Can 2014 Compete with 1973?! Let’s Check Out the 2014 Crop of Muscle Cars…

It’s hard to match the aesthetic appeal and raw power of the vintage muscle cars. That’s not to say modern car makers don’t try.† Several new models strutted their stuff at the Seattle Auto Show this past weekend, and itís always fun to see the latest class of Camaros, Mustangs, and other models of modern muscle. Scroll down to read more about a few of them…

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  • Chevy Camaro ZL1 Coupe: It might not get great gas mileage, but this Camaro harkens back to the days of old with 580 horsepower and 556 lb.-ft. of torque. This beast goes from 0 to 60 in 3.9 seconds and was built to run tracks, which is why it also features an independent four-wheel suspension and traction control adjustments. Does it get more legendary than the Camaro?

  • Ford Mustang GT: The Mustang would argue yes — yes it does get more legendary. The iconic Mustangís V8 engine features 420 horsepower and 390 lb.-ft. of torque, all part of a design that optimizes airflow for the smoothest ride possible. Ford made sure that the engine still roars like its classic counterparts, though modern upgrades like adjustable steering settings (standard, sport, and comfort) and LED lights showcase the perks of new technology.

  • Chevy Corvette Stingray: Putting aside the constant Corvette battle ñ sports car vs. muscle car ñ for a minute, letís talk about how the Stingray goes from 0 to 60 in 3.8 seconds with 460 V8 horsepower. This speedy rideís upgrades include a better ventilation system, amazing leather sports seats, and a lightweight frame that helps improve handling. With a cockpit designed for driver convenience and a sick exterior, itís worth taking a look.†

  • Dodge Challenger: From the iconic racing stripes to the classic round headlights, the Challenger makes Dodge-lovers proud. The specs? Under the hood youíll find a V8 with 375 horsepower and 410 lb.-ft. of torque, along with the modern addition of technology that automatically switches to four-cylinder mode to save gas if youíre just doing some low-key cruising. Inside brings you into the present day ñ tons of steering wheel controls and automation, leather, and space for five people.

  • Equus Bass 770: Combine the power of a Corvette engine with the look of a Mustang and Challenger, and youíve got the muscle car of your dreams. Straight out of Motor City, this bad boy sports a 6.2L-supercharged V8 engine with 640 horsepower — and an alleged 0-to-60 time of 3.4 seconds. If whatís under the hood isnít impressive enough, the exteriorís retro style looks stunning ñ a true combination of vintage flair and todayís advanced technology. Word has been spreading this year about the vehicle, which has a hefty price tag but definitely will catch any gearheadís attention. †

Check out these new models for yourself. Do you think they have what it takes to become timeless classics?

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