There are some who tend to think that the muscle car is a relic of the past, something of a bygone era, perhaps the 1960s to the 1980s. Nothing could be further from the truth. The beloved muscle car is alive and well and continues to hold a special place in the hearts and minds of millions of drivers. So, if you’re in the market for a sports car rental or another prestige motor, go for the best of the best and get a muscle car. While you’re doing that, you should think to yourself, what are some of the best features on the market? In this piece, we’ll reveal a few of them:
- Massive Horsepower and Torque
By definition, a muscle car has to boast huge power and torque. This has always been a pretty standard feature, but nowadays you can find some really astonishing numbers. Take the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, for example. For some, this model doesn’t even count as a proper muscle car, but rather a “pony car.” Having said that, the 6.2L supercharged HEMI V8 engine outputs 707hp and 650lb-ft of torque, which outstrips quite a lot of modern competition. The best thing about the modern muscle car is that even the so-called “borderline” muscle cars are jacked up to the max.
- Beautiful Interiors
Traditionally, muscle cars were all about the horsepower and torque, but the advantage of modern muscle cars is that makers now pay closer attention to interior quality. A good example of this is the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, which has comfortable and supportive sports seats, an athletic flat-bottom steering wheel, terrific brushed-metal finishes to give a clean, contemporary look, and also the many mod cons drivers really want like touchscreen infotainment, climate controls and more. They’re way more luxurious than muscle cars past.
- The Names
Companies like Dodge have helped the cause of muscle cars in the modern age by ensuring they retain their edgy, attractive names. Badges like Hellcat, Trackhawk and Demon are epithets that evoke a powerful reaction from both driver and passer-by. For other models, clever use of alpha-numeric names adds a sense of athletic edge to these muscle cars — GT350R, SRT8, ZL1, ATS-V and more — and create the idea of speed and precision that people just can’t get enough of.
As we touched upon in the point on interiors, modern muscle cars are built for the modern marketplace, and are usually, therefore, loaded with technological goodies. Take the Cadillac ATS-V, for instance. It’s not the most powerful muscle car out there but has a great presence thanks to its athletic lines, hood scoop and imposing presence. On the inside it also has a Bose Premium sound system, rear camera mirror, advanced infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Wi-Fi hotspot and far more. It has been done since 2018!
- Track Credentials
Muscle cars are for more than just revving loudly at a red light. Modern muscle cars are built with extraordinary abilities that make them ideal for the racetrack. One great example of such a well-engineered machine is the Equus Bass 770. With a top speed of 200mph and a 0-60mph time of just 3.4 seconds, this car is faster even than a Ferrari F50. In addition to the throttle and acceleration, the 770 boasts magnetic selective ride suspension, traction management systems and top-notch Brembo brakes. This is a true track star!
Muscle for the Modern Age
A sports car rental is great, but make it a muscle car for the most memorable experience. Remember also to check out everything that these cars can do. They have evolved far beyond just massive V8 engines and raw horsepower. You can look deeper and find a car that can do so much more for you in the long run.
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