Modern Muscle Cars

ABOVE: The Modern Muscle Car is typified by this 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT. Gobs of horsepower, incredible brakes, good handling, every luxury amenity imaginable, and a factory warranty. Who would have thought?

ABOVE: This 2008 Shelby GT500 Super Snake is another fine example of Modern Muscle Car design: 605hp supercharged 5.4L DOHC V8...what more do we need to say? The Mustang was the last of the Modern Muscle Cars to shed its live rear axle in favor of a fully independent rear suspension. But this didn't happen until this latest generation in launched as a 2015. On a car with this much power, that didn't do much for the handling, but straight-line acceleration was astounding! Zero-to-60 in less than 4 seconds!

ABOVE: 2015 Chevy Corvette Z06. The wicked new C7 Corvette launched in 2014. It brought not only world-class performance, but also world-class refinement, a quality interior, and a solid, real-car feel that Corvettes have always lacked. 450hp stock, and up to 685hp if you want it. And they get as high as 29mpg. All for under $60,000 (base price)! How is this possible?

ABOVE: The Modern Muscle Car-way to get big horsepower is forced induction. Most big American V8s rely on superchargers, instead of turbos. This Shelby GT500 Super Snake uses a twin-screw supercharger on a 5.4-liter DOHC V8. This combo makes 605hp, with a factory warranty!

Modern Muscle Cars, 2000 & later
MODEL-BY-MODEL

Chevrolet

2000 CAMARO SS

The 4-gen Camaro storms into the new millennia with a 320hp V8 & 6-speed tranny, all at Chevy prices. It was the best performance deal around!

2001 CORVETTE


2001 CORVETTE Z06


2002 CAMARO SS
Last of the 4th-gen Camaros, last Camaro period until the 5th-gens came out in 2010. These late 4th-gen SSs had 325hp, a lot for the times & a 6-speed manual option. Wicked handling.

2002 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE

Great-looking, well-optioned C5 convertible.


2006 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE
400hp 6.0L LS2. But the big news for 2006 is the introduction of the Z06 with 505hp 7.0L LS7.

2007 CORVETTE
The standard Corvette engine was the 6.0-liter LS2 making 400 hp & 400 lb-ft of torque.

2007 CORVETTE Z06


2008 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE

Drop-dead gorgeous drop-top Corvette.

2010 CORVETTE GRAND SPORT CONVERTIBLE
Grand Sport handling with the top down!

2011 CORVETTE GRAND SPORT

The name 'Grand Sport' has always been reserved for the best-handling Vettes. This black C6 is no exception.


2010 CAMARO SS


2013 CAMARO SS


2014 CAMARO Z28


2014 CAMARO ZL1


2014 C7 CORVETTE


2015 CORVETTE Z06


Ford

2005 MUSTANG GT
300hp 4.6L V8 w/3 valves-per-cylinder. This one has a 5-speed & the Deluxe package. And it's my own personal driver. What a car!

2006 MUSTANG GT

Tight new retro look of the 5th-gen Mustang, with all the top-tier GT parts.
2006 SHELBY GT/H

That's right, "Mustang" doesn't appear in the name of this car. '07 & '08-only limited run, to commemorate the 1st-gen Hertz GT350H rent-a-racers back in the 60s. 319-horsepower.


2008 SHELBY MUSTANG GT500 SUPER SNAKE


2012 MUSTANG BOSS 302


2013 MUSTANG BOSS 302


2014 MUSTANG GT

5.0 Coyote V8 power, looks, handling & comfort.
2015 MUSTANG


2015 MUSTANG GT


2016 SHELBY GT350
Shelby sprinkles their magic on the new Mustang.

2017 Ford Mustang GT
The 6th-gen Mustang GT has a wicked 5.0 Coyote V8 making 435 horses! And handling to match.

Dodge

2009 CHALLENGER R/T
2nd year for the new 4th-Gen Challenger. The R/T had a 5.7-liter Hemi making 372hp & 396 lb-ft.

2010 CHALLENGER R/T


2012 CHALLENGER R/T
Gorgeous gun-metal gray Challenger with 5.7 Hemi & a 5-speed.


2015 CHALLENGER R/T


The Challenger R/T comes with a 6.4L Hemi instead of the standard 5.7L. This one's in classic SubLime green.



2016 CHALLENGER HELLCAT


This 707-horsepower supercharged hemi monster is insanely, brutally fast!!


DODGE VIPER

Mopar's wicked modern-day Cobra with awesome V10 power & tons of attitude. From its 1992 launch to the present, Viper kicks ass!

2004 VIPER

500hp 8.3-liter V10 Convertible.

2006 VIPER

510hp 8.3-liter V10 Coupe.


Pontiac

2002 TRANS AM


'02 was the last year for the Firebird & Trans Am. And this is literally the last Trans Am to roll off the assembly line!



2009 G8

Built on the Holden Commodore chassis (GM Australia) the G8 had a big Corvette-derived V8, style, handling & quality. Unfortunately, it turned out to be Pontiac's last gasp. Great cars.




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Muscle Cars - American Icons



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American Muscle Cars: A Full-Throttle History



Muscle Cars: Style, Power, and Performance



Muscle Car Chronicle



Muscle Car Source Book: All the Facts, Figures, Statistics, and Production Numbers



The Illustrated Directory of Muscle Cars



The Complete Book of Classic Chevrolet Muscle Cars: 1955-1974 (Complete Book Series)



The Complete Book of American Muscle Supercars: Yenko, Shelby, Baldwin Motion, Grand Spaulding, and More



Top Muscle: The Rarest Cars from America's Fastest Decade



Steve Magnante's 1001 Muscle Car Facts (Cartech)



Muscle Car Chronicle



Detroit Muscle: Factory Lightweights and Purpose-Built Muscle Cars



Lost Muscle Cars



The All-American Muscle Car: The Rise, Fall and Resurrection of Detroit's Greatest Performance Cars - Revised & Updated



Muscle Cars: Kings of the Street From the Golden Era



Selling the American Muscle Car: Marketing Detroit Iron in the 60s and 70s



Muscle Cars Field Guide: American Supercars 1960-2000 (Warman's Field Guide)



How to Make Your Muscle Car Handle: Revised Edition



Muscle Cars



The Art of the Muscle Car: Collector's Edition





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