It’s all about top Muscle Cars

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It started with Hollywood, that later became one of the most sought after culture in the world. Muscle cars usually refer exclusively to large coupes or sedans with burly V8 engines, but with modern technology, there are quite a few turbocharged V6 motors in this arena now. Here is a list of 9 top muscle cars that are popular worldwide.

9. BMW M4 2015:

Type: Coupe

Although this isn’t your typical chunky muscle looking car, the BMW M4 does share some of the ingredients typical of the class. BMW was established as an airplane engine manufacturing company. The Bavarian Motor Works began focus on producing high-performance motorcycles and automobiles. The M4 can surely be called a European luxury muscle car.

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Engine:

The M4 car from BMW is built with a 3.0-liter twin turbo inline-6 engine that has the power of 425 horses and goes form 0 to 60 mph in just 4.1 seconds. The torque has increased to 406 lb. ft since 295 lb ft. The M4 carries a fitment of 2-turbochargers fitted with 2-small turbos rather than a big one. They’re both single-scroll units. Twin-scroll turbos split exhaust gases from the cylinders until they reach the turbine, but you can’t really do that between an uneven numbers of cylinders.

 

8. Audi RS5 2015:

Type: Coupe

The RS5 from Audi sound way too similar to its muscle car counterpart, the BMW M4. The RS5’s performance is quite phenomenal. The car is a pedestrian of the A5 coupe but considering its power, the car is entirely a different beast. This car looks pretty amazing and goes as fast as you’d imagine.

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Engine:

At the core of the RS5 is a 450-hp 4.2-liter naturally aspirated V-8 that loves to rev to its 8300-rpm redline. The car his an all-wheel drive and has a 7-speed S tronic clutch automatic transmission. This is quite a muscular and aggressive looking car that hints the power that lurks beneath the hood.

 

7. Nissan GT-R:

Type: Coupe

Nissan is Japan’s pride and joy. This car belongs to the muscle car category and offers plenty of power. It is quite sporty and powerful. This car has created a spark in the Hollywood community and this car has been spotted in plenty of car-related movies and it has been creating a lot of discussions.

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Engine:

Nissan GT-R is quite the muscular car that it should be. The car is powered by a 545-horsepower with 6000 RPM and has twin-turbocharged 3.6 –liter DOHC twin-turbo V6 that shoots the coupe from 0-60 in an astounding 2.8 seconds, and the ultra-sensitive six-speed manual transmission provides nearly instantaneous gear shifting when in “R” mode. The Black Edition adds mean-looking 20″ black alloy wheels, a dry carbon fiber rear spoiler, and a handsome black leather interior. It is undoubtedly a premium performance-producing car. In terms of traction, the car has electronic traction control system.

 

6. Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 2016:

One of the most popular brand in the creation of Muscle history in America is Chevrolet. Founded by Louis-Joseph Chevrolet who was born in Switzerland, the business was partnered with William C. Durant that was founded in 1911. Acquired by General Motors, Chevy has played a key role in the development of the American auto industry, with classic models like the Corvette and Camaro having rightfully earned their place in the pantheon of automotive legends. Today, Chevrolet remains at the forefront of car design and production, showcasing a dedication to innovation in exciting new vehicles.

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Engine:

Powered by an insanely powerful 7.0 liter V8 engine that flies the 505 Horsepower producing Coupe, the Camaro Z/28 goes from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds. (Wow! That’s pretty fast for a muscle car)

Chevrolet has definitely changed the game and the design of the Camaro Z/28. In terms of safety, the car has driver and passenger airbags. It also has traction control system; StabiliTrak electronic stability control system. You’d love the style, performance and power of this car. Sadly, this car has poor gas mileage.

 

5. Ford Shelby GT350:

Vehicle Type: Coupe

Ford is an iconic car manufacturer that has been at the forefront of automotive innovation since the first Model A rolled off founder Henry Ford’s assembly line in 1903. Although the wooden wheels and hand-cranked engines of early models have now been replaced by futuristic flex fuel and hybrid technologies, the Detroit auto giant continues to operate on the same basic tenets—commitment to quality, dedication to design improvement—that made the fledgling Ford Motor Company a success over a century ago. Ford is one of the biggest and baddest players in the American market when it comes to muscle car production. The Shelby GT has been quite popular and has millions of enthusiasts.

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Engine:

The Shelby GT 350 is a new entrant to the highly successful Shelby car lineup of ford. A 5.2 Liter V8 engine that boosts up 526 HP of power and 429 LB Ft of torque powers this muscle car. The engine is mated onto a 6-speed manual transmission and has rear-wheel drive with front engine placement.

4. Dodge Challenger Hellcat:

Vehicle Type: Coupe

This vehicle is a feral cat sent from hell. The roar and rumble makes it sound pretty aggressive. This is the kind of car you’d want to go on a drag race with. The Challenger was designed as a boulevard cruiser with a little bit of muscle. It was never particularly good at handling curves or even providing straight-line speed, but it could easily haul four passengers in comfort and had enough oomph to keep it interesting. That all changed with the introduction of the supercharged V8 in the Hellcat version. It’s big, it’s thirsty, and not only can it hang with its muscle car competition, it can beat many of them down the drag strip.

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Engine:

With a massive twin-screw supercharger, forged pistons and high-flow heads, the Challenger Hellcat’s 6.4-liter Hemi V8 makes 707 horsepower, 650 lb-ft of torque, and a glorious sound reminiscent of a World War II airplane. Engineers at SRT clearly spent some time fine-tuning the V8’s aural signature, and what they came up with perfectly suits the nature of the beast.

3. 2015 Jaguar F-TYPE R:

F-type from Jaguar has always been considered more of a quick roadster than a muscle car. However, this more aggressive version offers increased horsepower and a standard all-wheel-drive system. You can call it the gentleman’s muscle car. It’s a little more refined and it won’t do burnouts without a lot of coaxing.

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Engine:

The 2015 Jaguar F-TYPE R Coupe offers a 550-horsepower supercharged 5.0-liter V8 along with an electronic active differential, the 8-speed Quick Shift transmission and an unquestionably sexy shape. More than just an F-TYPE roadster with a roof on its head, the F-TYPE R Coupe is Jaguar’s most serious effort at a series-production, high-performance sports car since the E-Type of 40 years ago.

2. Dodge Challenger  SRT V8:

You just cannot dodge this brand. Apart from the Challenger Hellcat, Dodge has created various other beautiful cars. The company brought the Charger SRT Hellcat car that boasts insane power.

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Engine:

The supercharged Hellcat V8 takes 80 horsepower just to run its supercharger, which can suck the air from a 10-by-13-foot room in one minute, and that its fuel injectors can fill a pint glass in six seconds. Oh, and that it produces 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque, which turns the SRT Hellcat from a mere muscular car into a ballistic, five seat supercar. Dodge says it can rocket to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds on its way to an NHRA-certified quarter-mile at 11 seconds flat (on street tires), with a top speed of 204 mph.

1. 2016 Cadillac ATS-V:

Vehicle Type: Luxury sports COUPE

Cadillac, a luxury carmaker is quite a famous American brand. This GM powered car is powerful, stylish, sporty and a stunner. The Cadillac ATS-V is pretty awesome and once you drive an ATS-V, the engineering that went into the V Series won’t disappoint you.

Engine:

 

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Available with either a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder or a 3.6-liter V6, the Cadillac ATS Coupe should match or exceed the performance and handling of its already-capable sedan counterpart. Torque for the 4-cylinder is up to 295 for 2015, which should provide a welcome boost in midrange acceleration. 464 horses power this vehicle thrusts from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.2 seconds.

Bottom Line:

These are the top trending cars in the American market, but it has fan following world-wide.

Hindustan Contessa : The once Muscle Car of India

It’s my pleasure to write about some cars which are considered as true classics of the Indian automobile history. I have already written about some of those cars which are considered as milestones of Indian Automobile History such as the Esteem and Lancer and now put on your seat belts, as we travel again back to history to have a flick on one of the most luxurious cars of those times. The car which was known as “The Indian Limousine” and automobile enthusiasts call it as “The First Indian Muscle Car”. Any guesses?

Yes it is Contessa which was actually built by our very own Indian Pride – Hindustan Motors. This car has more fame at present, than the olden times. So join me to the journey of exploring some of the interesting facts about this car.

Hindustan Contessa 1800 (1985)

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History:

The car should have a glorious history in order to call it as an antique master piece. Contessa has it all. During late 1970’s Hindustan Motors was searching for a new model, as the only model they launched till that year was the Ambassador. In fact HM searched for a model which will replace the face of the company as till that year Ambassador was considered as the face of the company. It has served the company with over three decades of outrageous success and at that time Hindustan motors wanted to introduce a modern car in the market. That new modern car was Contessa. The Contessa History has total 2 era’s in it.

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Acquiring the inspirations from Vauxhall Victor:

This was the first era of Contessa and in this Hindustan Motors had acquired the inspiration and technology from the 1970’s British Made Vauxhall’s Victor. During that time two things happened suddenly and these things made Contessa to beborn. General motors had already bought the British Vauxhall Company during late 70’s and in the same year Hindustan motors was searching for a new generation vehicle. General motors helped Hindustan motors in acquiring the production tooling and technology of the Vauxhall Victor, a car that was phased out in the UK in 1979. After acquiring those, the production line was started in order to make Contessa. After about 5 years Contessa finally arrived with a 1.5 L BMC B-Series engine powered by 4 speed HM manual gear box. Many folks at that time felt gaga around Contessa as it had a luxurious interior which was never seen before in any cars. But due to the lack of good engine aspects, the car suffered from lack of good performance.

vaux contessa

Hindustan Motors Collaborated with Isuzu:

After having a performance glitch, Hindustan motors searched for an alternative to power up the car. Hindustan tied-up with Isuzu of Japan and started manufacturing their 1.8 L 4ZB1 petrol engine. The gear box was also changed from 4 to 5-speed manual. Contessa then faced instant success. With its powerful performance and luxury, Contessa ruled the Indian market. After Herald, Contessa was the second car to future full independent suspension system. After 1.8, Hindustan motors started manufacturing 2.0 L Isuzu 4FC1 diesel engine. It faced the same success too. After some years, turbo diesel variant was also introduced.

Contessa engine

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Achievements:

There are many achievements achieved by this car in its 25 years of career. Its fame wasn’t decreased from then and until now. The achievement made by this car includes

  • Contessa Classic was a very popular choice for government limousines due to its luxury.
  • It was considered as the first Indian muscle car.
  • Due to this, Hindustan motors ruled Indian automobile for about 25 years.
  • Now it is considered as one of the antique automobiles of India.
  • It is one of the few old cars which have the body that suits for modern modifications.

Downfall:

Contessa production was shattered in 2002. The downfall mainly occurred due to the advent of new companies like Tata, Toyota, and especially Maruti Suzuki on the Indian market, which had captured a maximum amount of shares in the Indian market. The Fuel efficiency vehicle idea of Suzuki worked and it has made Maruti a strongest competitor to defeat.

There is also another reason for the cause of downfall of this car. It was the fuel efficiency itself. The car suffered from low fuel efficiency rate and also the cost for maintenance of this car was also very high as its spare parts were available at only higher costs which made many people to opt away from choosing this car.

Technical-Specifications:

These are some of the  technical specifications of this car. Have a look.

Contessa  tech specs

Exteriors:

There are only two words to describe the Contessa exteriors- Classy and Aggressive. While being an old car Contessa has good and decent exteriors. These are some of the exterior features of Contessa

  • Side impact protection body.
  • Twin head lamps.
  • Trunk compartment.
  • Radial Tires.
  • Large Crumple Zone.
  • Front muscular black grille.
  • Elongated exterior body to accommodate more spacious interiors.

Interiors:

Likewise interiors, the exteriors were also amazing, besides being an old model, this car featured some of the interiors which are used at present. These are some of those interior specs of this car.

  • Power steering.
  • Powerful Air Conditioners.
  • Power windows.
  • Central locking system.
  • PU moulded seats.
  • Non slip jackard upholstery.
  • Plush carpeting
  • Central arm rest on seats.

Engine Specs and Performance:

At first the car was powered with the same engine of ambassador, but later after forming ally with Isuzu, Contessa was provided with a 1.8 and 2.0 Isuzu engine. The new Isuzu engine type 4 OHC piston had a displacement range of 1817cc. It can churn maximum power of 75Hp @ 5000RPM. The five speed synchromesh gear box is used to control the speed of the car. It can reach maximum speed of up to 145mph at an acceleration rate of 0-60 in 7 seconds.

These are some of the engine, exterior/interior and technical specs of this car and now lets look into certain things which made this car unique than all the old cars.

More Chance for Modifications:

Unlike the other old cars, Contessa body is in a way suitable for modifications. Many automobile enthusiasts call this car as the “Best Modifiable Car”, as this car has huge scope for medications. Elongated body, muscular appeal, and spacious interiors are some of its qualities which made this car to give a wide scope for modifications. While surfing the internet about it, I felt very fascinated to see the way the car was modified to give it a Trendy look. I also came across a project which is under development stage by some students which deals with the modification of Contessa. The project was named as “Bring back Indian muscle”. There are also some videos which show the modification of this car like Camaro Contessa in which the Contessa is changed to Camaro & Contessa Dodge in which Contessa is changed to dodge challenger.

Contessa Club:

People have already formed a club which has owners of Contessa as its members. These folks meet every year at some place to celebrate the Contessa of being an Indian pride and to flaunt the new modifications done by them on that car.

Related articles: Classic Automobiles Of India

Ford Mustang Shelby – the king of muscle cars !

Reason people love Muscle cars :

  1. Need for speed
  2. Looks
  3. Roaring sound of the engines
  4. Novelty of owning it and guaranteed head-turner
  5. A bold statement that you make “ I am what I am”

Reasons people dislike muscle cars :

  1. Not practical to drive for daily use
  2. Fuel guzzlers
  3. Higher emissions

Given a chance to list the classic muscle cars, most of them would list 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, 1969 Ford Boss 429 Mustang, Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, Chevrolet Chevelle SS, 1970 Dodge Charger, 1971 Plymouth HemiCuda, 1970 Pontiac GTO, and 1970 Buick GSX etc. Considering the successful muscle cars produced we can say that 1965 is the beginning of muscle car era which lasted for more than a decade. So among the list what made Ford Mustang Shelby a special one?

History :

Automotive legend Carroll Shelby was the brain behind designing high performance cars for Ford, namely Ford Mustang Shelby. The first car was Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 manufactured in 1965. The same year saw the race version of the car called as Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R. The most notable achievement happened in 1967, Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 was released. Till day this car is a favorite for fans. Years rolled by and different versions was released. The latest one is 2014 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500. Carroll Shelby has made the word Ford Mustang synonymous to his name.

Carroll Shelby With GT350_GT500

The Car :

1967 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 had a 4 speed manual transmission with a V8 engine which produces horsepower of 355hp @ 5400rpm and torque of about 420nm@3200rpm. It won the hearts of enthusiasts for its straight-line speed and was an instant hit. Among many other features include sporty stripes, lowered suspension with coilovers, hood mounted air scoop and side exhaust pipes with glasspak mufflers. Those who own this beauty feels its bang for the buck. The car found itself in the top slot in a poll conducted to its readers by MSN Autos for 10 greatest muscle cars of all time.

1967 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 :

 

2014 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 :

In Movies :

1967 Ford Mustang Shelby codenamed Eleanor featured in the film “Gone in 60 Seconds” released in the year 2000. Replicas of Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 were made for the film and few of them were totaled because of the damage during the stunt sequences. Cinema vehicle services supplied cars for the movie. Later the car was displayed in Auto shows, car fairs and auto races. It was sold at an auction for $1 million. After the movie release, there is surge in demand for Ford Mustang Shelby GT500. The catchy phrase “If you leave the car unlocked, it will be gone in 60 seconds” became popular.

Bottom-line : The definition of a muscle car will vary from person to person. But only few cars live up to the expectation of muscle car fans. Ford Mustang Shelby is for sure one among them. Ford Mustang Shelby with its timeless design lived by Carroll Shelby’s motto “Performance is my business”. It reflects the glorious past of Ford, Carroll Shelby and will continue to do so even in the coming era.

 

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