Equus Bass 770: The $250,000 muscle car
Muscle car from Michigan automaker blends old-school design with modern auto tech.
Tucked quietly in a back corner of Michigan Hall is an intriguing new car creating buzz at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show. At first glance, the Equus Bass 770 may appear to be a classic Ford Mustang, but a closer look reveals a limited-production supercar dressed in vintage clothing.
This modern muscle car evokes the passion of the great designs and nameplates of the 1960s and 1970s, incorporating styling elements from a number of different models but most noticeably the silhouette and fastback roofline of the iconic Ford Mustang.
Beneath classic lines lie the latest elements of automotive technology — an aluminum chassis, aluminum body lined with carbon fiber, Brembo carbon ceramic brakes, GM's Magnetic Selective Ride Control suspension and Michelin Pilot Sport tires.
The Bass 770 is powered by the General Motors LS9 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine that also powers the Chevrolet C6 Corvette ZR1. The 640 horsepower is delivered through a 6-speed dual-clutch gearbox. Performance specs from Equus indicate a top speed of 200 mph and 0 to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds.
Inside, the Bass 770 combines high-end luxury with modern ergonomics while still paying homage to 1960s muscle. The interior is wrapped in hand-stitched leather with an Alcantara headliner and bright metal accents. Modern equipment includes automatic climate control, GPS navigation and CD/DVD entertainment system.
Produced by Equus Automotive in Rochester Hills, Mich., the Bass 770 has been under development for six years and starts at $250,000. Options include wheels, colored or chromed brake calipers, additional lights, black chrome trim, engine cover and upgraded audio system.
For the new owner who wants more personalization, customization or exclusive options, the Bass 770 Bespoke begins at $300,000 and pairs the owner with a dedicated designer. The focus may be on more refined luxury, lighter weight for track use, additional body enhancements or even a completely new design.
Sheesh -- for $250,000 you could have a REAL classic Mustang with the same horsepower, engine, brakes, transmission, and all -- AND STILL HAVE $150,000 in the bank!
I'm a classic car fan, but this is a FAIL.
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