A performance car that's very different from a sports car. Louder engines with deeper bass, engines from V8 and V10, bolder designs, more naturally performanced, and are classics. However, they're a piece of junk compared to sports cars because they have shitty handling since they're made for drags only and no circuits, heavy as hell from their frames and engines, boring designs, and in the shop more often than on the road. They're also American made cars, while sports cars are American made, Asian made, and European made.
Muscle Car owner: You my car broke down twice and costed me 2 grand to fix it.

Sports Car owner: Wow that's a muscle car you have their. My sports car never had any problems and it's on the road all the time.
by Todd Windmill November 04, 2012
muscle cars are better then rice burner, there slow pieces of shit that sounds like a cow getting it up the ass!
my 69 chevy nova will smoke any rice burner that even thinks about racing me.
by bob July 14, 2003
There are many different definitions of musclecar (see the two word spelling: muscle car). Common elements are
American + 2 door + V8 + rear wheel drive. Some people even add a date/time/year element (silly, I think). Some people add a price element, ie, a musclecar provides good power at an affordable price, whereas a supercar provides good power, but is very expensive.

I propose that a musclecar is simply any car with muscle, ie, a good power-to-weight ratio. I suggest 10 pounds or less per horsepower. Therefore, a MINIMUM requirement would be:

2,000 lbs. = 200+ hp.
3,000 lbs. = 300+ hp.

To go with the economy idea, say $100 per hp. Therefore, the 2,000 lb., 200 hp car would cost $20,000. The 3,000 lb., 300 hp car would cost $30,000. Unfortunately, the $ amounts would have to be adjusted with inflation.

Maybe we could come up with a definition that does NOT need modification with time, rating the musclecar as a percentile of the new car population available that year.

We could say the 0-60 and quarter mile times must be better than 75% of the other new cars available that year.

We could say the price should be less than 10% above the average price of a new car that year. We could reserve "supercar" for more expensive cars, and raise the performance parameters to 90%+.
by Jeff Goven July 02, 2006
Late 60's and Early 70's American performance cars, which had big displacement, high horsepower motors, and sleeper or stock look to them. Not to be confused with riceburners, 99% of which have a stock 120 horsepower SOHC 4 banger, with a huge spoiler on a FRONT WHEEL DRIVE CAR (morons), non color matching ridiculous body kits, an exhaust bigger than the engine (and sounds like a fat fuck farting non-stop after eating chilidogs) and paint jobs that might seem cool to a pre-schooler.
Did you see those rusty looking muscle cars that beat the ridiculous looking riceburners at the racetrack? Get used to it!
by modular February 23, 2006
well lets see usually around the the 64 to 74 era. A vehicle that a large majority of the time posses a larger than nessasary engine(Although they are fun.)In no way related to a tuner or ricer or what ever so the past defintions are kinda dumb and childish fo even refering to them.:-)
camaro 67-72,chevelle" firebird" trans am" skylark"nova"gto"mustang"ect.
by bob frisbee January 29, 2004
Vehicle usually powered by large V8 engine
The Musclecar era never ends
by Musclecar August 31, 2003
A second dick.
Dude, Toby's muscle car must be compensating for something...
by lovesmesumcake August 20, 2008
A type of high-performance vehicle.
Contrary to popular belief, the first muscle car was not the Pontiac GTO, but the Chevrolet Impala SS 409, introduced in 1962. The GTO, however, started the muscle car revolution upon its launch in 1964. Most muscle cars were simply spiced-up versions of other, more ordinary models. Most muscle cars were mid-sized. The Ford Mustang introduced a more compact-sized type of muscle car called the pony car, or "pocket msucle car."
The muscle car era ended in the 70s due to increased safety standards(goddamned Ralph Nader!), increased emission standards(goddamned EPA!), and the 1973-1974 Middle East oil embargo(goddamned Arabs!). The Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro, and Pontiac Firebird/Trans Am pony cars survived, albeit in a watered-down state.
In the 1980s, muscle cars began making a comeback that continues to this day.
The Pontiac Tempest was an ordinary car, but installing a high-performance engine made it a muscle car.

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