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My Own Worst Enemy

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Post by PHOENIXZERO » Sat Sep 13, 2008 7:28 pm

So that show is going to be a big GM commercial, yet GM wasn't interested in Knight Rider? Granted the Camero wasn't ready at that point but perhaps they learned their lesson from how well the KR TV movie did and how they missed out. At least with Knight Rider the car is the star for good reason...
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Post by EdwardKnoxII » Sat Sep 13, 2008 8:15 pm

http://myownworstenemy.tv/2008/07/chris ... camaro-ss/

Christian Slater’s 2010 Chevy Camaro SS
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When it was announced that Knight Rider was returning to network TV, I was intrigued. Then they announced that the new KITT (now the Knight Industries Three Thousand) will be a black 550HP Ford Shelby 500 KR Mustang… I was excited.

But if Edward Albright’s supposed to be a rough, James Bond like character, he’s going to need a sweet ride too right? As far as American muscle cars go, you can’t really compete with the new KITT. What wheel could they possibly put Slater behind that won’t look inferior to the new Shelby?

Introducing the 2010 Chevy Camaro SS:

The car is currently being tested in Mesa, Arizona and is expected to be released in showrooms in 2009. Rumoured to go 0-60 in 4.6s, the new Camaro is expected to be packing a 505HP LS7 engine under the hood. This fall on My Own Worst Enemy, expect to see Christian Slater kicking butt and taking names, cruising around in Chevy’s latest masterpiece.

So, will the new Camaro outshine and out-pace the Shelby Mustang? It’s a little early to say. Maybe Knight Rider and My Own Worst Enemy can do a cross-over episode and we can watch Slater race Michael Knight (Justin Bruening). I would pay to see that.

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Post by Sky_Blue_Civic » Sun Sep 14, 2008 3:59 am

EdwardKnoxII wrote:Maybe Knight Rider and My Own Worst Enemy can do a cross-over episode and we can watch Slater race Michael Knight (Justin Bruening). I would pay to see that.

LOL!The Camaro is no match for KI3T!KI3T doesn't even need Michael! :good: Although I'm not that a big fan of Ford,all I can say is KI3T>The Camaro from My Own Worst Enemy.

(HINT to find out if you're a KR addict:You thought the show "My Own Worst Enemy" was a show starring the original KITT and KARR when you first heard the title.)I think it would be awesome to name a KvK episode that. :D
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My Own Worst Enemy: Christian Slater, Chevy Camaro Star in New TV Show

BURBANK, California — It was almost impossible to miss the new 2009 Chevrolet Camaro during NBC's just-concluded, multi-network coverage of the Olympics in Beijing. At just about every commercial break, there was a spot with Christian Slater playing mild-mannered efficiency expert "Henry" and hard-edged government agent "Edward" (two guys, one body) in the new series My Own Worst Enemy. And both Henry and Edward drive new not-yet-for-sale Chevys — Henry in a Traverse crossover SUV and Edward in a new Camaro.

Both the Traverse and Camaro are apparently pre-production vehicles rushed to the My Own Worst Enemy set in order to get them on camera. In fact, the appearance of the two vehicles emerges from a state-of-the-art marketing arrangement between GM and NBC. According to an earlier press release, the agreement makes "GM the exclusive automotive integration partner" for the show with the starring roles for the two vehicles part of the integration. "This great partnership helps GM leverage our content and utilize our platform in a transformative way," the release quoted NBC Co-Chairman Ben Silverman as saying. "They are a market leader and we are a market leader. It validates our Infront strategy to be early and create a two-way conversation with our clients." In short, it's one step beyond the sort of product placement that's typically seen on network TV shows.

So NBC has partnered up with Ford to make the upcoming remake of Knight Rider a blue oval show, while it's hitched to the bowtie for My Own Worst Enemy. In fact NBC is currently promoting My Own Worst Enemy as "presented by Chevrolet."

As to the vehicles actually used in the production, there's not much to know. From the commercial, it's hard to tell how the Camaro is trimmed (RS? SS? Who knows?) and it's hard getting psyched about the Traverse's appearance at all.

The series premieres on October 13 and will regularly appear on Monday nights at 10:00 p.m. on NBC.

What this means to you: No longer are TV shows just filler between car commercials. Now they're car commercials, too. — John Pearley Huffman, Correspondent


So lets see. NBC has Ford for Knight Rider and Chevrolet for My Own Worst Enemy. So when do you think NBC is going to make a deal with Dodge? :shock:

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Post by adamtrek » Mon Sep 15, 2008 4:59 pm

So lets see. NBC has Ford for Knight Rider and Chevrolet for My Own Worst Enemy. So when do you think NBC is going to make a deal with Dodge?


Did you mean CBS? If that's the case, when they do a new Dukes of Hazzard show starring Bo and Luke's sons with either the old 69 Charger, but then every other car in Hazzard will be a brand-spanking new Dodge, even Uncle Jesse's Dodge Ram, which of course, can no longer be that old Ford truck.

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Post by EdwardKnoxII » Mon Sep 15, 2008 6:56 pm

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So lets see. NBC has Ford for Knight Rider and Chevrolet for My Own Worst Enemy. So when do you think NBC is going to make a deal with Dodge?


Did you mean CBS? If that's the case, when they do a new Dukes of Hazzard show starring Bo and Luke's sons with either the old 69 Charger, but then every other car in Hazzard will be a brand-spanking new Dodge, even Uncle Jesse's Dodge Ram, which of course, can no longer be that old Ford truck.

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No I meant NBC. You see NBC made the show My Mother The Car and it would be the perfect time to remake it. This time the mom is reincarnated in a new Dodge Challenger. :P

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Post by Kaine » Tue Sep 16, 2008 4:26 am

so all the talk about "we can't have the Camaro in Knight Rider because there's an exclusive deal with Transformers" isn't valid any more?
somehow i feel cheated a little, since i think the Camaro would have been a great choice for KI3T...
ah well, but i've come to love the Shelby Mustang as the car in the new Knight Rider.

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Post by EdwardKnoxII » Wed Sep 17, 2008 8:41 pm

adamtrek wrote:
So lets see. NBC has Ford for Knight Rider and Chevrolet for My Own Worst Enemy. So when do you think NBC is going to make a deal with Dodge?


Did you mean CBS? If that's the case, when they do a new Dukes of Hazzard show starring Bo and Luke's sons with either the old 69 Charger, but then every other car in Hazzard will be a brand-spanking new Dodge, even Uncle Jesse's Dodge Ram, which of course, can no longer be that old Ford truck.

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I just had an idea NBC can make a deal with Dodge to bring back another one of their shows from back in the day. I think you know the one. :P

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Post by Taichi » Fri Sep 19, 2008 9:42 pm

Viper was indeed an awesome show... but for some reason I feel it was ahead of it's time... I think it would work now... but then you start getting too many car shows.

But the first season and fourth season were the best... Joe was far better then Cole. But the first season transformation was the best.

I'm looking forward to My Own Worst Enemy... I hope it does well.

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Post by EdwardKnoxII » Mon Oct 13, 2008 1:49 am

I know this is a Knight Rider forum but, I just wanted to bump this to say that My Own Worst Enemy is coming on tonight after Heroes. The show has gotten some good reviews. I'm looking forward to it and I hope it does well. And shows off the Camaro. 8)

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Post by Sue » Mon Oct 13, 2008 4:47 am

I saw it already thanks to Neil's tip
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I enjoyed it, It had a lighter tone than I was expecting. The VFX were well done too.
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Post by goldbug » Mon Oct 13, 2008 9:49 am

Kaine wrote:so all the talk about "we can't have the Camaro in Knight Rider because there's an exclusive deal with Transformers" isn't valid any more?
somehow i feel cheated a little, since i think the Camaro would have been a great choice for KI3T...
ah well, but i've come to love the Shelby Mustang as the car in the new Knight Rider.

I don't think that was ever the case. GM was one of many companies offered the chance to showcase their cars in KR08, they simply were not interested at the time and Ford stepped up to the plate.
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Post by tamatt27 » Tue Oct 14, 2008 11:11 pm

The Camaro SS won't have the LS7...The GT500KR will be more powerful than the Camaro SS at time of launch.
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Post by EdwardKnoxII » Tue Oct 14, 2008 11:52 pm

http://www.freep.com/article/20081012/ENT03/810120320

'Enemy' could be GM's best friend
New NBC series gives GM cars a nontraditional showcase
BY JULIE HINDS • FREE PRESS POP CULTURE WRITER • October 12, 2008

When Christian Slater's new series for NBC, "My Own Worst Enemy," debuts Monday, he'll be playing two very distinct characters.

Henry Spivey is a husband and father who lives in the suburbs. Edward Albright is a secret agent who speaks 13 languages and is trained to kill

The twist is the two men reside in the same body. Oh, did we mention that Slater's dual personalities have separate cars?

That's another wrinkle to the series, which is one of NBC's stronger fall offerings. The network and General Motors have teamed up in a special way for "My Own Worst Enemy."

The official announcement back in May called GM "the exclusive automotive integration partner" for the show.

That's corporate-speak for a deal that essentially gives two vehicles -- the 2009 Chevy Traverse crossover for family man Henry and the 2010 Chevy Camaro SS for slick spy Edward -- a chance to be part of the drama, not just cars plopped into a handful of scenes.

As GM shares dropped to historic lows late last week, and fears about the company's liquidity continued to rise in the midst of the global economic shake-up, GM remained optimistic about the upcoming series and their relationship with NBC.

"Products like the Camaro and the Traverse are going to lead us through this turbulent time," said Terry Rhadigan, director of Chevrolet Communications. "We are happy to integrate them into this TV show ... to showcase our products in a nontraditional way."

The relationship between auto companies and Hollywood has become more intertwined and elaborate as TV shows and movies have found ways to move beyond the old model of merely getting products in front of the camera.

The 2007 blockbuster film "Transformers" set a new standard for giving vehicles a star turn. It featured GM cars and trucks in leading roles as the heroic Autobots.

Early this year, Ford grabbed attention when NBC's TV-movie update of "Knight Rider" (now a regular series) debuted with a Ford Mustang replacing the original Pontiac Trans Am as the talking, tech-loaded KITT car.

"My Own Worst Enemy" is a sophisticated action-adventure romp with some of the psychological flavor of "Alias" and the "Bourne" movies. In a conference call with reporters, Slater said he was attracted to the project by the Jekyll-and-Hyde premise and the overall commitment to quality.

"They told me that ... they were going to try and put a movie on TV every week, and, as far I can tell, the production value and the things we've been able to do have been extraordinary," said Slater.

The first episode explores the details of the Henry/Edward split personality. And in one memorable scene that helps set the tone of the drama, one of the Chevy cars plays a juicy role.

Dino Bernacchi, GM's director of branded entertainment, said he was hooked as soon as he read the script for the series

"Hands down, this is an incredible opportunity to be able to leverage two distinctly different vehicles," he said.

GM and NBC put together the type of partnership that, as Bernacchi described it, "literally means being a part of the show, and not just product placement, but integrating our product into its property, so that ... we're part of the storyline or story arc that ends up transitioning throughout the entire season."

One example of how closely GM and NBC have worked together? Before shooting on the series started, NBC made promotional spots for "My Own Worst Enemy" that featured GM cars and had them ready in time to air during the Beijing Olympics.

That step was "very unique," according to Ben Silverman, cochairman of NBC Entertainment.

Many critics of TV advertising feel that the mingling of consumer goods and entertainment has gone too far -- way beyond the old model of limiting sales pitches to actual commercials.

But Silverman, who's known for embracing the branded entertainment approach, says younger viewers are ready to move beyond such debates and focus on how skillfully the marketing is done.

"What you're seeing is a generation of people who've grown up being advertised to everywhere they go," said Silverman. "They've been advertised to inside the TV experience, inside the Internet experience, inside elevators, inside taxicabs, on their cell phones. They get that shows are brought to them by advertising investment, so they forgive it if it's done tastefully."

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Post by Matthew » Wed Oct 15, 2008 12:03 am

I think it’s only fair to clarify that the Camaro SS was never intended to compete with either of the Shelby models.

Having followed the Camaro’s return very closely, it should be noted that each model has been designed to compete with the principle models being built by each of its competitors, which places the SS firmly into Mustang GT and Challenger SRT8 territory.

Thanks to a derivative of the Corvette ZR1’s powertrain, the Z28 is likely to become the chief competition to each of the Shelby models, although for the time being, its development is being kept well and truly below the radar due to the current economic climate, and indecision as to whether it will be placed into production for the 2011 model year.

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Post by Rockatteer » Wed Oct 15, 2008 12:10 am

I just had an idea NBC can make a deal with Dodge to bring back another one of their shows from back in the day. I think you know the one.

I thought they had brought the show back, except the cars changed to a Ford Shelby and it talks now?
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Post by EdwardKnoxII » Wed Oct 15, 2008 12:55 am

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"My Own Worst Enemy": This GM vehicle is no lemon
When NBC began promoting the Christian Slater action show "My Own Worst Enemy" during the Beijing Games, let's just say I didn't leap to set a season pass on my DVR.

First, it appeared Slater would be playing two different characters. As gimmicks go, that's not quite in the league of casting an animal as a sidekick, but close. Next, we learned from a second wave of ads that each of Slater's alter egos would have his own custom-made GM ride. Henry, the mild-mannered traveling sales executive with a home and family in the Midwest, would be driving an SUV; Edward, the ruthless government spy that Henry morphs into, seemingly on demand, he got a one-of-a-kind, tricked-out 2010 Camaro.

Well, that screams quality, doesn't it? I was afraid that NBC was doubling down its "Knight Rider" bet with another shlocky show with a car as the star. Throw in Slater's spotty acting record of late and my hopes weren't very high for "My Own Worst Enemy."

Surprise! It's not nearly as bad as I thought. How's that for a recommendation?

Monday's pilot opens with a nice little intrigue -- a French spy, some romance, a well-placed bullet -- before giving us the show's premise with energy and style. The story: A government agency has figured out how to turn Edward into Henry, so he can return to his domesticated life after getting his spook on. And it's all done without his apparent knowledge: we see Henry getting zapped with radio waves, or something, and coming to in an office park.

Why exactly the government would need a person to be toggled between two identities against his will isn't clear (though I suppose it's easy enough to guess why). But there's so little dead time in this fast-paced first hour that the mind rarely has the chance to ponder such things.

I got a kick out of watching Slater switch back and forth between Henry and Edward and back again. A complex network TV role is probably something he only dreamed of while making those direct-to-video "films." This is a slick sci-fi drama aimed at an audience roughly twice the age of the target viewer for "Knight Rider." Oh, and about those cars: They really don't get as much screen time as the commercials lead you to believe. Thank heavens for misleading ads.

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Automakers Push Key Vehicles Through Fall TV Shows

NEW YORK — In this fall's TV season, a secret agent speeds around in a Chevrolet Camaro, a man tries to save the world with the help of a Dodge Ram pickup, and a famous talking car returns to the streets in the form of a Ford Mustang.

With auto sales at 15-year lows and traditional TV advertising less appealing than it used to be, automakers are hoping such starring roles for key vehicles will boost interest in _ and sales of _ their products.

The idea is to grab the attention of consumers without being too obvious, while also creating a positive image for the automaker, said Kelly O'Keefe, executive education director at the Virginia Commonwealth University Brandcenter, a graduate advertising program.

When done effectively, O'Keefe said, the practice has been shown to boost sales, and it can be very affordable for companies, which often can get their products placed just by providing them for free.

While product placement has become more popular in recent years because people are using digital video recorders to skip commercials, O'Keefe said the automotive industry's use of it is a good example of how the practice can take marketing a step further than a traditional 30-second spot.

"It's not just a byproduct of the DVR system, it also puts the product into a different context than an ad," O'Keefe said. "It's something that complements it."

It was that thinking that motivated General Motors Corp. to place two of its newest vehicles in NBC's new drama "My Own Worst Enemy," which premieres Monday night.

The show's central character, played by actor Christian Slater, has two different personalities. There's Henry, a suburban dad who drives GM's recently launched family-oriented Traverse crossover. Then there's Edward, a secret agent who speeds around in the new version of GM's Camaro sports car set to go on sale early next year.

"When you're integrated into a program, your product adds a presence and becomes a character in a way," said Dino Bernacchi, GM's director of marketing and branded entertainment.

The GM vehicles' starring roles are part of a wide-ranging marketing agreement that also ties in traditional TV commercials, a presence on the network's Web site and other promotions, Bernacchi said.

"The ads work harder and better when we get it working all together," he said. "It's not just that we have the vehicles placed there, there's a dialogue with the consumer through the show."

Chrysler LLC is focusing its TV marketing efforts on the its new 2009 Ram pickup set to launch this month. The truck will be featured in this season of Fox's "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles." It's part of a marketing package that pulls together custom-made one-minute commercials, online promotions and a truck giveaway.

The Ram also is being promoted through NBC's "America's Toughest Jobs" reality show, and with truck giveaways and funny 30-second vignettes during the network's Thursday night lineup.

Besides the obvious short-term sales benefits, the integration of a vehicle into a TV show can turn it into a pop culture icon that remains long after the shows go off the air and the cars stop coming off the assembly lines.

The Ford Torino will always be tied to the 1970s TV show "Starsky and Hutch," while the General Lee, a bright orange Dodge Charger, is one of the most memorable parts of "The Dukes of Hazzard," which aired in the '70s and '80s.

Few images have endured longer in TV and movies than that of the Jeep, which was developed for use by the Army in the early 1940s and is now a Chrysler brand.

Versions of the Jeep have been the vehicle of choice for characters ranging from soldiers in World War II movies to the resourceful secret agent title character of the 1980s TV show "MacGyver."

In the 2005 action adventure film "Sahara," Jeep Wranglers were used in chase scenes across the fabled desert, which Susan Thomson, director of media for Chrysler, credits with renewing interest in the model in recent years.

Arguably, one of the most legendary vehicles in TV history is the Pontiac Trans Am from the 1980s series "Knight Rider." The talking car known as KITT returned to TV this fall as part of a new version of the show on NBC, but this time in the form of a Ford Shelby Mustang.

Bernacchi said NBC approached GM about providing a new vehicle to play KITT, but with Trans Ams long gone from the automaker's vehicle lineup, GM officials believed they couldn't do the fans of the original KITT justice.

"I think it's very difficult for anybody to walk in those shoes when it's not a Pontiac Trans Am," he said.

Bob Witter, Ford's Beverly Hills, Calif.-based brand entertainment manager, said Ford thought enough time has passed since the original "Knight Rider" to allow the Mustang to play the role of the new KITT.

The Mustang is an American icon in its own right, Witter said, perhaps most famously serving as Steve McQueen's wheels in the 1968 film "Bullitt."

"For us, this is the right kind of promotion," Witter said. "It's a cool, hip show that's targeted toward young people."

The automaker also has deals that place its vehicles in ABC's "Desperate Housewives" and Fox's "Fringe."

O'Keefe said the exposure the Mustang gets from "Knight Rider" could go a long way toward building the automaker's image.

"To put it in a context where people are going to see it a lot and talk about it a lot could be good for them," he said.

"At the end of the day, they still need to sell cars, and not just 500-horsepower Shelbys, but what this does is create the image that Ford's getting better."

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Post by SacValleyDweller » Wed Oct 15, 2008 2:35 am

In all honesty, with regards to this Car/product placement stuff, it was seamlessly done in Transformers and My Own Worst Enemy. It's a little more clunky with KR.

also, it may sound funny, but since seeing KR and Ki3t being a Mustang, I've never looked at a Mustang the same way.

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Post by PHOENIXZERO » Wed Oct 15, 2008 4:02 am

The car might not be a lemon but the show when it comes to the ratings sure was, especially with all the promotion and hype for it. On the other hand since everything is down on NBC and they likely have a sweet deal with GM, it like Ford, might live to see a full season yet.
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So lets see. NBC has Ford for Knight Rider and Chevrolet for My Own Worst Enemy. So when do you think NBC is going to make a deal with Dodge?


Did you mean CBS? If that's the case, when they do a new Dukes of Hazzard show starring Bo and Luke's sons with either the old 69 Charger, but then every other car in Hazzard will be a brand-spanking new Dodge, even Uncle Jesse's Dodge Ram, which of course, can no longer be that old Ford truck.

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I just had an idea NBC can make a deal with Dodge to bring back another one of their shows from back in the day. I think you know the one. :P

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I'd rather the Dukes, I'd love to see the General Lee on the small screen again! and if they wanna update the car like they did with KITT, they could maybe prolly use the new Challenger. although i read on a dukes of hazzard website that there was some filming goin on in florida and there were a bunch of General Lees, so either they were shooting some sort of commercial, or a music video, or maybe a new show. i hope its not another dumb made for tv movie. unless of course its a reunion movie, i sure dont mind seeing the original cast.

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Post by taoworm2323 » Fri Oct 17, 2008 11:59 am

Ok, I have to comment on this 'product placement' stuff.

I don't like being advertised to. At all!
In fact I haven't even owned a TV in 2 years because I got tired of being treated like a 'consumer' rather than a human being.

Now those sneaky devils are mixing the ad with the show...

Ok, first of, this pisses me off to no end.
Second, it makes me want the show to crash and burn. Because it has no soul. And the sad thing it was never meant to have a soul. Just sell product placement.

Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes & cellphones, working jobs we hate for sh_t we don't need.
And now as if that isn't enough we have to watch advertising as a whole program and then we still have to see the ads on the commercial breaks to boot... :evil:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fw6J3waKgtY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mF8DAuHzig

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XvwK-3cQ6gE

..I give up on this culture, time to make a new one...
"Don't tell me what I can't do!" ---John Locke

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Re: My Own Worst Enemy

Post by KnightRiderKR » Sun Oct 19, 2008 5:41 pm

505hp LS7? HAHAHAHA no its the LS3. 400hp even and the second V8 has 433hp.

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Re: My Own Worst Enemy

Post by Left Ya Shook » Sun Oct 19, 2008 7:29 pm

The LS3 has 422/hp and 408/Torque that's the biggest engine that they are putting in it for the production.. i would know i already ordered mine :-) ... i still have to say the GT500KR is the best choice for KITT..

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