Do you like your car to go from the office to the track at the drop of a hat? Do you enjoy the looks you get when you rev your engine at a stoplight? Do you want every drive around the Philadelphia and Doylestown areas to be engaging and thrilling? If so, you’re probably a big fan of the “muscle car.”
These are, classically, American-made coupes with powerful engines and reliable handling capabilities that deliver a high-performance driving experience.
At Fred Beans, we have many customers in the Mechanicsburg and Flemington areas who often come in looking for this type of car and want to know which models top our list of recommendations.
So, here they are! Below are our three top muscle cars (in alphabetical order):
1. Chevy Camaro
The Chevy Camaro is a high-performance car with several powertrain options and the potential to take you from 0-60 MPH in as little as 3.5 seconds. In newer models, you’ll have a choice of four different engines, with 4-, 6-, and 8-cylinder options.
These engines deliver an output ranging from 275-650 horsepower and 295-650 lb-ft of torque. In many cases, you’ll also have your choice of a 6-speed manual transmission, 8-speed automatic transmission, or a 10-speed automatic transmission.
With both automatic transmission options, you’ll have paddle-shifters mounted on your steering wheel that ultimately keep you in control of your shift schedules.
This muscle car features several aerodynamic enhancements, as well, including air intakes on either side of the front grille to allow for maximum cooling. You can also optimize your performance through selectable drive modes.
2. Ford Mustang
The Ford Mustang is one of the original muscle cars, and has experienced many iterations throughout its lifetime. One thing has remained constant however: powerful performance. This fastback delivers on power with capabilities ranging from 310-526 horsepower and torque output hitting 350-429 lb-ft.
As for your shift schedules, you can take control with a 6-speed manual, or sit back and relax with a 10-speed automatic transmission with steering-wheel mounted paddle shifters. With the classic Mustang exhaust, everyone will be able to hear you coming and going, while available Launch Control keeps your acceleration strong and in-control.
Some models may also include selectable drive modes in the form of toggle switches in the driver command center. Flip the switch and optimize your ride for everyday driving or get it ready for a few laps on the track.
3. Nissan 370Z
While not quite a “muscle car” by the traditional definition, the Nissan 370Z offers impressive enough performance such that we felt we had to add it to the list. This sports car shows off with a classic coupe design—longer hood, smaller cabin area—and delivers exciting V6 power with its available Nismo® engine.
In fact, between both powertrain options, the 370Z generates 332-350 horsepower and 270-276 lb-ft of torque. It’s also built using high-tech lightweight components that reduce its curb weight to help it accelerate and overtake with ease.
The powertrain is finished off with either a 6-speed close-ratio manual transmission or a 7-speed automatic transmission. The automatic may also include a manual shift mode and downshift rev matching to keep you operating at peak performance.
Which Is Your Top Muscle Car?
Did your top muscle car make our list? Did you see something new that you’d love to try? Luckily, we have several models for you to take for a spin at our used car dealerships in the Philadelphia, Doylestown, Mechanicsburg, and Flemington areas.