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Chief Engineer Al Oppenheiser discusses the future of GM muscle cars
Ford’s next pony car will be offered with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, but Camaro fans don’t need to worry. Chevrolet is committed to keeping its muscle car rooted in boisterous big-engine territory.
Recent reports say that the SRT Barracuda will co-exist with the current Dodge Challenger, and now further evidence supports this belief as the 2015 SRT Barracuda will be built on an entirely new platform.
Despite rumors and speculation that the soon-for-resurrection Barracuda nameplate would replace the Dodge Challenger, reports suggest that the muscle cars will co-exist.
With the verified numbers in, it seems the 2013 Shelby GT500 was actually underrated at 650 hp. Instead it makes an impressive 662 hp and 630 lb-ft of torque.
If there’s one car that we’ve been looking forward to seeing at this year’s New York Auto Show, more than any other, it’s the next generation Viper. Very nearly sold off during Chrysler‘s turbulent years under Cerberus, like any great icon, it managed to endure.
Not only that, but even before the last fourth generation SRT 10 examples were rolling out the door, a plan was underway to introduce a new one; an American super car re-imagined for the 21st century. Now it’s been revealed to the world for the first time.
Ralph Gilles, President and CEO of Chrysler’s Street and Racing Technology Brand perhaps summed it up best. “Beyond being the flagship for the new SRT brand, the launch of the 2013 Viper proves that we simply would not let the performance icon of the Chrysler Group die,” he said to raucous reception. Indeed.
Rick Treworgy is our kind of guy; he’s spent much of his life restoring cars. Presently he has a collection of roughly 225 vehicles. His assortment is so massive that he had to buy a now-defunct Walmart to house them all.
Willing to share what he’s done over the years with the general public, Treworgy now runs what he calls “Muscle City”, a collection of American classics that date back all the way to 1931. There is even a section full of “restomods,” cars that are built the way he believed they should have been built back in the day. He says all the cars in Muscle City are mechanically sound, meaning that Treworgy could take any one of them out for a spin if he wanted to, which earns extra bonus points from us.
Check out the news clip showcasing Muscle City after the jump.
Daniel O’Grady runs a website called Japanese Castle Explorer, where he documents and shares his experiences while exploring all of Japan’s historical castles. O’Grady is an Australian who also clearly has a passion for classic American muscle, for when he came across this lot of rusted vintage American muscle cars, he couldn’t help but share his pain with the world.
This cemetery of American awesomeness is located in Kurume City on Kyushu Island and the collection of cars seems to be unrelated to last year’s tragic earthquake and tsunami. No, these classics were left to rot long before.
O’Grady goes through each vehicle highlighting them one by one, with several Chevy Corvettes, classic Camaros, Ford Mustangs and even a Pontiac Trans Am. It’s a shame that such history has been left to just rot and become rusted. Our assumption would be that some members of the American military had them shipped over there and perhaps they were abandoned once their deployment ended. It’s even more strange though that they’ve just been sitting there untouched for who knows how many years.
Check out the video below.