17 Fastest Muscle Cars of the Modern Era
The world is changing everyday and so is the world of the automobile, but one thing that will always stand the test of time is the muscle car. The term muscle car serves to describe a variety of high-performance automobiles built solely for the purpose of going fast. Typically, muscle cars are American made, two door coupes with high-powered engines usually found in larger sedans and what makes them attractive is not only their speed, but their price.
Not only will you be driving a car with serious speed and power, but you will be saving a small fortune while keeping an American tradition alive and well. It sure is nice to drive a fast car, but it is also important to consider the fact that muscle cars are an important part of the American automobile history that began in 1949 with Oldsmobile Rocket 88. Though there was a decline in muscle cars in the 70's (as a result of emission regulation and gas prices) they have made an impact in American culture and are seeing a revival in this present day with many classic models (such as the Chevrolet Corvette, Ford Mustang, Dodge Charger etc.) making a comeback and receiving new make over's and modern transformations. This list serves as a guide to the fastest muscle cars in production and covers cars made from various famous manufacturers.
17. Chevrolet Camaro SS
A classic amongst muscle car, the Camaro SS takes the 17th spot on this list. It may not be the fastest Camaro to date but it can sprint from zero to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds. Pricing starts at $37,295 (US) and it can reach a top speed of 155 mph, which for the price, is a steal! The 6.2 L V-8 engine can produce up to 455 horsepower. Just imagine driving a car that is driven in many movies, you'll surely feel like a star yourself.
16. Charger SRT8 Super Bee
Sporting a bright yellow finish and black stripes, the Charger SRT8 Super Bee takes the 16th spot on this list. It features a 6.4 L V-8 engine that can go from 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds. The Super Bee can produce 470 horsepower and can reach a top speed of 180 mph. You won't hear much buzz from the engine but you'll definitely drive fast.
15. Ford Mustang GT
No muscle car list would be complete without the Mustang GT. It is a car that is easily recognized everywhere in the world and for good reason. It is stylish, fast and screams badass. It features a 5.0 L V-8 engine that can go from 0 to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds. Though it might not be the fastest Mustang available, it is still and iconic classic.
14. Dodge Challenger 392
Featuring a 6.4 L HEMI V-8 engine, the Dodge Challenger SRT 392 does exactly what its name implies and challenges the competition. It is a car that can produce 485 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque at a reasonable price. The Challenger 392 only sells $49,195 (US) which hardly any European supercar can relate to.
13. Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack
Want serious power and speed? Then the Challenger R/T Scat Pack is the car you need to see. It is amongst one of the fastest modern muscle cars and can go from 0 to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds. The R/T Scat Pack features a 6.4 L V-8 engine which allows it to reach a top speed of 175 mph. It is certainly fast but the Challenger Hellcat gives it a run for its money.
12. Mustang Boss 302
The Boss has been a Mustang that has seen many alterations through its life and the 302 only helps preserve its legacy. The Boss features 5.0 L V-8 engine that can produce up to 444 horsepower. It reaches 60 mph in just 4 seconds and can reach a top speed of 161 mph. Though it has since been discontinued, it has been succeeded by the Mustang GT350 which is a worthy replacement.
11. Shelby GT350/350R
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Reaching a top speed of 175 mph, the Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 (R) is a fierce rival to the Chevrolet Camaro. It has been reported that the GT350 can go from 0 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds and can complete a quarter-mile in 12.2 seconds. These numbers are easily achieved by its 5.2 L V-8 engine.
10. Chevrolet Camaro Z28
It might not be the fastest Camaro but the Z28 can sure pack a punch. The hand assembled 5.7 L V-8 engine can reach a top speed of 172 mph and can go from 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds. It also produces an incredible 505 horsepower that can be heard from a mile away.
9. Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
The fastest Camaro made goes by the name of the ZL1 and it can reach a top speed of 184 mph. The Camaro ZL1 is fully loaded with a 6.2 L supercharged V8 engine that can go from 0 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds and can produce up to 580 hp.
8. Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
A muscle car list would not be complete without mentioning the famous Chevrolet Corvette. Though it isn't as fast as the C6 ZR1 or the Z06, the Stingray still has more than enough power to be amongst the fastest muscle cars in production. It features a 6.2 L V-8 engine that has around 455 hp. Of all the Corvette models, it is the most affordable and easily accessible making the dream of owning a Corvette a reality.
7. Jaguar F-Type R Coupe
If you ever need to satiate your exotic car needs but want to stay true to American muscle, then look no further than the 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe. It features the best of both worlds such as the luxury of European supercars and the speed, sound and power of an American muscle car. The F-Type R has a 5.0L V-8 engine that can reach a top speed of 186 mph and can go from 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds.
6. Ford Mustang GT500
When you think about Ford, you think of the Mustang, and when you think of the Mustang, the Shelby GT500 should come to mind. The Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is the fastest muscle car under the Mustang name and it features a 5.2 L Ti-VCT V8 Flat Plane Crank "Voodoo" V8 engine that can produce an immense 662 hp. This allows the GT500 to easily reach speeds of up to 200 mph.
5. Equus Bass 770
A blend of luxury and power, the Equus Bass 770 is made for those who want comfort and speed. It features a supercharged V8 engine that can easily produce 640 HP. The 770 can easily reach a top speed of 200 mph and go from 0 to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds. Everything has a catch and unfortunately the price for this monster starts at $250,000 (US).
4. Chevrolet Corvette C6 ZR1
It is a car that can go from 0 to 60 mph in 3.3 seconds. It is a car that was rightfully given Top Gear's "Car of the Year" in 2009. It is a car that has an enormous 650 horsepower in its hood. It is the Chevrolet Corvette C6 ZR1, and is one of the fastest muscle cars to be produced under the Corvette name.
3. Dodge Challenger Hellcat
It may reach number three on this list but the 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat SRT is a muscle car that demands respect with its immense 6.2 L V-8 engine. The engine can skyrocket the car to a top speed of 204 mph and can go from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds. The Challenger makes it look easy as it produces 707 horsepower. It was even recognized as the fastest muscle car by the National Hot Rod Association.
2. SRT Viper GTS
The Viper has always been an icon in the world of muscle cars and the SRT Viper GTS is no exception. It features an 8.4 L V-10 engine that produces a massive 640 hp. This power can send the car from 0 to 60 in a little over three seconds, and can reach a top speed of 206 mph making it one of the fastest muscle cars in existence.
1. The 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06
The 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is a force to be reckoned with as it is the fastest muscle car in production to date. It can easily go from 0 to 60 mph in 2.95 seconds and can reach speeds of up to 200 mph. All of this is possible because of the new eight-speed automatic transmission the company has installed on the Corvette Z06.