You probably know that the golden times of muscle cars were during the ‘60s and early ‘70s. However, 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, so by the mid-90s, there was the new dawn of new muscle era. However, if classic muscle cars were crude machines with poor brakes and simple suspensions, the modern ones are state of the art. Modern muscle cars have combined power with cutting edge technology to deliver a unique experience.
Some say that modern muscle cars are not true to the original concept. But most people say that a modern muscle car is every bit a real muscle car, just improved in every way. So, here are the best modern muscle cars that have kept the spirit alive and well.
Ford Mustang SVT Cobra
Inspired by the wild SVT Cobra Rs from the ‘90s, they didn’t name the 2003 model the R because it was limited in production. In fact, it was available to the public rather than just racing drivers and private teams. However, this SVT Cobra was an interesting, important model for the Mustang dynasty and muscle car mythology since it featured two firsts. First, it had the first factory supercharged engine ever.
And second, they gave it an independent rear suspension. The Special Vehicle Team or SVT took a standard 4.6-liter block and mounted different heads and a supercharger to get 390 HP and 390 lb-ft of torque. They named the engine the “Terminator” and rumor was that it delivered more than the advertised 390 HP. To handle all that power and torque, Ford equipped the SVT Cobra with the same independent rear suspension setup as the first Ford GT.
This helped maintain stability at high speeds and hard launches, making this Mustang handle like a dream. The 0 to 60 mph time took only 4.7 seconds so the SVT Cobra was a drag strip terror. Ford offered this model in 2003 and 2004, building around 20,000 of them in a coupe and convertible form. Despite being almost 15 years old, those cars still hold high prices on the used car market.