This episode of Jay Leno’s Garage features a blast from the past. Mr. Leno gets to test a 1955 Chevy Belair two-door Coupe with updated styling cues and way more power than the first generation. Chevy offered a V8 engine in these models (cranking out 162 hp or 180 hp with the Power Pack), paired with either a two-speed automatic or three-speed Synchro-Mesh manual.
This particular Belair belongs to Gary Kollofski and packs an all-allumunim cu in HEMI-headed V12 engine made in Italy by BPM. That’s 12 liters, by the way. Check out the episode below for more.
With the release of the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, other automakers like Ford and Chevy have been working on rides of their own in order to stay in the metaphorical muscle car race. Behold, The Camaro ZL1. RPM Motorsports recently showed off this straight-from-the-dealership model and named it the “Frostbite” ZL1. With only 66 miles on the odometer, this Camaro has nitrous oxide pumping into the intake manifold, and is performing just fine prior to attaining break-in mileage. Still, this true muscle car pulls off the quarter mile in 9.98 seconds, or just over three tenths more than it takes the Demon. Seems to us that the Demon has some new competition, check it out:
Well well well, looks like the Dodge Demon isn’t the only insane muscle car to show up to the New York Auto Show. Boutique carmaker Trans Am Worldwide, has been building up muscle cars for a few years now, but this beauty is currently on display in New York and the first to be built on the sixth-generation Camaro’s new Alpha chassis. Its name stems from the 455 cubic inch power source under the hood – 7.4 new liters, to be exact. The Trans Am puts down 1,000 hp and 1,046 lb-ft of torque. Not to mention, the 455 pushes 14 pounds of boost from the 2.3-liter Magnussen supercharger. That’s 0.5 PSI less than the demonic Demon.
Other features include a cold air intake, ceramic coated headers and a modified exhaust. Limited to 50 units, production of this maniacal muscle car starts on May 1st. Check it out:
Now that the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon has arrived, it comes as no surprise that the Dodge Viper is about to be retired. Again. Dodge claims this will be the final retirement of the Viper, but who know what could happen down the road. Lucky for us, Pennzoil has produced this insane 3 minute farewell video, that could quite possibly be the best 3 minutes of your day.
Check out the video below to see this Viper ACR and all of its 645 hp tear it up for a final time. Enjoy.
Cadillac is finally joining the self-driving movement. After a few setbacks, Cadillac will debut their semi-autonomous driving system called Super Cruise. The platform will debut on the 2018 Cadillac CT6 Prestige sedan.
The feature was originally scheduled to roll out in the fall of 2016, but the automaker pushed back the release date due to technical errors. Now, the technology is supposedly perfected, and will arrive this fall to enable automatic control of speed and steering during highway driving. Super Cruise is technically going up against Tesla’s renowned Autopilot (although the two systems are very different). What sets Cadillac’s Super Cruise apart? The technology can monitor a driver’s attentiveness to the road ahead. The company also claims to be the first to use precision LiDAR mapping data with sensors, cameras, and GPS technology.
Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen said, “Cadillac’s philosophy is to elevate driving. Super Cruise enables safe, simple hands-free driving for the highway.” Super Cruise has quite the competition, as Tesla is gearing up to launch Autopilot Hardware 2, which will enable fully autonomous driving. Other automakers like Ford and BMW are working on their own autonomous technologies. More to come on this ever evolving industry trend.