Although displacements in modern muscle cars’ engines have gone south compared to those from sixties and early seventies, some of them still pack a heavy punch. The problem is to determine which of the modern cars is eligible to qualify for the muscle car moniker. Things were much simpler back in the day when a car only needed a sturdy 300 plus horsepower V8 in order to be considered a fastest muscle car. Today, it’s more about turbocharging, and even supercharging, but the principle remains, more or less, the same. Modern muscles still pack plenty of heat under their hoods, and they’re still some of the most coveted cars around – to the right people, that is.
While compiling this list, we have decided to include only muscle cars featuring V8 engines. After all, that was one of the first rules in determining whether a car is a muscle or not. This means that the likes of the Dodge Viper (V10) and even the Ford Taurus SHO or the Nissan GT-R (V6) won’t make an appearance here. Furthermore, by fastest, we mean their respective acceleration and top speed combination; not their net horsepower. Finally, we have decided to limit the term “modern” to the last few model years. That means only the newest muscle cars (those you can actually buy with 0 miles on their odometers) will make it here.
Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat
And, here’s the unofficial winner of fastest modern muscle car competition. Like the SRT Hellcat Charger – the Hellcat Challenger too packs 707 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque thanks to a supercharged 6.2L HEMI V8 engine. Top speed is estimated at 199 mph, while 0 to 60 time is close to the 3 second mark. Some sources state 3.4 seconds, but with the Challenger being slightly lighter than the Charger, we bet it’s pacier as well.