American muscle car. Handcrafted in Detroit, Michigan, the birthplace of the automotive industry in the United States. The discovery that another new car company has sprung up in the great city of Motor City and made three supposedly fully hatched examples of their new model almost entirely from scratch was probably the biggest surprise of the Detroit auto show 2014.
The 2015 Equus BASS770, a bespoke, fully customized homage to late 1960s muscle vehicles created by EQUUS Automotive in suburban Rochester Hills, is born from this cradle of steel and sparks. In October 2013, the specialist manufacturer began taking orders for its iconic coupe.
The 2015 BASS770 is the result of a long-standing interest in true muscle cars of the 1960s and 1970s. The front looks like a 1967 Mustang with a 1969 Shelby GT500, but the rear looks like a Holden Interceptor with near-1969 Charger tubes. The extraordinary seductive power of famous beauties, fueled by their unique fastback feature, fascinates and captivates to this day. As an all-new muscle car bringing together the best of 21st century American engineering craftsmanship, the 2015 Equus Bass 770 proudly sets a new standard in the international luxury automobile segment.
With an experienced team of car-loving experts, Equus Automobile Inc.. worked on the Bass 770 project for the previous six years until its debut in 2015. The 2015 BASS770 is all about bringing together all of America’s finest craftsmanship over decades to create a true DREAM vehicle. The authentic feel of classic muscle cars combined with the reliability of today’s technology.
The 2015 Equus Bass 770 comes standard with a stunning powertrain
A custom 6.2L supercharged aluminum V8 main engine provides power to this one-of-a-kind masterpiece. A 640 horsepower engine propels the car. A tube-and-tub aluminum chassis sits under the skin, resembling a race car rather than a production car. Curb weight is a modest 3,640 pounds. A rear-mounted six-speed manual gearbox with two clutches distributes torque to the rear wheels. The vehicle does not come with an automatic transmission. The precise efficiency of this powertrain meets the most stringent emission standards.
This modern muscle car is supported by a frame structure handcrafted from aluminum extrusions with superformed floorboards and high tensile steel. A race-inspired roll cage (integrated into the aluminum-carbon composite body) and extended energy absorption zones are among the features. The aluminum chassis is designed to find the optimal blend of lightness and agility while maintaining precise handling.
The layout of the rear-wheel drive and front mid-engine provides perfect weight distribution for spirited driving. At every speed, the wide wheelbase and wide tracks provide precise stability. Carbon ceramic brakes provide the best combination of performance, stopping distance and longevity. The wheels hug the ground with magnetic suspension technology. The 2015 Equus Bass 770 has a zero-to-sixty time of 3.4 seconds and a top speed of 200 mph.
A seductive, retro-styled automotive monster that offers a beastly interior
The interior feeling of the cockpit is the result of a marriage between the study of modern ergonomics and the design spirit of the cockpits of the muscle cars of the 1960s and 1970s. This technological and comfort research results in a exciting new driving experience. The interior design and leather upholstery are fully customized to achieve the desired effect. The interior is quite unique, with just a few sections that look vaguely familiar (the on-off button looks Corvette-y, and the map lamp cluster looks familiar).
The various electronics are controlled by old-fashioned rocker switches, and the climate controls are hidden behind a chrome bezel that looks like an antique radio. An aftermarket Alpine touchscreen unit handles radio functions. The car includes airbags and crash tests were carried out digitally on a computer, but real-world testing is still pending. You name it: extreme luxury refinement or light and sporty race preparation, body upgrades or completely new design, vintage muscle look or contemporary art paintwork, unique body color and rare materials…
The 2015 Equus Bass 770 is a beauty, seduction and sleek muscle car that doesn’t come cheap
If having a handcrafted vehicle wasn’t enough, the automaker also sells bespoke coupes. During a personalization program, a client will be followed by a specialized designer, and his greatest wishes will come true. Customers will have endless power to make their BASS770 a once-in-a-lifetime experience through a global network of the finest craftsmen, artists and performance gurus.
The standard Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the 2015 Equus BASS770 Coupe is $250,000, with custom options available for an additional $50,000. The company produced three automobiles, each of which was displayed at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show (one in red, white and blue), with orders for 20 more. The goal was to produce 100 units per year.
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