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Jay Leno’s Garage: a 1967 Chevy Camaro SpeedKore

Chris Evans was recently gifted something very special. Fellow actor Robert Downey Jr. gave Evans this 1967 Chevrolet Camaro by SpeedKore after starring in the latest Captain America film. And lucky for us, this beauty stopped by the garage of none other than Jay Leno. To help us viewers get the full scoop, SpeedKore’s Dave Salvaggio joins Leno to go over all the details. Fun Fact? Robert Downey Jr. was way more involved in this build than we would’ve guessed. The actor helped finalize the build, selected the 1967 Camaro (instead of the originally planned 1969 Camaro), and choose the color scheme for the vehicle.

The specs we know you’re dying for:

  • Color is a custom mixture from SpeedKore called Grigio Verde, or Gray Green.
  • Under the hood is an LS3 6.2-liter V-8 alongside a 2.9-liter Whipple supercharger pumping out 730 horsepower.
  • The gear box is a 4-speed push-button automatic transmission.
  • At the rear is a four-link rear suspension.
  • All four corners are Baer brakes and custom HRE wheels.

Check out the episode below to see this “gentleman’s tourer,” (a term coined by Salvaggio). You don’t want to miss this one, enjoy.

Source: Motor Authority, Jay Leno’s Garage

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Motor Meld: 5th-gen Camaro and Old Chevy

American coachbuilder N2A Motors has done something interesting. The ride you see above is a motor meld: the combination of a 5th generation Camaro and an Old Chevy. It’s new name? The Camaro 789 SS. Motor Authority think’s N2A missed the mark – what do you think? Let us know in the comments section below.

Source: Motor Authority 

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Armored AWD Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Police Vehicle

This might just be the most bad ass police car we’ve ever seen. We can imagine the Ford Explorer Interceptor is shaking in its boots. Armormax, a Utah-based armored car shop is responsible for this monster, the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat. And thanks to Carscoops and the good people over at Motor Authority, we have the whole scoop.

The Charger SRT Hellcat offers a few different levels of armored protection, based on the customer’s wants/needs. But, the greatest option available to buyers has to be the all-wheel-drive. Fiat-Chrysler has never offered AWD for its Hellcat models, so this is very interesting. Armormax can hook it up with AWD during it’s in-house conversion process. Customers can simply opt-in and the shop will make sure the 707 horsepower is sent to all four wheels. Of course, the company installs police-spec lighting, ballistic armored glass, a push bar, and run-flat tires. The Hellcat’s battery, radiator, fuel tank, and ECU are also protected. It’s unknown how much weight the bulletproofing adds to the car, but we’re confident the 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 engine will be able to handle it. Pricing is based on case-by-case basis, but we wouldn’t be shocked to find out the wheels will go for $100,000, especially with the AWD option.

Source and Image Source: Motor Authority

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Chevrolet Engineer Says The Ford Mustang Dominates The Pony Car Market

So we know the title here isn’t exactly breaking news. But what we do know is that Chevrolet Camaro’s chief engineer, Al Oppenheiser was pretty open about muscle car sales when speaking with Automotive News. Oppenheiser told the publication that the Ford Mustang dominates the pony-car sales chart and has been “eating our lunch.”

Don’t think that Chevy is giving up the fight that easy, though. Al said, “We plan to go head to head – and win.” The Camaro currently occupies the third place slot behind the Mustang and the Dodge Challenger. To give a little bit of perspective, Chevrolet sold 29,551 Camaros (through July,) while Ford was busy selling 48,362. So how does Chevy plan to go on the offensive? Price cuts. Specifically, the entry-level 1LS model is down $1,000 to $25,995. Similar drops are in store for the 1LT and 2LT models. The brand also plans to release the 2019 Camaro Turbo 1LE which packs 275 horsepower. So, the overarching idea here is for Chevy to offer “affordable performance,” and we’re not opposed. We’ll keep you posted on this, but remember, don’t sleep on Chevy.

Source and Image Source: Motor Authority

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Hennessey Performance: The 808-HP Mustang Heritage Dyno Test

Well, well, well. What do we have here? Nothing but the latest from our favorite tuning pros, Hennessey Performance Engineering. Last month, the shop revealed the 2019 Heritage Edition Ford Mustang to celebrate the 10,000th car milestone. The red car is based on a Mustang GT and sports the HPE800 performance upgrade. The upgrade provides a staggering 808 horsepower and 677 lb-ft of torque.

The numbers from the Dyno test came in at 673 horsepower and 526 lb-ft. Sure, it’s a bit lower than what the upgrades suggest, but we’re still impressed. Interested in one of these bad boys? Hennessey plans to build just 19 units of the Heritage Edition Mustang for around $89,950 each. Enjoy.

Source: Motor Authority, Hennessey Performance