Luxury and muscle, two words that have never gone together, until the arrival of the Equus Bass 770. No it’s not a caravan despite the name sounds like one. It’s a newcomer in the American muscle car segment from a small boutique manufacturer in Michigan, US.
Unlike the three most recognisable American muscle cars of today – the Chevrolet Camaro, Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger, the Equus Bass 770 unashamedly defined a new category of cars called the luxury muscle car. It’s the perfect example of the modern day interpretation of a “why not?” scenario.
The formula is simple. Take the best out of the Camaro, Mustang and Challenger trio, blend them in a luxury package and garnish with a dose of retroness. The result, well as you would have expected, is a mix bag really. But who cares? It works!
The Equus Bass 770 is motivated by a Corvette ZR1 derived supercharged all-aluminium 6.2-litre V8 engine churning out a hefty 640 hp (477 kW) of power and a monstrous 605 lb.ft (820 Nm) of torque. Drive is sent to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox, allowing the Bass 770 to rip the century spin in a supercar-like 3.4 seconds, en route to a top speed of 200 mph (321 km/h).
Unlike the inspirational cars that the Equus Bass 770 plays homage to, it weighs a respectable 1650 kg thanks to an aluminium chassis and extensive of use carbon fibre body panels. There is also a handcrafted interior with high quality leather, touch screen LCD, aluminium switchgear and a retro steering wheel.
The Bass 770 comes standard with carbon ceramic brakes, electronically adjustable damping system, performance traction management and variable-ratio power steering, all sourced from the Corvette ZR1. It rolls on 19-inch gloss black wheels wrapped in tyres measuring 255/40 ZR19 for the front and 285/40 ZR19 for the rear.
The Bass 770’s premium muscle comes at a hefty cost with price ranging from US$250,000 to US$290,000 for a fully equipped model.