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2014 Muscle Cars: The Best before They’re Available

We review six muscle cars coming out next year and let you decide which is best

It feels like 1970 all over again, the world is trapped in the middle of an American muscle car war. With the redesign of the fifth-gen Chevrolet Camaro, revamp of the Dodge Challenger and Charger, and much improved Ford Mustang, it feels similar to the ponycar era of the late 1960s. High-revving horsepower and tree-stump pulling torque is back. Big engines are being coupled with big brakes and creative design. To celebrate, we’re laying out our top-six, 2014 American muscle cars. We’ll let you decide which car deserves to be crowned the king of the American highways. Take a look our list, and feel free to comment below.

2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28

Going in no particular order, we’ve started with the all-new, road-race ready 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28. The Z/28’s price has yet to be reviled, but we predict it’ll be north of $57,000. The fifth-gen Z/28 will pack an impressive, hand-assembled LS7 that churns 505hp at 6,100rpm, while making 481 lb-ft of torque at 4,800rpm. A TREMEC TR6060 6-speed manual transmission will do the shifting. Brembo 6-piston calipers upfront and 4-piston calipers in the rear will do the breaking, while the Z/28 rides on 19x11-inch front, 19x11.5-inch rear wheels. What’s most impressive, the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 will weigh a mere 3,837lbs. We’re positive this car will be one of the most impressive muscle cars available for the 2014 line up.

2014 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

While the track-ready Z/28 can do battle apex to apex, continuing upon what was set last year, the revised 2014 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is GM’s an all-around street car. Ready to be a weekend warrior at the drag strip or open track race day, the ZL1 is priced at a cool $57,000. The 2014 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 sports a supercharged 6.2L engine capable of 580hp at 6,000prm and 556 lb-ft of torque at 4,200rpm. Doing the shifting is a TREMEC TR6060 6-speed manual transmission. The ZL1 weighs in at 4,120lbs, while Brembo 6-piston front calipers and 4-piston rear calipers help stop the two ton Camaro. The 2014 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 spins 20-inch forged-aluminum, black-painted 10-spoke wheels at all four corners. The ZL1 propels its cargo from 0 to 60mph in 4.4 seconds.

2014 Ford Mustang GT

The Ford Mustang celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, and with its birthday is a long list of impressive specs. The 2014 Ford Mustang GT comes in at a minimal price compared to the competition. Just $32,000 will snag you one of these potent platforms complete with a 5.0L coyote engine which cranks out 420hp at 6,500rpm and 390lb-ft at 4,250rpm, while a 6-speed manual transmission handles the shifting duty. The GT weighs in at 3,483lbs, not too shabby for the power it generates. Optional 19-inch aluminum wheels and 14-inch rotor, four-piston caliper Brembo brakes make the GT a reasonably priced ponycar that will compete with the big boys. Don’t forget, the base GT runs from 0 to 60mph in 4.7 seconds.

2014 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

When talking American muscle, nothing conveys the imagery better than the word “Shelby.” Power, design, and handling factor in when speaking about the 2014 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500. Priced at $56,000, this ponycar ups the ante from the standard GT. Squeezed between the fenders is a supercharged 5.8L producing 662hp at 6,250rpm and 631lb-ft of torque at 4,000rpm. Controlling the shifts is a 6-speed manual transmission. The 2014 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 steps on the scale at 3,982lbs. Brembo 6-piston calipers grip the front rotors for the majority of the stopping power. The 2014 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is very reminiscent of the past and will claim a 0 to 60mph time of just 4 seconds.

2014 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392

Mopar will come out swinging this year with its 2014 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392. Priced at $46,000, the Challenger is a bargain buy; coming handsomely dressed with the 6.4L 470hp and 470lb-ft of torque. Backed by a 6-speed TR-6060 TREMEC transmission, all 4,160lbs scoot to a 0-60mph time of 4.5 seconds. Doing the stopping are saucer-sized, 14.2-inch front and 13.8-inch rear vented and slotted rotors which are grabbed by Brembo four-piston fixed calipers. The Challenger will roll on 20x9-inch forged aluminum, seven-spoke wheels at all four corners. The 2014 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 is certainly a testament to the past when Mopar ruled the streets. If two doors aren’t enough for the family, then the 4-door, 2014 Dodge Charger SRT8 Super Bee might be more up your alley.

2014 Dodge Charger SRT8 Super Bee

Last on our list is the 2014 Dodge Charger SRT8 Super Bee. This sedan may not seem like the usual ponycar, but it has the same personality. Priced at $45,000, the 6.4L engine makes a powerful 470hp that produces 470lb-ft of torque. A 5-speed automatic transmission is the only option in the Super Bee, but don’t be disappointed, it comes with a manual mode that gives the driver full control. Weighing in at a portly 3,961 pounds, the Charger is the third lightest car in our list. Four-wheel disc brakes do all the stopping, while hiding behind 20-inch aluminum wheels. This Mopar may be last on our list, but trust us that it’s not far behind the competition. For a grocery getter that packs-in the family, dog, and comfortably takes you on a weekend trip, the 2014 Dodge Charger SRT8 Super Bee fits snuggly in the middle of the pack of muscle cars.

The 2014 model year is sure to bring lots of talk. The 2014 Ford Mustang GT leads the pack as the most affordable car with a base price of $32,000, while the 2014 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 leads the way as the most powerful (662hp). The 2014 Chevrolet Camaro SS (though not mentioned above) comes close to the Mustang GT with a base price of $33,000 for 426hp. If curb weight is a concern, the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 (3,837lbs) is a featherweight, but it may also be the most expensive ($57,000+). Neither the 2014 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 ($46,000/470hp) or 2014 Dodge Charger SRT8 Super Bee ($45,000/470hp) are next in line as most expensive or powerful, but they’re certainly not last. Only time will tell if people are looking for power, savings or interior real estate. Style certainly goes a long way, but we’ll leave that judgment up to you.

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406 comments
Chris Statkiewicz
Chris Statkiewicz

It would look better with out all that cheap black plastic paint it all!!!

Tom Sherer
Tom Sherer

I know cars are getting heavier, but when did 3850+ become a lightweight!? That's gotta be a typo?! One of the complaints about the new Challengers (which I love) are they are too 'fat' at 4000lbs. That's only a passenger short of this performance variant of the Camaro?! Really? Gotta be a typo.

Casey Lineberry
Casey Lineberry

some factory Chevelles weighed a tad over 4000 with driver, And my Impala is a "muscle car" and it weighs 4100 without me...

James Perry
James Perry

The Camaro is more of a Ladies car!!!

John Carter
John Carter

Challenger, why you ask? Because in a few decades it'll be worth a lot because it will be considered a mopar classic. Win win?

Jason Yergin
Jason Yergin

You shouldn't have even mentioned the weight. It's an amazing sports car but there's nothing mere about a car that close to 4,000 lbs.

Jerry Brentnell
Jerry Brentnell

who the hell has 60 grand to buy these things? not me!

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner

Yeah, it's not for people who are insecure about themselves. It's for people who want to go fast. It'll easily outrun the SRT-built Challenger in the Targa Newfoundland...

Chris Pauluk
Chris Pauluk

I like the looks of the Challenger because it's much closer to the 70's styling than the Camaro and Mustang, but I really like the LS series engines. Can we mix n match parts? ;)

Billy LaDeaux
Billy LaDeaux

Looks like a Honda from the rear & just stupid-Ass ridiculous all the way around!! GM obviously isn't at all what they used to be I'm goin for the Challenger & Mustang all the way!

John King
John King

The most amazing late-model Ponycar!!!

Derek van Valen
Derek van Valen

incorrect. go weigh one, you will be sadly suprised.

Ray Cox
Ray Cox

As a former GM enthusiast, I have pick...Mustang, 'cause Ford didn't cave to Government Cheese. Government Motors and "Cry"sler did! Stand your ground and behind your principles, no matter how much it hurts!

Derek van Valen
Derek van Valen

johnny bliss was informing us that he is a moron. thanks for the heads up johnny. lol

Joseph Adelman
Joseph Adelman

What's that power good for when you can't see anything around you and barley in front the camaro is a poor design

Ryan Harter
Ryan Harter

The run around the Nurbergring was quite impressive

Alex Rebold
Alex Rebold

Hmm a 3800lb pony car, what is wrong with this picture.

Brian Thomas
Brian Thomas

Every 340 ever produced stock made more power at 5000.rpm then any ford or chevy small block. Including the 327 chevy. Reported hp.back then was quite eronius.

Jim Reed
Jim Reed

Why price it at just below the entry price of a Vette......makes no sense.

Bruce Held
Bruce Held

I didn't think They could make the new Camaro any uglier but those new taillights are absolutely HIDEOUS!!!!!!

Brandon Graham
Brandon Graham

Whoever says that this is ugly is a complete retard

Ted David Burrell
Ted David Burrell

It almost resembles a Mustang body. Where's the innovative T-top of the older models? Whadda cheap form of transport!

Tracy Thorns
Tracy Thorns

Don't forget that they got beastly Chrysler 300s too

Brian Keith Hamm
Brian Keith Hamm

challenger: best retro looks and most roominess inside (I've got one)

Tim Priddy
Tim Priddy

Still ugly, once again another let down for the bowtie brigade just like the new vette.

Rin Maysons
Rin Maysons

Want to see more dominating mopars? Like Team Spankin Time. They got quite a variety of American Muscles.. Challengers, Chargers, Mustangs, & even a Camaro. Check them out. :P

Alan Hale
Alan Hale

I like all 3 i am glad they are not talking about a toyota taking over your old time America

Dave Brewer
Dave Brewer

Yet another bow tie moron speaks .... all hail the almighty Chevrolet ... bs... Ford and Mopar have been kickin there ass from day one... Government Motors... there so good there even stiffin there bail out. Providers almost 10 billion .

Dennis Dwyer
Dennis Dwyer

I hear both of you guys,the average blue collar guy has been priced out of muscle cars both old and new. Guess I'll just stick to my vortech supercharged 90 mustang lx,it cost me $6000 in 2006 and is in great shape.

Dave Alzayer
Dave Alzayer

Did someone say that this car is $100k? For that money you could buy a Ford FR500C Mustang racecar +550hp. Or even better you could buy a +800hp Shelby Super Snake Wide Body.

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