As you probably know…

..I am a CAR guy.

Two new cars have REALLY captured my interest recently. One is a concept car from Daimler/Chrysler which is to be introduced at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit next month. It is the all new Dodge Challenger (read from MSN):

Dodge Challenger Concept
Muscle cars will continue to be a hot item with the Chrysler Group as it plans to debut the all-new Challenger concept. "This concept possesses the heritage and classic forms of the original Dodge Challenger," said Trevor Creed, senior vice president of design at the Chrysler Group. "However, the ability to use the Dodge Magnum, Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 series architecture as the concept’s foundation allowed us to bring a new level of quality and fit-and-finish to a muscle car icon." This will be the first two-door car from Chrysler built on that platform. And, as one would expect, it should have a HEMI under the hood. For more details, return here the week of January 8, 2006, as MSN Autos provides full coverage on this new muscle car.

With any luck, it will have an SRT-8 HEMI pushing out 425+ Horsepower! After all, the Challenger WAS a major player Pony-style Muscle-car when it was last hitting the showroom floors in 1970-1971.

Secondly, comes the all-new Corvette Z06. This car is packing 505 Horsepower and does the 0-60 in the 4-second range! It is also the first ‘Vette to come with fixed headlights in 40 years. Read this (also from MSN):

2006 Chevrolet Corvette Z06
The 2006 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 joins the lineup for 2006, powered by a 505-horsepower LS7 7.0-liter V8 engine with a 6-speed manual transmission. Standard Z06 equipment also includes 18-inch front wheels with 275/35ZR18 Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar Extended Mobility tires and 19-inch rear wheels with 325/30ZR19 Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar Extended Mobility tires. The brakes have 6-piston front calipers, 4-piston rear calipers and use a total of 20 brake pads. Corvette Coupe and Convertible offer a new electronically-controlled 6-Speed Paddle Shift automatic transmission with manual shift control.

Ahh, you just gotta love those American boys and their toys!

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