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Muscle Cars: Strong cars with tradition
Many want to live the American dream with a US muscle car. The high-performance sports cars from the 1960s are popular and expensive collector's items today. Manufacturers such as Chevrolet, Ford and Dodge have been producing new generations of the popular classics since the 2000s. The current models have higher horsepower and improved aerodynamics. The design is still reminiscent of the first muscle cars. Discover the strongest US used cars at heycar now.
The beginnings of the US muscle car
The United States in the 50's. The young American generation is interested in powerful and affordable vehicles. Drag races are popular in the aftermath of World War II. Here, horsepower enthusiasts compete in short races with souped-up cars on a straight stretch of usually a quarter or eighth of a mile (402 or 201 meters).
The muscle cars that were emerging during this period made tuning of cars superfluous thanks to their high performance and low price. The Pontiac GTO (Gran Turismo Omologato) is considered the first real muscle car. In 1964 the vehicle came onto the market as a variant of the Pontiac Tempest Le Mans. With 335 instead of 193 hp, the powerful version of the car is convincing and ultimately becomes an independent model. This is significantly cheaper than comparable sports cars and therefore affordable for young buyers. Other manufacturers are following suit and bringing comparable vehicles onto the market.
The era of US muscle cars ends in the 1970s. In 1973 the oil crisis caused gasoline prices and insurance premiums to rise. Driving the high-powered cars is becoming too expensive for the young drivers. At the same time, manufacturers are forced to reduce their performance due to stricter emissions standards. After all, the muscle car generation is getting old when you start a family and therefore need other vehicles.
Strong character and powerful engines
In the 50s and 60s, American mid-range cars were convincing with high horsepower figures at a relatively low price. The power of muscle cars is based on V8 engines. These eight cylinders are arranged in a V shape. This means that American sports cars can achieve up to 500 hp. With the engines of the US muscle cars a distinction is made between big block and small block. These designations do not primarily refer to the size of the displacement, but to that of the engine block. Big block engines offer more space for the eight cylinders of a muscle car.
Compared to the engine, the chassis and design were of less importance in American sports cars. The chassis are mainly made for acceleration on straight stretches. Accordingly, handling in curves is more difficult. The relatively low price is also reflected in the limited equipment, the low level of comfort and the simple processing.
The new beginning in the 2000s
Many manufacturers have been bringing new generations of muscle cars onto the market for almost 20 years. The main features of the models are unchanged. Two doors, powerful V8 engines and high horsepower figures also characterize the new American sports cars. With the revised classics Ford Mustang, Dodge Challenger or Chevrolet Corvette, you will drive with a driving experience like in the 60s. However, comfort, acceleration and safety features have been significantly improved.
Current muscle cars
In the following, we introduce you to five current muscle cars that still carry the spirit of the rock 'n' roll era, but are anything but old-fashioned.
Ford Mustang: over 50 years of history
The history of the Ford Mustang goes back to the beginnings of the muscle cars. In 1964, the Ford sports car comes onto the market. The model coined the name Pony Cars. These differ from muscle cars in that they have a more compact design and less powerful engines. The classifications flow into one another, so the Ford Mustang is often referred to as a muscle car. The Mustang is celebrating an anniversary in 2018. The ten millionth model comes off the production line after more than 50 years of model history.
The Ford Mustang VI has been available since 2014 and is still visually reminiscent of its beginnings. In 2017 the model received a facelift. As a pony car, the sports car is equipped with a 5.0-liter V8 engine that is also typical for muscle cars. For the 50th anniversary of the film "Bullitt", Ford presents an even more powerful engine with 460 hp. Thanks to the active exhaust system, you can also drive quietly and reduce the sound of the American sports car, for example in residential areas.
Alternatively, you can drive the US muscle car with a 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine and 317 hp. The Ford Mustang was one of the first muscle cars on the market. Thanks to growing popularity and new generations of the model type, you can still buy the Ford Mustang today.
Dodge Challenger: 852 hp in a retro design
The US car brand Dodge is owned by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Two American sports cars from Dodge are still available today in a classic retro design. The Dodge Challenger was already on the market in 1969 until it finally disappeared from the market in 1983.
In 2008, the third generation of the model appeared in a retro design. A 6.1 liter V8 engine and 431 hp show the character of a US muscle car. In 2011 this became even clearer with a 6.4 liter engine and 470 hp. The highlight followed in 2017 with the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon and a proud 852 hp. That would have won you every drag race in the 1950s. The sports car reaches 100 kilometers per hour in just 2.3 seconds.
Dodge Charger: the only four-door
The Dodge Charger is the second model from the Dodge car brand that was already on the market in the 1960s. Four years after the Challenger, this muscle car was no longer available from 1987 onwards. The sports car celebrated its comeback in 2005. The special feature: the new generation is the only US muscle car with four doors.
The horsepower figures convince with the usual high values. In keeping with the name, you drive the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat with 717 hp and up to 320 kilometers per hour. According to the manufacturer, you are “too damn fast” (German: way too fast) on normal roads. Thanks to the 8-speed automatic transmission, you don't have to change gears yourself and you can concentrate fully on driving. The most powerful model has a correspondingly high consumption of around 19.9 liters per 100 kilometers.
The Dodge Charger SXT AWD is significantly more economical. The model consumes just 10.5 liters of fuel on the same route. With 304 hp, the muscle car offers the usual high level of performance. The third model available is the R / T Daytona with 375 hp. The model-specific elements are inspired by the NASCAR race. A one-piece performance rear spoiler, nappa / Alcantara seats with Daytona logo and a Daytona radiator grille emblem make the sportiness clear.
Chevrolet Corvette: Soon with a mid-engine
Would you like to buy a muscle car that is particularly closely related to the tradition of American cars? Then the Chevrolet Corvette is the right choice. The two-seater has been continuously available since 1953 and in terms of design probably reached its peak in the second generation (1962 to 1967) when the legendary "Stingray" was sold (see cover picture, rights: Chevrolet). The sportiness and origin are already clear on the logo. Two flags stand for fitness to race.
The current Corvette C7 has a 455 hp engine. With the same LT1 engine, the C7 Z06 has an output of 659 hp and reaches 100 kilometers per hour in just 3.8 seconds. The eighth generation of the traditional muscle car will be available from 2020. The dashboard moved 42 centimeters forward and the new mid-engine not only change the look of the Corvette C8.
This also significantly improves the aerodynamics. The V8 engine has an output of 495 hp and reaches 100 kilometers per hour in just three seconds. With this icon you can drive at up to 300 km / h. With the newly developed eight-speed dual clutch transmission, nothing stands in the way of fast shifting. Corvette also announced plans to launch versions with turbo engines. With up to 900 hp, the sporty racing car feeling while driving is guaranteed.
Chevrolet Camaro: back since 2015
The Chevrolet Camaro competed with the Ford Mustang in the 1960s. The American sports car with over 200 hp was equipped with the classic V8 engine of a muscle car. The car was produced 90,000 times in its first year - and it was very successful. Like its competitor Ford Mustang, the model is now available again. The rivalry between the two models is still evident today. The 2018 facelift brings the Camaro as well as the Ford Mustang a ten-speed automatic.
After a break in production from 2002 to 2009, you have been able to buy the sixth generation of the muscle car since 2015. Chevrolet attaches great importance to aerodynamics. The model is 90 kilograms lighter, the chassis 21 percent slimmer. This allows you to use the 275 hp particularly effectively. If you want to feel the wind, the convertible version with fully automatic soft top is the right choice for you.
For those who love horsepower, the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 with 650 horsepower and up to 318 kilometers per hour is the right model. These convincing values are achieved by the V8 engine from the Corvette Z06. Thanks to sports seats with leather covers, a heated steering wheel and multimedia equipment including a Bose sound system and an 8-inch touchscreen, the sporty journeys are also comfortable.
Buy a used muscle car
Muscle cars are relatively rare in Germany. At heycar you will still find a selection of hundreds of well-kept specimens. All of them are younger than eight years old and have run less than 150,000 kilometers. There's also a guarantee. So come on, take a look around!
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