The fastest muscle car
The history of Muscle cars goes back to the late 60s – early 70s, when American manufacturers seriously thought about creating affordable cars with high power. Muscle cars were defined as mid-size cars with an eight-cylinder engine that gave them incredible power. Similarities of Muscle Cars were produced, both before their era and after, but not all of them began to be called “muscle cars”. By the way, among the classic cars “with muscles” there are both larger and smaller cars, which also managed to get a place among the American automobile classics.
The eight-cylinder engine is designed for powerful cars, therefore, when it was installed in mid-size representatives, it skillfully endowed them with incredible power and speed capabilities, far ahead of their time. But there were also those muscle cars that deserved special attention, having received the title of fastest muscle car ever.
Fastest Muscle Car in Human History
The Dodge Charger R/T is rightfully considered the golden classic of “muscle cars”, which was produced from 1968 to 1971.
Its creation story was not unique. The carmaker Chrysler decided to urgently outshine the already shining on the market Shelby GT 500 1967 and Camaro SS 1967. They skillfully developed breakneck speeds of 324 and 340 hp. But the creators of Charger went further, wiping their nose at competitors. Their brainchild had a record for that time, 425 hp.
Dodge really broke all speed records and squeezed out of 100 km/h in 5.6 seconds, with a maximum speed of 208 km/h. The quarter was left behind after 13.9 seconds. Fuel consumption was impressive, about 30 liters per 100 km.
This Dodge had some aerodynamic problems, so he only gave the best performance in a straight line. However, we must not forget that America is the founder of drag racing, so Charger benefited from this, increasing sales at times.
However, it should be noted that Charger did not go into great use, breaking the speed records of his competitors, but not their achievements in sales. The higher price of Dodge and the dispersion of the creators, who are scattered on advertising of a large number of new models in the lineup, also affected.
The age of the road “monster” ended very quickly – in the early 70s. Recall that at this time the United States was suffering from the oil crisis, and no one wanted to spend big money on refueling the car. The popularity was gained, albeit less powerful, but already more economical models. At this time, the relevance of Muscle Cars, in principle, began to fade, and the Dodge Charger forever, along with its yesterday’s competitors, sunk into summer.