in the same image suggests a rating of around 850 pound-feet.

That’s almost 200 horsepower and 200 pound-feet more than the Challenger SRT Hellcat and a whole lot of oomph for a factory muscle car! Not only does it render most aftermarket packages obsolete, but it makes the Demon almost as powerful as supercars like the Ferrari LaFerrari and McLaren P1. Insane!

Now before you go crazy and start yelling “hell, yeah!” in your living room, I need to point out that Nagode said the image is for “rendering purposes only” and, more importantly, the dashboard section seen in the picture is actually from a Durango SUV. This could mean that Dodge is just trying to build more hype around the Demon and the dyno graph is just a clever way to attract attention. It could also be true, a scenario I’d very much prefer, but we won’t know for sure until Dodge spills the beans.

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PostHeaderIcon Is This a New Bullitt Mustang Lurking in one of the Rock's Latest Videos?

When it comes to iconic movie cars, “Eleanor” from Gone in 60 Seconds is one of the most prominent Mustangs that comes to mind, but “Eleanor” isn’t the only old-school movie Mustang worth remembering. Remember Steve McQueen’s dark green Mustang Fastback in the movie Bullitt? Well, if you’ve seen the movie you would, because that dark green Mustang, like “Eleanor,” partook in a pretty sweet car chase. Over the years there have been two special editions that have worn that special Bullitt badge with the first being offered in 2001 and based on the GT model at the time and another back in 2009. Both were available in Dark Highland Green paint and got a few upgrades that included suspension tweaks, custom exhaust, upgraded brakes, and even an engine upgrade or two. Now, a recent behind-the-scenes video posted by The Rock is leading some to believe that the Bullitt badge will make another comeback.

If you click play, you’ll get to see The Rock talk about spending time in Ford’s wind tunnel, which is interesting, but what really catches the eye are the renderings behind some of the crew in the video right around the three-minute mark. The Mustang in the rendering features a dark green paint, dark five-spoke wheels, and there’s even a crosshair-styled badge on the rear. Of course, we only get a quick glance at the rendering in the background, but the guys over at all seem to think it is indeed the next iteration of a Bullitt Mustang.

So far, Ford has remained silent on the matter. But, considering the iconic pony car has now been updated, it’s quite possible that Ford will be releasing another special-edition model with the Bullitt badge soon – even as early as later this year or in early 2018. For the record, the 2001 Bullitt model was sold in 5,582 examples while the 2009 model only saw 816 examples built. Now that Ford has found out what it is like to have people beating down its door to get on a buyers list (thing Ford GT) it’s quite possible that this Bullitt model will have an even shorter run that may not even top 500 examples. For now, however, that’s all we know, so go ahead and click play to see what could be the next Bullet for yourself.

PostHeaderIcon Dodge Drops Fourth Teaser For The Challenger SRT Demon

Dodge is really trying to boast its upcoming Challenger SRT Demon with a new video every week that comes complete with at least one cryptic message. The problem is that there are quite a few negative comments floating around now that we know a little more about the Demon. First off, the front passenger and rear seats will be deleted as will things like the trunk lining and most of the speakers. But, what’s really triggering negativity is how Dodge is going about some of its weight reduction processes. It’s replacing the solid sway bars with smaller, hollow units, and it’s using a smaller brake setup as opposed to going with carbon or ceramic units. Be that as it may, Dodge still thinks the Demon is going to be a big hit, and the fourth teaser video shows us a crate that will come with the Demon that is loaded with a number of Demon-branded tools and other paraphernalia that is said to help make the car flexible so that it can perform on the street or on the track.

According to Dodge, the crate comes with direct connection Demon performance parts, Demon-branded track tools, matching Demon spare wheels, and a Demon track pack system. There’s no word on exactly what tools are included, but the video showcases a torque wrench, battery-powered impact, and a floor jack. At the very end of the video, we see one end of a five-point harness sticking out of the box, so it’s safe to assume that’s part of the track pack system. It’s a pretty cool idea, and would certainly look nice sitting in my garage, but it also seems like Dodge is taking a play out of BMW’s playbook and trying to scrape together some extra cheddar from fanboys that are willing to pay extra for something a little different. After all, the Challenger itself is a decade old at this point and is long overdue for a redesign.

On a side note, I want to point out that the press release that accompanies the video also includes a shot of the personalized plate that will be riveted to each Demon crate. But, this plate is hiding another one of Dodge’s cryptic messages. The name shouldn’t come as a surprise to some, but for those of you who don’t know, Tom Coddington has a long history with Dodge and is credited for helping to make it the brand it is today. As for the numbers, the serial number of 0757 could point to the horsepower output of the Demon, which would put it at exactly 50 ponies higher than its Hellcat sibling. As for the Vin, on the other hand, it could be a release date (Nov 21, 2017) while some say that it points to the car having 1,121 pound-feet of torque. The latter seems a little outrageous, but these days anything is possible.

With that said, go ahead and click play on the video, then let us know what you think about all of this in the comments section below.

PostHeaderIcon Ford Mustang's Failed NCAP Testing Proves Safety Comes Second

Last month we covered the story about how the 2017 Ford Mustang miserably failed Euro NCAP testing, earning the worst rating out of the 15 recently tested vehicles: two out of five stars. It did worse than a number of models, including models like the Hyundai Ioniq, Audi Q2, and even the SsangYong Tivoli. It’s a bit surprising, but testing showed that there is a high chance for upper-body injury and head injury for rear passengers during frontal crashes and a high possibility of whiplash for rear passengers in side-impact testing. Front passengers are also at risk of injury thanks to those airbags that don’t inflate properly. Meanwhile, a similar U.S.-Spec model performed fairly well during IIHS testing, with “Good” ratings for Moderate overlap, side impact, roof strength, head restraints, and seats, to go with an acceptable rating for small overlap testing. So, what separates the U.S.-spec and Euro-spec models? A serious lack of equipment and it proves that the blue oval has its sights on something other than safety.

The two-star NCAP rating can be blamed on the lack of safety equipment for rear passengers, semi-autonomous safety technology, and the fact that the front airbags that didn’t deploy properly. See, the Euro-spec model doesn’t get things like a forward-collision warning system or other safety features like lane-keep assist or pre-collision assist – all things that are standard or available on U.S.-spec models. There are no rear seatbelt pretensioners or load limiters which means lots of body movement for rear passengers in the unfortunate event of an accident. One child test dummy was even found to have slid under the seatbelt during a full-width frontal test while the other smacked his head on the interior trim.

So far, Ford has remained largely silent on the issue but, according to NCAP, has said that orders placed after May 2017 will be for the facelifted 2018 model that will include pre-collision assist with pedestrian protection, forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking, and a lane-keeping aid. It’s great that Ford wants to rectify the situation with the facelifted model, but what does the failed testing of the current model really mean?

Keep reading to connect the dots that led to this failed safety test

PostHeaderIcon Thinking of Buying a Challenger SRT Demon? You'll Have to Pay More for Less Car

We’ve known that the Challenger SRT Demon was going to shed some weight, but up until now, we weren’t really sure how much or how that weight would come off. But, word from Motor Authority, who is citing “Dodge Officials,” is that it will actually shed 232 pounds. It won’t happen by the usual weight-reduction techniques were accustomed to like the introduction of carbon fiber body components or lighter materials throughout. Instead, Dodge decided to go with the old-fashioned method of removing things piece by piece, and that means you’re going to be missing out a few amenities and will be forced to ride solo.

See, the Demon will lose 55 pounds thanks to the removal of the rear seats and another 58 pounds thanks to the removal of the front passenger seat. All speakers but the front door speakers are gone, cutting out another 24 pounds, while the removal of the parking sensors and the use of a manual tilt/telescoping steering wheel accounts for another six pounds lost. Smaller aluminum brakes and aluminum wheels cut out another 32 pounds. Dodge also removed components that cut down on noise and vibration, including the trunk liner and spare tire, and replaced the solid sway bars with hollow sway bars to cut off another 55 pounds. It loses a total of 232 pounds but gains an extra 17 somewhere along the way, which can be attributed to, at least in part, the wide body kit.

This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, though, as the Demon is being designed to tackle the straight track. But, that in itself also means that the option of AWD will be non-existent, and there may not be as many upgrades to the engine or computers that control it. It’s also quite possible that part of the extra 17 pounds could come from the addition of new performance tracking tools, but for now, that extra 17 pounds remains largely a mystery.

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PostHeaderIcon Dodge Challenger Demon Sports a Cryptic License Plate, but What Does it Mean?

Dodge is on a mission to tease us to death with a new teaser of the Challenger SRT Demon every week until it makes its debut. But, it also includes cryptic messages with the teasers to hint at different things. This time around, we find out that the Demon will roll on standard drag radials right from the factory. The tires were designed specifically for the Demon by Nitto using “a new compound and specific tire construction” and are 315/40-series NT05R rubbers. They even have a little demon logo on the sidewall and wrap around 18×11-inch rims on each corner. But, back to the cryptic message at hand, it is a string of numbers on the Demon’s Michigan license plate that reads #2576@35. But the question is what exactly does it mean?

The most dominating theory portrayed by the trolls that haunt comment threads everywhere is that it represents 2,576 horsepower at 3,500 rpm. And, of course, the other outlandish theory is that it stands for 2,576 pound-feet of torque at 3,500 rpm – both are figures that are absolutely ridiculous if you look at it logically. Other theories that are floating around point to the fact that it could be a hint toward the supercharger, which would be a 2,576 cc (2.6-liter) unit that runs at 35 psi. Some have said that if you add a 1 to the front of each numbers, you’ll get 12.576@135 or 12.576 seconds at 135 mph, but that’s slower than the standard Hellcat, so that’s not likely to be correct either. Then, you’ve got the guys over at Jalopnik that think it might be a hint toward the car’s expected MSRP: $2,576 for 35 months would equal $90,160, a figure that wouldn’t be all that surprising considering the SRT Hellcat starts out at $64,195.

Car & Driver thinks the plate represents the total amount of torque sent to all four wheels simultaneously. That not only indicates that it would be all-wheel drive (which would also explain the massively wide front wheels) but actually makes a lot of sense. The Rear-wheel-drive SRT Hellcat makes 4,010 pound-feet at each driven wheel, and 2,576 pound-feet at all four wheels would compute to just over 800 pound-feet at the crank if it does have all-wheel drive.

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PostHeaderIcon Out of 15 Cars Tested by Euro NCAP, the Ford Mustang Scored Worst

The facelifted Ford Mustang did pretty well here in the U.S. when the IIHS put it through the paces at its crash test facility. It scored “Acceptable” in small overlap testing, and “Good” it moderate overlap, side collision, roof strength, and head restraints and seats testing. But, Ford fans over in Europe are stuck with the pre-facelifted model for a bit longer, as it didn’t perform all that well in Euro NCAP’s crash testing, scoring just two stars out of five when everything was said and done. In fact, out of the 15 cars recently tested by NCAP, including models like the Volvo V90 and S90 duo, the Audi Q2, Hyundai Ioniq, Suzuki Ignis, and even the SsangYong Tivoli, the 2016 Mustang was the absolute weakest link.

Now, before we get into the results, I want to make note that the Euro version of the Mustang doesn’t have all of the same equipment that’s found on the U.S. version, including things like seatbelt pre-tensioners and load limiters in the rear and a Forward Collision Warning system, among others, so that two-star rating isn’t completely representative of how safe the Mustang is, but it’s troubling nonetheless. Where the Mustang really failed was in relation to rear passengers, where the lack of pretensioners and load limiters play a huge role. In full-width frontal testing, rear test dummies showed significant potential for injury to the upper body, and thighs. Rear seat dummies also showed a high possibility of whiplash during a rear impact. Rear sitting children also have the potential for head injury during lateral impact and torso injury during frontal impact.

Front seat passengers saw mixed ratings during the Frontal Offset Deformable Barrier testing with the driver having adequate protection over most of their body, with the neck and thigh protection rated as good. The front passenger saw adequate protection for head and lower legs, while having good protection of the neck, torso, and thighs. During rear testing, front seat occupants received a marginal rating for whiplash protection. It should also be noted that the front driver and passenger airbags didn’t inflate properly on frontal offset testing, which also led to such a low rating. During the full-width front test, the rear passenger slid under the seat belt while the rear child dummy smacked his head on the interior trim during side impact crash testing.

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PostHeaderIcon Dodge Challenger SRT Demon

Introduced in 2008, when Dodge basically revived the nameplate after a 25-year hiatus, the fourth-generation Challenger is the oldest muscle car available in U.S. showrooms and one of the longest running models as of 2017. Using underpinnings that date back to the W211-generation Mercedes-Benz E-Class (2002-2009), the Challenger managed to survive all these years agains the more modern Mustang and Camaro, redesigned in 2015 and 2016, respectively. But, even though the Challenger is dated compared to its rivals, it can be had with some of the most powerful drivetrains its segment, which is one of the reasons it’s still popular with pony car fans.

One of these engines is the supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 that pumps no fewer than 707 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque in the Challenger SRT Hellcat. The impressive output makes the Hellcat the quickest and most powerful factory muscle car ever built. Most gearheads love it and dream about, while others find it rather ludicrous. Well, prepare for something downright insane, as Dodge is preparing Challenger to end all Challengers. It goes by the name SRT Demon and will break cover at the 2017 New York Auto Show.

Confirmed in January 2017, the Demon is still cloaked in secrecy. It’s design isn’t difficult to imagine since it’s based on the Hellcat (also confirmed by teasers and spy shots), but we’re still waiting for hints as to what might lurk under the hood. More details should become available as Dodge launches more teasers at Be sure you stick around at TopSpeed for updates. Meanwhile, check out our speculative review below for what we already know about the Demon.

Update 01/26/2017: Dodge revealed the Challenger SRT Demon rides on bespoke, Demon-branded 315/40R18 Nitto drag radials at all four corners, securing the Demon’s status as a Hellcat-powered drag strip king.

Continue reading to learn more about the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon.

PostHeaderIcon New Technology, Attractive Looks, and Energetic Power to Keep Mustang Convertible Competitive Through 2020

The facelifted Ford Mustang had a somewhat awkward debut when a leaked promotional video forced Ford to pull the covers off the updated pony car a little earlier than expected. That may have pushed the timetable forward a bit, but probably not much. Just a few days after the coupe made its unexpected debut, Ford has taken the liberty of announcing the facelifted convertible version that comes with all of the bells and whistles found in the new coupe, but with unlimited headroom and an overwhelming desire to hit the open road feel the breeze in your hair. Like the coupe, the 3.7-liter V-6 is a thing of the past so, when it hits dealers this fall, you’ve got a big choice to make – succumb to having a four-cylinder muscle car or with the 5.0-liter V-8.

Speaking of the engines, the convertible gets the same drivetrain upgrades as the coupe, which means that little EcoBoost should see an increase in torque, while you should find that the V-8 offers a little more bang for your buck. So far, Ford has kept official specs of the updated engines under wraps, but I suspect the 2.3-liter will see a 20 to 30 pound-foot increase in the Torque Department while the 5.0-liter could be raised to as much as 450 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. The latter of which would make for a 15 horsepower and 20 pound-foot increase over the pre-facelifted model.

As far as the body goes, it also gets all of the same updates that are found in the coupe, which means it has more muscular rear haunches, new LED headlamps, a redesigned front fascia, and a slightly redesigned grille. The biggest changes come in the form of exterior lighting with LED lighting up front, redesigned taillights, and redesigned taillights. The EcoBoost models should see the same dual-exhaust outlets while the GT will get a more aggressive quad outlet setup. Both models get a new rear diffuser that helps them look a little better from behind. Three new paint colors will be available for the exterior to go with 12 different wheel options.

Inside, the updated Mustang is brought into the modern ages with a 12-inch digital instrument cluster that is customizable based on your personal preferences. There’s the addition of something called MyMode that remembers your specific driving preferences when you enter the car, and the addition of Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection – a feature that should make Cars and Coffee meets a little safer for everybody, don’t you think?

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PostHeaderIcon Is This The Upcoming Dodge Challenger SRT Demon?

Announced less than two weeks ago, the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon — the Hellcat’s ludicrous brother — appears to be one of the best kept automotive secrets of the year. There weren’t any spy shots, leaked photos, or leaked insider information until just a couple of days ago. The Demon was born out of the blue, with a brief press release from Dodge and a logo. But could it be that we actually missed something in the last few months?

Recent discussions on the Demon topic unearthed a video that Fox published on YouTube back in December. The clip shows Vin Diesel holding a speech in front of the “Fast and Furious 8” crew and shows two beefed-up Challengers in the background. There are two identical cars that seem to be based on the Hellcat based on their headlamps and bumpers, but they also sport bigger splitters and larger intakes atop their engine hoods? Is the video actually giving us our first look at the Challenger SRT Demon?

The body modifications suggest that this may be a plausible scenario, especially since Dodge’s first teasers don’t reveal much about the design. The hood bulge seems to be similar though, but there is one detail that doesn’t match when I compared the “Fast and Furious 8” cars and the one in Dodge’s teaser. I’m talking about the wider wheel arches seen on the movie cars, which doesn’t seem to be present on the Demon shown in Dodge’s second video. Based on this element alone, the movie examples are probably just souped-up Hellcats.

The debate remains open until we can see more of the Demon, but go ahead and watch the video and tell me what you think in the comments section below.

PostHeaderIcon Shelby Super Snake 50th Anniversary Edition

The history of the Ford Mustang extends more than 50 years, and in that span, a the muscle car’s legacy has been defined by a number of custom tunes and special edition models. As rich as that history is though, there is one model that trumps them all, largely because Shelby only built one model of it as a prototype. That model was the 1967 Shelby GT500 Super Snake, and to this day, it remains as the most expensive Mustang ever sold when it fetched $1.3 million at a Mecum auction back in 2013.

Over the years, Ford has revived the Super Snake name a number of different ways, most recently with the 2015 Shelby Super Snake, a special edition Mustang that was limited to just 300 units. Fast forward to this year and the Super Snake name is making another comeback with the launch of the Shelby Super Snake 50th Anniversary Edition. Yes, the one-and-only original 1967 Shelby GT500 Super Snake is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and for a car that has turned into arguably the most iconic Mustang in history, a special edition run of 500 units (499 more than the original Super Snake!) is the least Ford can do to commemorate the original Super Snake.

Like with most special editions, the 2017 Shelby Super Snake 50th Anniversary Edition comes with a long list of exclusive features and details, including new bodywork from Shelby, commemorative appointments to indicate its status, and best of all, the option to get the car’s power up to 750 horsepower.

The 2017 Shelby Super Snake 50th Anniversary Edition may never have the lasting legacy of the legendary 1967 Shelby GT500 Super Snake, but it is a fitting tribute to a muscle car that was completely ahead of its time in more ways than one.

Continue after the jump to read more about the 2017 Shelby Super Snake 50th Anniversary Edition.

PostHeaderIcon Dodge Drops Second Teaser Video For Challenger SRT Demon

About a week ago Dodge announced that the SRT Hellcat won’t go into the history books as the most powerful current-generation Challenger. A new model will step in with a much more extreme drivetrain and a “Demon” badge on its trunk lid. The announcement came with a preliminary teaser video, which wasn’t exactly revealing. Dodge also unveiled a new website which will air all teaser ads scheduled to be released until the car’s public debut at the New York Auto Show. The second clip is here to give us a better glimpse and the upcoming muscle car.

Although it doesn’t include a clear shot of the SRT Demon, the new “Reduction” teaser provides a few hints about the car’s design. For starters, you can notice that the Demon has a bigger front splitter, while the hood sports a massive bulge that probably hides a redesigned supercharger. A new spoiler is also visible around back, but the clues end here. Styling-aside, the footage was actually released to showcase the fact that the Demon will be lighter than the Hellcat. Lighter and more powerful is a great recipe for performance cars, so it’s all good news.

The video ends with the Demon’s engine roaring at full throttle. The V-8 is obviously supercharged and it sounds downright menacing. Hit play to watch the whole thing and make sure you stick around for more teasers and new information about the Challenger SRT Demon.

PostHeaderIcon The Wait Is Over! Here's the Upgraded, 2018 Ford Mustang

Set to break cover later in 2017 for the 2018 model year, the revised sixth-generation Ford Mustang surfaced the Interwebz earlier than planned, after a promotional clip somehow managed to slip online. Only hours after the video gave us a good glimpse at the Mustang’s new features, Ford officially launched the facelifted pony car.

Not surprisingly, Ford’s design team didn’t meddle much with the car’s exterior, but I spotted a few significant changes in the front and rear. For starters, the Mustang has a new set of headlamps. The new units are shaped differently toward the fender, with the longer corner now facing downward. At the same time, the triangular turn signal previously placed behind the headlamp has been repositioned below as a long, orange stripe. The triple LED bars toward the grille carry over unchanged, but Ford did create a new main headlamp, adding an LED ring around it.

Down below, you can see that the LED daytime running lights are also new, as are the side vents. The large openings seen on the outgoing model have been replaced by smaller, triangular outlets and I can’t make up my mind whether this new feature looks good or not. The center vent is significantly wider now, extending where the previous outlets used to be. The lower vent also has a trapezoidal shape that no longer has the rounded edges of the previous Mustang. The big splitter is still there though. Around back, there are two main features to talk about. Ford revised the taillights, giving the tri-bar design a mild C shape oriented toward the fascia, and added a larger spoiler. The latter isn’t standard though, being a cost options on all models. Below, the mildly revised diffuser gets dual-tip exhausts on the EcoBoost model and quad-tip outlets on the GT version.

In case you’re wondering why I haven’t mention the base V6, it’s because Ford dropped the 3.7-liter engine from the lineup.

Ford has yet to release engine specs, but did say that the 2.3-liter EcoBoost gets more torque. The 5.0-liter V-8 also packs more oomph, but we don’t know much beyond the fact that it is “more powerful and revs higher than any Mustang GT before.” The manual transmission has been upgraded for the four-pot, while the V-8’s is a new design that includes a twin-disc clutch and dual-mass flywheel. The 10-speed automatic that Ford announced a while back is available for both engines. Other drivetrain highlights include revised shocks and stabilizer bars, MagneRide, and Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires included in the optional Performance Package.

Inside, Ford promises softer materials in the more expensive trims, soft padding for the door rollover and knee bolsters, aluminum engine start button, and blue or red accent stitching for the premium seats. Ford also introduced an optional, 12-inch digital instrument cluster and MyMode, a new driving mode that enables drivers to create and save custom settings different than the basic Normal, Sport, and Track modes.

Pricing information and availability is not yet known, but Ford should announce more details soon. Stick around for a few review of the car.

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PostHeaderIcon Forget the Hellcat! Dodge Just Announced the "Ferocious" Challenger SRT Demon

Dodge shocked the performance world when it launched the Challenger SRT Hellcat for the 2015 model year. With no less than 707 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque coming from its supercharged V-8, the Hellcat entered the history books as the most powerful production muscle car ever created. Two years have passed and Ford and Chevy have yet to deliver a worthy competitor. However, Dodge hasn’t been resting on its laurels and has been working on an even more powerful version of the Hellcat. It goes by the name Challenger SRT Demon and will be unveiled at the New York Auto Show in April 2017.

The big news comes straight from Dodge and it’s a bit of a surprise. Not only was the car not included in the five-year plan that FCA released in 2014, but it was also a very well kept secret, with no spy shots or leaked information whatsoever.

So what is this new Challenger Demon all about?

Dodge refrained from unveiling any specific details, but did mention that the new muscle car is “raising the bar again” and the Demon is described by words such as “ferocious” and “beast.” So it’s safe to assume that it will be significantly more powerful than the Hellcat. By how much, we don’t know, but given that the Hellcat’s supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 cranks out 707 horsepower, the Demon could get up to 800 horses. Holy cow!

The FCA-owned brand also launched a new website in anticipation of the Demon (, which will host no fewer than 12 teaser videos up until the car makes its debut in New York. The first episode is called “Cage” and it’s already online. Unfortunately, it doesn’t show the Demon, but just a quick glimpse of the headlamps and its high-performance braking system. Instead, the clip is centered around a caged, ferocious animal that’s eventually released and morphs into a super human. The video ends with Metallica’s “Fuel” song as a soundtrack, which seems more than appropriate for a gas-guzzler such as the Hellcat.

“Gimme fuel, gimme fire, gimme that which I desire” sounds like one hell of a motto for beefed-up supercar.

Dodge says to keep an eye on the Demon’s website for more information and videos, with the next clip to be released on January 18. The page also includes a countdown clock for each episode, with the 12th to be released ahead of the Demon’s public debut at the New York Auto Show.

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PostHeaderIcon Ford Mustang To Get Hybrid Version in 2020

Ford Motor Company has just announced details on its massive electrification plans for the future, which include hybrid versions of existing models, new all-electric cars, as well as an autonomous hybrid. The brand plans to launch 13 new electric, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid electric cars in the next five years, but the biggest news is that the iconic Ford Mustang will also benefit from electrification.

According to Ford president and CEO Mark Fields, a hybrid version of the Mustang will be introduced in 2020. The first ever pony to feature an electric motor will be as powerful as a V-8 model and will boast “more low-end torque.” Specific information is not yet available, but Ford did say that the Mustang Hybrid will be built at the Flat Rock assembly plant in Michigan and that it will be available in North America only at first.

Alongside the Mustang, Ford will also develop a hybrid version of the F-150 pickup truck, which will offer “powerful towing and payload capacity and operate as a mobile generator.” The truck will also be made available by 2020 and sold in North America and the Middle East. The Transit Custom van is also set to take the hybrid route. This version will be made available as a plug-in in 2019 in Europe. Ford’s electrification plans also include an all-new, fully-electric SUV with an estimated range of “at least 300 miles” and a high-volume, autonomous hybrid vehicle “designed for commercial ride hailing or ride sharing.” The latter will debut in 2021. Finally, Ford is developing two new pursuit rated hybrid police vehicles.

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PostHeaderIcon Guess What! Your Ford Mustang is a Girl Car

The Ford Mustang – it’s known as a man’s car, a muscle car, and one to keep your distance from at any gathering of cars. But, maybe it’s not so much of a man’s car anymore, as a group of 17 women from 14 countries have just labeled it as the Women’s Performance Car of the Year for 2016. That’s right, while the Mustang is masculine and has that muscle car goodness every man loves, women really love it too. And, it’s not the only Ford that women love. The Focus RS is also widely loved by the fairer sex as it came in a very close second, nearly earning its own Women’s Performance Car of the Year title.

“Ford Mustang is surprisingly loved by women who are after a sexy, sporty, masculine car that turns heads,” said Juliet Potter, Women’s World Car of the Year jury member from Australia. “Combining the car’s silver-screen celebrity status with real-life practicality, Mustang screams, ‘I am in control!’ and delivers the same behind the wheel with above-average grip and suspension.”

The Women’s Performance car of the Year is the only vehicle honor in the world that is granted by a panel of all women. And, one could argue that they do have really good taste, as the Mustang was given the highest award after being compared to a total of 294 competitors. The women have roared. And sorry to tell you, fellas, she doesn’t want you; she wants your Mustang. The worst part is, you don’t see women crashing mustangs at car meets, so maybe they actually know how to drive them better, too. All jokes aside, this is just one of many awards the Mustang has won over its long life, and we’re sure there are more to come. Excellent choice ladies! Now, can you please teach the men in the world how to drive them?

PostHeaderIcon First Drive: 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

The sixth-generation Camaro’s hottest performance variant to date is gradually arriving in Chevy showrooms as the last few weeks of December roll out. This supercharged coupe is often called a four-seat Corvette Z06 – and for good reason. The ZL1 shares much of the Z06’s technology, including the supercharged 6.2-liter LT4 V-8. Luckily I know a guy with a sparkling new example sitting in his garage, parked next to his Concours-quality 1972 Camaro Z/28.

With less than 500 miles on the ZL1’s odometer, the high-strung car is 1,000 miles short of its GM-recommended break-in period. Then meant no high-speed runs, burnouts, or hard pulls past 4,000 rpm. The warranty depends on it. Nevertheless, I set out to get a feel of the Camaro ZL1’s infamous character.

Not surprisingly, the ZL1 feels remarkably like the Camaro SS I took across country during Chevy’s “Find New Roads” campaign when the sixth-gen Camaro launched last year. The narrow windows, low roof, and high waist line gives the sensation of a cocoon, while the view over the long hood and low seating position solidify the car as something special. The heavily bolstered Recaro seats and the blatantly audible supercharger whine, on the other hand, set the ZL1 apart from the SS.

From behind the Alcantara-covered, flat-bottomed steering wheel, the Camaro ZL1 feels lighter and more nimble than its fifth-generation predecessor. Toggle the Performance Traction Management system into Sport mode, and the car tenses up like an Olympic sprinter at the starting line. The steering becomes more taught, the throttle becomes twitchier, the ride becomes firmer, and the dual-mode exhaust opens up. The change isn’t just mental – the PTM modes make aggressive changes to the ZL1’s behavior that are clearly felt.

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PostHeaderIcon Dodge Challenger GT

Muscle cars are supposed to be rear-wheel drive, tail-happy, V-8-powerd street machines build to quarter-mile times and hot dates on a Friday night. However, Dodge is expanding the muscle car’s repertoire by adding all-wheel drive to its popular Challenger coupe. Yes, the Challenger is getting AWD for the 2017 model year. Sadly, the option is only available with the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 and eight-speed automatic transmission. No V-8, manual, or Hellcat version exists – yet.

Its official name is the 2017 Dodge Challenger GT and it uses the same AWD equipment as the Dodge Charger AWD, including its active transfer case and front-axle disconnect. The Challenger GT is designed to give all-weather traction to those who live in areas regularly plagued by adverse weather conditions. Dodge has not designed the Challenger GT to be a track monster or rally car – although both are easy to imagine in the aftermarket industry.

Naysayers who cry foul over no V-8 might be surprised to know the 3.6-liter V-6 offers 305 horsepower. That’s more than many versions of the original Challenger from the early 1970s. Torque is rated at 268 pound-feet.

As for an official statement from Dodge, Tim Kuniskis, who is the head of passenger cars for Dodge, SRT, Chrysler, and Fiat in North America, said, “Dodge is shifting the muscle car paradigm with the new 2017 Dodge Challenger GT – the world’s first and only all-wheel-drive American muscle coupe. The Challenger has always been the most wide-ranging and functional muscle coupe, and now, with the new 305-horsepower all-wheel-drive Challenger GT, we are stretching the functional and geographic boundaries even further.”

Dodge is putting the 2017 Challenger GT on sale this winter, likely during the first quarter of 2017. Prices will start at $34,490, which includes the $1,095 destination charge. Keep reading for the full review.

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PostHeaderIcon Ford Mustang Black Shadow Edition

The sixth-generation Ford Mustang arrived in late 2013 for the 2015 model year as the company’s most advanced pony car yet. Not only redesigned inside and out, the new Mustang also gained an independent rear suspension, a first for the muscle car since its inception in 1964. The new generation also marks the return of the four-cylinder engine, with Ford having added a turbocharged, 2.3-liter EcoBoost to the usual V-6 and V-8 engine lineup. On top of that, FoMoCo finally turned the Mustang into a global car, sending it to dealerships in places like Europe, Asia, Africa, and Oceania.

As expected, the sixth-generation Mustang has been received with great enthusiasm in Europe, where it is being offered with all engine options sans the V-6. For 2017, Ford decided to spice things up for European customers and created two special-edition models, one of which is called the Black Shadow. As the name suggests, the limited-edition model is about blacked-out exterior elements, but the package also adds extra features inside the cabin, as well as contrasting body stripes.

“Special edition Ford Mustangs have been an important part of the Mustang story for more than 50 years, and now customers in Europe can play their own part in the iconic car’s rich special edition history,” said Roelant de Waard, vice president of Ford of Europe.

This is great news for European customers and the move should open the door for other special-edition Mustangs with even more unique features in the future. Meanwhile, let’s have a closer look at the Black Shadow Edition.

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