Recently, MSN Auto writer Perry Stern wrote an interesting article on the 10 Most Popular Sports Cars, which caught my eye because I’ve been thinking about muscle cars ever since reading about the new 2010 Chevy Camaro over at Jalopnik (lots of awesome pictures and all the specs you’ll need!) and while there were some awesome sports cars to make Stern’s list, I was surprised to see a few muscle cars in the fold, like the Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger R/T. As a personal opinion, I think there’s quite a difference between a sports car and a muscle car, so I was surprised to see what did and didn’t make his list.
According to Stern (and based on readership at MSN Auto), the Ford Mustang ranks as one of America’s most beloved sports cars; it’s a popular car for sure and in the grand scheme of things, it’s certainly affordable – but is it a sports car or a muscle car – or both?
Also on the list is the always popular Chevy Corvette, not surprising since the Corvette has always been an exciting American icon and at 26 mpg on the highway, things can only get better from here. To me, the Corvette is truly a sports car due to its’ sleek styling, agility and unquestionable ability to handle the road at high speeds.
The Dodge Challenger R/T has made the list and yet, I can’t seem to warm up to it; perhaps because to me, the Challenger is simply a muscle car and not anything like a sports car at all. Most of you know I’m an old school girl at heart and love the muscle cars of years past, but the design of this new Challenger leaves me wanting something more in the styling department and yet, I can’t quite put my finger on what that something more is. Stern describes the Challenger R/T has having retro styling so you’d think I’d take to the Challenger like a horse takes to water, but something seems amiss. The Dodge Charger once again what I would consider a muscle car – didn’t make Stern’s list, but I do prefer it over the Challenger.
Also on Perry’s list are the Lamborghini Murcielago LP640, Mazda MX-5, the Nissan 350Z, Porsche 911, Mitsubishi Eclipse, Saturn Sky and the BMW M3 and while I agree with some of his sports car picks, like the Porsche 911, Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 and Nissan 350Z, I think a sports car should handle well, hug the road at high speeds and of course, be fun to drive, so there were a few I was surprised didn’t make the cut, like the Cadillac XLR, Chrysler Crossfire, Dodge Viper, Honda S2000, Ferrari F430 Spider and Ferrari 430 Scuderia.
Tell me what you think – can a muscle car also be a sports car? Can a sports car also be a muscle car?