American muscle cars top 10
Chevy Corvette (1984)
This model at one time caused incredible hype, although many rumors that preceded its launch were far from reality: the car did not have a rotary engine like Mazda and it was not located centrally. But the reality was incredible – the muscle car was equipped with a 205 horsepower V8 engine, had an improved fuel injection system, which increased the power and performance of the car.
Ford Mustang Boss 429 (1969)
The late 70s was the golden age for Nascar racing. Automakers carefully prepared for the event and often created “monsters” dangerous for the streets. The Mustang Boss 429 became a real beast of the road: its V8 engine produced 375 hp.at 6000 rpm. It was so oversized that Ford had to turn to specialists to rework literally half of the elements under the hood in order to squeeze this “monster” in.
Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 (1968)
The 65 Shelby GT350s weren’t yet super-powerful, but they were sleek and travel-friendly. It took only a couple of years for a radical change in the brand’s philosophy: now its “offspring” were the winners of the races. Under the hood of the 68’s more aggressive Shelby GT500 was a 355 hp engine.
Chevy Chevelle LS6 (1970)
As GM’s requirements for large-size engines in midsize cars became more loyal, the automotive industry in the United States experienced a real muscle car boom. Chevelle boasted a V8 engine (454 cubic inches). According to conservative estimates, its power reached 450 hp. (according to some sources – 500 hp). Auto tests of 1970 showed that the muscle car gained the first hundred in just 5.4 seconds. He was the most powerful among the top ten American muscle cars.
Dodge Charger Daytona (1969/1970)
Daytona was not built for the street, but for the super-fast Nascar. The Charger Daytona is perfection in the flesh: an 18 ”nose cone and a 23” wing for increased roadholding. The legendary 440/426 Hemi motors allowed the car to become the first to reach a speed of 320 km/h on the highway.
Oldsmobile 442 (1970)
One of the most popular muscle cars in its family, it features a 4-barrel carburetor, 4-speed manual gearbox and dual mufflers. The model has an impressive V8 engine of almost 7.5 liters, producing 360 hp.and accelerating to hundreds in 6 seconds.
Pontiac GTO Judge (1969)
The GTO is often referred to as the first muscle car. But by the end of the decade, the competition for Pontiac was very high. Then the automaker had the idea of developing a low-cost version of the GTO with a “modest” 350 cubic inch engine. Although Chief Engineer De Laurian did not consider the idea a good one, claiming that it was simply humiliating for the GTO.
COPO Camaro (1969)
COPO is an ordering system for the sale of large quantities of special vehicles (for example, taxis or police). Enterprising car dealers managed to place an order at COPO for a Camaro. This is how a muscle car with a 7-liter V8 engine and 425 hp was created.
Pontiac Firebird Trans Am (1978)
With the advent of the 1970s, and with them high prices for gasoline and insurance for muscle cars, there was a deep lull. But not Pontiac! Trans Am became a darling of car owners after the release of the movie “Policeman and a Bandit”. The 1978 Pontiac was very fast and very responsive even on the track.
Buick GNX (1987)
In the 80s, muscle cars were gradually becoming a thing of the past. But Buick dispelled that myth by creating a limited edition (547 units total) Buick GNX. The Monster was powered by a turbocharged V6 and sprinted from 0-60 in just 4.6 seconds. He became one of the fastest cars on the market at that time.