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Who Offers The Best Modern Muscle Line Up?
By: Nicholas Cavanaugh \ Editor-in-Chief \ September 17, 2014
These days it is great to be a car guy. If you happen to be a one of us completely misunderstood fanatics of the smokin’ rubber than chances are you’ve noticed the serious muscle coming out of the Big 3.
The resurgence of the great American muscle car wars of the good ‘ole ‘60’s and ‘70’s have heated up to nuclear levels and manufactures have beyond a shadow of a doubt gotten more advanced - and so has their arsenal.
Way back when the formula was simple; 2 Door Coupe + Big V8 + Rear Drive = Muscle Car. Easy-peesy – the cars got faster, stronger, and sold like warm Krispy Kreme’s. Then gas prices and insurance companies killed them off, blah, blah, blah; you’ve heard the story 1000 times.
Well, that was then. This is now…
If you mosey your way to the nearest Chevrolet, Ford, or Dodge dealer you’ll find a plethora of options available to satisfy any muscle car appetite. Today muscle is no longer limited to the 2 door V8 only configuration of yore; I know, crazy, right?
Chevrolet would be more than happy to arm you with a new 450hp 6.2L Corvette Stringray, 650hp supercharged 6.2L Corvette ZO6, 426hp 6.2L Camaro SS, 505hp 7.0L Camaro Z28, 580hp supercharged 6.2L Camaro ZL1, or a 415hp 6.2L SS sedan. Ford has really taken forced induction by the horns with the all-new 2015 Mustang available in 310hp 2.3L twin turbo Eco-Boost or 435hp 5.0L GT trim adding to the twin-turbo 3.5L 365hp Taurus SHO and who can forget about their 663hp supercharged 5.8L Mustang Shelby GT500 – we’ll all have to stay tuned for Ford’s next gen Shelby variant. On the cusp of their centennial year, Dodge has enlisted numerous flavors of R/T and Scat Pack Challengers and Chargers equipped with either a 375hp 5.7L, 485hp 6.4L, or the infamous 707hp supercharged 6.2L Hellcat. If you missed the first muscle car generation, don’t miss this this one.
So it begs the question; who offers the best meet-your-muscle-car-needs?