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Top 10 Muscle Cars

by David J

10) Dodge Challenger

Dodge Challenger

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The Challenger name spans multiple generations of Dodge cars since 1958. In 2015 Dodge made notable design variations to the Challenger’s engine, gearbox and exteriors. However, the car remained a true classic, and despite the changes it has retained several similarities to its 1960 predecessors.

Instead of a 5 speed auto, the power now goes to the rear wheels through an 8 speed automatic gearbox. The Dodge Challenger SRT 392 features an Apache V8 6.4 litre engine with an output of 485 hp; 15 more than the older version. It produces 475 lb-ft of torque. The Challenger SRT Hellcat sports an even more powerful 6.2-liter supercharged HEMI engine producing 707 hp and and 650 lb·ft of torque.

Built as a proper muscle car, the Challenger packs huge amounts of low-end torque, perfect for drag races but not the best for running laps. Further mods for 2017 will feature a new all-wheel drive (AWD) pack.

9) Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 © Wikipedia

The sixth generation Camaro was first unveiled by Chevy in 2015. It classifies as a ‘pony car’, which means it is compact, stylish and powerful. Offered in coupe and convertible versions, the car is lighter than its previous version.

The ZL1 is equipped with the 6.2 litre LT4 V8 engine which produces 650 bhp and 650 lb·ft of torque. Chevy has given the car a 10 speed automatic gearbox. They claim that the 2017 ZL1 can do a quarter mile in 11.4 seconds. With wider wheels and tires the car can now pull 1.02 g’s.

Thanks to bigger grilles the car has better cooling. An innovative hood design, a new spoiler and better diffuser improve the ZL1’s aerodynamics.  Even the Chevy badge on the grille is hollow to allow airflow. The soft top folds neatly behind the body-colored cover and can be deployed while driving as fast as 30 mph.

8) Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 / GT350R

Ford Mustang Shelby GT350

Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 © Dan G / Flicker

The 2017 Shelby GT350 was built as a road car that’s ready for the track. Its innovative suspension adjusts itself thousands of times per second and smoothes out imperfections in the track and street alike.

Shelby designers reduced the car’s weight wherever possible by using lightweight materials and employing racing technology. Carbon fiber wheels and a carbon fiber spoiler with integrated diffuser do that job well. This also means the 5.2L V8 producing 526 hp is that much more effective. With 429 lb.-ft of torque and a redline of 8,250 rpm, the 350 has the most powerful and fastest revving naturally aspirated engine in any street legal Ford car ever.

The 350’s aggressive front splitter, wide front fenders a vented aluminum hood and quad exhaust are not just for the looks. The interior is suede and aluminum trim luxury. The car’s dash features an instrument cluster with a 4.2 inch message center that displays instant driving stats.

7) Ford Mustang

Ford Mustang GT 5.0 Premium 2017

Ford Mustang GT 5.0 Premium 2017 / © RL GNZLZ Flicker

The Mustang has been around for 45 years and is one of America’s best selling sports cars ever produced. It also remains one of the most affordable.

In 2017 Ford offers the Mustang with four engine variants. The smallest of these is a 3.7 litre V6 that kicks out 300 hp and 280 lb.-ft. of torque. The largest one is a 5.2 litre V8 with flat-plane crank that can produce 526 hp and 429 lb.-ft of torque. The latter happens to be the standard version on Ford’s Shelby GT350.

Ford has dramatically changed the 2017 Mustang’s handling with improved suspension and arms. The car is now much more resistant to pitching and rolling, which makes for a very responsive ride. Traction control and ABS are included.

The Mustang also comes with unmatched visual customizability on the inside and out. Ford now offers a range of hoods, vents, trims and as many as 12 wheel designs to choose from. There is also a choice between manual or automatic 6 speed transmission.

6) BMW M4 GTS

BMW M4 GTS

BMW M4 GTS © Wikipedia

The M4 GTS is one of BMW’s specialized models based on their iconic M3. The car embodies BMW’s passion for incorporating racing technology in road-going cars. The M4 GTS is even more exclusive because of a limited production run of 700 units only.

BMW have given the car a balanced weight distribution and adjustable downforce aerodynamics. This job is done by an adjustable wing piece and an adjustable front splitter. The technical innovations continue with GTS’s unique water injection system. A fine spray injected into the plenums of the manifold improves torque and performance.

The engine itself is a twin turbocharged 493 hp powerplant that accelerates the GTS from 0 to 60 in 3.9 seconds. That performance makes the M4 GTS the fastest production BMW yet. Unlike the regular M4, the GTS is only offered with an automatic 7 speed gearbox, two seats and a hard top.

5)  Dodge Charger SRT / SRT Hellcat

Dodge_Charger_SRT_Hellcat

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The Charger SRT has been equipped with a fuel hungry 6.4 litre Hemi V-8 engine which produces 485 hp. The SRT Hellcat has the same engine which has been supercharged to produce 707 hp. This beast of an engine makes the Hellcat the world’s most powerful production sedan. The catch is that it can burn as much as 1.5 gallons of fuel every minute. At full throttle the engine roar carries for miles, although during street driving the car’s computer controlled valves make sure that it makes hardly any sound.

Since 2015 all SRT models come with an 8 speed automatic transmission. Dodge claims the car’s top speed to be 204 mph. Thanks to an adaptive suspension with multiple modes and the car’s very low profile, the Hellcat can pull 0.94 g with relative ease. In 2015 Dodge made notable changes to the car’s front end to improve aerodynamics and to incorporate LED lights. The 2017 models have enhanced interiors and more creature comforts.

4) Dodge Charger SRT / SRT Hellcat

3) Equus Bass 770

Equus Bass 770

Equus Bass 770 ©

The Bass 770 is a boutique muscle car produced by American auto manufacturer Equus Automotive. They’ve borrowed influences from classic muscle cars including the Mustang and the Corvette. The result is a car with modern auto technology, while retaining a classic external look. The 770 is entirely handmade and was first unveiled to the public by Equus in 2014.

The Bass 770 has an aluminum and carbon fiber body built on top of an aluminum frame. The engine is also aluminum. The Bass 770 is powered by GM’s LS9 6.2-litre supercharged V8, same as in the Chevy Corvette. It puts out 640 bhp and 605 lb ft torque.

Power reaches the rear wheels via a 6 speed double clutch transmission. The car accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds. Its top speed is 200 mph. Traction control and variable ratio power steering come as standard on all models. The Bass 770 also happens to be a muscle car with a taste for luxury. Black leather interiors with touches of chrome, and a console with integrated touch-screen are just some of the finishing touches.

2) Chevrolet SS

Chevrolet SS

Chevrolet SS © Wikimedia Commons

The SS has been one of Chevy’s most prominent muscle cars since 2013. It replaced the Pontiac, which was discontinued in 2009. The SS improved upon the Pontiac in several ways. These included styling, a stiffer chassis with the use of better materials and reduced weight.

The use of superior strength steel in the car’s skeleton made the car handle road imperfections better. In addition to better ride quality, it also made the car a full 30 pounds lighter. The other prominent design improvement was on the inside. A better dash and improved human interface were important enhancements.

The SS happened to be Chevy’s only rear wheel driven V8 sedan after a long gap. Its 6.2 litre LS3 V8 engine came directly from the Chevrolet Corvette (C6). It produced 415 hp and 415 lb·ft of torque. 2017 promises to be the final model year for the SS, as Chevrolet announced that it would be discontinued this year.

1) Chevrolet Camaro

Chevrolet Camaro 2017

Chevrolet Camaro © Vimeo

Chevy rolled out the Camaro in 1966 to compete with Ford’s Mustang. After four generations of evolution and production Camaro practically became a household name.

In 2016 Chevy unveiled the sixth generation Camaro to mark the car’s 50th year. Chevy has also promised further enhancements with “new surprises throughout the year”.

The designers made a lot of changes. Chevy claims that more than 70% of the car’s architectural components are now unique to it. The car is being offered with three engine variants. The smallest of these is a 2.0 litre turbocharged inline-four producing 275 hp. The largest is the 6.2 litre LT1 V8 with an output of 455 hp. The ZL1 model of the Camaro has an even bigger powerhouse which was taken from the Corvette Z06. Transmission options include six speed manual and eight speed automatic.

The 6th gen Camaro weighs 200 lb less than its earlier version. The smaller lighter architecture was thoroughly wind tunnel tested to optimize aerodynamics.

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