Let's take a quick look at Top 10 Muscle Cars to Buy in 2015
1. Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat - 2015
Dodge took the current horsepower wars to the next level this year with the surprise release of the 2015 Challenger Hellcat. Dubbed the “wildest muscle car ever” by Popular Mechanics, Dodge took its Challenger ponycar and shoehorned a mind-bendingly powerful 707 horsepower engine under the hood, creating a Frankenstein-like monster that knocked the entire automotive world off its axis. The Challenger is tied with its sister car, the Charger Hellcat, as the sixth most powerful production car in the world, behind a Bugatti, a McLaren, a Porsche, and a couple of Ferraris – not bad for a $60,000 coupe.
2. Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat 2015
Shortly after the release of the Challenger, the mad scientists at Dodge upped the ante again by announcing that the Hellcat engine will be available in the all-new 2015 Charger sedan. With a starting price of around $63,000, and a top speed of 200+ mph, you can get exotic supercar performance and the world’s most powerful sedan for the price of a high-end Hyundai.
3. Ford Mustang GT - 2015
Ford celebrated the 50th anniversary of its original ponycar by introducing the all-new 2015 Mustang, thus fully entering the 21st century. While the outgoing model was a capable, sporty car, it had the inglorious distinction of being the last American rear-wheel drive car with a solid rear axle – technology it shared with the hundred-year-old Model T. The 2015 ‘Stang has been redesigned from the ground up and quickly became one of Road & Track’s 2015 “Performance Car of the Year” contenders. For the first time in decades, the Mustang is a thoroughly modern sports car that can run with the best the world has to offer.
4. Nissan GT-R - 2015
Nissan took the classic muscle car formula to the extreme with the GT-R. Stuffing a twin-turbo V-6 good for 545 horsepower into a lean two-door coupe, the GT-R is a mean, uncompromising brute hell-bent on performance. In its seventh year in production, Nissan has tried to teach the GT-R some manners for 2015, sharpening the car’s steering and tuning the car’s suspension, making it easier on the street and on drivers’ spines.
5. Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 - 2015
Within the span of a few short years, the engineers at Chevrolet managed to take a two-ton barge and turn it into a taut track day contender that haunts the dreams of Porsche drivers. The 2015 model is the last of this Camaro generation, but it can still hold its own against the Nissan GT-R and Porsche 911. We can only guess as to what Chevrolet has in store for the next generation Z/28.
6. Ford Fiesta ST - 2015
It may not look like a muscle car, but looks can be deceiving. With the Hellcat-powered Chryslers and Camaro Z/28 sporting price tags in the upper five figures, this sub-$30,000 hot hatch is the performance car for the masses. The 2014 model was one of Road & Track’s “Performance Car of the Year” finalists, and the little-changed 2015 ST still sports a turbo-charged four cylinder power-plant that pushes out 197 horsepower, has exceptional handling, and a 0-60 time in the sub-seven second range (faster than an ’80s Ferrari 308). The Fiesta ST is a true “race it on Sunday, drive it on Monday” machine with world-class performance that won’t break the bank.
7. BMW M4 - 2015
When the classic BMW 2002 hit American shores in 1968, Car & Driver’s David E. Davis proclaimed that BMW’s combination of performance, agility, and practicality would usher in a new era of European performance cars that would make American muscle cars obsolete. Five decades on, BMW has combined the best of both worlds with the ferocious M4, a mid-size coupe that combines the raw speed of a 425 horsepower in-line six with BMW’s legendary handling. It may be from Germany, but the big engine/small car recipe is pure Detroit.
8. Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG - 2015
Not to be outdone by rival BMW, Mercedes-Benz has stepped into the mid-market performance game by sending its entry-level CLA-Class sedan over to its in-house tuners, AMG, for a performance upgrade. The result is a polarizing, unrefined, very un-Mercedes-like car that can go 0-60 in the mid 4-second range, and is about the same size as a Chevrolet Cruze.
9. Chevrolet Camaro - 2016
Not many new cars generate enough interest to have their own tabloid-like sites dedicated to them – but then the Camaro is no regular car. With Chevrolet set to unveil the all-new Camaro at this year’s North American International Auto Show, it can finally put the rumors to rest. For now, we know that the car will be built on GM’s new Alpha platform, and that it’ll probably be a hit for Chevy when it gets to dealerships this fall. Until then, we’ll just have to look at spy photos and guess.
10. Shelby GT350 - 2016
Back in the 1968, Carroll Shelby dubbed his new hot-rodded Mustang the GT500KR – KR standing for “King of the Road.” By fall 2015, we can finally get our hands on the all-new 2016 Shelby GT350 Mustang and see if Shelby can retake the crown in the modern era. Performance details are still murky, but with aggressive styling and a Ferrari-inspired flat-plane V8 believed to be good for 500+ horsepower, the GT350 could shape up to be the best performance-oriented Mustang ever. That is, until Ford releases the 2017 GT500, a track-day beast with a rumored 750-plus horsepower engine to put both the Camaro and Dodge’s Hellcats on notice. When it comes to power in the modern muscle car wars, there’s nowhere to go but up.