Top 10 Iconic Muscle Cars of All Time to Revive as a Electric Car

Muscle cars have been driving American youth crazy for decades. Iconic brands such as AMC AMX, Buick GNX, Chevrolet Chevelle SS, Chevrolet Corvette Z06, Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, Dodge Charger, and Ford Mustang Boss 302 and Shelby Mustang GT350R have been the go-to choice for many car enthusiasts. Let's take a look at each of these models and see how they helped define the muscle car era. Hopefully, these cars will have electric version like Dodge Charger Daytona Banshee in the future. 


American Motors Corporation (AMC) was an underrated brand compared to the Big Three from Detroit, but it still had outstanding cars, including AMX. Instead of standard production, AMC shortened the distance between the axles to create a two-seater model. The AMX was quite powerful when equipped with a 6.4-liter V8 engine. It was a long-time bestseller until it disappeared completely in 1980.

2. Buick GNX

In 1980, when the days of muscle cars were over, Buick was still able to keep them alive. Replacing the V6 engine with a 3.8-liter V8s, the Buick Grand National X was one of the fastest cars of its time. The 276 hp engine with nearly 500 Nm of torque helps the GNX reach a speed of more than 180 km/h, faster than the Ferrari F40.

3. Chevrolet Chevelle SS

Super Sport (SS) versions of Chevy began to appear at the height of the truck industry. In particular, the car that made the biggest buzz was the Chevelle SS. Launched in 1970, the Chevelle SS 454 with a 7.2-liter V8 engine is considered the quintessence of “muscle” cars. However, by the late 70s, emissions standards were gradually putting this muscle in the past.

4. Chevrolet Corvette Z06

Corvette looks more like a sports car than "muscle". Corvette Z06 owns a 650 horsepower V8 engine with a capacity of 6.2 liters and a torque of 900 Nm. The car can change the speed from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.9 seconds. Z06 is designed with a frame enough to balance the engine as well as create stable performance.

5. Dodge Challenger SRT Demon

SRT Demon is considered a car from another planet. While manufacturers focus on creating cars for on-road use, Dogge applies strict regulations to have an off-road product. The Demon can reach a speed of nearly 230 km/h thanks to the Hemi V8 808 horsepower engine with a capacity of 6.2 liters. Demon has the style of a race car, supported by a "brake" system that helps lock the transmission while at the starting line for better acceleration.

6. Dodge Charger 2

Released in 1966, the Dodge Charger is a sleek car that exists as a four-door sedan. Appearing in blockbuster movies, the Charger became the car most known to Americans. Owning a V8 helps it keep pace with Ford and GM models on the road.

7. Ford Mustang Boss 302

When it first appeared, "muscular" cars often appeared in racing tournaments like NASCAR or dirt roads. Knowing this, Ford brought a "weapon" named Boss 302 with a 302 cid Hi-Po engine, 5.0 liter capacity, Boss is a product exclusively for SCCA Trans Am racing team. In 2011, Ford released a limited edition commemorative edition of the Boss 302.

8. Ford Shelby Mustang GT350R

Inspired by the 1960 model of the same name, Ford launched the Shelby GT350 in 2015 along with an upgraded version of the “R”. Both are powered by a 5.2-liter V8 engine, but the GT350R stands out with its carbon fiber wheels and is lighter in weight. While most cars rely on electronics to boost performance, the GT350R relies on mechanics and the driver.

9. Plymouth Road Runner

Road Runner is a classic muscle car that was developed by Plymouth, a defunct automobile brand. It is distinct from regular cars thanks to its Chrysler 7.0-liter Hemi V8 engine. The design of the vehicle was inspired by a cartoon, making it a truly unique ride. Unfortunately, the Plymouth brand and Road Runner no longer exist.

10. Pontiac GTO

Pontiac GTO is an iconic muscle car that was released in 1964. It was equipped with a 6.4-liter V8 engine, making it an attractive option for car buyers. Over time, the design of the GTO became more refined. However, it was unable to compete with Ford, Chrysler, and AMC and was eventually discontinued.

Since the 1950s, muscle cars have been a part of American car culture. These cars are characterized by their strong engine, originating from trucks and enhanced performance capabilities. Muscle cars possess eye-catching designs, with the strong power under the hood making them a favorite on the roads. During the 70s, muscle cars were at the height of their popularity, with many people owning and driving them. Unfortunately, a downside to this was the issue of emissions, as the powerful diesel engines released large amounts of CO2 into the air. In response, US government officials created laws to limit the use of these vehicles in order to protect the environment.

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