One boutique manufacturer in Michigan managed to create its own interpretation of the muscle car, while the big automakers continue to battle for market share. The Equus Bass 770 is a muscle car with a taste for life’s luxuries that mixes the old and the new.
Just looking at the Equus Bass 770 tales you down on memory lane, evoking moments in a ’68-’69 Mustang or a 1967 Charger. It takes only one glance at the Equus to fall in love. At first, you see a Dodge Challenger, but if you look for a little while it reminds you of a Camaro. However, at a different angle you see a Mustang. This car would look right at home wearing any of these three badges. The design has been slightly modified, and not it has sort of a grumpy –looking face. The classic badge has been italicized, probably for legal reasons, but it still has that hard-core muscle car look.
However, the Equus is rather modern. The car uses an aluminum chassis to keep performance figures up and weight down. As a result, the Equus Bass 770 weighs only 3640 lb. (1650 kg). The structural rigidity and strength is enhanced by the super-formed body with carbon fiber inners. The muscle car has carbon ceramic discs, Brembo brake calipers and big 255/40 ZR19 tires up front and 285/40 ZR19’s on the back.
The Equus Bass 770 is powered by a 6.2 litre supercharged aluminum V8 that in partnership with its 640 hp at 6,500 rpm and 820 Nm at 3,800 rpm and 6-speed manual gearbox result into a reported 321 km/h top speed and 0-60 mph (or 96.5 km/h) reached in 3.4 seconds. The 770 only comes in manual transmission form.
The Equus Bass 770 is equipped with 19-inch wheels, and with 255/40 front and 285/40 rear Michelin Pilot Sport tires. Moreover, it has carbon ceramic brakes and six-piston front and four-piston rear calipers. Unlike the 1965 Mustang, this car has incorporated key driving technology, Performance Traction Management, Magnetic Selective Ride Control, variable-ratio power steering and an Active Handling System with traction control.
On the interior, the Bass has a black leather-wrapped interior with black leather seats, an USB port, cruise controls for long hauls, tire pressure monitor and a radio/CD/DVD player. However, don’t expect Lexus or Infiniti levels of kit – standard equipment. The console mounted touch screen sits next to the retro steering wheel. A fully equipped Equus Bass 770 costs $250,000 and reaches the $290k mark with enhancements.