What You Should Look For in a Perfect Muscle Car Engine














Name: 1969 Chevy Camaro Z28

Year Produced: 1968-1969

Number Built: 20,302

Class: Muscle Car

Body Type: 2 door coupe

Engine: ohv V-8 engine

Power: 290 hp

RPM: 5,800

0-60mph/quarter mile: 7.4 seconds/15.12 seconds at 94.8 mph

Top Speed: 134 mph

Transmission: 4-speed manual

Length/width/height: 186 in/74 in/51.1 in

Wheelbase: 108.1 in.

Base Price: US$3,185

Muscle cars are known as beasts on the road in terms of their size and heaviness. When you are buying a muscle car, the first thing you look at is its engine. Behind every great muscle car is a bad ass engine that will enable it to accelerate at very high speeds. How do you determine if an engine will bring your car to greater heights or not? Here’s a little mnemonic for you: A great muscle car engine should Sound E.P.IC.

Sound, Efficiency (in Fuel Usage) Power and Installation Cost.


Your car is a phony if it does not produce the deep, rumbling sound a classic muscle car is expected to make. This sound makes the car’s presence and speed known among its class. Just to be clear, it shouldn’t be too loud to cause noise pollution. It should be orderly, perfectly synced and timed.

When idle, the sound emitted should be systematic and doesn’t skip. Noises that sound like clinking or knocking could be a sign of a big problem that should be resolved immediately. Sputtering or gasping sounds may be due to a leak in the exhaust system.

Efficiency In Fuel Usage

Efficiency in fuel usage and muscle cars are two concepts that are not usually associated with each other. However, there are cars that use small V8 engines that despite the smaller horsepower and torque, they still perform very well and is enjoyable to drive. The Ford Mustang is one of the most popular small engine muscle cars. The engine may produce up to 300 hp and a high amount of torque. While the engine produces a lot of power, it also helps achieve up to 20 MPG on the highway.

Some engines are low in fuel efficiency. The Chevrolet 350 provides more than 500 horsepower but comes with additional costs. This engine can only get you between 10 to 17 miles per gallon. The Dodge Magnum 440 and Dodge Hemi are two other very popular engines found in many Chrysler muscle cars. These engines create power up to 500 horsepower. However, don’t expect to get more than 10 or 12 miles per gallon.


There is a wide variety of engines that can give your muscle a great boost of power.

The Hemi engine is a series of different V8 engines. It has eight separate valves for internal combustion. They have huge capacities that exceed five litres. Its hemispherical shape allows repositioning of the valves in the engine chamber to allow more space. This makes it more powerful than its non-hemi counterparts.

The Rocket Engine was said to be responsible for initiating the popularity of muscle cars. They display V8 capabilities and humongous chambers. This engine produces well over 150 horsepower, considered to be very high during their prime.

There are also separate, non-manufacturer made engines called crate engines. They are the most popular choice of engines nowadays. They are usually much more powerful than the standard vehicle. However, these engines are expensive, not to mention some of them are very dangerous and illegal for use on the road.

A High Performance Pontiac Crate Engine

Installation Costs

You also need to consider installation costs. It could be more costly to remove the old engine and install the new one based on the built and model of the vehicle. Some installations are more complicated than others, making it more laborious and expensive.


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  1. Jamie Jamie November 5, 2015

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