When I hear the words “muscle car” in a conversation, my eyebrows go up, and my ears become more open. It seems to be a favorite topic with almost anyone that understands and respects automobiles.
Muscle cars through the years have been known to turn heads and to shake the ground with there sizeable cubic inch V-8 engines and their loud, free-flowing exhaust system. To me, muscle cars are not just from the 60’s and 70’s but are still alive today. With today’s advanced technologies in auto designs, automakers are making stronger, more fuel-efficient engines and cars that produce just as much power as they did in the 60’s and 70’s, but with a less cubic inch.
Muscle cars will always be around. It is who and what we are. “Muscle cars” represent America and the people inside it. The muscle car fever that dominated the American culture three and four decades ago may have slowed in this new century, but the pride and power are still behind every American manufacturer.
I have talked to many automotive enthusiasts over the years, and they all say the same thing: It’s not the size of the engine, but how quickly that engine produces power, and how that energy is transferred to the wheels (front or rear) to tear down the asphalt. That being said, I will give you an example. Dodge produced a vehicle they called an SRT-4. The car came with a turbocharged four-cylinder that produced terrific power and gave Japan and Germany a challenge. Chevy also built a four-cylinder terror, named the Cobalt SS, but rather than a turbo; a supercharger sat on the engine. Yes, both cars do not have the roar of a V-8, but they still possess American muscle.
I have witnessed countless times a four and six-cylinder race and won in drag racing and on a road course. I am not a V-8 hater. I instead prefer to have a V-8. But we are at a time now that gas is outrageous and American manufacturers have to compensate for that and produce smaller engines and battery-powered automobiles to compete with the overseas automakers. American muscle is still alive I believe. It just has adapted to society and demands.