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Mustang, Camaro, Challenger: Muscle Cars Across The Years

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American Muscle infographic by CarDomain

American Muscle infographic by CarDomain

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Muscle cars have an interesting dynamic amongst car enthusiasts. For some, the heavy, big-power, anything-but-subtle looks, and often low-tech engineering are the antithesis of what it means to build a performance car. For others, the raw, unfiltered nature and rubber-laying potential of the muscle car outweighs (or erases) the drawbacks.

Whichever camp you're in, the infographic below, via CarDomain, provides a handy overview of the three biggest names in muscle cars, from the 1960s to the present: the Ford Mustang, Chevy Camaro, and Dodge Challenger.

With power ratings, 0-60 mph times, and examples of each body style, you get a feel for the progressions (or, in the case of the 1970s, regression) of the muscle car class over time.

Most impressive and noticeable is the massive jump taken by the Camaro ZL1 and Mustang Shelby GT500 in the most recent generation. With about 50 percent more power than the original cars (and 4-5x the power of the malaise-era cars), not to mention far more advanced design and materials, lumping the top tier of the modern muscle car in with the progenitors of the breed may not be all that fair.

Perhaps it's time we recognized a new species: the super muscle car. Or maybe the muscle supercar. Or are they just supercars with muscle-car heritage? Whatever they are, they're fast--and fun, too.

The Evolution of American Muscle: A Look at Three Pony Car Icons by CarDomain.com

This infographic was created by CarDomain.com
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