Muscle caur

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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.

Buildin on the American phenomenon an developing simultaneously in their awn markets, muscle caurs also emerged in their awn fashions in Australie, Sooth Africae, the UK, an elsewhere.

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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

However, opinions vary as tae whether haich-performance full-size caurs, compacts, an pony caurs qualify as muscle caurs.