2014 Chevy Camaro Convertible RS spotted

Torque News writer Patrick Rall spotted a 2014 Chevy Camaro RS Convertible in Milford, Michigan, and was able to take a few photos. He says that unlike other spy shops of the Camaro SS Convertible, this one was a V6 Model.

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2014 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet production begins

2014 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet production begins

Mustangs Daily reports that the 2014 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet production is currently underway at Watson Engineering in Taylor, Michigan.

New for 2014 is a new three-speed racing transmission equipped with SFI-approved housing in addition to the new parachute mount for those who want to take the muscle car faster than 150 mph. Also take note of two new colors to come, Gotta Have It Green and the exclusive Flat Black.

You can see a the full details of the 2014 Cobra Jets right here: http://blog.powerblocktv.com/?p=13047

Photos: Ford Racing

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2014 Corvette Stingray involved in multi-car crash

2014 Corvette Stingray involved in multi-car crash

Autoweek reports that a 2014 Corvette Stingray, likely from Chevy’s captive test fleet, was involved in an accident with a second-gen Lincoln Town Car in Madison Heights, Michigan.

There was no official word on what caused the accident, but judging from the photos, someone could have run a red light or possibly hydroplaned. (Feel free to share if you have a better guess.) Hopefully everyone was ok.

This isn’t the first report of a C7 crashing. Remember when this 2014 Stingray hit a rock wall in Arizona? Click here.

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Chrysler delay’s 2014 Jeep Cherokee media preview

Chrysler delay's 2014 Jeep Cherokee media preview

Chrysler has told The Detroit Free Press that it’s delaying the media’s preview of the 2014 Jeep Cherokee because of electronic issues controlling the engine and nine-speed transmission.

The automaker said in a statement that during the final weeks of testing, the company has discovered an opportunity to further improve the power train calibration of the Cherokee.

Though Chrysler is delaying the media preview, the company added that they will still plan on shipping the 2014 Cherokees to dealers by September.

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Photo: Freep.com

General Motors: Cadillac’s Twin-Turbo Kicks Turbo Lag to the Curb

General Motors: Cadillac’s Twin-Turbo Kicks Turbo Lag to the Curb

From General Motors:

DETROIT – Turbocharging increases power and performance with efficiency, but the delay in the delivery of power – known as “turbo lag” – has historically been its key limitation.

That’s about to change.

Cadillac’s first-ever Twin-Turbo, available on the 2014 CTS Vsport midsize luxury sedan and XTS Vsport full-size luxury sedan in the U.S. this fall, kicks turbo lag to the curb with a unique combination of smaller turbochargers, top-mounted throttle body and shorter air pathways.

The Cadillac Twin-Turbo V-6’s patented air flow design, which eliminates circuitous heat-exchanger tubing, makes the most of engine packaging efficiency to improve torque response time over other air flow designs.

Rated at 420 horsepower in the all-new 2014 CTS Vsport and paired with Cadillac’s first eight-speed transmission, the Twin Turbo is one of the most power-dense engines in the midsize luxury sedan segment, rated at an SAE-certified 420 horsepower (313kw) and 430 lb-ft of torque (583 Nm).

Air flow routing volume is reduced by more than 60 percent when compared with a conventional design that features a chassis-mounted heat exchanger. The water-to-air cooler system achieves more than 80 percent cooling efficiency with only about 1 psi (7 kPa) flow restriction at peak power for fast torque production.

“By creating a very short path from the turbos to the throttle body, the compressors are able to draw air directly from the inlet box and send pressurized air through the intercooler immediately,” said Richard Bartlett, Cadillac assistant chief engineer for the 3.6L engine. “This gives the driver a more immediate feeling of power on demand.”

Using two smaller turbochargers rather than a single, larger turbo also helps ensure immediate performance because smaller turbochargers spool up quicker to generate horsepower-building air pressure that is fed into the engine. An integrated charge air cooling system also contributes because the compressors blow through very short pipes up to the intercooler.

The single, centrally located throttle body atop the engine controls the air charge from a pair of turbochargers after the temperature is reduced in the intercooler. This design fosters more immediate torque response and reduces complexity by eliminating the need for a pair of throttle bodies.
Together, smaller turbochargers, top-mounted throttle body and shorter air pathways help sustain peak torque over a broad range – 1,900 to 5,600 rpm – for a confident feeling of power in almost all driving conditions, such as accelerating or overtaking traffic on the highway.

“The Cadillac Twin-Turbo intercooler design builds on our experience with the 6.2L supercharged engine used on the current CTS-V Series,” Bartlett said. “That means more performance for drivers without sacrificing efficiency.”

First 1,000 units of next-gen Mustang will be limited edition 2014 1/2 models

First 1,000 units of next-gen Mustang will be limited edition 2014 1:2 models

Mustangs Daily reports that their inside sources at Ford confirm that the first 1,000 next-gen Mustangs will be limited edition 2014 1/2 models.

It’s said to be the first Mustang to be based on the next generation S555 platform. The site says that each one will have a special VIN and build number.

As far as power, rumors circulating say that it will produce around 450 horses with a 5.0-liter V8.

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Custom shop resurrects Pontiac GTO Judge for 2014

Custom shop resurrects Pontiac GTO Judge for 2014

Trans Am Depot, a custom shop in Tallahassee, Florida, specializes in the design, fabrication and conversion of the 2010-2013 Trans Am.

“Based on the Camaro platform, we offer a 6T9 version Trans Am, 6T9 Goat (“GTO”), 7T7 Trans Am and the limited edition Hurst Trans Am.,” their website says.

Check out the teaser clip that introduces the 2014 “GTO” by Trans Am Depot, and tell us what you think. Leave a comment below, or send us a tweet to @PowerBlockTV.

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