Although muscle cars have evolved a great deal, some hardcore enthusiasts might argue that the real muscle cars are extinct and are no longer in production. However, the newer versions still have the same quality and look of the muscle cars that became so popular in the sixties. These supercars are still super in their physical features and performance and are also super-efficient now in gas mileage compared to the gas-guzzling muscle cars of yore.
All technicalities aside, this list presents the 10 most important American muscle cars of the last decade. Ten American cars in 10 years, all muscle, all power, and all-American overall performance.
10 Dodge Challenger
Dodge is one of the biggest names in muscle car history and the Challenger is just a fitting way to start off this list. Manufactured first in 1959, the Dodge Silver Challenger has come a long way in half a century. The steady production of the Challenger started in 1970, and to this day most muscle car enthusiasts still have a soft spot for the first generation of the Dodge Challenger. But evolution cannot be denied.
Take for example the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. This extraordinary piece of machinery was produced in 2015 and it packs power like no other, 707 hp to be exact. The 2019 Dodge Challenger is priced at $28,095 and the Challenger Hellcat about $11,000 more.
9 Cadillac CTS-V
Cadillac is one of the many car manufacturing companies that started its roots in Detroit, Michigan. The year was 1902 and the man was Henry M. Leland. The Runabout is the first car designed by Leland and this launched an array of luxury models by Cadillac for the next 100 years.
Introduced in 2004, the Cadillac CTS-V model is a muscle car for the new generation. It was a refreshing new option for a muscle car in the country when it was released. The power under the hood is a strong 400 hp with 6,000 rpm. By the start of this decade, the CTS-Vs power had increased to 556 hp at 6,100 rpm. The CTS-V is no longer in production but Cadillac has replaced it with the CT6-V, the 2020 CT6-V is priced at $94,895.
8 Ford Mustang GT
When it comes to American manufactured cars Ford is one of the leading names in the market locally and abroad. Muscle cars are a trademark of Ford as they manufactured and released quite a few. One that stands true to this day is the Ford Mustang GT, developed from the sixties to the 2000s.
The main difference between this and a regular Mustang is the 435 hp, V8 engine producing 400 lb-feet of torque. It's a perfect machine six decades in the making, save for the seventies, and by 2010 the Mustang GT looked like what it is today. In 2011 the Mustang GT's horsepower was 412, today the 2020 Ford Mustang GT Fastback carries 460 HP and is priced at $35,630.
7 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
There are just some things in the world that could never fade, just like the beauty of a '63 Corvette Sting Ray. To this day, it still is one of the most handsomely designed cars in the history of cars.
While it was considered a sports car in the past, the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is one strong muscle car. At about 450 hp, it's one of the most powerful cars of its day. Four seconds is all it takes to get to 60 mph. The new Stingray was so awesome that it was awarded the 2014 Muscle Car of the Year by EVO Magazine Middle East.
6 Shelby GT
The Shelby GT may just be the car with the most colorful and intriguing history in all of American car folklore. Academy Award winner Matt Damon had the honor of portraying Carroll Shelby in the biographical film Ford v Ferrari, the legendary man behind the 1965 Shelby GT350.
The glory years of the Shelby car was revived in 2007 and made strong with the release of the Shelby GT500 in 2010. The start of this decade marked the return of the Shelby GT. Today the Shelby GT has a 700 hp with 20-inch wheels and is available in a manual or automatic transmission, and its base price is $61,345.
5 Dodge Charger
The Dodge Charger is like the lesser Hemsworth brother, take your pick if it's Chris or Liam. And just like the two Aussie actors, the Charger and Challenger are great cars and wonderful muscle cars, it's just a matter of preference. The Charger's history goes back to 1966 when it was introduced. Facelifts, upgrades and six generations later it's still rolling on the streets revving its engine and taking people places.
The 2019 Dodge Charger is priced at $29,470. One nice feature of the Charger is that it's a 4-door muscle car, pretty rare for all muscle cars out there in this generation and the past ones.
4 Buick Regal Sportback
A fastback is a car that slopes down from the roof to the tail, sexy and no corners, just like a brushed back Baldwin’s hair. The Buick Regal Sportback is a fastback car that was introduced to the market two years ago. It has a 250 hp, 4-cylinder, 2.0-liter turbocharged engine. In the early seventies through the nineties, the Buick Regal was a big long car. The end of this decade marked the new generation of muscle cars from Buick represented by the Buick Regal Sportback.
The 2020 Regal Sportback comes at a base price of $25,370 with the same baseline specs as the 2018 model but with more tech and comfort features for the passenger.
3 Chevrolet Camaro
The legend of the American muscle car can be virtually experienced through the history of the Chevrolet Camaro. Although Chevrolet was about 2 years behind Ford in the muscle car race of the sixties, they didn't let anyone down with the release of the Camaro in 1967. The Red Devil at the end of the sixties was such a beauty that it set the bar for better Camaros years later.
These cars looked more like sports cars than muscle cars until the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS. It has the body of a muscle car, and the power to back it up. One of the best Chevrolet muscle cars was the Camaro ZL1. The 2020 Chevrolet Camaro's starting price is $25,000 today.
2 Chrysler 300
Muscle cars today are not just about the power and raw speed, it's about comfort and the classy look that attracts any other modern car owner. You might not now that you bought a legit muscle car in a Chrysler 300, but you absolutely did. With a 363 hp, V8 engine, it's more powerful than some well-known muscle cars today.
The first Chrysler 300 appeared in 2005 and the one that they have today is just the second generation. The 2019 Chrysler 300 is priced at $29,470, that's a lot of horsepowers combined with new-age muscle car innovation and luxury only Chrysler can deliver.
1 Ford Mustang
It's fair to end this list with the Ford Mustang, ain't it? Reading through you might be wondering when you'll see the Mustang, here it is now. The famed muscle car traces its beginnings in 1964 when it was mass-produced and sold at least 260,000 units that year alone. Back then the average price of a Ford Mustang was $18,000 with a base price of $6,000.
Today the 2019 Ford Mustang's base price is $26,395 and we get about 300 hp with that and can go up to 460 hp with the Mustang GT Premium. Mustangs also come in different versions now like the EcoBoost Fastback and Convertible, GT, and Bullitt.