The newest automotive sweepstakes from the Dream Giveaway has been announced and for 2017, buying a $3 ticket could net you a fully restored and customized 1967 Chevrolet Camaro RS, a Lingenfelter-modified 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and $35,000 in cash.
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Men are passionate about their stuff, and American muscle cars are no exception. It is said that a man's car is an extension of his personality. It's a representation of his psyche - his id, if you may - that he sends into the outside world against the ongoing traffic flow. In extreme cases, some men become their cars and imbibe the qualities that their cars represent. Let us take a look at several reasons why men simply cannot resist the charms of a muscle car.
First, let us define what American muscle cars are. Muscle cars are vehicles specifically designed for fast driving. You could usually catch them in drag races or other fast car events. They are built with engines tweaked to provide superior driving maneuvers when you need them most. They can accelerate to speeds over 100 kilometers per hour (kph) in about five seconds, some in even less than that.
As mentioned earlier, men view their cars as an extension of their personality. A muscle car exudes strength, masculinity and speed through its unique features. Its bulky body is made of durable material and houses an engine that can provide unbelievable speeds. Specifically designed for extreme power and velocity, muscle cars appeal to men with a flair for machismo. It attracts every man's hidden alpha male and provides him with a confidence boosted by owning at least one of these modern day classics.
The speed of these muscle cars is their main attraction. Robert Downs, a popular man fiction author, writes that muscle cars allow men to dream about a limitless world with no speed limits. A 600-horsepower V10 engine is the perfect embodiment of that dream. Men need an outlet for that recklessness they have within, and driving a muscle car is exactly the refuge they seek.
American muscle cars also appeal to man's natural tinkering nature. Owning a muscle car requires a certain know-how of car mechanics and fundamentals, as it requires a bit of customization to make the muscle car truly your own. No man can resist the thrill of getting his hands slick with grease after working on his very own muscle car. Since these works of art operate on manual transmission, those who live on paddle shifting a car with automatic transmission cannot survive driving one.
Another reason why men love American muscle cars is because they attract women. Let's be honest, a man cruising around town in a Camaro would definitely turn more female heads than one driving a Hybrid. Muscle cars and the aura they project appeal to a woman's sense of danger. Riding in a muscle car at top speed gives them a certain thrill that normal cars could only dream of. Call me sexist, but women love that stuff. Sort of the reason why they date jerks, if you ask me.
One last reason why men are so hooked with American muscle cars is the price. Contrary to the usual thrifty nature of men, splurging on a car that screams 'status symbol' is a temptation they cannot resist. The satisfaction with having a Mustang or a Cobra in your garage is more than enough compensation for the fortune they spent in acquiring one. Prices on these babies can go as high as $3,000,000.00, which is the price of the most expensive Dodge Viper VM-02 sold last year.
Men may have different reasons for owning American muscle cars. Be it for its speed, symbolism, or its appeal to women, it does not really matter. They, however, share one thing in common - having the bragging rights to owning one of America's finest contributions to the world of motoring.
America's top pony cars have been battling for ages, but the rivalry reaching a climax of technological advancement. Just recently, Ford has countered the announcement of the new Camaro with a sharp new car of their own: the 2018 Mustang. It was unveiled at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show in early February and has really got car enthusiasts talking.
The new Mustang leads with a more angular-looking, down-to-earth facade, and the interior has been restyled with an enormous LCD display that puts the driver in control of everything, and the rear of the GT features a new quad exhaust. Behind the car's scowl, the hood is packed with surprises.
The V-6 option on Mustangs has been retired and replaced with a 2.3L turbo inline-4 engine with less power, but probably more fuel efficiency (Ford hasn't released those numbers yet). However, the Mustang GT is still 5.0-liter V-8 powered, a feature that Ford isn't planning on letting go of soon.
A few things haven't changed: The Mustang is still rear-wheel drive, with a choice between 8-speed manual and 12-speed automatic. And all this is still available in convertible and coupe.
How do you feel about this new reveal? To a few, the unveiling is bittersweet; the car doesn't meet some people's expectations of power and new features, but it certainly doesn't disappoint. It's a Mustang, which has always and will always mean awesome speed and performance.
The fifth generation Camaro begins with the 2009 model for the track only with retail starting in 2010. This Chevy model is manufactured in Canada for the North American market place. The entry level version for 2013 is under $25,000.00 but if you need power the Chevy coupe ZL1 option is available with the 6.2 Liter all aluminum supercharged engine offering up to 580 horse power which will cost you upwards of $50,000.00 but for a bit more you might want the convertible version.
The Camaro was on a four year hiatus from the retail market but the engineers and designers were hard at work during this period.
In 2006 a concept Camaro was shown in a coupe style and on the GM Zeta platform at the North American Auto Show. This car is powered by a 6.0 Liter LS-2 engine producing 400 hp and is bolted to a T56 six speed standard transmission. It sports suspension features such as gas pressurized dampers, with front and rear progressive rate springs. The concept car is on a 110.5 inch (281 cm) wheel base having four wheel vented disc brakes for the 14 inch rotors with 21 inch rims in front and 22 inch to the rear; they are made of cast alloy with a unique five spoke design. The car was very impressive and won the best of Show award for ‘06.
Again at the North American Auto Show, in 2007, another concept Camaro is show but this time as a convertible and carries a very close resemblance to the one to be marketed in 2009. However the changes from the previous concept are subtle but they are comprehensive from the front doors to the rear bumper. The line of the fenders changes from the vertical to horizontal slightly further out and, to keep the lines smooth, the spoiler on the rear has been redesigned. The rims have thin orange outer pin stripe and are mounted with red line tires giving this concept a retro look, reminiscent of the ’69 model year. The interior has also had a few changes made with the seats made of leather with orange stitching and the chromed seat belt buckles look like the vintage G.M. style of the 1960’s. The dash has more easily read four gauge instrument cluster with the round units mounted in square housings and are set off by the brushed metal finishes, and the interior completed with the addition of a deep dish steering wheel.
Almost at the marketing point, GM shows a number of prototypes throughout 2008.
NASCAR and driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. have a hand in the revision of a Camaro SS prototype which runs on E85-a high octane gasoline and has other GM accessory modifications.
Mark Donohue’s Trans Am series Camaro is the inspiration for GS Racecar Concept which extensively uses carbon fiber panels for the hood, trunk lid, doors and fenders with the GM LS3-V8 in the engine compartment; bolted to the Tremec 6060 six speed transmission. Other racing inspired features are the aluminum radiator with aluminum engine oil coolers, the transmission coolers, as well as the differential. The exhaust system has three inch pipes with Coast Fab mufflers installed. This prototype was put up for sale in 2013 at Mecum Auction House during Monterey Car Week.