Muscle cars are the backbone of American car culture, built to tear up the quarter-mile. Even during tough times with oil crises and strict emissions rules that killed horsepower, these beasts always found a way to roar back. Thanks to tech advances, the horsepower wars are on again.

Today, heavy hitters like the Camaro, Challenger, and Mustang are still going toe-to-toe, thrilling fans for over fifteen years. If you’re all about speed and digging into the fastest muscle cars through 2023, you’re in the right place. Here are the top 10 muscle cars that dominate the drag strip.

2017 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat: 11.8 Seconds

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With a beastly 6.2L V8 engine pumping out 707 HP and 650 lb-ft of torque, the 2017 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat is a powerhouse on wheels. Hitting 0-60 mph in just 3.6 seconds, this muscle car doesn’t just move, it roars. Despite tipping the scales at 4,415 lbs, the Hellcat handles like a dream thanks to its slick 8-speed TorqueFlite auto transmission. Debuted in 2015, it didn’t just meet the hype, it blew past it, quickly earning a spot as a collector’s favorite.

2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500: 11.62 Seconds

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The 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is a legend, equipped with a 5.8L V8 that kicks out 662 HP and 631 lb-ft of torque. This car doesn’t just sprint, it flies, clocking 0-60 mph in 3.3 seconds and racing to a top speed of 202 mph. It’s the only one in its class with a 6-speed manual, making it a favorite for die-hard gearheads. This Shelby was a game-changer up until its curtain call in 2014, marking the end of the line for Mustangs with solid rear axles.

2022 Cadillac CT5 V Blackwing: 11.53 Seconds

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With a 6.2L V8 cranking out 668 HP and 659 lb-ft of torque, this Cadillac throws down more power than even the ZL1 Camaro. Blasting from 0-60 mph in just 3.4 seconds, the Blackwing doesn’t just talk the talk. It’s equipped with carbon ceramic brakes and a choice between a 10-speed automatic or a manual transmission, making it a true muscle car that you can actually drive every day without compromise.

2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye: 11.4 Seconds

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Step aside for the 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye, a beast with a 6.2L V8 that serves up a furious 797 HP and 707 lb-ft of torque. Clocking 0-60 mph in 3.4 seconds, the Redeye filled the void left by the 2018 Demon, and though it’s not as wild, it’s still wildly impressive. Available from 2019 to 2023, you could snag one in standard form or opt for the widebody, which sports massive fender flares and wider wheels. It’s a muscle car that flexes hard on and off the track.

2023 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1: 11.3 Seconds

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The 2023 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is a standout with its 6.2L V8 engine pushing out 650 HP and 650 lb-ft of torque. It rockets to 60 mph in just 3.4 seconds and clocks an 11.3-second quarter mile. It’s no wonder the ZL1 is considered the peak of Camaro performance. Offered in both manual and automatic, we’re spotlighting the automatic for its slightly quicker quarter-mile time. From 2019 to 2023, the ZL1 with the 10-speed auto is a consistent chart-topper. Don’t forget the optional 1LE handling package for an even sharper edge.

2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500: 10.7 Seconds

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When Ford brought back the Shelby GT500 in 2020, it wasn’t just a comeback—it was a revolution. This Mustang, the fastest ever, ditches the manual for a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission that’s more typical of high-end sports cars. Under the hood is a 5.2L V8 supercharged engine delivering an earth-shaking 760 HP and 625 lb-ft of torque. With a 0-60 mph sprint of 3.4 seconds, this GT500 isn’t just quick; it’s blistering. Winning the Best Muscle Car of 2021, the GT500 marked a glorious finale for the S550 line, exiting the stage in grand style.

2023 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody Redeye Jailbreak: 10.6 Seconds

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Meet the 2023 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody Redeye Jailbreak, a true beast of the road with a 6.2L V8 engine unleashing 807 HP and 707 lb-ft of torque. I’s lightning fast, accelerating from 0-60 mph in 3.4 seconds. The Charger stands out with its practical four-door setup, making it a more everyday option compared to its two-door cousin, the Challenger. Plus, it has a top speed of 203 mph, making it not only practical but also phenomenally fast.

2023 Dodge Challenger SRT Super Stock: 10.5 Seconds

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The 2023 Dodge Challenger SRT Super Stock is Dodge’s near-final bow in the muscle car saga, and it’s a showstopper. With the same roaring 6.2L V8 as the Charger, this Challenger ramps up to 807 HP and 707 lb-ft of torque. What sets it apart is its blistering quarter-mile dash of 10.5 seconds at 130 mph, proving it’s not just fast—it’s one of the fastest.

2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon: 9.65 Seconds

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Armed with a 6.2L V8, this Dodge Challenger pushes out an astounding 840 HP and 770 lb-ft of torque, shooting from 0-60 mph in just 2.3 seconds. At its debut, it was the fastest production car worldwide in the quarter-mile. This monster was sold primarily as a single-seater, with the option to add a second seat for just a dollar. Designed for drag racing, it features lightweight front wheels and a trans brake for a jaw-dropping lift-off at launch.

2023 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon 170: 8.91 Seconds

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Meet the 2023 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon 170, the finale of the Challenger lineup and a behemoth on the drag strip. This car redefines limits with a 6.2L V8 engine that generates a staggering 1,025 HP, and it catapults from 0-60 mph in a record-breaking 1.66 seconds. The Demon 170 stands alone as the first-ever production car to break into the 8-second bracket in the quarter-mile, surpassing giants like the Bugatti Chiron Sport and Tesla Model S Plaid.

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Author: Abbie Clark

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Expertise: Automotive Industry, Electric Vehicles, DIY Car Repairs

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Abbie Clark is a writer, blog, and founder of RideRambler, Hey She Thrives, and The Bearded Bunch.

From clever car cleaning tricks to the freshest car features and reviews, Abbie loves sharing her knowledge on everything automotive. Outside of her time writing for her websites, you’ll find her fishing with her husband, deciphering her toddler’s babbling, or baking up something sweet.

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