Nowadays, more so than any time beforehand, American car manufacturers have created some outstanding vehicles. From sedans and standard SUVs to performance-focused sports cars, odds are you'll find it there.
This, however, doesn't mean these carmakers are immune to failures. Believe it or not, manufacturers fail more than they succeed. Nevertheless, all the failures lead to greater successes in the future. A good example of this can be seen in the muscle car industry; some producers have it down-pat, while others can't keep up.
As the year draws to a close, there's no better time than now to go over the year's best muscle cars, and their worst. So, without further ado, here are some of the best muscle cars of 2019 (And a few of the worst)...
10 Best: Ford Mustang Bullitt
Some of the greatest cars in history got their start in the same place: Hollywood. For example, the Dodge Charger R/T "The General Lee," Starsky and Hutch's Gran Torino, and the 1960's Ford Mustang Bullitt edition.
Based off the cinematic masterpiece named Bullitt, the 2019 Mustang Bullitt takes several design queues from the classic model. It only comes in one color, (Bullitt green), and shares specific lines, shapes, and has the same aggressive disposition.
9 Worst: Cadillac CTS-V
The Cadillac brand is known for several things: Comfort, luxury, and (Occasionally) high-end performance. Sometimes they hit the mark, while, other times, they miss completely. To see some proof of this, observe the latest Cadillac CTS-V.
Now, don't have it twisted, the CTS-V is still a good car overall. Its biggest issue, though, is its lack of power compared to the competition. Along with that, it's also very pricy for what you get (Nearly $90,000). Because of that, many muscle car fans may pass up the CTS-V for a better, more affordable, choice.
8 Best: 2019 Corvette ZR1
After Chevrolet announced the creation of the C8 Corvette, a mid-engine supercar, some car lovers seemed to have forgotten the accomplishments of the previous iteration, the C7. More specifically, the Corvette ZR1.
The Corvette ZR1 is, currently, Chevrolet's most powerful sports car. With over 700 horsepower and a curb weight of around 3,500 lb, the ZR1 manages to hold its own against the likes of Ferrari, Porsche, and other supercar manufacturers.
7 Worst: Chrysler 300
Since 2005, Chrysler has been trying desperately to make themselves a competitive sports car and muscle car. Sadly for them, very few even consider their attempts as actual muscle cars. Of course, we're talking about the 300.
Even though the latest Chrysler 300 has the option of adding a HEMI engine into it, the exterior and actual performance are lacking. As mentioned earlier, many don't even consider the 300 to be a muscle car (Even though it technically is).
If you like luxury, then the 300 is perfect. If you want to keep up with the likes of Corvette and Mustang, though, then look somewhere else...
6 Best: Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
Throughout the Chevrolet Camaro's long history in Chevy's lineup, they've experienced their fair share of high's and low's. Thankfully for Camaro lovers, though, the 2019 Camaro ZR1 is among their best.
The 2019 Camaro ZR1 is a crazy looking car (In a good way)! Chevrolet added an extreme aerodynamic package for on-track performance and a brand new 6.2-liter, supercharged, V8 producing in excess of 650 horsepower. With numbers like that, it's no wonder why the ZR1 Camaro has become an American-made favorite.
5 Worst: 2019 Ford Mustang GT
Before you freak out that a new Mustang GT is on the list, here us out. Obviously, the 2019 Mustang GT is basically the same as the 2018, but with a big difference: Unnecessary plastic pieces and exterior "upgrades."
The 2019 Mustang GT is nothing new, yet, Ford is still charging a pricy tag for the exact same vehicle as the 2018. The only difference is ugly front canards and a higher price tag. The Mustang's performance doesn't land it here, but, rather, Ford's laziness in producing it.
4 Best: Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye
Clearly, if you haven't been living under a rock for the past few years, the average muscle car enthusiasts is aware of Dodge's monstrous quick Challenger Hellcat and Challenger Demon. But, have you heard of the Hellcat Redeye?
The Redeye version is a lot like the standard Hellcat, except with a few changes. It's slightly faster and can reach sixty miles-per-hour (From a stand-still) in just 3.4 seconds. Along with that, the Redeye is a limited edition Hellcat that will surely retain and regain its value over time.
3 Worst: Kia Stinger
When you talk about muscle cars, people usually think of American-made vehicles like the Mustang, Charger, Challenger and Corvette. In reality, The States aren't the only people trying to make a good muscle car. More recently, Kia has joined the fight with their new Stinger.
The Stinger isn't an atrocious car, but an underperforming one. There is no V8 option (Which is almost heretical for the muscle car category), only offering a 4-cylinder and V6 versions. Another area where the Stinger falls flat is its top speed (Only 165 or so) and 0 to 60 time (4.7 seconds).
If you want a muscle car, stick to the American-made stuff. Otherwise you'll wish you had in the future.
2 Best: Mustang Shelby GT500
For a little while, Shelby's fate was unclear. After the companies founder, Carroll Shelby, passed away, some thought that the Shelby brand would follow him into the grave. Luckily for us, that wasn't the case.
The newest Shelby to come out of the Ford factory is the GT500. Before that, the only model was the GT350R. The GT500 is significantly more competent than the slower GT350R, yet still at an affordable price tag ($75,000 to under $100,000).
1 Worst: Equus Bass
Last up is a unique and luxurious one-off vehicle. Similar to Rouch and Shelby, Equus takes the standard Mustang/muscle car and modifies it to their specifications. One of their creations in 2019 is the Equus Bass.
The Equus Bass is about on par with the Hellcat Redeye when discussing 0 to 60, but far surpasses it in terms of luxury. The biggest pitfall of the Equus Bass, though, is the cost. For $250,000, you can get a strangely built muscle car. But, why would you do that when you could spend less than half that and get a car that's just as good (If not better)?