With powerful engines, roaring exhausts and aggressive aesthetics it’s no surprise that the muscle car has not only thrived, but been the benchmark for performance in the industry since their inception. Today, these models pay homage to their predecessors from under the hood out. Here are the three most sought out currently on Speedlist.
You can grab a V6 base model with a 3.67-liter 323hp engine for $23,555 for a taste of what Chevy has to offer. Most of the usual suspects, like power doors and windows, Bluetooth, steering wheel mounted controls and even a combined 30mpg rating. The Camaro 1SS carries about $10,000 more on its price tag, but offers up a 6.2-liter V8 engine with 426hp, 19-inch alloy wheels, Brembo brakes and electric power steering. The 580hp supercharged V8 ZL1 is an experience. With a 0-60 time of 3.9 seconds this variant offers up all the performance you could ask for, right along with the 300lb lighter 7.0-liter 508hp V8, built for tearing up the track.
A 305hp V6 that rests as the base variant of the Mustang comes with a reasonable $22,510 price tag. It comes with Selectable Electronic Power Assist Steering that offers several modes for varied steering experiences, signature sequential LED taillights, and HID headlights. The GT Premium, for $35,310, offers up a 5.0-liter engine that churns out 420hp, and an available Shaker audio system, Brembo brake package, 4.2-inch color display in the instrument cluster, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls. Next is where things get serious, with the Mustang Shelby GT 500. Its $55,110 sticker price gives you an incredible amount of power. This model has been track tested at over 200mph, thanks to its 5.8-liter V8 that pumps out an awesome 662hp. It also comes with some model-specific details like its power dome hood with heat extractor, rear spoiler and a tuned stainless steel H-pipe exhaust with quad tips. Look out for Ford’s controversial remodel for 2015.
Starting at $26,295, the Dodge Challenger comes with dual hood scoops, a 305hp V6 engine (still with up to 27mpg), keyless entry, push button start and a leather wrapped steering wheel and shifter. A rallye redline edition comes in at $30,295 and brings with it a set of 20-inch black chrome aluminum wheels, a red hood to tail center stripe, rear spoiler and performance upgraded steering, suspension and brakes. The SRT 392 is powered by a 6.4-liter Hemi V8 that produces 47-hp and rolls on a set of 20-inch wheels for $45,695. It also has leather-trimmed heated front bucket seats, UConnect voice command with Bluetooth, Sirius XM, a 6-speaker Boston acoustics sound system and automatic HID headlamps. A 100th anniversary edition is also available this year.
Although these models offer enough modern convinces to keep the average consumer happy, the Challenger, Camaro and Mustang are all really about one thing: what’s under the hood. These rear-wheel drive classics are all about the driver and the driving experience.