If attitude’ were a car, muscle cars would be the embodiment of it. Nothing screams attitude more than a loud and powerful muscle car that can fly past any other car on the road. While there are many modern muscle cars out on the road today, a nod to classic cars that paved the way for performance is in order. Here are five muscle cars that imply an attitude of “get the heck out of my way”.
1968 Shelby Mustang GT500-KR Fastback
The KR’ part of the Shelby Mustang of 1968 stands for “King of the Road, and it certainly earned that title, with its over 400 horsepower engine and 440 pounds feet of torque. All that power was brought by its 428 Cobra Jet V-8 engine.
Shelby’s version of the Cobra offered several upgrades from the ones coming out of Ford’s manufacturing plants. A differently designed front end, rear end and hood provided a more aerodynamic body shape. Also notable were the use of fiber glass, which resulted in a lighter weight for the vehicle. Shelby’s use of Cougar tail lights also added to the style of the car. There is also a massive market for spare car parts for the shelby which makes restoration that bit easier.
1969 Camaro Z28
Another classic muscle car automobile, the 1969 Camaro Z28 sleek body style and powerful engine made this car legendary. Out of the three available engines for Camaros that year, the most powerful of them was the one included with the Z28 package, a 302 cubic inch V8 engine conservatively rated at a solid 290 horsepower. The engine could actually produce 400 horsepower.
The 1969 Chevy Camaro Z28 had a few things that set it apart from other Camaros of the day, namely the more powerful engine. Among the other differences were its sporty body style. A cowl induction hood that sucked in air from the base of the windshield for not just a good look but also higher performance. Other notable exterior features were the spoiler, and hood/trunk racing stripes.
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS
The Chevy Chevelle was a muscle car built with the blue collar working man in mind. It had all the power and then some of the other muscle cars of its day, but it did so without all the flashy exterior aspects. It did not have showy paint jobs or unnecessary spoilers.
In 1970, when GM dropped an arbitrary cap on engine displacement, Chevy engineers went crazy with it and put together an incredibly powerful 450 horsepower engine for the Chevelle SS – and that was rated under its actual power. The Chevelle only lasted 10 years in production but the legend of the Chevelle lives on.
1970 Buick GSX with Stage-I Performance Pack
The Buick GSX’s arrival landed smack dab in the middle of the muscle car horsepower wars of the 60s and 70s. Buick managed to produce and fit in the GSX the largest muscle car engine ever produced, a 455 cubic inch V8 monster. At 360 horsepower, it did not produce as much power as its engine size would suggest, but Buick did indeed push the envelope with this one.
2015 Dodge Challenger
This list wouldn’t be complete without a modern take on the muscle car. 2015’s Dodge Challenger mixes classic muscle car styling with a modern flair. It also produces an obscene amount of power, with an engine that boasts 707 horsepower and has 650 pound feet of torque. Not only that, but it does so with a lot more fuel efficiency than the classic muscle cars of the past.