Equus Bass 770 melds retro Mustang style with supercharged Chevy V8

Equus Automotive, a small automotive firm based in Michigan, has made waves on the internet with its Bass 770, a modern day interpretation of the classic American muscle car.

Credit: Equus Automotive

Equus Bass 770 (blue) in the rain
Equus Bass 770 (blue) in the rain

The Equus Bass 770 fuses the style of the original Ford Mustang with a supercharged 477kW/820Nm 6.2-litre V8, which shares its basics with various Chevrolets and Australia’s own HSV GTS. Equus claims that the Bass 770 can hit a top speed of 322km/h (200mph) and race from 0 to 60mph (96km/h) in 3.4 seconds.

Power is sent to the rear wheels via a rear-mounted 6-speed manual transmission. The Bass 770 rides on 19-inch alloy wheels shod with Michelin Pilot Sport tyres and is fitted with magnetic ride control, traction and stability control, Brembo brakes, and front and side airbags.

Weight is kept to respectable 1,650kg thanks custom made aluminium body panels and chassis, as well as liberal use of carbon fibre. Standard equipment includes a leather interior, alcantara ceiling lining, air conditioning, sat nav, cruise control and tyre pressure monitoring. The audio system comes with AM/FM radio, CD slot and a USB port.

The Bass 770’s biggest hurdle? It’s starting price of US$250,000.

What with the name? We know for sure that the 770 refers to the displacement of each cylinder: 770 millilitres. Bass, we’re guessing, is the not only what the sound the engine emits at idle, but also shares all but one letter with the name Boss, used on various Mustangs.

Dimensions

Length: 4,927mm
Width: 1,934mm
Height: 1,390mm
Weight: 1,650kg

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Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]