Published September 26, 2013
It’s retro American muscle from an all new company.
Michigan startup Equus Automotive has unveiled the production version of its Bass770, a slick coupe that features late-1960’s style wrapped around modern mechanicals.
Equus manager Mike Oualid tells FoxNews.com that the company was started by a group of auto enthusiasts with a penchant for classic fastback pony cars who sensed a market for a high performance, 21st Century take on the genre among like-minded collectors around the world.
While the aluminum and carbon fiber-bodied two-door strongly resembles Frank Bullitt’s 1968 Mustang GT, it’s powered by the supercharged 6.2-liter V8 from the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, tuned here to pump out 640 hp and 602 lb-ft of torque that’s channeled to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual transaxle with a twin-plate clutch.
Equus claims the Boss770 can accelerate to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds and hit a top speed of over 200 mph.
According to Oualid, the Bass770 is built on an aluminum racing chassis that has been modified for street use with a four-seat interior and a suspension that uses General Motors’ acclaimed Magnetic Selective Ride Control damping system. Fade-free carbon ceramic brakes also come as standard equipment.
The price for the Bass770 is $250,000 to start, but that can be optioned up to $290,000 with available bespoke accessories and interior finishes. Equus says each car takes about four months to build, and its already gotten orders from customers in the Middle East, Germany, India, and, of course, the USA.