Although displacements in modern muscle cars’ engines have gone south compared to those from sixties and early seventies, some of them still pack a heavy punch. The problem is to determine which of the modern cars is eligible to qualify for the muscle car moniker. Things were much simpler back in the day when a car only needed a sturdy 300 plus horsepower V8 in order to be considered a fastest muscle car. Today, it’s more about turbocharging, and even supercharging, but the principle remains, more or less, the same. Modern muscles still pack plenty of heat under their hoods, and they’re still some of the most coveted cars around – to the right people, that is.
While compiling this list, we have decided to include only muscle cars featuring V8 engines. After all, that was one of the first rules in determining whether a car is a muscle or not. This means that the likes of the Dodge Viper (V10) and even the Ford Taurus SHO or the Nissan GT-R (V6) won’t make an appearance here. Furthermore, by fastest, we mean their respective acceleration and top speed combination; not their net horsepower. Finally, we have decided to limit the term “modern” to the last few model years. That means only the newest muscle cars (those you can actually buy with 0 miles on their odometers) will make it here.
Dodge Challenger SRT 392
As you’re about to find out (if you didn’t know already), Dodge’s dynamic duos comprised of various Challengers and Chargers are pretty much the same when it comes to performance. They are fitted with exactly the same powertrains, and only their size makes the difference. That said, Challenger SRT 392 is slightly faster than its Charger counterpart with max top speed of 182 mph (compared to 175 mph). 0 to 60 time comes to around 4.5 seconds, but we feel that 6.4L V8 with 485 hp and 475 lb-ft of torque should definitely fare better than that.
Chevrolet Camaro SS
Brace yourselves, for the trio of Camaros is coming! sixth generation, 2018 year models are still rather fresh, hence the SS is still the flagship model for now. Not counting the iconic ZL1, of course. It’s a much better performer than outgoing SS models, though, which is evident by its top speed of 165 mph and 0 to 60 time of 3.9 seconds. Well, 6.2L V8 LS3 tends to offer that kind of figures – especially thanks to updated power ratings which now amount to 455 hp and 455 lb-ft of torque.