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The Most Powerful Street Cars In The World Are Now All American Muscle

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By Dave Ashton

There is a renaissance in the powerful muscle car market, which has been happening now for the last few years. However, now it seems to be hitting a zenith with the Dodge Hellcat and Demon pushing the horsepower wars on street legal vehicles which can also do the business on the track.

When it comes to complete top end horsepower and torque, supercars may still have the leading edge, but you have to pay a king’s ransom to own one. Muscle cars are still expensive compared to a regular vehicle, but nothing in comparison to supercar prices and are obtainable for those in the market for performance machine.

This means that modern muscle cars have the performance and power of a topline vehicle and is still available to the masses, depending on the model you choose. below are a list of the current new muscle cars which are pushing the boundaries in the car market. All hail the muscle car!

Dodge muscle
Dodge have always fielded a solid lineup of muscle cars going back to the early 60s, so it made sense for the company to bring back the most well-known – the Challenger and the Charger to the modern market.

Dodge Demon
The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon definitely shook up the car market on its release earlier this year with a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine capable of 880 HP on pump gas and 840 HP on race fuel. The car has ushered in a number of firsts for production vehicles and comes with drag radial tires, one seat and can even pop a wheelie on launch. using the air conditioning system to cool the air into the engine, along with its huge hood scoop, could just be one of the revolutionary muscle car adaptations which will find its way onto other vehicles

There has even been talk of it trying to be banned by some parties, which only fuels its reputation in the long run.

Dodge Challenger/Charger SRT Hellcat
Just like the Dodge Demon, the Dodge Challenger and charger SRT Hellcat brought in a new level of power with its 6.2-liter 707 HP supercharged V8 engine, which has now been adapted to the Trackhawk SUV as below. Both the charger on the Challenger are still standing up as the muscle car to own, with a Challenger having the ability to hit 199 mph and the Charger at 204 mph.

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk
The new Trackhawk may be an SUV, but it still has muscle car DNA with its four-wheel-drive hellcat engine capable of 707hp and 645 lb-ft of torque. Australia has always enjoyed altered powered Utes, so why not bring the idea over to America and put muscle into a SUV.

2017 Dodge Viper
The Viper is being decommissioned after many years, but it still stands strong with its 8.4 L V10 engine. limited-edition versions such as the ACR will show out its final days, but the Viper will still stand stronger as one of the most powerful machines to hit the road. if you’re looking for true raw power, than the Viper definitely cements the statements of their is no replacement for displacement.


Ford have strictly been pony cars, but the latest crop can all be lumped into the muscle car world these days and the likes of the Mustang has been one of the showstoppers for decades. it is one car out the bunch, which will probably last for another 50 years. It will probably be the Mustang in one shape or form.

2014 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
The Shelby GT500 is problem the top of the heap when it comes to Mustangs, with the 2014 version being the most powerful American vehicle on its release. It has a 5.8 L supercharged V8 engine, which is capable of 202 mph. This means that the GT500 can match supercar levels of power and performance for a fraction of the price.
Although it doesn’t match up to the latest horsepower offerings, it’s still a mighty fine vehicle with a brand-new one in the works to come out in the next year or so. You can expect the new version to be topping 700 HP.

An ultra-limited Shelby 1000 was available in 2012 with 1000 bhp and 750 lb.ft. of torque, worked on by Shelby himself.

2017 Ford GT
Lemans back in the day helped cement the Ford GT in car history and although this is strictly a supercar, it still has the Ford badging and comes with 647 HP reaching a top speed of 216 mph. Ultra limited, the Ford GT will always be the first and foremost supercar from the Ford bunch.


Chevrolet fielded some of the most impressive muscle cars back in the day with the likes of the Chevelle, Camaro and Nova. With the COPO program, some of the most powerful muscle cars were produced back in late 60s to early 70s. Now it’s the Camaro and Corvette which leads the charge Chevrolets muscle cars, being just as impressive as the rest. Arguably, they are more sports cars due to their amazing performance and handling on the track. Simply, gone are the days that these type of vehicles were only known for straight-line speed.

2017 Chevrolet Corvette Z06
The 6.2 L supercharged V8 monster has a dry sump oil system optimised for the track. Power is at 650 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque through a seven speed manual transmission. If you want in a comparison the Z06 can easily take on a Aston Martin Vantage S V12 and a Porsche 911 Turbo S.
A possible new version is on its way, so stay tuned here for the latest news.

2017 Camaro ZL1
The Camaro also has a 6.2 L supercharged V8 engine, which puts out the same amount of power at 650 HP as its teammate above. If you want a solid modern muscle machine with track performance, you can’t go wrong with either of these two.

2013 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1
Although this set are one is a few years old now. It was the first American vehicle with 638 HP and a top speed of 205 mph. Four years later, this Vette stand strong with a 6.2 L engine and six speed manual transmission.
just like the other Chevrolet offerings a new ZR1 is most likely in the next year or two and with the current horsepower wars, we can only imagine a 700hp+ version hitting the streets.

As you can see from the list above, American-made muscle has been in the gym, working hard and watching its diet over the last years you can now take on its competition in not just the power stakes, but also track performance.

It’s more than likely in the coming years the big three makers muscle car producers will resurrect some of the old names and possibly new ones. But one thing is for sure, muscle cars are here and stronger than ever.

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