One of the biggest muscle car legends was the “Air Grabber” hood available on several Dodge and Plymouth models. It was a vacuum-operated hood scoop that drivers could open to allow more air into the engine. It was an option on the 440 and 426 Hemi models that proved to increase the car’s performance, especially once the car got moving and the air rushed directly to the carburetors.
Alfa Romeo Montreal
Alfa Romeo built the Montreal on a Giulia chassis with the timeless Bertone body. With a high revving V8 engine up front, the Montreal was fast, stylish and exclusive. They got the engine from a racing unit. And that explains the high-revving nature and need for air. Bertone designed the small but elegant and timeless hood scoop to complete its fantastic design.
Most muscle cars had big scoops that served more as eye-catching features than as functional performance features. But the late â60s GTO had one of the best systems in the business. They called it the Ram Air.
It marked induction systems characterized by openings on the car’s hood, grille or even below the bumpers on some Oldsmobiles to feed fresh air to the engine. The GTO’s Ram Air openings were driver-operated. Also, they were elegantly restrained but still mighty efficient.
Subaru Impreza WRX
For decades, Subaru has been one of the most powerful four-cylinder cars on the market. Under the hood is a flat four engine with 2.5-liters of displacement, as well as a turbocharger. This combo delivers 305 HP, which goes to all four wheels via a six-speed manual. Of course, the turbo needs a lot of air to cool down. And, that is why the WRX has one of the craziest and biggest hood scoops in the business.
Chevrolet Corvette 427
They produced the C2 Corvette from 1963 to 1967 and all examples are highly sought after for collectors. The big block models they introduced from the 1966 model year are the most expensive since they combine big power with unique styling. One of the most recognizable features of the design was memorable “Stinger Hood” with a special functional hood scoop. This thing looked extremely cool and helped that big block V8 get some fresh air.
Shelby GT 500 Super Snake
As one of the most powerful modern Mustangs, the GT 500 Super Snake comes with a 5.4-liter V8 with an enormous supercharger on top of the engine. The result is a whopping 725 HP going to the rear wheels. That amount of power needs a lot of air and that’s why it has a big and aggressive hood scoop in the front of the car.
Porsche 911 GT2
If you look at the front of the new 911 GT2, you’ll notice those massive scoops. And you might think the engine is in the front and the scoops are for cooling and providing air. However, this is the 911, so the engine is always in the back.
In fact, the front scoops are for cooling the front brakes and providing aerodynamics to the whole car. And they are one of the biggest ever to be fitted on a production 911 model.
Dodge Dart Hemi
To dominate the NHRA tracks in the late â60s, Dodge produced a limited run of Darts with 426 Hemi engines and unknown power outputs. The cars were not street legal since they produced them only for racing with the body in primer and big racing slicks in the back. Of course, the massive Hemi needed air so the Dodge engineers provided it with the biggest hood scoop the muscle car world had ever seen.
The hybrid supercar has a mid-engine layout, yet it still has two big hood scoops on the front. Are you wondering why? They are for the aerodynamics. When the air at high speed passes through them, it creates the downforce that keeps the P1 firmly on the ground. So, those scoops not only look cool, they are highly effective.
Ferrari presented the F40 in 1987. They conceived the car as a commemorative model, marking the company’s 40th anniversary. However, it was much more than that. It was and still is one of the greatest sports cars they ever built. Most car fans consider it to be one of the best Ferraris they ever produced.
Since they equipped it with a 2.9-liter twin turbo V8, it needed a lot of air for the performance and for cooling. So, Ferrari gave it exactly 10 NACA-duct scoops. There are two in the front and the rest are on the sides and the back.
Dodge Challenger “Shaker”
The Shaker is a hood scoop they mounted on top of the car’s intake system that sticks through the hood. Since it is an integral part of the engine, it also moves and shakes as the engine works; hence the name. Most popular shakers were Dodges and Plymouths, but almost all other muscle car brands have at least one model with this feature.
Pontiac Firebird Trans Am WS6
Even though the heyday of hood scoops was over by the early 2000s, Pontiac still offered one of the most aggressive designs they ever produced. They added twin scoops on the nose of the powerful and fast Firebird Trans Am WS6. With the venerable 5.7-liter V8 engine producing 325 HP, a six-speed manual transmission and numerous suspension upgrades, the 2002 WS6 could accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds. And that kind of speed was what required this hood scoop design.
Dodge RAM SRT 10
Trucks don’t need hood scoops in most cases, but if you own Dodge RAM SRT 10, you will know a scoop is a necessity. The 8.2-liter V10 engine pumps out over 500 HP. It has a 0 to 60 acceleration time of fewer than five seconds. Also, the fuel economy in the single digits needs a lot of extra air to feed the engine.
Dodge Coronet R/T 1970
The Coronet was one of the intermediates in the Mopar stable consumer could order with a 440 or Hemi engine. This meant the Coronet, especially in R/T trim was a serious muscle car contender and a properly fast street racer. Although hood scoops were part of the package, Dodge gave the Coronet R/T two big ones that fed the carburetors through a complex system of tubes.
These are the 20 best hood scoops they ever made. While some were just for show, others had serious work to do. A timeless design feature, hood scoops will always be popular on most sports and muscle cars but are a staple on all race cars.