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  • Image Credit: Equus Automotive
  • Image Credit: Equus Automotive
  • Image Credit: Equus Automotive
  • Image Credit: Equus Automotive
  • Image Credit: Equus Automotive
  • Image Credit: Equus Automotive
  • Image Credit: Equus Automotive
  • Image Credit: Equus Automotive
  • Image Credit: Equus Automotive
  • Image Credit: Equus Automotive
  • Image Credit: Equus Automotive
  • Image Credit: Equus Automotive
  • Image Credit: Equus Automotive
  • Image Credit: Equus Automotive
  • Image Credit: Equus Automotive
The Equus Bass 770 has gone viral, and it's not hard to see why. The retro styling of the boutique modern muscle car draws inspiration mainly from the old Ford Mustang fastback, but also the Dodge Challenger, and it's powered by a thoroughly modern supercharged 6.2-liter V8 that makes 640 horsepower, a la Chevrolet's recently departed Corvette ZR1. It all comes together to give the Bass 770 a claimed 0-60 miles-per-hour time of 3.4 seconds and top speed of 200 mph, which makes us wonder why it took a short piece by Thrillist that ended up on the front page of Reddit to make people notice (including us). Apparently, the thing already has been out for almost a year, according to Equus Automotive's Facebook page.

Detroit-based Equus Automotive developed the car for six years to arrive at the product you see here. An aluminum chassis was built for the Bass 770, and its body is made out of aluminum lined with carbon fiber. The combination of strong, lightweight materials is sure to keep body flex to a minimum and, crucially, the weight down on this 3,640-pound muscle car. Unlike muscle cars of yore, the Bass 770 is generously equipped with safety features, such as airbags, and creature comforts that include a leather interior with the ceiling in Alcantara, air-conditioning, GPS, radio with CD and DVD capability, USB port, tire pressure monitoring system and cruise control.

To offset the weight of the big engine up front, the folks at Equus Automotive decided to mount a six-speed dual-clutch manual transmission (yes, a twin-disc manual) at the rear. Michael Qualid of Equus Automotive says, "An automatic transmission could be available in the near future with different engine combinations."

While we haven't driven it (yet), we imagine the handling greatly benefits from the weight distribution afforded by the transaxle layout. That's a good thing when you're drifting a 640-horsepower muscle car - which you can see in a video we included below. But if you want to join in on the action, be ready to pony up at least $253,000 for your own Bass 770.


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      over9000
      • 1 Year Ago
      To be quite honest I thought it was a Hyundai when I read the headline
      Frisky_Dingo
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is like some caricature hodge-podge muscle car off an Midnight Club game. Hideous, and monstrously overpriced. I'll pass, thanks.
      ShutoSteve
      • 1 Year Ago
      1971 Charger nose grafted onto a 1968 Mustang Fastback, with a 2012 ZR-1 engine transplant? No. At least keep the stock '68 front end.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      Kyngfish
      • 1 Year Ago
      I wish Ford would build a mustang with the lean, long lines of the first generation, but someone else copying it isn't quite what I wanted. The current mustang is a fat mess. For 250k give me a singer porsche. http://www.autoblog.com/2012/05/22/porsche-911-restored-by-singer-w-video/
      Tonyfumi
      • 1 Year Ago
      The ad is aimed at teenage boys.......Is that the target demographic?
      carnut0913
      • 1 Year Ago
      No.
      purevenom650
      • 1 Year Ago
      It looks like a fake mustang in GTA5
      Cruising
      • 1 Year Ago
      I don't like the nose, maybe if it was a cleaner design like the Challenger. Those two big lights in the center really throw off the look for me I know it's a Cuda nose look but it looks out of place. I appreciate the work that went into the car though.
      Arturo Rios Jr.
      • 1 Year Ago
      I ve seen this car everywhere except here until now. I have mix feelings about this. I can just say I like a fastback mustang much much more.
      john m
      • 1 Year Ago
      I don't think this car is good looking although the performance is great. What I am interested in is the dual clutch transmission that's hooked up to the ZR-1 motor...hhmmmm....
      Making11s
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's very impressive on paper, but the problem is the styling. Making so many changes to the look has turned it into the off-brand, unlicensed toy version of a well known car, like the kind of photoshopped mess you might see in a tire ad.
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