“Muscular” cars – this is a whole era in the American automotive industry, which began in the distant 60s and suddenly ended in the mid 70s of the last century, with the beginning of the gasoline crisis in the country and the world. The first muscle cars were created literally “on the knee” from serials, into which they sent powerful motors designed to pull multi-ton cars with a load. But the V8 engine came to be identified precisely with the muscular cars, which most often received it in their “stuffing”.
What is a V8 car engine?
Incredibly, just such a motor is also called a real national engine in the United States. In addition to muscle cars, he appeared in trucks, water, air, and even military vehicles.
V8 american muscle cars, in which all the parts are opposite each other at an angle of 10 to 120 degrees – that’s what a V8 engine is. When we talk about a car engine, its camber was limited to 90 degrees, very rarely 60 or 45.
Why did this particular motor get such fame and love from the designers of the most powerful machines of the last century? This is because this type of engine has the most balanced background between power and size, and also boasts increased resources.
More often than not, a V8 in a light car means we’ll see a rear-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive model that is sure to amaze us with dynamics, speed and agility. But there are also disadvantages to such engines – they are voracious and very heavy. However, 50-60 years ago this prevented them from being installed in cars, which became world legends. Let’s take a look at the best V8 muscle cars.
“Muscular” cars of the last century with an eight-cylinder V-shaped engine
Immediately, one cannot fail to mention the most beloved muscle car of many generations – the Dodge Charger. This perfect handsome man not only had a 6.5 liter V8 engine, but also demonstrated 425 hp.with acceleration to 100 km in 6.5 seconds. He drove a maximum of 220 km/h on the roads, but many said it was not the limit.
Another legend of the late 60s –
Ford Mustang GT-500. “Eight” in 6.9 liters was maneuverable and fast, accelerating to 100 km in 6.9 seconds.and maximum taking 208 km/h. In total it gave 375 “horses”, which carried its owner towards the American dream.
Chevrolet Camaro Z-28 appeared at the dawn of popularity of muskkars – in 1967. It had a volume less than its predecessors – 4.9 liters, but did not go so far in “horses” – 290 hp. The acceleration dynamics are gorgeous – 100 km in 7.2 seconds, and the maximum was 205 km/h.
The Pontiac GTO occupies an honorable fourth place in the TOP of the most famous V8 muscle cars. It has 366 hp, acceleration to 100 in 6.2 seconds and a speed record of 196 km/h, with an engine volume of 6.5 liters.
And there were many such great machines at that time. Each of them was remembered for its own, but the V8 has always endowed them with a special daring disposition that burst out from under the hood while driving.