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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Modern Muscle Car-North America

1994-1996 Chevrolet Impala SS

At the end of 1980, the popularity of ponycar increased with the Chevrolet Camaro and Ford Mustang. But by early 1990 Fords SVT (Special Vehicle Team) program wanted the power and performance. GM and Ford market rivalry throughout the late 90's where Cobra Mustang and Camaro were both rated at 300 horsepower + to normal production models.1995 Ford SVT Cobra R was the first to hit it 300 horses, classic musclecar territory, but was limited to 250 models.

Chevrolet Impala SS was available from 1994 to 1996 for larger cars with full size, four-door, as a high performance version of the Caprice equipped with a Corvette-derived 5.7 L V8 LT1 engine and other specific performance characteristics and body style. The Impala SS plate was resurrected in 2003 as a high performance version of the standard Impala with larger engines. General Motors discontinued its F-body pony-car models, the Chevrolet Camaro and Pontiac Firebird after 2002 but brought back the GTO in 2004 as a rebadged Holden Monaro imported from Australia. Sales were poor and the "new" GTO was discontinued after three years. Ford Special Vehicle Team has also launched the 2003 SVT Cobra, supercharged now, but stopped production after 2004 to make way for the new generation Mustang.

2003-2004 Mercury Marauder


For 2003 and revived his 2004 Mercury Marauder nameplate, as a high performance version based on the Mercury Grand Marquis Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor. In 2005, a "retro-inspired" version of the Mustang pony car Ford called its design cues from the original 1960 Mustang. In 2007, Ford and Shelby also re-launched a new GT 500, Super Snake and King of the Road editions added in 2008. Presents a special edition Saleen Mustang Boss 302 echoing naming it "S302 Parnelli Jones" after the driver of the Trans-Am series 1960 and 1970, Parnelli Jones (subsequent follow a similar model with the same name by Dan Gurney).

In 2004, Chrysler introduced their LX platform, which serves as a platform for a new line of rear-wheel drive, V8-powered cars (using the new Hemi engine), including a four-door version of the Dodge Charger. It is also available as a station wagon (the Dodge Magnum) and equaled the performance of many new models of vintage muscle cars. Dodge revived two "classic" model names with the Charger Daytona in 2006 and the Dodge Charger Super Bee in 2007.

GM's Cadillac division introduced the XLR roadster in 2004, which was produced alongside the Chevrolet Corvette GM in Bowling Green, Kentucky plant. This led to the creation of the Cadillac V-series for the CTS luxury sedan, sold as the CTS-V.
muscle car revival

Recently, a revival of the muscle car has been seen.

  • In 2004, Chrysler launched the true ancestor of the muscle car, 300C, as a 2005 model. His style is heavily borrowed from the original 1957 model 300C.
  • In 2005, Ford, as a precursor of this movement, introduced the new Mustang is designed to resemble the original model 1964.5.
  • In 2008, Chrysler re-introduced the Dodge Challenger. It has strong design links to the 1970 model (ie, with long lines not seen in vehicles and quad headlights).
  • In 2009 Chevrolet introduced the new Camaro, which bears some resemblance to the 1969 model.
  • In 2010, Dodge reintroduced the Charger as a 2011 model. The charger was reborn in 2006 as a muscle car with its own unique style. However, the 2011 version of the Charger had plenty of style tips from the 1968-70 Charger, Charger thus making the new look more original than the 2006-2010 model.

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