Once upon a time, the fastest muscle cars only had to be quick in a straight line. These days, almost every member of the muscle car family can do a decent job in the turns. Sure, this class of vehicle might not be the most agile on the market, and weight might, in some cases, make it harder to cut them through the corners than it otherwise should be, but modern muscle features handling dynamics that are light-years ahead of the automobiles that gave birth to the segment. Let's take a quick look at 10 of the fastest muscle cars currently available.
10 Fastest Muscle Cars
10 Fastest Muscle Cars
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1) 2016 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat — 3.1 seconds
The 2016 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, one of the fastest muscle cars around, is built around a supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi V8 engine that develops 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque. Helping to corral this prodigious production is an 8-speed automatic transmission, although a 6-speed manual is also available for those who prefer to row their own gears. The Challenger SRT Hellcat can hit 60 mph in just over 3 seconds.
2) 2016 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG S-Model 4MATIC — 3.5 seconds
The 2016 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG offers Euro-luxury fans with the chance to sample a Teutonic take on the muscle car concept. The Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG sedan features a 5.5-liter biturbo V8 that provides 577 horses and 590 lb-ft of torque. A 7-speed automatic transmission (with manual shift control, of course), comes standard with the E63 AMG, as well as Mercedes’ 4MATIC all-wheel drive. 60 mph arrives in a scant 3.5 seconds, making the E63 one of the fastest muscle cars on any continent.
3) 2016 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat — 3.7 seconds
Dodge recently went and added Hellcat capabilities to its Charger, upping the ante for domestic sedans. The Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat offers fullsize accommodations and a healthy degree of comfort, paired with an unmistakable attitude that sets lesser automobiles quaking at stop lights. The Charger Hellcat derives much of its menace from the same Hemi 6.2-liter V8 in the Challenger Hellcat, but the sedan body is a different approach to American muscle. In other words, this Hellcat sibling offers pure power with a touch of practicality. Featuring the same specs as the Challenger Hellcat, this Charger takes just 3.7 seconds to accomplish the 0-60 mph sprint.
4) 2016 Cadillac CTS-V — 3.7 seconds
Cadillac killed off the beloved, but not particularly high-selling, CTS-V Sport Wagon in 2014, but the CTS-V nameplate remains. The CTS-V sedan is all new for the 2016 model year, and boasts 640 horsepower and 630 lb-ft of torque from its 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine. An 8-speed automatic transmission handles power management to the rear wheels, and a magnetic suspension automatically optimizes for the best handling and performance. The CTS-V can hit the 60-mph mark from a standstill in just 3.7 seconds, with a max speed of 200 mph.
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5) 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 — less than 3.9 seconds
The 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 can be thought of as the direct Bowtie-wearing response to the higher-end versions of the Ford Mustang. The ultimate Chevrolet Camaro features a supercharger-equipped 8-cylinder engine, a 6.2-liter unit that churns out a very healthy 640 estimated horsepower and 640 lb-ft of torque. In the previous version of the Camaro ZL1, 60 mph arrived from a standing start in 3.9 seconds; it’s very reasonable to expect the 2017 to beat that number, although there’s no such data just yet. Transmission choices for the Camaro include a 6-speed manual and a new 10-speed automatic. The Camaro ZL1 will be available in fall of 2016.
6) 2016 Jaguar XJR — 4.4 seconds
The 2016 Jaguar XJR shows that ultra-luxury brands aren't afraid to get their hands dirty and build some of the fastest muscle cars out there. The Jaguar XJR features a ridiculous 550-horsepower, 5.0-liter V8 engine that has been supercharged to provide an equally out-there 502 lb-ft of torque. An 8-speed automatic transmission is on hand to manage the XJR's power production, and when all of those ponies are dumped to the rear wheels, the Jaguar leaps to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds and can hit a top speed of 174 mph, which is an exceptional accomplishment for such a large, comfort-oriented car.
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7) 2017 Ford Mustang GT Fastback — 4.4 seconds
The Ford Mustang GT Fastback features 435 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque, courtesy of a 5.0-liter V8 that puts power to the rear wheels. A 6-speed manual gearbox comes standard, and a 6-speed automatic is optional. This equipment helps the 2017 Mustang GT accomplish the 0-60 mph sprint in 4.4 seconds, and speed is electronically limited to 155 mph.
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8) 2016 Hyundai Genesis 5.0 — 4.8 seconds
Seeing a vehicle like the 2016 Hyundai Genesis 5.0 on a list of the fastest muscle cars might surprise more than a few people. A look at the spec sheet, however, reveals that the Hyundai Genesis 5.0 goes a bit above and beyond what most would expect from a fullsize premium sedan in the power department. The 5.0 — as its name suggests — features a 5.0-liter V8 engine, providing 420 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque. An 8-speed automatic transmission is included free of charge with the performance-oriented Genesis , and the rear-wheel drive sedan turns in a 0-60-mph time of 4.8 seconds.
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9) 2016 Ford Taurus SHO — 5.8 seconds
The 2016 Ford Taurus SHO has been blessed with the most powerful edition of the brand's vaunted EcoBoost drivetrain. Although EcoBoost technology has been lauded for its ability to post respectable fuel mileage figures, in the Ford Taurus SHO most buyers are more interested in its eyebrow-raising horsepower. The 3.5-liter V6 found under the hood of the Taurus SHO makes use of twin turbochargers in order to generate 365 ponies and 350 lb-ft of torque. The ace in the hole for the fullsize sedan is its standard all-wheel drive system, which dramatically improves its launching ability and plays a large role in its 0-60-mph time of 5.8 seconds. A 6-speed automatic transmission with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters is the only transmission available with the Ford Taurus SHO.
10) 2016 Chrysler 300C V8 — 5.8 seconds
The 2016 Chrysler 300C V8 is another fullsize sedan that manages to perform far past what its hefty curb weight would suggest thanks to the engineering of its muscular drivetrain. The Chrysler 300C V8’s 5.7-liter, 8-cylinder Hemi engine is attached to an 8-speed automatic transmission. The gearbox is strong enough to feed all 363 horsepower and 394 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels without breaking a sweat, which in turn allows the 300C to reach 60 mph in 5.8 seconds.