Among the ranks of Special Edition muscle cars, there are certain models that most people are not familiar with. However, not being in the spotlight does not mean that these cars have flaws in any way. On the contrary, all the cars on this list are excellent driving machines with exceptional capabilities. Originally, manufacturers built powerful cars to whip gear heads with superior straight-line performance.
The traditional V8 power mill rocks, muscle cars come in all shapes, sizes and power. This provides potential buyers with the luxury of going for vehicles that best suit their driving needs. From time to time, manufacturers also create special edition models to meet a specific need. Some of them, such as the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon and the Ford Mustang GT500 Super Snake, are very popular cars. On the other hand, here are 10 cool special edition muscle cars that most people don’t know about.
10 1989 20th Anniversary Pontiac Turbo Trans Am
For several reasons, 1989 was a historic year for Pontiac. It was Trans Am’s twentieth anniversary, and Pontiac presented the world with the fastest, fastest production car in 1989. Based on the GTA, the TTA got a 3.8-liter turbocharged V6 with 250 horsepower and 340 pound-feet of torque.
Zero to 60 mph happened in 4.6 seconds while the quarter mile flashed in 13.4 seconds at 101 mph. Furthermore, it managed to reach a top speed of 162 mph. Most people don’t know that two convertibles left the production line either.
9 1971 Dodge Charger Super B Hemi
From a package on the Coronet from 1968 to 1970, the Super Bee became the lower-priced model in the 1971 Charger’s lineup. Buyers could choose from the many power options that were available. One of the rarest versions was a 7-liter HEMI V8.
The wheels got 425 horsepower and 490 pound-feet of torque from a four-speed manual transmission or a Torqueflite automatic transmission. Dodge has also decorated these special cars with a chrome-wrapped bumper, special paint and badging. With only 22 units out of the line, it easily flies under most radar.
8 1963 Dodge 330 Ramcharger
For American automakers in the 1960s, the only way to stay ahead of the competition was to stuff big V8s into regular cars. Complementing this with a set of wider tires, a stiffer suspension system, and weight-saving measures resulted in cars blowing the doors off the competition.
In 1963, Dodge dropped the 7-liter Power Mill Ramcharger V8 into the humble Dodge 330 to create a street-legal race car. The engine featured twin 4-cylinder carburetors and a compression ratio of 13.5:1. Powered by this powerful engine, the lightweight 1963330 Ramcharger was a champion of the intake segment.
7 2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 Yellow Jacket
Challenger is one of Dodge’s most popular muscle cars. Currently in its third generation, it has produced several special editions over the years. Dressed in an exclusive Stinger Yellow paint, the 2012 SRT8 392’s yellow jacket is one of the lesser-known.
Under the hood, it loaded a 6.4-liter Hemi V8 with 470 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. Dodge gave it a two-mode suspension that uses inputs from a variety of sensors to provide superior vehicle control. For audiophiles, it’s also got an 18-speaker 900-watt Harman Kardon audio system.
6 1970 Chrysler 300 Hearst
In 1970, the Chrysler Corporation teamed up with Hurst Performance to create an impressive but often forgotten muscle car. At 225 inches long, 79 inches wide, and weighing 4,135 pounds, the 300 Hearst was an impressive car. To power this aggressive-looking beast, Chrysler has introduced a Mill 7.2L V8 that is mated to a heavy-duty three-speed automatic transmission.
With 375 horsepower and 480 lb-ft, the 300 Hearst sped to 60 mph in 7.1 seconds to reach a maximum of 140 mph. Moreover, it had more luxury features than the regular muscle cars of the period.
5 1968 Dodge Hearst Hemi Dart
In 1968, Dodge teamed up with Hurst Performance to create the fastest Dodge Dart ever produced. I started with about an 80 Dart GTS stripped out of the radio, heater, air-conditioning, carpeting, almost everything not related to racing.
The result was the Hurst Hemi Dart, a drag muscle car that was barely street legal. Under the hood, it loaded a 7-liter Hemi V8 with 425 horsepower and 490 pound-feet of torque. Weighing in at 3,000 pounds, it can hit 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds and run the quarter mile in about 10 seconds.
4 1969 Dodge Charger 500 Hemi
When the R/T Charger couldn’t beat the Ford Torino Talladega and Mercury Cyclone Spoiler II in 1968, Dodge knew it had to do something fast. Arriving in 1969, the Charger 500 had a flush-mounted front end and flush-mounted rear window that made it aerodynamically superior to the R/T.
The iconic 7-liter HEMI V8 engine under the hood generates 425 horsepower and 490 pound-feet of torque. With that output, the 500 Hemi Charger was able to hit a top speed of 172mph and snag some wins in the process.
3 1967 Ford Mustang Stallion
Upon its arrival in 1964, the Ford Mustang took over the industry Production exceeded one million in two years. In 1967, a Toronto-based dealer created and marketed the extremely rare Mustang Stallion. Ford sold it as a performance car.
Under the hood, I carried a 6.4-liter, 320-horsepower engine as standard power. However, buyers can also choose any of the two optional engines on offer – a 410 hp and 550 hp engine. Also on the list are equipment such as electric disc brakes, power steering, a limited-slip rear axle, and a luxury interior.
2 2002 35th Anniversary Chevrolet Camaro SS
Arriving in the 1967 model year, the Camaro was Chevrolet’s answer to the Ford Mustang. In 2002, Chevy celebrated the Camaro’s 35th anniversary by introducing the 35th Anniversary Limited Edition on the Camaro SS. The red-painted special had a 5.7-liter V8 that produced 345 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque.
It also got a new Auburn rear differential and new SLP Bilstein shocks to make it even more powerful. A 6-speed manual transmission channeled power to the wheels for a speed of 5.2 seconds to 60 mph. On top of that, it ran a quarter mile in just 13.6 flicks.
1 2016 Ford Mustang Warrior Edition
Sixth Generation (2015-2023) The Ford Mustang has a long line of crazy Special Edition cars to its name. One of them is the Warrior Edition that arrived in 2015. Based on the Mustang GT, the 2016 models, all 45 of them, run on a 5-liter supercharged V8 with a six-speed manual transmission.
With 670 horsepower and 545 lb-ft on tap, the Warrior Edition isn’t lazy. On top of that, it handles like a racing car, thanks to the GT Performance Package. It also has navigation, custom Warrior badges, and a 12-speaker Shaker Pro audio system.
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