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The auto market can be a crazy place sometimes. Are SUVs and crossovers still dominating? Plug-in hybrid cars and electric vehicles (EVs) are on the rise, and many automakers are making the change. Even Chevrolet, once known for the Chevy Corvette bur most well-known for its pickup trucks, has been introducing EVs for years, starting with the Chevy Bolt EV and most recently, the Chevy Bolt EUV, an SUV version of the electric hatchback. Another automaker known for its muscle cars but in talks of going electric is Dodge, possibly with a resurrection of the Barracuda name with a Dodge Cuda. Before the high-performance vehicles all disappear, there are some you can grab for under $50k.
Chevrolet Camaro LT1
To start us off, it’s the Chevrolet Camaro LT1. Sibling to the Chevy Corvette, the Camaro is a lot like the legendary pony car. One of the many outstanding muscle cars available on the market today, powering the Camaro LT1 is a 6.2-liter V8 engine, optimized with direct injection for the gasoline input. Able to generate 455 horsepower and 455 lb-ft of torque, drivers get to control all of that power with a six-speed manual transmission. Some would call this a real muscle car, but we wouldn’t put it past consumers to opt-in for the available paddle-shift automatic transmission to keep both hands on the wheel when driving this legend. Able to accelerate from 0-60 In 4.0 seconds, that might be a good idea.
Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack Widebody
Did somebody say “legend”? Surely, we can’t talk about some of the greats without discussing the one and only Dodge Challenger. Still going strong in 2021, the Dodge Challenger has a starting MSRP of $28,295 (plus destination fee), but the vehicle we’re talking about is the Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack Widebody, starting at $47,314 (plus destination fee). Dodge really shocked muscle car fans when it took the Widebody package from the SRT Demon in 2018 and started offering it on other trims, and models, in 2019. This package adds some SRT Demon style with 20-inch “Devil’s Rim” aluminum wheels wrapped in (optional) Pirelli P Zero summer tires for extra grip, adds extended fender flares to the body, a blacked-out rear lip spoiler, and a scalloped hood. Powered by the 392 cubic-inch V8 SRT HEMI engine, able to generate 485 horsepower and 475 lb-ft of torque, the last recorded time is 0-60 mph acceleration time of 4.3 seconds and a quarter-mile time of 12.7 seconds.
Dodge Charger Scat Pack
We were also talking about the siblings of the greats, and the Dodge Charger is a perfect fit to end this list. Sibling to the Challenger, actually the older brother of the two, the Dodge Charger also got the Widebody added to its list of options. A great option is the Dodge Charger Scat Pack, starting at $41,920 (plus destination fee). Powered by a 6.4-liter V8 SRT HEMI, it’s the highest a consumer can go before hitting SRT Hellcat territory. Known to accelerate from 0-60 in 4.3 seconds, the Dodge Charger Scat Pack is a testament to the high-performance vehicles in the industry.
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