Even though the golden times of muscle cars were definitely the `60s and early `70s, after several decades without any real power, muscle cars triumphantly returned in the early 21st century. This return started in the late `80s when power levels slowly started to rise. The performance grew and by the mid-`90s, we witnessed the dawn of new muscle era.
However, if the classic muscle cars were crude machines with poor brakes and simple suspension, modern ones are state of the art. Modern muscle cars combine power with cutting edge technology to deliver a unique experience. Some say that modern muscle cars are not true to the original concept but we say that modern muscle is every bit real muscle car, just improved in every way. So, here are the best modern muscle cars – models that keep the spirit alive and well.
1. Ford Mustang SVT Cobra
Inspired by the wild SVT Cobra Rs from the `90s, the 2003 model was not named R since it wasn`t so limited production and it was available to the general public rather than just racing drivers and private teams. However, this SVT Cobra was a very interesting and important model for the Mustang dynasty and muscle car mythology since it featured two firsts. One was the first factory supercharged engine and other was an independent rear suspension. SVT took the standard 4.6-liter block and mounted different heads and supercharger to get 390 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque.
The engine was named “Terminator” and rumor was that it delivered more than advertised 390 hp. To handle all that power and torque, Ford equipped the SVT Cobra with independent rear suspension setup similar to the first Ford GT. This helped stability at high speeds and hard launches and made this Mustang handle like a dream.
The 0 to 60 mph time took only 4.7 seconds making the SVT Cobra a drag strip terror. Ford offered this model in 2003 and 2004 making around 20,000 of them in a coupe and convertible form. Despite being almost 15 years old, those cars still hold pretty high prices on the used car market.