10 Muscle Cars We Hope Will Be Available As EVs In The Future – HotCars

Seeing as the future of the car is electric, we would love to see carmakers bring back these iconic models as EVs.
When Ford introduced the Mach-E in 2019, the motoring world was shaken to the core. On one hand, many gearheads were excited to see an iconic nameplate like the Mustang adopting an electric drivetrain. On the other hand, many gearheads were mad at Ford for 'ruining' one of the greatest pony cars of all time by replacing its mighty V8 with a boring electric motor, not to mention turning it into an SUV in the process.
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Now that gearheads have seen how good the electric Mustang is, the industry is waking up to the fact that muscle cars of the future may be electric. Dodge has already announced that it's working on an electric muscle car as well, and if the trend continues, some of the most popular muscle car nameplates could soon be coming back as EVs. So let's explore ten muscle cars that we wish will be available as EVs soon.
Let's start the list with one of the greatest AMC cars ever built — the AMX. Introduced in the '60s, the AMX is a two-seater GT-style pony car that proved that AMC could compete in the performance car market and win against more expensive cars from Ford and Dodge.
The AMX offered top-class performance at an affordable price, as it came equipped with a 6.4-liter V8 with plenty of horses to play around with. Unfortunately, the AMX was competing directly against the iconic Corvette, and despite being more than $1,000 cheaper, it failed miserably.
Pontiac produced many iconic cars before its discontinuation a decade ago, but none of them are as revered as the legendary GTO. Introduced in 1964, the GTO was among the first muscle cars ever, and it quickly set the standards of what a proper muscle car should look and perform. The GTO was first offered as an optional package on the Le Mans, but a huge demand forced Pontiac to make it a separate model.
The best GTO models were produced between 1964 and 1971, each coming with a fantastic design, excellent driving dynamics, and various V8 engine options producing up to 348 hp. ​​​​​​​
When Chrysler learned that Ford was planning to introduce a new V8-powered compact car in 1964 — the Mustang — it immediately asked its subsidiary Plymouth to develop a similar vehicle based on the Valiant. The result was the Barracuda, which Plymouth unveiled in 1964. ​​​​​​​
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The Barracuda was a two-door fastback with a superb design, a great driving feel, and a range of six-cylinder engines. However, it was too underpowered compared to the top muscle cars of the day, so Plymouth introduced the most powerful version ever — the Hemi Cuda. This awesome car had Chrysler's trusted Hemi V8 under the hood with 425 hp on tap, making it super quick. ​​​​​​​
Oldsmobile is a defunct GM subsidiary best-known for making some of the most luxurious classic cars. However, the demand for muscle cars grew so much in the '60s that Oldsmobile was left with no other choice but to build one. The result was the 442, which was initially an optional package for the Cutlass.​​​​​​​
The 442 was intended to be one of the fastest muscle cars of the '60s, which is why Oldsmobile equipped it with an L69 V8 engine producing 360 hp and 440 lb-ft of torque. It also featured upgrades like heavy-duty brakes, bucket seats, wider tires, a limited-slip differential, and air conditioning.​​​​​​​
Buick is not a manufacturer anyone would expect to find on muscle car lists, as it typically produces boring sedans and family cars. However, in the late '80s, Buick built a muscle car for the ages — the venerable GNX. The GNX was developed at a time when manufacturers were still struggling to meet new emission requirements, so Buick collaborated with McLaren to make the GNX's engine as powerful as possible without breaking the new rules.​​​​​​​
McLaren upgraded the car's 3.8-liter V8 and equipped it with a turbocharger, resulting in an output of 300 hp. The GNX could go from 0-60 mph in 4.6 seconds, beating some of the fastest sports cars of the '80s.​​​​​​​
The first-generation Charger is loved across the globe, but it was somewhat of a failure for Chrysler as it never won any racing championships. Determined to change that, Chrysler and Dodge went to work and turned the 1969 Charger into a formidable racing machine dubbed the Daytona. The Charger Daytona turned out to be a huge success, as it won 45 out of the 59 races it participated in.​​​​​​​
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The Charger Daytona was clearly built to race. It had a low-slung aerodynamic body with a massive rear wing and was powered by a 7.0-liter HEMI V8 cranking out 425 hp and 490 lb-ft of torque. Dodge built only 503 Charger Daytonas, making them incredibly rare collector items.​​​​​​​
Looking at the Plymouth Superbird, it's easy to see its similarities with the Dodge Charger Daytona. Well, that's because Plymouth incorporated many engineering modifications garnered from the Dodge Charger Daytona.​​​​​​​
Like its sister company had done a year before, Plymouth wanted to dominate the NASCAR racing scene. So they took a Road Runner, modified its body into an aerodynamic shape, added a huge rear wing, and equipped it with a 426 Hemi V8 generating 425 hp and 480 lb-ft of torque. Due to changes to homologation requirements, Plymouth produced 1,935 Superbirds. ​​​​​​​
Chevrolet's first crack at the muscle car market came in 1964 when it introduced the Chevelle Super Sport. Early in its life, the Chevelle SS was significantly out-gunned by competitors like the Pontiac GTO, but it wasn't long before Chevrolet turned up the wick. ​​​​​​​
By the late '60s, the Chevelle SS had gained a monstrous 7.5-liter big-block V8 blurting out 450 hp and 500 pound-feet of torque. With a 0-60 of just over 5 seconds, the Chevelle SS was one of the fastest accelerating cars of the day and is hugely collectible today. ​​​​​​​
Developed to be the Ford Mustang killer, the Firebird is an awesome muscle car introduced in 1967. The Firebird is loved for its exquisite coke bottle shape similar to the Camaro and the GTO-inspired rear 'slit' taillights, not to mention its powerful engines. ​​​​​​​
The Firebird had several V8 and V6 engine options, with up to 345 hp. Those who needed more power could get the special Trans Am version, which had a massive 500-hp V8 under the hood. Pontiac's plan worked, as the Trans Am could take on any muscle car in the drag strip. ​​​​​​​
Ford established Mercury in 1938 to serve as its luxury division, and by the '60s, Mercury was one of the most popular automakers in the US. In 1967, Mercury went to work and developed a more luxurious sibling to the popular Mustang — the Cougar. ​​​​​​​
The Cougar used a stretched Mustang platform and only came with V8 engines. The most powerful Cougar was the 1968 GT-E, which was powered by a 7.0-liter big-block V8 with 390 hp on tap.
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