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Muscle Evolution

The history of America's muscle cars.
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Marinda Davis

on 21 November 2016

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Transcript of Muscle Evolution

MUSCLE EVOLUTION
the history of America's muscle cars
How have the Challenger, Camaro, and Mustang changed from the
...until now?
...
Body Style
Engine


early muscle car models have simpler engines
V8
new models have computerized engines and transmissions
computer-controlled fuel injection instead of a carburetor
new models have bigger body size
Horsepower
newest models have more horsepower
way
went from 375 horsepower (1st gen mustang) to 662 hp (5th gen Shelby GT500)


the 70's cars only have around 120 hp
Muscle cars were first invented by moonshine runners in the 1920s during Prohibition.
These moonshine runners modified their cars so they could transport alcohol and outrun the police.
lighter body
bigger, more powerful engine
When Prohibition was over, moonshine runners used their cars for racing.
Mustang Shelby GT500
1969
2011
Curb weight


3850 lbs 3840 lbs
190.6x71.9x51.6 in 188.2x73.9x55.9 in
LengthxWidthxHeight
Chevrolet Camaro
1969
2011
Curb weight
LengthxWidthxHeight
3550 lbs
186.0x74.0x51.1 in
3891 lbs
190.4x75.5x54.2 in
Dodge Challenger
Curb weight

LengthxWidthxHeight
1970
2011
191.0x76.0x50.9 in
3720 lbs
4260 lbs
197.7x75.7x57.1 in
New muscle cars have more safety features
air bags
anti-lock brakes
traction control
seat belts
MPG
newest muscle cars have
better
gas
mileage
14/17
vs
18/25
fuel injection and trans-missions with more gears
How it all started...
THEY'RE ALL AWESOME.
There are debates about which car is better: old school or new school.
It's all based on personal preference.
But either way...
give newer models better mpg
most muscle cars have
Old muscle cars have pushrods to activate the valves.


vs
s

New muscle cars have overhead cams and fuel injection.
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