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.