Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Muscle Car War: The Super Soldiers

The three kings of muscle are at it again, this time with a lot more horsepower, and a lot less weight. Each car has been heavily modified and gutted to make for some seriously competitive drag racers. The COPO Camaro has several engine options available, the smallest of which is the standard 327ci with either a 2.9L or 4.0L supercharger. On the other hand you could opt for the 427ci N/A block for those of you who want nothing but the biggest, baddest motor out there. In either scenario, your 'Maro will be pushing well over 400 horsepower, and that ain't no joke. And don't even get me started on what they did to the drive-line and suspension components. Not only does it not have a VIN number, the thing doesn't even have power steering. If you're looking for an out-of-the-box drag car, look no further, it has arrived. Click here for more specs.
Ralph Gilles of Dodge will never allow a challenge like the COPO to go unanswered, and this rebuttal will go down in the history books as one of the most balls-to-the-wall manufacture competitions ever. Of course, when there is the reputation of your company on the line, you're obviously going to do something about it. The Dodge Challenger returned to the muscle car scene and kinda had a slow start; it isn't the fastest, it doesn't handle the best, and it definitely isn't the cheapest. So what is it exactly that makes the Challenger so appealing? The way it looks. It is hands down, the most stylish and sexy of the three, in my humble opinion. That being said, the Drag Pak version of the Challenger is just as potent a machine as the other two. It isn't even limited to a measly eight cylinders. For some reason or another, Dodge decided to plop the 8.4L Viper engine in just to make sure they would not be out-done by Ford or Chevy. Click here for more specs.
Last but certainly not least, we have the 2012 Cobra Jet Mustang. Ford chose to use a 5.4L supercharged mill for their version of the super soldier in this war. "Now Ford Racing is updating the car once again with a slew of new upgrades and options. The 2012 Cobra Jet will come standard with an aluminum block (previously an option) and the 5.4-liter V8 now also boasts a fortified crankshaft and upgraded forged connecting rods. The rear suspension and brakes have also been improved, and springs rates both front and rear have been optimized. New black anodized Weld Racing wheels are wrapped with Cobra Jet branded Goodyear tires with an all new compound. Finally, three colors will be offered – red, white and blue – with an optional graphics package." 

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