Equus Bass 770: Pump Up With Some Independent Muscle

Muscle cars are as American as hot dog pie, but that doesn’t mean Ford and Chevy deserve to never get nudged by a plucky upstart. Filling that role today is Detroit-based manufacturer Equus and the Bass 770. We don’t think anyone at Equus would deny the heavy influence from the older Mustangs and Dodger Challengers, but the 770 isn’t trying to compete with those vehicles, it’s trying to define its own niche: luxury muscle. The supercharged aluminum V8 engine cranks out 640 hp, and those horses come in handy when you’re carrying a hefty 3,640 lbs around. Despite that heft, the Bass 770 is said to do 0 to 60 in just 3.4 seconds. Wondering why the Bass 770 starts at a cool $250,000? Perhaps it’s because of the handcrafted interior, filled with delicious leather and aluminum everywhere you look. Or maybe that’s just the going rate for a unique slice of hot dog pie these days.

2014 Chevy Camaro Z/28: Track Attacker

There’s a few ways we know the 2014 Camaro Z/28 is built for the track: 1) GM says it is. 2) the 7.0-liter V-8 produces at least 500 hp and 470 lb. ft. of torque. 3) Its carbon ceramic brakes are built to withstand test track torture. 4) The AC is optional.  5) The only speaker inside the car is the one that plays the seat belt chime. Granted, seat belt chimes usually sound better than Ke$ha, or the Black Eyed Peas, or Lil Wayne, but still…

2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible

Well aware that slicing off the roof off a Camaro is a needlessly messy job, Chevrolet is doing the work for you with the 2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible; a vehicle that’s shaping up to be the most powerful factory-built Chevy convertible ever built. GM’s jim dandy of a drop-top will include a supercharged 6.2-liter LSA V-8 engine, turning out 580 horses and 556 lb-ft of torque. A front strut tower brace, transmission support reinforcement, and a V-shaped brace across the car’s rear underbody section also will be in the mix. No word yet on a price. Look for it in showrooms early 2012.