The muscle cars and the supercars are two ends of the performance car spectrum. On one side we have muscle cars as affordable, powerful and not very sophisticated tire-shredding machines and on the other, we have supercars as high-dollar, bespoke-build, sports cars with sublime performance and insane technology. On first glance, those two shouldn’t mix, right?
As a matter of fact, supercars and muscle cars had a lot in common and for decades, high end, boutique manufacturers used muscle car engines for their creations. The Chevrolet big block, Mopar`s 440s, and Hemis, as well as Ford`s V8s all, find their place in low, limited production models from obscure companies. We can safely say that American muscle car engines fueled the supercar segment at one point. To prove this claim, here are 20 Most Interesting Supercars With Muscle Car Engines.
1. Monteverdi Hai 450 SS
Monteverdi was a Swiss luxury car brand which was active from 1967 until 1984. Over the years, Monteverdi produced many premium models which were marketed as cars with “German quality, Italian design, and American power”. This was a winning combination and Monteverdi cars featured Chrysler`s engine to produce effortless performance, speed and raw power many European manufacturers of the period lacked.
The most extreme Monteverdi model was Hai 450 from 1970 which featured fully new chassis and body as well as the famous Hemi 426 V8 engine in the back. Monteverdi wanted the most powerful engine Mopar had to offer and in 1970, that was the mighty Hemi. The car was called “Hai” which is a German word for a shark. The 0 to 60 mph time took only 4.5 seconds making it the quickest car of the era.