Best Muscle Cars of the Forgotten 80s


Everyone is always talking about the muscle cars from the 60’s and 70’s but lets not leave out the 80’s. Though it certainly was not the best era for American muscle it did contribute some pretty cool rides that too could put the rubber to the road. Here are the eight best muscle cars of the forgotten ’80s.

  1. 1987 Buick Regal GNX Introduced in 1987, the Buick Regal GNX put to use a turbocharged V6 that pumped out an awe-inspiring (at that time) 245 horsepower. It was the most powerful car in the segment, and could tackle the quarter mile in just 13.2 seconds at 104 mph.
  1. 1987 Ford Mustang 5.0 Gone was the “four eyes” front end in place of a more modern design, and the 5.0-liter V8 delivered 225 horsepower, and a respectable 0-60 mph time of 6.3 seconds.
  1. 1983 Chevy Monte Carlo SS By 1984 the SS was gaining steam in the world of NASCAR, becoming one of the vehicles of choice for drivers and owners alike. Back in showrooms, Chevrolet was having trouble keeping them on the lots— selling over 24,000 Monte Carlo SS’ in 1984 alone. That 265-horsepower V8 probably had something to do with its success.
  1. 1985 Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z In 1985, Chevrolet introduced the IROC-Z to the lineup. And while it wasn’t the fastest or best-looking in its segment (by far), the IROC-Z overshadowed the competition with its nimble handling and relatively light body.
  1. 1982 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am The body was smaller, as was the wheelbase, but the overall design remained memorable among enthusiasts. Under the hood was an 8-cylinder engine pushing out somewhere near 150 horsepower.
  1. 1989 Ford Thunderbird SC Although the design of the car was bland, Ford was still putting to use its relatively sporty Fox platform underneath, and a supercharged 3.8-liter V6 sat under the hood that pumped out a respectable 210 horsepower.
  1. 1989 Dodge Shelby Dakota The 3.9-liter V6 was gutted in place of a 5.2-liter V8, and horsepower sat at a modest 175.
  1. 1986 Pontiac Grand Prix 2+2 featured a 5.0-liter four-barrel V8, a four-speed automatic and a limited run of only 1,225 vehicles, all of which found homes in 1986 before the model was discontinued in 1987.



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