Muscle caur is a term uised tae refer tae a variety o heich performance automobiles. The term refers tae American 2-door rear wheel drive mid-size caurs equipped wi lairge, pouerful, V8s, an sold at an affordable price for street uise an drag racin, formally an informally.
As such, they ar distinct frae twa-seat sports caurs an expensive 2+2 GTs intended for haich-speed tourin an road racin, although in mony examples the road holdin wis substantially upgraded ower the model frae which it wis derived. These upgrades were eften a key sellin pynt, an a common misconception is that cornerin prowess wis dismissed in the development o muscle caurs.
Accordin tae the Juin 1967 issue o Road Test magazine, a "muscle caur" is "Exactly what the name implies. It is a product o the American car industry adhering to the hot rodder's philosophy o taking a small car and putting a BIG engine in it [...] The Muscle Car is Charles Atlas kicking sand in the face o the 98 hp (73 kw) weakling." Author o the beuk Muscle Cars the quote is drawn frae, Peter Henshaw, furthers that the muscle caur wis designed for straight-line speed, an did nae hae the "sophisticated chassis", "ingineering integrity" or "lithe appearance" o European high-performance caurs