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I saw threads debating whether or not a 4 door can be considered a muscle car. But what about a V6 powered car? Is 300 hp enough power for a 4 door Charger to be considered a muscle car? Your thoughts appreciated.
 

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Muscle car....
Super car....
Performance car
Pony car....
Each has their own definition... As long as you like it Does it really matter?

68 Pontiac firebird lover at heart (one day) ...14 charger passionate owner


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I used to think putting v6s in muscle cars was just kind of lame and pointless. It's still a muscle car whether it's a mustang v6 or charger v6.... just a slower muscle car. The ecoboost mustang 4 banger is crazy though... so it's starting to change my opinion on if engine size matters so much. I kind of think companies making v6 muscle cars diminish the muscle image of their performance ones though
 

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I saw threads debating whether or not a 4 door can be considered a muscle car. But what about a V6 powered car? Is 300 hp enough power for a 4 door Charger to be considered a muscle car? Your thoughts appreciated.
It can be considered whatever you want it to be. Whether others agree is a different story.

One of the older definitions was "An American made automobile with at least 1 HP for each 15 lbs of body weight". In that case, the 300 HP V6 Charger just makes it.

Other definitions include the number of doors and number of cylinders or change the HP/weight limit.

In the end, it only matters what YOU think it is.

There are no legal definitions of "Muscle Car" nor are there any "Muscle Car Police" to enforce a claim made for any car.

Call it whatever you want. :)
 

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I have a 2013 SE with the V-6, true dual exhausts, CAI, & Diablo 91 tune. While it is fun to drive (and economical too) I wouldn't call it a "Muscle car"...save that designation for the Hemi powered Chargers.
 

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One of the older definitions was "An American made automobile with at least 1 HP for each 15 lbs of body weight". In that case, the 300 HP V6 Charger just makes it.
So I'll toss out the spare and strip down to my skivvies, and off I go!

The 3.6/8spd combination of technology and efficiency while still delivering good performance has its own charms. Not quite muscle but a nice example of American Iron and attitude anyway. Not a "Muscle" car, but a "In Pretty Good Shape" car. :grin2:
 
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I see your V6 Grand National and raise you the GNX V6...


^ Hard to argue that's not a muscle car so I guess V6's count but out of the whole Regal line up (maybe all of GM in '87) it's by far the strongest & fastest where in the case of the Charger the V6 is the base engine with 3 above it so guess you could go either way


You could say that all Chargers are muscle cars.
or only V8 Chargers are muscle cars.
or none are cause they have 4 drs..
 

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I used to think putting v6s in muscle cars was just kind of lame and pointless. It's still a muscle car whether it's a mustang v6 or charger v6.... just a slower muscle car. The ecoboost mustang 4 banger is crazy though... so it's starting to change my opinion on if engine size matters so much. I kind of think companies making v6 muscle cars diminish the muscle image of their performance ones though

That's why the Chevrolet SS, with no V6 trim available, is the most beloved and popular muscle car in America!


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That's why the Chevrolet SS, with no V6 trim available, is the most beloved and popular muscle car in America!


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Bwahahaha! Yeah, an extremely limited production car that has all of the visual appeal of a warm bowl of corn flakes "is the most beloved and popular muscle car in America".


Yeah, riiight. LOL!

 

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I like to think of my Charger R/T as a muscle car. It has the raw power, rear wheel drive, and it looks aggressive. Everybody has a different look on what a muscle car really is but that is my opinion on it.
 
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For me it has to have a v8. When I think of a muscle car, I'm thinking of what was defined by the domestics in the 60's. The number of doors don't matter to me as the sound, power and size. Muscle cars are large, roomy, powerful and have v8s.

What I'd say is happening to the Mustang is more along the lines of transforming it from a muscle car into a sports car. The move to better handling, brakes and a boosted motor seem to be in line with that.

Compare it to the challenger, larger, big motor, better brakes then of old but by no means is it a handling car.

So I think once a manufacture starts focusing on handling, MPG and braking they start moving away from muscle car status.

The question is. 'Is a v6 charger a muscle car?" I would say no. The 5.7, 6.4 and 6.2 are muscle cars, but the v6 is the base car, similar to options of the 60's where it was a regular family sedan unless you got the larger motor.
 

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Depends who's asking. If a car guy took issue with calling my V6 a muscle car, I wouldn't argue. But my wife thinks of it as a muscle car and refers to it as a muscle car when talking to our friends and I happily don't correct her. To average people that would be splitting hairs, and not worth the time to explain. If it has the look and feel of a muscle car, it might as well be one. As for me, I know it's not the most powerful thing on the road but I like having the flavor of a muscle car and personally I like to think of it as one.


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