Hot Rod: Detroit Auto Show Horsepower Wars

Horsepower Wars: Who Had the Most at the Detroit Auto Show?

detroit auto show phillip thomasHot Rod by Phillip Thomas: You can’t go wrong buying a muscle car these days. The Big Three are all boxing with engines that’d make the mountain motors of the 60s blush with relentless horsepower and torque combined with too-good-to-be-true fuel economy and reliability. While the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS, aka, the Detroit Auto Show) was heavy on pick-up trucks this year, with Ford, Chevrolet, and Dodge showing off new full-sizers and compacts, there was no shortage of Motown speed present.

Have we hit peak C7 with the LT5-powered ZR1? Is it a coincidence its designation number is shared with the Saturn V rocket? At 750hp, it’s possible — but we wouldn’t hold it past Chevy to swing for the fences with the rumors and spy photos of the “Zora” mid-engine Vette suggesting GM is close to challenge the classic push-rod-V8-up-front formula of GM’s halo car.

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