6. Pontiac GTO
The first year for the modern GTO was 2004 when the car met universal praise from car buyers and the automotive press. The design wasn’t exactly new or aggressive, but the GTO had a muscle car style and street presence. Under the hood was an LS1 5.7-liter V8 with 350 HP giving it enough performance to be one of the hottest American cars for the 2004 model year.
The 2005 model year saw the introduction of the 400 HP 6.2-liter engine and even better performance numbers with 0 to 60 mph time of just 4.6 seconds. However, sales started to decline to 11,000, and for 2006, the final model year, Ford only sold 14,000 the GTOs. So what was the problem with the 2004 to 2006 GTO? The car was just fine, but it failed to excite car customers like the original GTO did.
Simply, the design was restrained and not particularly aggressive. Although the car was fast, and the performance was convincing, as an overall package the new GTO wasn’t as appealing to new customers. This was the main reason for its early demise and relative market failure. However, most people still feel this car is one of the best modern muscle cars ever.
5. 2020 Shelby GT500
It seems that every new generation of the Shelby GT500 pushes the envelope even further. Each model delivers so much power, it’s hard to comprehend. Just look at the latest 2020 model. From the outside, it looks like a menacing Mustang with a new front fascia, scoops, spoilers, special paint, and carbon wheels. But the real surprise lies beneath the metal.
The massive 5.2-liter supercharged V8 engine delivers 760 HP and sends it to the rear wheels through an intelligent 10-speed automatic. This interesting combo makes the new GT500 the perfect combination of old-school muscle and modern technology. The result is even more astonishing. It takes just 3.3 seconds to get to 60 mph with a 180-mph top speed. Of course, such firepower comes with a hefty price tag. In this case, it costs almost $100,000 fully loaded.
4. Ford F150 Raptor
Derived from an ordinary Ford F-150 truck, the Raptor has an almost supercar performance and unmatched ability to go practically anywhere. It comes with a 3.5-liter turbocharged V6 producing 450 HP and 510 lb-ft of displacement. Also, they gave it a 10-speed automatic transmission and it provides a sub-five-second acceleration time.
Remember, this is a full-size pickup truck with room for five people and a regular truck bed behind the driver. Despite being able to jump dunes and run through the desert, this truck and its immense capabilities make it a stoplight terror as well.
3. Ford Mustang Bullitt
The regular production Mustang GT is a capable and rewarding car, so Ford scored a hit when it introduced the current generation in 2015. The Performance Pack 2 and Shelby versions showed the real potential of the IRS-equipped platform. However, Ford decided to widen its appeal, and not by adding more power, but by adding more style and a touch of Hollywood legend.
The third Bullitt special edition is the 2019 model Ford based on the GT. This means the Bullitt Mustang has the same 5.0-liter V8 with 460 HP but only came as a six-speed manual. Also, the Bullitt has a unique paint job, wheels, and interior trim to copy the legendary 1968 Bullitt Mustang Steve McQueen drove in the car cult classic, Bullitt.
2. Dodge Durango R/T
Do you need a small school bus for when your kids are late for school and you need to get them there in a hurry? How about an SUV that goes from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds? That’s the Dodge Durango SRT with 475 HP and the ability to carry seven passengers and their gear, too. With a 6.4-liter Hemi, the Durango SRT is a pure Dodge muscle car in an SUV package.
In contrast to the other vehicles on this list, which are mostly useless as real SUVs, this Dodge is a capable car. Not only it is among the biggest with three-row seating, but it can also carry and tow the biggest loads, too. That makes the SRT practical and usable in real life. Best of all is its price, which starts at just $64,000.
1. Chevrolet Corvette ZR1
Just when drivers thought Chevy had abandoned adding more power to the C7 Corvette and was concentrating on holding the already powerful car, Corvette creators surprised them with the insane 2019 Corvette ZR1. This version of the C7 Corvette has just been released.
It features an improved Z06 chassis, suspension, and drivetrain as well as an absolute beast of an engine. The 6.2-liter heavily supercharged LT4 engine pumps out 755 HP and 527 lb-ft of torque. It sends all that power to the rear wheels through an automatic or manual gearbox, making the Corvette ZR1 a beast for the streets.
This list proves you can forget ’60s muscle cars in favor of the insane cars being produced in the past 15 or so years. Real muscle car performance is happening now as these 25 modern street machines can prove. The hardest part is to pick which one you want to put in your garage.