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9 Top v8 Powered Coupes and Sedans for 2015

When it comes to Americana and the stuff of legends, the only type of car that matters is the muscle car. From the earliest Ford Mustangs and Chevrolet Camaros, Americans have had a love for raw horsepower and awe-inspiring acceleration. Today, that love of horsepower and impressive speed is one that is shared internationally, with car enthusiasts and manufacturers alike. The top muscle cars now include several international models, chosen for their impressive 0-to-60 acceleration, horsepower, price, maximum speed, and fuel efficiency. The 9 vehicles represent a broad array of manufacturers and unique designs, each of them appealing to a different type of auto enthusiast.

Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat (source - Dodge)

1. Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

As a storied American automotive brand, Dodge has been a leader in muscle car design for many decades. The Challenger SRT Hellcat is designed as something of a “throwback” to Dodge’s glory days in the muscle car segment. Even so, this is not a throwback vehicle in terms of power, high-tech features, and engine design. Under the hood is the Challenger’s 707-horsepower, 6.2-liter V8 engine. This engine is leaps and bounds ahead of similar V8 engines in luxury models, and it ensures that the Hellcat can accelerate from zero to 60 miles per hour in a staggering 3.7 seconds. That’s an impressive rating, even in a list of the nine best such cars in the category.

Ford Mustang GT (source - Car and Driver)

2. Ford Mustang GT

Considered the “original’ muscle car by devoted Ford enthusiasts, the Mustang GT has some serious staying power. The latest edition of this popular muscle car features a 435-horsepower V8 engine that powers the vehicle from zero to 60 miles per hour in just 4.4 seconds. That falls just a bit behind the competing Dodge sedan for buyers or American muscle cars, but it’s in line with the Mustang’s historic balance of efficient design and powerful results on the road.

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3. Cadillac CTS-V Coupe

Cadillac is more widely known for its excellent SUVs and luxury models without V8 features, but the company’s CTS-V coupe breaks the mold and defies these conventions. Unlike most Cadillac models, the CTS-V is a coupe rather than a sedan, featuring a significantly smaller body and improved acceleration. The V8 engine accelerates from zero to 60 in just over four seconds, all while producing up to 556 horsepower. Cadillac’s excellent cabin technology and premium material options are available in the CTS-V just as they are in the sedan version of the CTS model.

Jaguar F-Type R Coupe (source Jaguarusa)

4. Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

In just four seconds, this impressive Jaguar coupe can accelerate to 60 miles per hour from a standstill. That’s on par with some of the more conventional muscle cars in this list, and it makes the British coupe a must-have for luxury buyers who appreciate the unique touches of a modern Jaguar model. A 5-liter, 550-horsepower V8 engine makes all of this possible, while ensuring that the car enjoys top speed along with quick acceleration. Jaguar’s reputation for safety and long-term durability is an added bonus for buyers of this particular coupe.

Chevrolet Camaro Z:28 (source Chevrolet)

5. Chevrolet Camaro Z/28

Another “original” among American muscle cars, the Chevrolet Camaro has a slightly faster acceleration time than the competing Mustang GT from Ford. The Camaro Z/28 can handle 0-to-60 acceleration in just 4.0 seconds. That’s due in large part to the Camaro’s 7-liter, 505-horsepower V8 engine. Inside, the Camaro can be fully loaded with everything from designer materials to Bluetooth, a touchscreen entertainment system, and much more. A six-speed manual transmission is standard across all models, with no automatic alternative offered this model year.

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6. BMW M5

BMW is a brand not often associated with muscle cars, but the luxury automaker’s M5 is actually an impressive blend of muscle car power and refined, German luxury that high-end buyers crave. The M5 is designed as a midsize, four-door sedan, which sets it apart from several of the more traditional options in this list. Despite its more traditional design, which might appeal to convention car buyers, the M5 is anything but conventional under the hood. BMW’s M5  has a 575-horsepower V8 engine, capable of accelerating from zero to 60 miles per hour in just 4.5 seconds. That’s not a conventional BMW acceleration rating, but it’s sure to please the car enthusiast in the family who prefers to pair a top-notch engine with luxurious interior features and materials.

Mercedes-AMG C63 (source Car and Driver)

7. Mercedes-AMG C63

Another option for luxury buyers who want to blend power and performance with a refined ride, the C63 from Mercedes is offered only in a four-door sedan model with conventional Mercedes sedan styling. Its appearance masks what’s under the hood, however. The C63 comes with a 503 horsepower V8 engine, capable of accelerating from zero to 60 miles per hour just under four seconds. The C63 comes with a 7-speed, driver automated transmission for ultimate control over the driving experience.

Audi RS 7 (source Edmunds)

8. Audi RS 7

Think of the RS 7 as a souped-up version of Audi’s popular A7 midsize sedan. The v8 powered luxury car, which adopts a slightly sportier version of Audi’s sloping material design, features a 560-horsepower V8 engine that can accelerate from zero to 60 miles per hour in just 3.4 seconds. That’s among the fastest acceleration times for any of the muscle cars in this lineup, and makes the RS 7 a particularly impressive choice for luxury buyers who are willing to spend the money for top-of-the-line power.

Kia K900 (source Kia)

9. Kia K900

Perhaps better known for its economy cars than its muscle cars, the K900 is a new and fascinating departure for Kia in the North American market. The K900 is like an Optima on steroids, with a 5-liter, 420-horsepower V8 engine that has no problem accelerating or gripping the road. The K900 does have a slower 0-to-60 acceleration window, taking about 5.5 seconds to reach top speed. Even so, the car is impressively powerful and rather affordable when compared to its luxury competition.

Nine Powerful Cars for Today’s Supercharged Enthusiasts

Technology and research have combined to make muscle cars even more muscular in recent decades, with faster acceleration, more exhilarating top speeds, and better fuel efficiency in a world that is increasingly growing green. These nine cars represent just a small selection of available models. Have any been overlooked? Are there any must-have features in other models that haven’t been mentioned? Where is the industry heading? It’s all up for debate in this exciting niche of the modern automotive industry.

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Calvin Escobar
About Calvin Escobar

The Car scene is so diverse Where I come from, most enthusiasts recognize the amazing engineering (particularly the engines). The bulk of the ridicule originates from the manner in which many of the vehicles are modded/maintained. Thus, the jokes and or hate tends to be aimed more at the owner rather than the machine. All of which makes seeing properly sorted old Toyota's and Hondas at car meets, auto shows, and track days all the more refreshing.