The most popular high performance cars on the market today are muscle cars, not sports cars or exotic cars. This is because these high performance cars, from Ford, Dodge and Chevy, cost much less than other types of cars, get better mileage and, according to many people, look much better.
1. Chevy Camaro
The Chevy Camaro has been an American icon since it was first introduced in the mid-1960s. There have been many different models and varieties of the Camaro over the years, from the stock base models to the Super Sport or SS, to the Rallye Sport or RS. For a few years, Chevrolet even produced an extra special edition called the R/SS, which, as the name implies, is a combination of the RS and the SS packages. The Camaro is popular with people that like a powerful engine, quick acceleration and a high top speed, but also like to carry more than two people in the car when the need arises.
2. Chevrolet Corvette
The 'Vette. Everybody's heard about it and most men have wanted one. The original Corvette of the '50s was designed as a sports car, but all of the later versions of it are better known as two-seat muscle cars. Either way, they are the king of American high performance cars. The Corvette was the first American car to be equipped with fuel injection instead of being carbureted. The Corvette has been in continuous production since it first came out, with the same basic body style, making it the longest-running high performance car made in America. With engines running from small eight cylinders up to massive big block engines displacing over 450 cubic inches, the Corvette has always been an adrenaline junkie's dream car.
3. Ford Mustang
The Mustang is the car credited with initiating the "pony car" era of muscle cars. Up until this time, muscle cars were large bodied heavy cars with huge engines. The Mustang, introduced mid-year in 1964, is another muscle car that has been in continuous production ever since it was first introduced at the World's Fair. The current version of the Mustang is popular with people from all walks of life and all age groups.
4. Dodge Charger
The Charger from Dodge is one of the most popular high performance cars of the last couple of years. This is because of the high performance engine and rakish styling of the current edition of the classic Charger. The 368 horsepower and 398 foot pounds of torque from the 5.7 liter Hemi engine gives it a 0 to 60 acceleration time of 5.3 seconds. This two-door high performance muscle car is going to stay popular for many years.
5. Dodge Magnum
The Dodge Magnum is a rare breed, a four-door high performance car. The 425 horsepower and 420 foot pounds of torque produced by the big Hemi engine gives the Magnum very impressive acceleration, especially when you realize that it's a four-door car.
There may be cars that are faster and more powerful than the five listed above, but they aren't as popular as these for various reasons. Whether it's how much the exotic car costs or the looks of the particular imported sports car, there is something about them that makes them less popular than those listed above.