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Let's get the basic rules out of the way. A muscle car has to be a performance 2-door coupe with four seats, rear wheel drive and a V8 engine. This eliminates anything like the Dodge Viper, Corvette and even the Mercedes AMG GT which is Europe's take on the muscle car.

So today, we will be looking at some of the best modern muscles you can buy with your hard earned money. Yes, I will be including both American and non-American cars in this list. Deal with it.

Ford Mustang GT350

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The Mustang has come a long way since it was launched in 1964. Now, you can get two track focused Mustangs in the form of the GT350 and the even more extreme GT350R. We've gone for the GT350 as it's one of the best handling cars on sale in America and also has plenty of power. From its 5.2 litre V8, you'll get 526bhp, 429lb ft of torque and a 0-60mph time of 3.8 seconds. More importantly, it'll run a 1/4 mile in 12 seconds.

The GT350R starts at $58,235 if you can find a new one.

Dodge Challenger Demon

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Image Source: Roadkill.com

If you want the most powerful muscle car on sale, look no further than the Dodge Challenger Demon. The Demon was built to be the fastest road legal drag racer ever. And yes, you can use it on the road. Powered by a 6.2 litre V8, you'll get 840bhp when running on 100 octane fuel, 770lb ft of torque and a 0-60mph time of 2.3 seconds. And given the right track conditions, tire and fuel set up, the Demon will do the 1/4 mile in 9.6 seconds.

It'll start at $86,390 new, but many go for well over $100,000 on the used market. Also, to make a four seater, you'll need to pay an extra $2 for the front and rear passenger seats to make it meet our basic rule of a muscle car being four seater.

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

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Image Source: Chevrolet Pressroom

When it comes to things like the Mustang GT350 and the BMW M4, Chevrolet offer their own rival in the form of the Camaro ZL1. It follows the same principal as the GT350 as in it's a track focused Camaro but it's also rather powerful. The ZL1 comes with a 6.2 litre V8 (again), but comes with 650bhp, 650lb ft of torque and a 0-60mph time of 3.4 seconds. It'll do the 1/4 mile sprint in 11.4 seconds.

Want a new one? Prepare to pay $64,195.

Mercedes C63 S AMG Coupe

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Image Source: Car and Driver

Mercedes-AMG has been building excellent V8 coupes over the past decade or so and they keep getting even better. Now we have the C63 S AMG coupe which is the closest thing to a European muscle car. It comes with a 4.0 litre V8 which is good for 503bhp, 516lb ft of torque and a 0-60mph time of 3.8 seconds. It'll do the 1/4 mile sprint in 12 seconds.

It'll start at $76,495.

Lexus LC500

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Image Source: pressroom.lexus.com

The Lexus LC500 isn't a traditional muscle car as it's more of a GT car. However, it does have a V8, four seats and is rear-wheel drive. Speaking of the V8, it's a 5.0 litre V8 with 470bhp, 398lb ft of torque and a 0-60mph time of 4.6 seconds. It'll do the 1/4 mile sprint in 13 seconds. These numbers are impressive when you think how heavy the actual car is.

It's not cheap. The LC500 starts at $92,200.

Maserati GranTurismo Sport

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Image Source: Maserati

The Maserati GranTurismo used to be a great car when it came out in 2007. 11 years later, it is still on sale, only recently having an extensive update to the interior to keep it 'modern'. We love this car but it's getting really old now. However, it does have a 4.7 litre V8 which is good for 454bhp, 384 lb ft of torque and a 0-60mph time of 4.7 seconds. It'll do the 1/4 mile sprint in 13.3 seconds.

You must be daft if you want a new Maserati GranTurismo when better, faster and more modern options are out there. But, if you want a new one, it'll set you back an eye watering $134,300.

Which one would you have?

I would personally go for the Mustang GT350 as it combines the power of a muscle car and offers the handling of a BMW M4 for much less money. But we want to know what you would have so let us know in the comments section down below.

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