Muscle car lovers, welcome to the new age of your favorite road machines. Even though today’s society is all about watching your emissions and playing it safe because of fluctuating gas prices, in our opinion there is no better time to own a muscle car.
Why? Because today’s muscle cars are insanely powerful without putting a dent in your pocket with their stratospheric fuel consumption.
Basically, you can have your cake and eat it too. Of course, there are still the fuel-soakers which make you feel like you’re paying for a plane, but the bright side is they go fast; really fast. With that said, what are the cars that are ushering in this New Age?
Ford Mustang GT 350
The GT 350 uses the kind of V8 you typically find in an exotic like the Lamborghini or Ferrari, only with some modifications.
And the high-end version, the GT 350R, costs a fraction of the price of these exotics, at just $62,000. That’s a car with a 5.2-liter V8 that churns out 526 horsepower. If you want a cheaper version, the prices start at a decent $49,170.
The Corvette almost never disappoints, and the 2016 version is no different. It comes with a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine that produces 650 horsepower and a maximum torque of 650 lbs/ft. And with great power comes incredible speed; the Corvette goes from 0 to 60 in a mind-blowing 2.95 seconds.
All this comes at just $79,400. That’s just under $80,000 for a beast that goes toe to toe with exotics that cost ten times as much.
Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat
In 2015, the Hellcat versions surprised the whole world with the insane amount of horsepower they churned for the ridiculously low price—707 horsepower—and they were instant bestsellers.
The 2016 versions won’t do much to buck this trend, because they are more of the same, with some modifications here and there. And the price is somewhere around $60,000.
There’s a rising demand for the latest muscle cars, and why not? Even the base versions are at a similar level to the muscle giants of the sixties. At this rate, it’s not a stretch to say the New Age is here.