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
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.
A style of car that became popular in the US, which, while it makes a pretty good growl, manages to produce very little power, despite having 6+ litres of displacement. While they were very quick (and actually rather good looking and stylish in their own way) in the 60s and 70s, modern muscle cars are now left standing by Euro and Japanese cars (such as the supra, skyline, and BMW 3,5,6 series) of much smaller displacement, with more BHP and more BHP/Litre which also offer better fuel economy, better styling, and aerodynamics than their fat, sluggish, ugly, thirsty american counterparts.
The 69 Chevelle SS, 69 mustang, and C2 Corvette stingray are examples of great classic muscle cars, all very cool.

The 2008 Mustang managed to achieve a shocking 210 bhp from a 4.0l engine, America should be ashamed to claim that it is a performance vehicle, the Japanese get nearly 50% more than that from an engine half the size.
by BritMechEng June 22, 2013
Usually American. These big, powerful cars are only given to police detectives from the 1970s and by law, must take turns sideways. Special coating means that despite hitting everything from traffic signs to trash cans in high speed chases, no scrapes or dents ever happen.
Starsky and Hutch, Bullit, The Professionals, Life on Mars Etc. all include muscle cars
by pigeons99 June 25, 2012
An American performance car characterized by huge, powerful engines, poor handling, and rock and roll.
The two most iconic muscle cars: Camaro and Mustang.
Both of them have history stretching back to the sixties. Which of them is better?
The answer: I don't care; Porsche 911 smokes them both to hell anyways.
by cogitator November 29, 2009
A car with a large V8 and steel bumpers made before 1976.

A perfect example is the Falcon GT.
Falcon GT was a Bathurst winner and now the most sought after Aussie Muscle car ever.

They asking price of a XY HO Phase 3 GT equals the the combined value of all T series falcons combined.
FYI a T series is a late model Australian Falcon V8 with a body kit...Not a GT or a muscle car Per Se.
Allan Moffat's Bathurst winning GT muscle car.
by Allan Moffat December 27, 2007
First off
if you say that muscle cars are stupid, slow, crappy, redneck cars, or technologically inferior you are a total jackass and you need to go get into your honda civic with the body kit and the huge fin that makes it look like it can go over 110 and go drive off a cliff. Skylines, NSX's etc are acceptable cars but are still pieces of shit in comparison to most muscle cars. Your car sounds like shit, probably because i can go down and buy a soda bottle that holds more than the entire motor of your "hi performance" car.
A muscle car is a real mans car. in order to better understand this lets go into the definition of "man"
a man is a male human being with balls and a dick.
if you dont have the balls to drive a real car then dont try to soup it up to make you feel like you actually are adequate in bed, you arent
real mens cars are muscle cars (PREFERABLY fords but any american made high horsepower vehicle is elligable.)
if its made in japan
its a piece of shit
and if you dont have respect for americans because our cars "suck" then move to fucking japan, cuz no one wants you here.
You are a ricing little bitch, 1.6 liters??? my soda holds more than that. Hell, i can piss more than that. The 11th commandment is there is no substitute for cubic inches, so go get a clue you little bitches. you show me a japanese car with over 2000 horsepower and then we'll talk. There are several muscle cars that have made that much and even more so go suck a fat one.
YOU ARE BITCHES
by Bro Hater April 10, 2006

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