High performance muscle cars attract the eyes of car lovers. These cars are designed for high performance and efficient driving for people who love speed and at the same time comfort and style. Muscle cars can hold four or more passengers compared to sports cars which can only seat a maximum of two passengers.
Through the past decades, several models of muscle cars were developed and manufactured by different automotive companies. However, one can’t help but ask which model is the best muscle car. To answer that question, here’s a list of the world’s top 10 muscle cars based on speed, the chassis and engine.
1970 Buick GSX
Buick GSX considered as one of the best muscle cars in the world, this muscle car was manufactured by Buick, an American automobile company. It was specifically designed as a competition for Pontiac’s GTO Judge and Oldsmobile’s 4-4-2 W-30. The car has a 360 horsepower and a 510 lb-ft torque. Back in 1970, the Buick GSX was manufactured and released in only two colors, yellow and white. Over 600 GSX were produced by the company until it stopped production.
1968 Pontiac Firebird Coupe
It is considered as one of the best all-around muscle cars ever produced in the world. This classic muscle car is powered by a V8 engine with 350 horsepower.
1969 Dodge Charger
This muscle car is one of the most popular cars in history. It appeared in several movies during the 1970s and was even featured in the popular TV series, The Dukes of Hazzard. Its appearance in movies and television turned it into one of the faces of the muscle cars. It has a 449 Magnum engine with a horsepower of 375.
1969 Mustang Boss 429
This hand built muscle car is another notable one on the list. Only 1,400 cars were manufactured from 1969 to 1970, making it one of the rarest muscle cars in the world. It was popularly known for its hood scoop and trunk-mounted spoiler. The car featured a high rev V8 engine and can transition from 0 to 60 miles per hour in less than seven seconds, a feat during the time of its production.
1965 Pontiac GTO
This is one of the most popular classic muscle cars of all time. The 1965 model was so successful that it was considered as one of the car models that paved the way for other successful muscle cars. It houses a 389 cubic inch high powered engine with 335 horsepower.
Apart from classic muscle cars, there are also modern day muscle cars worth mentioning. These cars are inspired by traditional design and build of classic muscle cars, but equipped with engines fit for sports car and other features usually seen in luxury cars. The new versions are intended to draw in more customers and car lovers who are interested in sleek, innovative and modern muscle cars.
Corvette C7 Stingray Convertible
This is considered as one of the most popular and commendable modern day muscle car. This muscle car is known for its sleek, convertible design. This was first unveiled in 2013 at the New York International Auto Show. It is the first Stingray model manufactured by the Chevy automobile company. It houses a powerful 6.2L V8 engine with a horsepower of 460. Its transitioning speed from zero to 60 miles per hour is at 4.0 seconds. It has a top speed of 180 miles per hour. Its chassis is made out of carbon fiber.
The Chevrolet Camaro Z/28
One of the top modern muscle cars in the market. Though it was first launched in 2002, Chevrolet has since upgraded the car with electric seats, multiple speakers, digital surround sound system and even a GPS navigation system. It houses a 7.0Liter V8 engine with a horsepower of 500 and 470 lb-ft torque. It has an estimated transition speed from 0 to 60 miles per hour at 4 seconds. Its current version is still undergoing tests to determine its maximum speed.
Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
Equipped with a supercharged 5.8Liter V8 engine, the Mustang Shelby GT500 has a 662 horsepower and torque of 631 lb.-ft. It can run at a top speed of 200 miles per hour and transition from 0 to 60 miles per hour in only 3.5 seconds. Aside from that, this muscle car is equipped with modern features including a navigation system, a sound system and built in digital speakers. Its sleek, convertible design is also worth mentioning, including its chassis made out of carbon fiber and a sleek interior lined with leather.
Popularly known as Built Ford Tough, its body is designed to withstand impact, making it a tough muscle car that’s hard to beat. It is one of Ford’s next generation EcoBoost cars and equipped with powerful and efficient engines that are environment friendly. It is made out of high strength steel, including the Cargo Cradle boron. It houses a next Gen twin turbo and supercharged EcoBoost engine. Its interior is lined with leather for comfort and style. It also features glove friendly buttons and sleek control panel along with technological innovations like a satellite navigation system, built in digital speakers and sound system, a music player and other features which make it a tough muscle car to beat.
Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT
One of the toughest muscle cars in the market. This modern muscle car is one of the front runners of SUV vehicles. It sets new standards and levels of SUV vehicles. The Jeep Grand Cherokee houses a powerful 6.4Liter Hemi V8 engine with a 470 horsepower limit. Aside from that, it can carry a maximum load of 7,200 lbs. It features a sleek, tough and manly exterior structure while the interior resembles that of a luxurious car for comfort and style. It also contains technological features and applications such as a modern navigation and mapping system, a music player with a built in digital sound system.
Despite decades apart in production, classic and modern muscle cars are worth mentioning in this top 10 muscle cars list. After all, without the classic muscle cars, modern muscle cars would cease to exist.