11/21/13 10:11AM Equus Bass 770, Muscle Car, Mustang, Mustang Restmod

Modern-day Muscle Car: The Equus Bass 770

Equus Bass 770, American Made Muscle Car

Although it's been more than 50 years since muscle cars were first introduced, their popularity hasn't decreased one bit and Americans still love them the way they did back in the 60s. Muscle cars that were built decades ago haven't lost their value and are now worth millions of dollars. In the past couple of years, the muscle car market has seen some pretty serious rivalry between the likes of Ford, GM and Chrysler, but lately, another, not so famous company has started making waves in this market segment. It's Equus Automotive, a car maker that recently unveiled its Bass 770, as a modern interpretation of the classic American muscle car.

This start-up company with headquarters in Rochester Hills, Michigan, has been working on the Bass 770 for six years, and has managed to create a car that has the design of a typical muscle car, but has the interior and performances that are worthy of a 21s tcentury vehicle.

You only have to take one look at the Equus Bass 770 to see that its styling is pretty similar to the Dodge Challenger, the Ford Mustang fastback, and a Chevrolet Camaro, which makes you realize that the manufacturer intended to remind buyers of the original muscle cars from the 60s and 70s with it. The retro styling is expressed through various classical features, such as the headlights that can be seen on 70s Camaros, as well as the roofline that is typical for the Mustang Fastback.

Under the hood of the Equus Bass 770 is a supercharged 6.2-liter, V8 engine, capable for delivering 640 horsepower and 605 lb-ft of torque. The engine is paired with a 6-speed dual-clutch manual transmission, for a top speed of 200 mph, and a 0-60-mph time of only 3.4 seconds. The body is made of aluminum and carbon fiber, making the car pretty lightweight, which helps improve its amazing performances, that are already great thanks to the extremely powerful engine. Handling is sporty and dynamic, because of the central front positioning of the engine. Braking is very reliable thanks to the Brembo brake calipers with carbon ceramic discs.

Once you get inside this Bass 770, you will see that the whole cabin is covered in leather, and it's all handmade. There are a couple of small chrome accents on the seats and across the dashboard, which adds a touch of elegance to the interior. Unlike the old muscle cars, this one has plenty of high-tech features that make for a comfortable and entertaining ride, such as a touch screen on the center console, air conditioning, a radio/CD/DVD player, a USB port, as well as cruise control. Some of the most advanced safety features are also part of the standard equipment, including an Active Handling System and Performance Traction Management.

Clearly, all this power and comfort doesn't come cheap, and you'll have to be willing to pay $250,000 for this exquisite modern-day muscle car.

Jordan Perch is an automotive fanatic and “car tech” specialist. He is a writer for DMV.com, which is a collaborative community designed to help ease the stress and annoyance of “dealing with the DMV”.