If you’re a true, hardcore automobile fan, there’s no greater thing in the world then feeling the adrenaline rushing into your head while you’re pushing the pedal to the floor in one of the best US-made muscle cars. Mighty, roaring engines, sexy body designs, tons of performance driving and the wind in your face like never before. Freedom, enjoyment, and fun on the open road with your favorite band blazing in the speakers. That’s how amazing of an experience you can get behind the wheel of the best muscle cars on the market, and that’s why they managed to gain huge popularity in the last couple of years. The only question is, how do the Regular Joes (and even Janes) afford these studs? If you believe serious statistics from well-respected sources, then dig this: new registrations of United States-made muscle vehicles went 35-37 percent up over the last 10 years. That’s quite an impressive result, especially taking into consideration the attention folks pay to fuel economy today (no efficiency with a muscle car, of course). So, what’s the catch here, folks?
The Big Comeback Of The Mustang, The Camaro & The Charger
No catch, believe it or not! And of all the American states Texas is the champ. Residents were about 80 percent likely to go with muscle than drivers in other states/areas. Next, we’ve got Oklahoma, Louisiana, and New Mexico. The big 50-year-anniversary comeback of the legendary Ford Mustang, along with the reintroduction of our favorite Chevy Camaro and Challenger/Charger from Dodge has given the market a big boost. And while the love for muscle cars might not be the best idea in the times of economical crisis (yep, that’s what’s happening in the US), the fans just can’t seem to keep their hands off. I mean, come on, what kind of fella would go for a 4-door, 5-passenger crossover SUV/minivan with generous cargo, comfy seats, reliability and, of course, efficiency, when you can opt for a drop-dead killer Mustang or Camaro that will give you the kicks and rush on the race-track like it was born to make you feel like a real man? So, with all that said, let’s talk about the best muscle cars on the market based on new registrations. Ready? Let’s start!
The Best Muscle Cars On The Market – The Dodge Viper
In 2015 Dodge’s legendary Viper landed at #6 on the list of the most popular muscle cars with about 1K new registrations. True, that’s not even remotely impressive, compared to the models down the list, but you gotta understand that Dodge had some big-time troubles with this one and even cut the price on it by 15K last year! And despite the fact that the Viper is the most expensive muscler in the list, about 35% buyers paid for it in cash. That’s right, none of that credit card or lease/loan stuff. Come to think of it, that shows us that people who have that kind of money (the Viper SRT will cost you 88K MSRP, while the GTS can be yours for 108K) don’t usually mess around and pay the whole sum. Hey, by the way, the starting price on a brand-new 2016 Chevy Camaro is 25.7K MSRP, while the starting price on the latest Ford Mustang is even lower – 24K MSRP. So, as you can see, you can by as much as FOUR Camaros and FOUR Mustangs (I would go with 2×2) for the price of the top-of-the-line Viper or 3 for the basic one. Hey, no surprise Dodge is having trouble selling it, right?
The Chevrolet Corvette – Fast, Sleek And Beautiful
Chevy’s Corvettes is #5 in the list. And I have to say that this is considered by many experts in the industry to be the best purchase for the money. The customers seem to agree: last year the company had 32K new registrations, and 40% were paid in cash – that’s the highest percentage in the list of the best muscle cars on the market. And yes, it’s no cheap – the 2016 CORVETTE Z06 will cost you 80K MSRP (that’s the starting price), while the Stingray (the younger brother, so to speak), can be yours for 55.4K. Again, this car proves the theory that people with thick wallets love to pay upfront and in cash. The Z06 comes packed with a super-strong 6.2-lit V8 that’s good for 650 Horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque, with a zero to 60 miles per hour jump in staggering 2.95 seconds! So, yeah, that’s where all that money goes, my friends. However, the great thing about the market of muscle cars today is that we can still get something truly amazing for 1/3 of the Z06. Don’t believe me? Read on!
The Best Muscle Cars On The Market – The Dodge Challenger
The Challenger ranks at #4 in the list with 50K new registrations. And the fact is, 50% of Challenger buyers went for loan terms of 73 and 84 months. Furthermore, about 20% of buyers had really bad credits. Still, the legendary Dodge muscler is the first model in our list of the best muscle cars on the market that doesn’t make you feel like an underdog. In fact, as far as super-gorgeous, masculine and race track-ready vehicles go, this one is definitely a good bang for your bucks. The entry-level trim – SXT – comes with a price-tag of 27K MSRP. The Challenger SXT is equipped with a 3.6-lit V6 that’s good for 305HP. However, if you want to feel like the king of the road, you gotta go with the highest trim available – the Hellcat. This monster packs a mighty 6.2-lit V8 that’s good for 707HP and 650 pound-feet of torque. And it will still cost you less than the Viper or the Z06 (64K MSRP).
The Dodge Charger – Another Champ From The Detroit Maker
The Charger – the third entry from Dodge – lands at number 3 on the list of the most popular and the best muscle cars on the market. With 55K new registrations, it’s just a few steps ahead of the friendly Challenger. Still, the “credit situation” with this one is rather dire, as about 53 of buyers, again, had loan terms between 73 and 84 months. And about 23% of those buyers had a ridiculous credit score of below 600, making this car the best friend of those in need of good credit. So, the standard-level Charger will cost you 28K MSRSP and will come packed with a 292 Horses-strong 3.6-lit V6 engine. The mightiest trim is, much like in the case with the Challenger, the SRT Hellcat, which is worth 68K MSRP. It comes with a 6.2-lit V8 that pumps out the same 707 Horses and 650 lb-ft of torque. Both Hellcats will give you the ride of your life, so, if you’re ready to cash in +/- 70K, take a good look at both.
The Chevrolet Camaro
Alright, we’re finally down to the best of the best – the Chevy Camaro and the Ford Mustang. Unless you’ve been living on the moon for the last decade or so you know better than me what these two mean for the market of American muscle cars. The Camaro lands at number 2 on the list with 66 thousand new registrations. I have to mention that a big role in its triumphal comeback played it’s appearance in the summer 2007 blockbuster The Transformers which featured a super-sleek yellow model. Fun fact: the company introduced a new version of the famous muscler in each new movie of the franchise, keeping folks hyped up for the Camaro. And in total, about 80% of Camaro shoppers go with loans, while only 8% use a lease. The starting price on this beauty is 25.7K and it’s capable of 455 Horsepower and a 0 to 60MPH jump in 4.0 seconds, all thanks to a strong V8 under that hood. Ok, so that’s pretty much it for the #2 in the list of the Best muscle cars on the market. And now let’s talks about the champion…
The Ford Mustang – The King On Every American Road
…And the champ is…come on, you already know, don’t you? Ain’t no muscle car out there more popular, loved, respected and iconic. The Mustang was introduced to the world 5 decades ago and to this day it still remains the best at it. As far as new registrations go, Ford has about 77K of those. And customers go with several methods of payment: about 75% use loans, while 17% pay in cash. In 2015 the Mustang was wildly popular and set a few records, including a record for May sales and year-to-date sales since 2007. Performance-wise this stud is no joke: starting at 24K it comes equipped with a 3.7-lit V6 that puts out 300 HP and 280 pound-feet of torque. The highest trims – the Mustang GT Premium Fastback/ Convertible – come with a super-strong 5.0-lit V8 that puts out 435 horses and 400 lb-ft of torque. And, of course, there’s the Shelby GT350 and the GT350R available that take performance to the next level, but they aren’t cheap: the standard GT350 will cost you 48K, while the R edition is worth 61K. Consider these models only if you’ve got enough money for the Viper and the Corvette Z06. If not, the Camaro and Mustang are still your best bets.
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