An idea which became popular in the 1940's lasting through the 1970's, although american, V-8 cars of today could technically be considered muscle cars as well. An uneducated stereotype would infer that a muscle car "Can't be fast" would be false and narrow minded. However a rebuttle stereotype that an import could not be fast is a stereotype as well. As much as muscle car owners and import owners are at each others throats, both concepts are similar. The american muscle car was founded upon the idea of taking a regular commuter car and cramming a high-output, high-horsepower engine into its unsuspecting frame. Which is EXACTLY what the modern day import was founded on. Both groups of automobiles need skill and performance parts to fulfill that idea that they were founded on. Looking at the statistics, a muscle car is no more than a standard, low-output, efficient car that was "slow" until the owner dropped the fabled V8 into the frame. Finally, the American companies (Ford, Dodge, Shelby, Pontiac, Buick, Chevy, etc.) caught onto this trend and begin putting the V8's in from the factory. Same concept applies with the modern day imports as the pioneers started with econonmy-commuter cars with high-horsepower and lightweight in mind. The Acuras/Hondas were fitted with customized turbos, DSM's (Diamond Star Motors) put out the 4G63 series (Eclipse, Talon, Laser,) both of which had great power-to-weight ratios when tuned properly, not to mention the nimble cornering abilities also due to lightweight, and even the All-Wheel drive advantage (DSM's.) Imports were designed along the same concept, and just like the domestic companies of yesterday, the import companies of today caught onto the trend and began putting out imports with high-output- high performance engines (Subaru WRX STI, Mitsubishi Evolution, Nissan Skyline, Nissan 350Z, Toyota Supra, Mazda Rx-7, etc.) The common misconception between the rivals is the cars overall purpose. Lacking modern technology, muscle cars were built with overall power and acceleration in mind. Imports were built with the full-blooded race concept in mind (to be quick on the throttle, but to handle on the corners and on the rally inspired circuits as well.) So does it make either car better than the other? Not at all. Clearly, there are muscle cars that will destroy Imports, and have a much louder, roaring approach, and there are imports that are running turbo's or just a solid NA motor that will destroy many muscle cars, and have a more fuel-efficient, all around race approach as well. In unison, there are riced out, slow, low-output ricers with near stock specs that give all imports a bad name. However, there are also, overweight, solid metal rustbucket muscle cars with near-stock V8 engines that give all muscle cars a bad name. To personally like one better than the other, its a matter of personal opinion or just sheer ignorance and narrow mindedness. All car guys and/or gear heads need to unite and realize the beauty and the personal preferences that go into building a car. A factory spec, or almost completely stock car won't get you much respect these days either, so large props go out to the "True gearheads" who vastly modify their import or muscle car to be a top competitor on the street and track. Thumbs down to the guys who cruise around in corny, cliche, overweight and common modern Mustang GT's and think they are the greatest; as well as the broke poser wannabe thugs who sport their 1.6 liter rice mobiles with an oversized muffler and simple intake/air filter. Not to mention the gaudy wheels, goofy spoilers, and unnecessary subwoofers. However, thumbs up to any and all who are truly dedicated to their project car and don't care about image. REAL men don't necessarily drive muscle cars, REAL men don't necessarily drive imports. REAL men certainly don't drive slow cars that they try to make "look" fast. Real men drive fast cars that look slow. And I suppose a real man could drive a fast car that looked fast as well, lets just take it easy with all of the stickers and cheap accessories please.
That Chevelle SS muscle car shred that '89 CRX with the upgraded air filter.
That boosted 240 just munched that blown Cobra!
Did you see that Sti and that GTO both anihilate that Ferrari?