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Four Of The Top Muscle Cars Of 2016  

American muscle cars — powerful and with the ability to conjure up images of the open road — are iconic symbols of American freedom. In that regard, the top muscle cars of today are not that much different from 1960s and 1970s muscle cars. They capture the hearts of those who love style, power and speed.

Some makes and models have come and gone over the years. Notably, there has been a new Ford Mustang model introduced each year for more than 50 years. Even a Mustang rival, the Chevrolet Camaro, took a break from production. Also, the Pontiac GTO, credited by some for launching the muscle car era in 1964, disappeared for three decades starting in 1974. Another incarnation could be introduced as early as next year, if Internet rumors are to be believed — a GTO Judge, expected to be a high-performance monster on par with the Chevrolet Corvette C7, the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, and the Ford Mustang Shelby GT350.

Here’s a look at four of the top muscle cars of 2016, along with some of their primary features. They were subjectively chosen and are listed in no particular order. Any of them — or others not listed here — could end up one day as a Cool Rides Online “Ride of the Month,” and they are the types of vehicles that motivate owners to do maintenance and use the products that help keep the vehicle running for a long, long time.

Ford Shelby GT350 Series

By Tuner tom (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
From Turner tom via Wikimedia Commons
  • Strengths: Outstanding design, power, handling
  • Weakness: Basic GT350 lacks computer-assisted launch program that is standard on the GT350R
  • Base price: $55,595
  • Horsepower: 526
  • Exterior features:3 inches, 107.1-inch wheelbase, 54.3 inches tall
  • Recommended gas: 91 or higher octane
  • MPG: 14 city/21 highway
  • Transmission: 6-speed manual transmission
  • Acceleration: 0 to 60 mph in 3.9 to 4.3 seconds

Chevrolet Camaro 2LT Coupe

  • Strengths: Fast and agile
  • Weakness: Limited driver-assist features
  • Base price: $29,800
  • Horsepower: 335
  • Exterior features:3 inches, 110.7-inch wheelbase, 53.1 inches tall
  • MPG: 19 city/28 highway
  • Transmission: 6-speed manual, 8-speed automatic
  • Acceleration: 0 to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds

Cadillac ATS-V Coupe

By steve lyon from los angeles, ca, usa (SLY_5731) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
From steve lyon from los angeles, ca, usa (SLY_5731) via Wikimedia Commons
  • Strength: Luxury along with muscle
  • Weakness: For some, the price point
  • Base price: $63,660
  • Horsepower: 464
  • Exterior features:7 inches, 109.3-inch wheelbase, 54.5 inches tall
  • MPG: 17 city/23 highway
  • Transmission: 6-speed manual
  • Acceleration: 0 to 60 in 4.2 seconds

Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack

Strengths: Retro styling, fun, loud
Weakness: Handling
Base price: $38,995
Horsepower: 485
Exterior features: 197.7 inches, 116-inch wheelbase, 57.5 inches tall
Recommended gas: Premium
MPG: 14 city/23 highway
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Acceleration: 0 to 60 in 4.8 seconds

Prime Time for Muscle Cars
If you attend classic car shows or visit dealerships, you are well aware there is a lot happening on the high-performance American muscle car scene. In some ways, it mimics the muscle car era of the 1960s and 1970s, making for an exciting re-emergence of these dream cars.

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