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NZV8 No 166 March 2019

NZV8 Magazine was conceived when the passionate muscle car scene was in need of an authority. Thanks to a large population of baby boomers, muscle car and V8 culture is booming in New Zealand. NZV8 is not only riding that wave, but leading the way by providing a world class magazine that features the cars, events, like the annual Beach Hop and people that make the scene so exciting. NZV8 covers an extensive range of high-performance V8-engined vehicles. Wherever the local ground shakes to the beat of a tuned eight-cylinder machine, from a drag race meeting to a car show, NZV8 is there and bringing you all the action.

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appliance life

I always thought it was funny that some people could view cars as a mere appliance — a necessity required to transport oneself and passengers from point A to point B. But, thanks to someone of low morals managing to hit my dailydriver while it was parked and then proceeding to make a run for it, I was recently left behind the wheel of one the most appliance-like vehicles possible. Sure, I was grateful that the panel beater had one available, no doubt about it, as the timing couldn’t have been worse with the toys off the road and one other car recently departed from the fleet. At first, I didn’t think it was too bad — and, in some ways, it wasn’t, for a courtesy car — the second…

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decade for gibbo

Lots of things can change in ten years … just ask the designer of this magazine, Mark Gibson. Gibbo’s seen a couple of houses and a couple of kids arrive in that time, but what’s not changed is that he’s been the designer for NZV8 for all of it — this issue being his tenth anniversary issue. Over that time, Gibbo’s been an essential part of making the magazine what it is, so we’re sure you’ll all join me in saying a huge thanks to him. We know it’s not always easy — the late nights and last-minute changes — but the magazine wouldn’t be the same without him on-board. Cheers Gibbo!…

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world’s most expensive mustang

You read it here first, ladies and gents! The world’s most expensive Mustang, ever, has just sold at Mecum’s Kissimmee auction for a head-scratching figure of $2.2 million USD! How did a Mustang sell for such a ridiculously large figure? — you might be left wondering. Well, the car in question happens to be a 1967 Shelby GT500 Super Snake — a one-off prototype that was far too expensive for Ford to greenlight it to go in to production — roughly double the cost of a regular GT500 — and offered up 520hp back in ’67. To put that into perspective, the 2019 Shelby GT500 just revealed at the Detroit Auto Show is claimed to pump out “over 700 horsepower”, so some five decades later, the Super Snake could still…

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latest gt500 revealed

While the automaker is still playing coy with a few of the details of the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, Ford promises it will crank out over 700hp, thanks to a new supercharged 5.2-litre V8 based on the GT350’s engine package. The alloy block and heads have been strengthened, and the structural sump features active baffles for better oiling. However, the biggest change from that of the GT350’s Voodoo is the change from a flat-plane crank to a more traditional cross-plane crank, as the huge 2.65-litre blower pumps boost through an air-to-liquid intercooler meaning the crank doesn’t need to spin as fast. The redline comes down to 7500rpm, though with the projected power output and hum of a supercharger, we don’t think people will mind all too much. The power plant…

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new corvette takes no prisoners

Since its inception, the Chevrolet Corvette has been designed to excite, thrill, and scare anyone daring enough to climb inside the cabin. So, when Chevrolet announced that they would be unveiling a new edition of the coveted nameplate at the recent Rolex 24 at Daytona, expectations were high for the Detroit steel. And those that saw it in the flesh were not disappointed, when the covers were pulled off what we now know to be the 2019 Corvette Drivers Series special-edition Grand Sport — a bit of a mouthful, but with all that these bad boys are packing, it’s only fair to have such a title. There are four versions built upon the Grand Sport models — which boasts a naturally-aspirated 6.2-litre LT1 heart good for 460hp. And like the race…

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1355nm-producing dodge ram!

There aren’t many instances where a 410hp/581Nm-making 6.4-litre Hemi V8 is described as the ‘entry-level motor’, but when it comes to the 2019 Ram Heavy Duty pickups and the 3,500kg max payload and 16,000kg tow rating, it is just that, very entry level. The massive haulage comes courtesy of another big number: 1355Nm of torque from the high-output version of the 6.7-liter Cummins inline-six turbodiesel — a nearly 100Nm increase on the 2018 incarnation. What’s even crazier is that all that torque is produced at just 1,800rpm, with all 400hp made by 2,800rpm! Thanks to developments like a compacted graphite iron block, lighter pistons, hollow camshaft, and new forged connecting rods and bearings, the Cummins engine has lost more than 30kg, and coincidentally makes exactly 135Nm more torque than the Ford…