This weekend PowerBlock talks to “Dukes of Hazzard” star John Schneider. Courtney welcomes PowerBlock Magazine’s Jason Lewis to the team and his assignment was interviewing John Schneider at the Las Vegas Cars Stars & Knight Rider Festival. This cool car benefit supports the Children’s Miracle Network.
You can expect a wide range of topics from Jason on PowerBlock, including a look at the west coast car scene, interviews with car builders and celebrities, plus road test reports of cool cars. Jason has already contributed 3 covers to PowerBlock Magazine: George Barris, Mike Ryan and Danny Thompson. Plus we’ve got this General Lee from owner and Nolensville, TN, Police Chief Paul Rigsby. Check it out July 14 & 15. It’s the start of something new on PowerBlock!
On July 6, four drivers will be going on a road trip to show off the best of Chrysler’s Street Racing Technology (SRT) division by traveling to 30 locations across the United States.
The vehicles going on tour are the Chrysler 300 SRT8, Dodge Challenger SRT8 392, Dodge Charger SRT8 and the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8. They’ll leave from the Carlisle Chrysler Nationals in Pennsylvania and traveling across the East coast, then headed west.
According to the Drivesrt.com, they’re “going to roll with special guests and famous names, put out some challenges, rack up some miles on SRT machines and keep you in on all the action.”
Last year, the SRT tour traveled more than 18,000 miles, went to 30 states and visited 40 local club events and cruise nights, the site says.
Consumer Reports reviewed the Chevy Camaro, the Dodge Challenger and the Fiat 500C. Here’s a summary of what they had to say:
The Camaro First-generation classic with abundant, smooth power, but the design isn’t practical because it imposes limitations of visibility. The Dodge Challenger was seen as “pure retro” with its “ ‘70s’inspired paint-and-stripes combination.”
Between the two, Consumer Reports said that the Challenger is the “boulevard cruiser,” because its size is enough to “discourage corner-carving on public roads.” Though they said the Camaro is a full second quicker to 0-60 mph, it was “less fun getting there.”
“The Challenger has all the engine rumble, exhaust burble and extroverted attitude to transform even the slowest drive into a good time,” Consumer Reports said. “It’s not the fastest, most agile vehicle, but undeniably makes its presence known.”
And which vehicle was “torturous” to drive? The Fiat 500C, of course.
Several online sources are reporting the rumors of changes to some popular muscle cars.
One online magazine reported seeing the 2015 Mustang, saying it will be the first to receive an independent rear suspension, and have a smaller and lighter feel. The 3.7-liter V-6 and the 5.0-liter V-8 will be staying, but there’s a rumor of direct injection for the 5.0. And for those of you who want more under the hood, the so-called Coyote V-8 will power the high-performance Mustangs.
No one knows what’s expected for the 2014 Dodge Challenger, but rumors are already circulating that it could be based on the “same DNA” as the Chrysler 300, meaning it could keep its same large size.
A new Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 are coming for 2016 and 2017, respectively. The two will share standard rear-wheel drive and an optional advance all-wheel drive systems, as well as engines and transmissions. Each will continue to offer V6 and V8 engines (perhaps versions of the Pentastar V6 and Hemi V8).
The 2013 RAM 1500 will have a some competition this fall when Ford comes out with their 2013 F-150. During a meeting of the Future Farmers of America in Texas, Ford showed off the updated F-150.
Some of the changes Ford made to their best selling truck include a new Limited luxury package, and all trim levels received cosmetic changes to the front end and better connectivity inside. The MyFord Touch system will also be included in the four luxury models, a first for the F-150.
Ford says its turbocharged Ecoboost V6 engine will be available on more trims, as well as its 6.2-liter V8 engine.
New high-density discharge headlamps, more interior and exterior colors, and new wheels are also available.
Official specs on GM’s Silverado and Sierra models haven’t been released, but both are rumored to be lighter for fuel efficiency and have a new direct-injection V8.
Ford announced today that they’re teaming up with other companies to work on developing the use of 100% plant-based PET materials and fiber in their products in an effort to reduce the use of fossil fuels. Ford is partnering with Coca-Cola, H.J. Heinz, NIKE and Procter & Gamble.
GM introduces rear-wheel drive sedan
For the first time in 17 years, General Motors will introduce a rear-wheel drive Chevy performance sedan for the U.S. Market. According to the Chicago Tribune, GM has plans to sell a limited number of full-size sedans with a V-8 engine called the Chevrolet SS. It’s expected to reach dealerships in late 2013.
Who leads in sales for the month of May?
For the Month of May, Ford Mustang sold more vehicles than any rear-wheel drive performance car, beating out the Chevy Camaro and Dodge Challenger.
By the numbers for May:
Ford Mustang: 10,427
Chevy Camaro: 9,023
Dodge Challenger: 4,816
Though the Mustang was ahead for the month of May, they’re still 2,213 units behind the Chevy Camaro for the year.