2013 SRT Viper: Revealed…!

April 4, 2012

UPDATE..! Full photo-album of the new 2013 SRT Viper below as promised..!

Like most of you, I enjoy a good ‘ol fashioned pre-launch automobile tease-fest when it’s done properly. You know – ominous, shadowy images detailing a particularily curvy and possibly indistinguishable flank of metal or aluminium… presented to your computer screen… once every 2 weeks… for 2 months.

But nowadays, there are many other ways to spoil that party: enter video-game makers and their update packs. In this case, Forza 4.

What we see here (albeit in digital construction) is the 2013 SRT Viper and it’s pretty safe to say that the sexy curves of yore have returned (yay), the big, sharp, trailing-off wing has made a comeback (yay again) and the whole thing will be launching down your block with an 8.7L V10 hammering out close to 600 bhp slotted underneath that nostril-engaging nose (another yay).

Actual in-the-metal pics from the ‘official’ New York Auto Show launch will be updated on here asap..!

A proper tease...

An artist's rendering... Nice effort, but you're ruining my tease-party...!

UPDATE..! Full photo-album of the new 2013 SRT Viper below as promised..!

-Blake J.
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Teaser: The 2013 Dodge (SRT) Viper

January 31, 2012

New teaser-shot here of the 2013 Dodge (sorry, ‘SRT’) Viper set to debut at the upcoming NY Motor Show in April. The 8.7 litre (!) V10 is expected to churn out numbers in the 600 bhp arena and (thanks to safety-obsessed US legislation) will receive traction-control as standard to assist over-zealous throttle mashers from the dubious worlds of oversteer…

Nice to see the double-bubble roof retained that reminds of the GTS Coupe from the mid-’90s. Details are a bit thin at this point in time but expect the new Viper to be just as mad and lairy and loud as before – thank heavens for that.

-Blake J.
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Spotlight: Dodge Challenger SRT8 ‘Yellow Jacket’ concept

January 13, 2012

Musclecars should always be loud and brash, and this one-off Dodge Challenger ‘Yellow Jacket’ (named after a Dodge concept-car from back in ’69) SRT8 392 shown at the Los Angeles Auto Show back in Nov. 2011, fits the bill.

The mechanicals are no different than a regular SRT8 with the tarmac-blazing 6.4L 470bhp Hemi underneath, but the aesthetic changes are all bespoke to this car.

From the vibrant ‘Yellow Stinger’ paint boldly contrasting with the old-school body-length black stripe with ‘Yellow Jacket’ emblazoned across the rear flanks to the aggressive 20″ wheels and eye-catching (yet subtle) interior… this aesthetic design-concept harkens back to those times of yore when driving/owning a Musclecar was all about fun, flash and fanfare.

Fiat nudging (er, allowing?) Chrysler/Dodge to have a bit of fun via inspiration from the past… Perhaps being owned by car-worshipping Italians won’t turn out to be such a bad thing after all…? *fingers crossed*

-Blake J.
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Photo Album: The Golden Age of American Motoring

November 9, 2011

My parents often talk of, reminisce and relate amusing tales of their younger years (specifically, their teenage driving years in the 1950’s) when almost everything was cloaked in a veil of ‘fun times ahead’ sprinkled with an overall dash of ‘everything’s-gonna-be-juuust-fine’… You know – gleaming post-war stuff, when times were far simpler, less crowded and complicated (I’d be down for that) and opportunities were embellished with an open-wide feeling of hope and (at times, manufactured) happiness.

Fridges for every home. A garage for every man. Nylons for every woman. A baseball mitt for every little Jimmy. A dolly for every little Susie…

Ok, so maybe that’s grabbing into the catalogue of 1950’s societal stereotypes with slightly naive eyes and ears, but I’ve always found it fascinating to look back at the outlandish automotive styling efforts (and ads) of this ‘carefree’ era when only a high-school science exam would induce any sort of maniacal co2 concerns and rear wings on cars were, well… actual wings.

Here’s a glance back to that unforgettable Golden Age of American motoring…

1955 Ford Thunderbird - dogs and jolly milkmen-approved

1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convert

1960 Plymouth Fury

1959 Chevrolet Impala 2Dr hardtop - inspiration for the Shelby Tuatara supercar..?!

1956 Ford Fairlane Victoria

1958 Cadillac Series 62 Sedan - could you imagine encountering moments of oversteer...?

1960 Lincoln Continental Mark V Four Door Landau

1957 Buick Roadmaster 2 Door Hardtop

1957 Lincoln Premiere four-door Landau - nice.

1959 Buick 2 Door Convertible - plus room for 6 in the trunk

1959 Edsel Citation - Ford lost $350 million ($1.55 billion in 2011 money) on this monger

1958 De Soto

1959 Mercury Colony Park Country Cruiser - bring back real wood panelling..!!

1958 Cadillac Fleetwood Sixty Special - the Daddy

1958 Dodge Custom Sierra - for Mommy...?

1949 Oldsmobile 88

1959 Ford Thunderbird Convertible - "Oh look, someone has fallen down over there..."

1949 Kaiser Virginian

1960 Imperial Crown Convertible - "Oh, y'know... was just going for a drive around the pool"

1953 Studebaker Commander

1949 Pontiac Four Door

1960 Chevrolet Impala Four Door Hardtop - innocently classy-looking woman...about to do donuts

1959 Mercury Four Door Hardtop - "Sweetheart, really..? Up the stairs even...?"

1955 Oldsmobile Super 88 Two-Door Sedan

1957 Mercury Turnpike Cruiser

1954 Mercury Sun Valley

1960 Chrysler Valiant - Drive-thru 'Motor Banking'... someone looks paranoid

1960 De Soto Fireflite

1960 Chevrolet Corvair - "What, fire issues..? Pfft... looking away..."

1957 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz - The behemoth...

1960 Mercury Colony Park Country Cruiser - I'd be just as jubilent with that awesome wood panelling...

1956 Cadillac Series 62 Coupe de Ville - she has that look of being smugly impressed

1957 Dodge Royal Lancer

1960 Dodge Dart Pioneer - Now there's a rear-end inspired by Jet-engines of the day... holy cow!

1957 Lincoln Premiere

1960 Dodge Polara Matador - gettin' a bit greedy with the wings methinks...

1950 Studebaker Starlight - loving the rear window layout...

1956 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible - ah, the elegant classic

-Blake J.
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Pic of the Day: 1968 Dodge Charger R/T Laying Some 11’s

October 5, 2011

Ooooh late 60’s Mopar… come to thee. I came oh-so dangerously close to buying one of these in a ’69 vintage model back when I was a ludicrously young driver at the ripe age of 17. No doubt, it would have been quite a handful but luckily I was gifted with the passed-along knowledge (via my elders) of respectful know-how and a basic understanding of restraint and throttle control from behind the wheel… Well, that and the fact that making the monumental (and slightly mental) jump from a wheezing ’77 Pinto (my first car) to something of this caliber and size would have been, well… a bit much.

But like all 17 year olds at the time (when old musclecars were still relatively affordable) I just wanted to go fast… and make a shedload of noise all the while achieving said fast-ness. And oh deary me… what a noise. I remember mostly smiling and laughing during my initial test-drive of the ’69 I was drooling for… Who cared if it handled like a plank and merely thought about stopping when the middle pedal was pressed. All that mattered was its sheer presence – the way it looked at all hours of the day (menacing) and how ridiculously fast it went (in a straight line). The buttons were keenly pressed inside this petrolhead’s heart.

To this day, I still stop anything that I’m doing at any given moment (except driving) when one of these rolls/rumbles across my path in life. It just encompasses so much aggression and brutality within that beautifully classic Coke-bottled profile. One day man… one day.

-Blake J.
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