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Why the All-Wheel Drive Dodge Challenger GT doesn’t Pack Hemi Power
The 2017 Dodge Challenger GT is the first ever 2-door muscle car to offer all-wheel drive and after receiving tons of questions asking why this car doesn’t pack Hemi power, we wanted to look at why FCA made the first ever 2-door muscle car with all-wheel drive a V6 model.
Redesigned for 1968, the GTO became a little curvier with a semi-fastback rear window, not as long and a little lower but slightly heavier than previous versions with a shorter wheelbase on the two-door models. This was the last year for a vent window or “no draft” on the GTO. The stacked headlights mounted horizontally, and hidden headlights were optional, but the hidden wiper blades were on all models.
Pontiac abandoned the single hood scoop in favor of dual scoops on either side of the hood ridge, which protruded above the grille. The base car had an Endura front bumper painted the same color as the body that could absorb a five mile-per-hour impact without deforming or, as an option, an owner could also order the Endura delete, and it would then have a chrome bumper and grille assembly; the latter is a very rare option. The GTO could have an optional tachometer mounted in the dash, or as an alternate option a hood-mounted version was also available.
The car came with disc brakes all around or an owner could order it with four-piston caliper brakes in front. The power option increased to 350 bph (260 kW) at 5000 rpm but all the same offers as the previous year except the all new Ram Air II package was added, which produced the same as the power option.Hot Rod magazine called the 1968 GTO the best balanced car Pontiac ever built. Car and Driver said it was too easy to spin the tires and lose control.
The stock GTO with a four-speed on the standard engine could do the quarter-mile in 14.7 seconds and reach 97 mph (157 km/h). The Ram Air is slightly quicker with a 4.33 rearend and could do the quarter-mile in 14.45 seconds and reach 98.2 mph (158 km/h).
The 1969 GTO had some changes. The exterior vent windows are gone for a cleaner look, the grille restyled, and the taillights revised as well as side marker lights added. In the passenger compartment, the key was put on the steering column and a locking steering wheel was standard equipment. The economy engine package with the 400-cubic-inch V8 stayed the same, but the 360 hp (270 kW) changed with 366 hp (273 kW) at 5100 rpm.
If gas mileage wasn't a concern, the top option is the hydraulic lifter Ram Air IV with header-like, high-flow exhaust manifolds, high-flow cylinder heads, an aluminum intake, and a large Rochester Quadra Jet four-barrel mounted on top of it. Inside the engine, the cam changed for higher lift and longer duration as well as other parts to withstand higher output and higher speeds.
The biggest “tongue-in-cheek” news in 1969 for the GM Corporation and the GTO was the introduction of The Judge model GTO and the free advertising ploy that came from the television show Laugh-In when Sammy Davis Jr. mimicked Pigmeat Markham, an entertainer from the 1920s and 1930s, with his routine “Here Come da Judge.” Those four words, due to the show, became a fad saying of the time, and they were heard everywhere. With advertising slogans like “The judge can be bought” and “All rise for the judge,” this budget-entry GTO model was a big hit, in red only at first, with all the other available colors introduced later in the year.
Chevrolet Confirms Chevy Camaro To Get A New Look, Something Powerful & With Lots Of Muscles On Board
The Americanauto giant Chevrolet is getting another new car for this week. The Michigan-based automaker is now getting ready for the upcoming big reveal of its big green track-ready Camaro at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show later this week. The company has already released few teaser shots on Facebook, showing off a new Camaro variant for the European market.
The Bel-Air is the up scale model from Chevrolet in 1957 with the mid range designated the “210” and the entry level model is the “150”. All three price ranges could be ordered as a two door Sport coupe, two door sedan, four door sedan or four door coupe. A convertible model is also available and the “Nomad” station wagon could be ordered in a two or a four door style to meet the full size needs of consumers.The wagon could be an upscale Bel Air, lesser “Townsman”, or the basic 150. The “210” with two doors has an upscale trim model available called the “Delray club coupe” and this is the model that is sought after by many collectors these days.
The ’57 Chevy was at a much dearer sticker price than previous years to pay for the changes made. The car has an all new dash board, sealed cowl, and air ducts concealed in the headlight pods which gives the car distinctive chromed lens; this feature in the newly styled wide grill and the classic fins in the rear to create a balance are part of what makes this such a prized collector’s item. The car is not 15” rims like older model Chevy’s but on 14” rims giving the car a lower profile. The upscale Bel Air has the “V” shaped trim on the tail fins filled with a ribbed aluminium insert gold badging and to distinguish it from the lesser models.
The engine offers are an entry level one barrel carburetor on the 235 cu in (3.85 L) inline “blue flame” six cylinder putting out 140 hp (105 kW). The 265 cu in (4.34 L) “Turbo-Fire” the V8 engine, introduced in 1955, was the first V8 in a Chevy since 1918. The newly introduced 283 cu in (4.64 L) “Turbo-Fire” V8 producing 185 hp (138 kW) with a two barrel or the same engine with “Super Turbo-Fire” equipped with a four barrel and has 220 hp (164 kW) made the car move away from the light quickly but if you needed more it could still be kicked up a notch or two
One of the power engine offers is the 283 equipped with two four barrel carburetor and the Duntov cam with solid lifters putting out 270 hp, (201 kW). The other offer is the same engine equipped with fuel injection is rated at 283 hp (211 kW) but this was a rarely purchased option. The car had three transmissions available from the factory; the “three on the tree” standard with synchromesh into second and third gear only with an optional overdrive feature and a choice of two automatics. The tried and proven two speed “PowerGlide” was the most popular choice by far; the new style turbine “TurboGlide” three speed in an aluminium housing was not a popular choice due to its reliability issues and confusing shift pattern so it was discontinued a few years later. A floor mounted four speed was also available but as a dealer installed option and the very light 1957 Chevrolet walked away with firsts in 49 NASCAR races using this four speed and the 270 hp engine
There are many options available including power brakes, steering, seats, windows, as well as a power antenna for your tube style am radio. The radio had a rear speaker option as well – with a separate dash mounted volume control for “surround sound” effect. A padded dash is an option as is a device bolted to the dash that senses oncoming traffic and dims your headlights. There is an optional electronic clock and air conditioning offered as well as a very unusual item if you chose it - an optional electric razor mounted on the dash board.