Equus Bass 700: Your New Favourite Muscle Car

A Mustang with a Corvette engine, Ferrari performance, and playschool scrabble name...

By Ollie Kew, 25 September 2013

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Do you like your American muscle cars as Detroit intended, or fiddled with, pumped up, and bad-assed? If you're one of the latter, this Ford Mustang could be right up your street. If not, you might want to grab a stress ball or do some breathing exercises. Sit this one out.

Hands up, I lied: this isn't a Ford Mustang. Not any more, anyway. Although this bears the perfectly proportioned bodyshell of a 1968 Fastback 'Stang, this is the ridiculously named Equus Bass 770.

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Let's tear that apart. Equus? Isn't that a stage play that Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe got his kit off for? Or Hyundai's idea of an S-class rival? Either way, it hardly screams attitude. What does do just that is 'Bass', written large across the car's arse. Not Boss. Bass. And the 770? You tell us.

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No, I mean it. The engine isn't a 770-cubic inch, or a 7.7-litre. It's actually the 6.2-litre, supercharged V8 from a C6 Corvette ZR1, good for 631bhp and 605lb ft. Plenty of power, as you'll soon see, but why not badge the Bass as a 620, perhaps?

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Anyway, you can have a six-speed manual shifter in the retro-modern Mustang interior, or a dual-clutch automatic. You get carbon-ceramic brakes, adaptive magnetic dampers, and new car tech like cruise control and LED lights.

How fast? Try a Ferrari 458 Italia-equaling 3.4sec to 62mph, and 200mph flat out. Just about quick enough to outrun the odd name, then.

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Equus Automotive fancies its chances - this ain't no fly by night one-off. You'll pay £186,000 for your very own - also equal to a Ferrari 458, incidentally. Equus states the Bass 770 is 'a new American milestone in high-end automobile history'. Dang. So it's up there with Ferrari F40s and Bugatti Veyrons for benchmark quality then? We're quietly excited.

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Anyway, here's a rather enjoyable mini-movie starring the Bass, some gratuitous burnouts, and more plot twists than a season of Breaking Bad. Enjoy.

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