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Modern vs Classic V8s: Has Technology Hurt the Spirit of the American Muscle Car?

1967 Ford Mustang Shelby GT-500The end of the 1960s was a great time for American automakers. Muscle cars were extremely popular because there was little pressure to produce fuel efficient and safe cars. Technology has increased; however, new designs of old favorites are still rolling off the production line. It is important to consider whether or not the spirit of the original muscle cars has been destroyed. Here is a look at how new models compare to those of the past.

Chevrolet Camaro

2013 Chevrolet Camaro

One of the latest ZL1 Camaros can be found with 580 horsepower and a precise suspension. It is fun on the road, but smaller than in the past. No mater the dimensions, it promises to be a real keeper. Unlike the classic Camaros, the new products handle like a dream and stop better than ever.

Chevrolet Corvette

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

Another classic from the Chevy brand, the Corvette has always been a top American muscle car. In particular, the 1963 Sting Ray is one of the most popular designs of all times. The newest Sting Ray is keeping true to the Corvette legacy. It performs like a dream. To prove that it is just as good as ever, NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick bought the first 2014 Sting Ray for $1 million.

Ford Shelby GT500

Ford Shelby GT500

The 1960s Shelby was definitely set apart from the crowd with its front bumper, grill and exhaust. The engine was incredibly powerful, and the Shelby was one of the fastest vintage muscle cars ever produced. Today’s Shelby comes with a super-charged 5.4 liter, 550 horsepower engine. It provides amazing performance that tops the classic version.

Even though many skeptics question the legacy of American muscle cars, the above examples prove that these cars have only been improved through technological advancements. True die-hards may question the ability of new V8s to compare to the timelessness of the 1960s classics. However, no one can argue with the performance of the “new” classics. In the end, new cars may outperform the classics, but they share the same spirit that awes the crowd.


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