Muscle cars from the good old days are hard to beat with their classic styling and nostalgic appeal.
Turns out, The Big Three in Detroit have gone back to their roots, releasing new cars that up the fun factor for a new generation.
These modern muscle cars may not be considered classics – yet – but what they do offer is a level of
performance, handling and efficiently unheard of in the muscle car era. They even sport reliability and a docile demeanor suitable for daily driving, all wrapped in a sexy candy shell.
Today’s muscle cars have it all, making your favorite ‘60s models blush by comparison.
So before my ticker gives out, there are plenty of new rides I want to flog. In coordination with my previous Muscle Car Bucket List, it’s only fair to group these present-day cars in their own category.
It should come as no surprise that this list is heavily influenced by American makes. Still, there are plenty foreign models that make the grade.
Here’s one guy's Modern Muscle Car Bucket List:
’13 Shelby GT500. The new Mustang is just around the corner, but last year’s Shelby is no slouch. Its supercharged 5.8 liter has 662 horsepower, enough to win the stoplight contest.
’14 Camaro Z28. Not your typical street version Super Sport Camaro. The most track-ready Z ever produced upped the ante, and then some. Its LS7 7.0 liter makes at least 500 ponies and is only available with a 6-speed manual.
’14 Dodge Challenger R/T Classic. A retro take on the ’70-’74 E-body pony car, the Challenger is a home run. Dodge designers are having an awful lot of fun right now, and we get to enjoy it.
’15 Mustang GT. Though we have to wait until fall to see them in dealerships, the '15 ‘Stang is already a hit on the show circuit. With even more refinement and innovation, the newest pony will have plenty of engine options, including a turbo 2.3 liter Ecoboost that makes 305hp and a Boss 302 V8 model with 420hp.
’14 Nissan GT-R. This car comes straight out of the gate – or should I say video game – to take on all comers. 545 horses from a 3.8 liter twin-turbo V6 makes for some tire-shredding fun.
’14 Subaru Impreza WRX. An off-roading beast that can also take it to the street with a powerful 4-cylinder turbo. Making it even cooler is the fact that you can option the power up to 305hp. And nobody does AWD like Subaru.
’14 Corvette Stingray. The seventh iteration (C7) of Chevy’s true American sports car is the best ever, hand down. Even the standard base model offers a level of sophistication that rivals cars costing two to three times as much.
’14 Dodge Charger R/T. Yes, those 2 extra doors take a little bit to get used to. Still, the Charger has transitioned nicely into one fast family truckster. The Hemi V8 is always a favorite in my book.
’14 Chevrolet SS. Finally, Chevrolet has released a true V8 powered performance sedan that is rear wheel drive. After nearly 20 years, the wait was worth it. Limited production status means instant classic.
’13 Corvette ZR1. This “old” C6 is an unbelievable machine.That see-through hood says it all: 638 supercharged horsepower with a top speed of over 200 MPH.