The bygone golden era of muscle cars is a distant memory now. One of those sweet memories that send shivers down our spines and warm our gearhead hearts at the same time. The muscle cars today aren’t nearly as widespread as their distant predecessors, but at least they’re still around. Not only straight line performers nowadays, the majority of contemporary muscle cars have evolved into more than capable sports cars while boasting horsepower ratings greater than ever at the same time. Of all the hallmark muscle brands, however, only a few have remained. A trio of pony cars from the “Big Three” and the Charger sedan. Of course, a few cars that could classify as a muscle car have appeared over the years too, and we’ll take these into consideration as well because – let’s face it – even the newest models that are marketed as muscle cars don’t necessarily fit in the old school definition of muscle vehicles. So, without further ado, here are what we consider to be the best 2020 muscle cars we can expect to see.
06. 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
The long-awaited king Mustang, the Shelby GT500 is set to arrive sometime in 2019 as a 2020-year model. Long has the Blue Oval let their opponent run rampant with the Challenger Hellcat and Camaro ZL1, but enough’s enough. Still part of the sixth-generation lineup due to Ford delaying the next-gen to 2021, the all-new 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 will be a much more contemporary car than its previous iteration which last appeared in 2013. Not only will it be the most powerful production Mustang ever, but one of the most advanced ones as well. That doesn’t just go for the infotainment and other convenience and safety measures, either. It should also sport a highly-advanced suspension like that of its soon-to-be baby brother, the GT350. That means MagneRide dampers which will be put to work together with a strengthened chassis and likely the biggest brakes ever fitted into a Mustang. All this should have a detrimental impact on the GT500’s price tag as well since Ford’s answer to the Hellcat and ZL1 will likely be priced in the same region as its arch rivals.
The biggest hype about the upcoming Mustang GT500 is related to the muscle car’s powertrain. Nothing official has come out of Dearborn yet, but between a twin-turbocharged and supercharged V8, the latter seems more likely. The GT500 will likely sport the GT500’s 5.2L V8, but with a traditional cross-plane crank instead of a flat-plane unit. What the Blue Oval brass did confirm, however, is the engine’s numbers. At least to some extent. We do know it’ll have north of 700 horsepower, but not exactly how much. In any case, that’s enough to know it’ll definitely eclipse the ZL1’s 650 ponies and likely even the Challenger Hellcat’s 717 horsepower. Whether or not that is enough for more than 200 mph remains to be seen. What’s also nice to know is that the GT500 will offer a choice in transmissions. A 6-speed stick will definitely be a welcome option, while most cars will likely be fitted with the new 10-speed automatic. The 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is expected to make its first official appearance in Detroit in early 2019.