Some of the fantastic traits observed in modern muscle vehicles are better engines, higher speeds, enhanced handling, and added safety systems.
The previous decade has shown that technology could accomplish a great deal, and the automobile industry was no exception.
Aside from the rising buzz surrounding electric and hybrid vehicles, our traditional combustion engine vehicles have what it takes to fight back and stay on the road for a long time.
Some of the fantastic traits observed in modern muscle vehicles are better engines, higher speeds, enhanced handling, and added safety systems. Muscle cars, as the name implies, are high-performance vehicles powered by a V8 engine.
They’re ideal for drags while still maintaining their street-legal status. The majority of them are rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive vehicles with light bodies.
2021 Chrysler 300
The Chrysler 300, though it’s been on sale in its current form for a decade now, remains one of our top picks in the large sedan class. Highlights include an attractive cabin design, plenty of head- and legroom, and an easy-to-use infotainment system. Chrysler has done a good job at keeping this aging four-door current. A muscular V8 engine is available too.
From behind the wheel, however, the 300 feels a little more sluggish than some other large sedans. The majority of the 300’s advanced driver safety technologies, such as front collision prevention, are also available as options. We’d expect them to be standard on a vehicle like this. The 300, on the other hand, is a favorite of ours.
2021 Dodge Charger
For city and interstate driving, the Charger’s base V6 engine is more than adequate. The acceleration is snappy, and there’s plenty of power for passing and merging maneuvers at higher speeds.
The Charger’s V8 engines elevate it to the muscle car category. When you hit the gas, they’ll fling you back in your seat, and the two Hellcats may give you heart palpitations after you drop the hammer. All of the engines are linked to an eight-speed automatic transmission that shifts smoothly and reliably.
The Charger Scat Pack can accelerate to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds, while the Charger Hellcat can do so in only 3.6 seconds. The Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye, with its roughly 800-horsepower engine, is the fastest of the bunch.
The Redeye will race from zero to 60 mph in the same 3.6 seconds as the Hellcat, and a quarter-mile will take 10.6 seconds (0.36 seconds faster than the Hellcat). It has a top speed of 203 miles per hour.
2021 Ford Mustang
The Mustang has a reputation for an exciting performance at rates that the typical customer can afford for more than 55 years. Sure, there have been numerous advancements over the years, but the tried-and-true formula of two doors, plenty of power, and rear-wheel drive have remained unchanged.
This excludes the oddly called Mustang Mach-E, which is a whole distinct all-electric four-door quasi sedan/SUV.
For the 2021 Ford Mustang, there are a few tweaks. The Bullitt edition is no longer available, but Ford has reintroduced another historically inspired model: the Mach 1. This resurrected Mach 1 is the most complete and capable model ever, filling the gap between the GT and the massive GT500.
Many of the performance elements that are optional on the GT are included as standard, as well as specially tuned MagneRide adaptive shock absorbers and an optional Mach 1-specific Handling package for even more capabilities.
2021 Dodge Challenger
Dodge is the only automaker that can extend the life of a vehicle. Since this generation launched for the 2008 model year, the brand has asked its two-door muscle car, the Challenger, to continue production into its 14th year. How can you keep a vehicle that is more than a decade old relevant? By using horsepower to blow the competition out of the water.
Three Challenger models have engines that produce more than 700 horsepower, while two more have powerful V8 engines. Even the most basic Challengers have a pretty powerful V6.
A capacious cabin, the largest trunk in its class, and a powerful entertainment system round out the package. After all, this muscle automobile is all about bringing you hair-raising thrills one quarter-mile at a time. However, it can also be the coolest and most comfortable commuter on the block.
Chevrolet Camaro SS
It may stick to the tried-and-true muscle-car formula, but this is the most technologically advanced Camaro yet. The car’s body is 91kg lighter and 28% stiffer than the previous iteration, providing a significantly stronger foundation for a high-performance vehicle.
The suspension, meanwhile, is made up of aluminum components to reduce unsprung weight, and while the base platform is shared with Cadillac’s ATS and CTS sedans, Chevrolet claims that 70% of the Camaro’s components are unique.
So, while the Camaro is loaded with cutting-edge performance-car technology, the powertrain is rather an old-school upfront. It’s a 6162cc normally aspirated V8 with 447 horsepower and 455 pound-feet of torque.