Equus reveals the Bass 770
Vintage styling with modern day technology. Now where've we heard of that before? Oh, yes! The amazing Porsche 911 by Singer: a nineties 911 that's had its genetic code spliced with important DNA from newer Porsche models. Well, that logic has now been given a shot of Americana thanks to the Equus Bass 770.
Under the full aluminum silhouette of a 1960s fastback Mustang, there's the supercharged 6.2-litre LS9 V8 engine from the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1. For people who don't remember Jeremy's review, that block develops 640bhp and 820Nm of torque. This is a lot more than Steve McQueen ever experienced in Bullitt.
According to its makers, this big engine allows the Bass 770 to get from 0-100kph in 3.4 seconds - that's Ferrari 458 Spider fast - and max out at 320kph. It's not just big power either. It's fitted with carbon ceramic brakes, a magnetic suspension system with adjustable shock absorbers and a double clutch gearbox. New school indeed.
And as you can see, they've tinkered with the design slightly. It now has a slightly grumpy-looking face and the classic ‘stang badge has been italicised - most definitely for legal reasons. Even so, it still has that hardcore, muscle car look and the beating V8 to go with it. Inside it's got all the mod cons: USB connectivity, sat nav and ISO fix so you can scare your kids.
But, like the Singer, it all comes at a price... Rs 1.56 crore. And that's only for the basic one. You can pay more to have a designer customise your car to whatever spec you desire. We'd probably do that and spec a different name because Equus Bass 770 isn't very Muscle car is it? Equus is actually a Hyundai sold in some parts of the world, Bass is a fish (or something that comes out of subwoofers) and 770 is one of the big, scary numbers Rachel Riley tells you to solve on Countdown. It's not in the same league as Mustang, Charger and Challenger. So what would you call it?
(Words: Rowan Horncastle)