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Top 10 Best New Muscle Cars to Buy in 2020

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There is no denying the fact that electric cars started to gain traction in recent years and that most of them destroy even the mightiest muscle cars in a straight line. Hell, even Ford built a fully electric Mustang Mach-E crossover. However, driving a muscle car isn’t only about the speed – it is about the experience. The burbling muscular sound of the V8 engine, the smell of burnt rubber and exhaust gasses still move the hearts of enthusiasts in North America. But, with all the options available on the market, what muscle car is the best choice out there? Here is our list of the Top 10 best new muscle cars to buy in 2020, in no particular order.

2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

There is only one word to describe the Shelby GT500 – an animal. A wild one. The Cross-Plane Crank 5.2-liter Supercharged V8 in the most potent Mustang hits 760 horsepower and 625 lb-ft of torque, enough to put some supercars to shame. Or to burn even the mightiest ultra-high-performance tires. Your choice, anyway.

Thanks to the all-new 7-speed TREMEC Dual Clutch transmission, this animal of a car will accelerate from 0-60 mph in only 3.3 seconds and cover the quarter-mile in only 10.7 seconds. No other muscle car is faster today, full stop.

The GT500 is excellent in the corners, too, thanks to the MagneRide Damping System that adjusts the dampers 1,000 times every second, and the rear limited-slip differential. Ford even put some electronic gadgetry, courtesy of the AdvanceTrac system that uses ABS, ESC, and EPAS to help you carve the corners better.

2020 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

There is no other muscle car that captures the imagination of enthusiasts better than the Challenger SRT Hellcat. Equipped with a 6.2-liter HEMI V8 with a supercharger, this completely bonkers coupe provides the driver with mind-blowing 717 horsepower. The rubber-eating engine sends the power to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual transmission – precisely the thing enthusiasts need to hear.

The Challenger SRT Hellcat covers the quarter-mile in only 11.2 seconds and doesn’t stop accelerating until it reached 199 mph. And if that’s not enough for you, Dodge offers an even more crazy version with 797 horsepower that reaches a quarter-mile in only 10.8 seconds. All Hellcat versions are specifically designed to be precise in the corners, so you can attack the track during the weekends as well.

2020 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

The Camaro has perhaps the most aggressive and menacing looks of the legendary muscle-car trio, but also the most modern. It is equipped with a 6.2-liter LT4 V8 engine that develops 650 horsepower and 650 lb.-ft. of torque and accelerates the handsome bodywork to 60 mph in only 3.5 seconds.

Unlike most muscle cars, the Camaro ZL1 has aerodynamic improvements that make it more stable at higher speeds. It is also equipped with a 10-speed automatic transmission designed for faster shifting, and an electronic limited-slip differential for tighter handling.

2020 Equus Bass 770

The Equus Bass 770 is designed specifically for classic muscle car enthusiasts. This hand-built masterpiece starts at $250,000, which sounds like a lot, but we think it is worth every penny. On the outside, the Bass 770 borrows the looks from muscle cars of the yesteryear, combining them into arguably the best-looking V8 machine.

The body of the Bass 770 is almost entirely made of aluminum and carbon-fiber for a dry weight of only 3,640 pounds. Despite the classic looks, the Equus masterpiece has a modern Magnetic Selective Ride Control suspension, Performance Traction Management system that combines the stability and traction control systems, and Active Handling System.

The engine and transmission are as exciting as every other bit of this car – a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 with 640 horsepower and a 6-speed dual-clutch automatic. That’s enough to propel the Bass 770 to 60 mph in only 3.4 seconds and onto a top speed of 200 mph.

2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody

The Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody is almost similar to the Challenger Hellcat in terms of power. However, in this sexy sedan, you can sit up to five people in relative comfort and give them one Hell(cat) of a ride.

The 6.2-liter HEMI V8 in the Charger Hellcat is supercharged and develops healthy 707 horsepower, enough to make you competitive to a Tesla Model S on the highway. The Charger SRT Hellcat is excellent in the corners as well, but the most impressive thing is that you can use it as a daily driver, just like every other sedan.

2020 BMW M5 Competition

Don’t think that a German sedan can be a muscle car? Think twice – the M5 Competition hides a state-of-the-art 4.4-liter Twin-Turbo V8 engine that develops massive 617 horsepower and 553 lb.-ft. of torque under the bonnet.

Thanks to the AWD system that aids traction, the M5 Competition can accelerate from 0-60 mph in brisk 3.1 seconds. The 8-speed automatic transmission is one of the best in the business, while the handling dynamics are second to none. It’s a shame that BMW electronically limits the top speed at only 156 mph.

2020 Mercedes-AMG E63S 4Matic+

The Mercedes-AMG E63S is by far the most luxurious muscle car, with an interior that looks stunning and a suspension that glides over the road. However, the second this becomes boring to you, this car offers a 4.0-liter bi-turbo V8 engine with 604 horsepower and 627 lb.-ft. of torque, enough for a neck-snapping 3.4 seconds 0-60 time.

Despite the 4Matic+ all-wheel-drive system, the E63S includes a Drift Mode that, according to Mercedes, will make it easier for novice drivers to start drifting. Neat.

2020 Lexus GS-F

Unlike most sports sedans in its category, the Lexus GS-F has a naturally-aspirated 5.0-liter V8 that develops 467 horsepower and 389 lb.-ft. of torque. The power is sent to the rear wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission. The 0-60 time is 4.5 seconds, while the top speed is limited at 168 mph.

That might sound slow, but wait until you try the GS-F on a twisty road. Thanks to the F-Sport tuned suspension and lower weight than its rivals, the Japanese sports sedan provides the driver with a much better feel and sharper dynamics overall. For a second, you might forget that you drive a large saloon and feel like you are in a light sports car.

2020 Cadillac CT6-V

The Cadillac sports sedan is another one of our favorites because it offers high levels of luxury and space in a fun package. Under the bonnet, this handsome sedan hides a V8 with 550 horsepower and 640 lb.-ft. of torque.

The engine sends the power to the rear wheels via an advanced 10-speed automatic transmission. Handling is aided with sports suspension with magnetic dampers, and a limited-slip differential in the back.

2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R

The Shelby GT350R is the highest-end version of the Mustang, made for drivers who want a combination of neck-snapping straight-line acceleration and excellent handling dynamics. The 5.2-liter Ti-VCT V8 engine with 527 horsepower sends the power to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual transmission, which sounds fun.

The transmission is also cooled, and there is a limited-slip rear TORSEN differential for more precision while drifting. The MagneRide Damping System is another is the state-of-the-art feature that will help you attack the corners more efficiently by adjusting the dampers 1,000 times per second, while also improving the ride quality.


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