The 4 Greatest American Muscle Cars of Today
There’s no denying it: The American muscle car is a work of art. A work of art that seemed part of a bygone era — that is, until recently. With the American public driving the thirst for American-made automobiles, muscle cars have made a comeback in the last decade. With so many high-performance, head-turning vehicles, it’s no surprise that they’re here to stay. Here’s a look at some of the new American muscle cars.
The Dodge Challenger made its debut in the American market in 1970, and ones manufactured in the United States lasted until 1974. That’s a pretty short time for one of the coolest cars ever built. That’s why, in 2008, Dodge opted to bring back the legendary muscle car. Since that year, the Challenger has sold a minimum of 25,000 units every year. The reason for the high sales numbers lies not only in the car’s sporty looks, but also in its powerful V-6 or HEMI V-8 engines. Perhaps the ultimate reincarnation of the Challenger is 2015’s Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, which is capable of 707 horsepower, a 3.6-second 0 to 60 time, and a top speed of 199 miles per hour.
The Dodge Charger is the center of the debate on muscle cars, as some car enthusiasts think that a four-door car can’t possibly be a muscle car. However, if you’ve driven or taken a ride in the sixth generation of the Charger, you know its inclusion is 100 percent valid. The base model features a lean, cruisy 3.5 liter V-6, but to truly experience the car in muscle form, you have to upgrade to the V-8 HEMI. Both the R/T model and the SRT-8 model have this magnificent specimen under the hood, making the Dodge Charger more muscular than, say, a young Schwarzenegger.
Dodge Viper SRT
Although it isn’t a revamp of an old muscle car like the Charger and the Challenger, the Dodge Viper has been around for almost 25 years, making it somewhat of a modern classic. The two-seat roadster is a beautifully designed car, featured in movies, television shows, and music videos, that fully deserves the praise it gets. It also has a beastly V-10 engine, making it one of the largest engines ever made for the American car market. This massive V-10 is capable of delivering a top speed of 202 miles per hour, as well as a 0 to 60 time of 3.2 seconds. With such looks and power, it’s definitely a new generation of the muscle car.
Equus Bass 770
You may never have heard of Equus, but they’re a new car manufacturer in the United States, and as such, their first order of business was building the perfect muscle car. The Bass 770, the only car on the production line for Equus, features a 6.2 liter, supercharged V-8 engine that goes from 0 to 60 in 3.4 seconds and tops out at 200 miles per hour. On top of that, the body is a throwback to muscle cars of the late ’60s, making it fit right in with the pack.
No matter what type of person you are, you have to admit that American muscle cars are some of the coolest things this country has ever done. So whether you’re in the market or not, find a way to get behind the wheel. The 18-year-old you will thank you.
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