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The Best Muscle Cars Made Outside the U.S.

While there is no denying that muscle cars originated from the United States, defining a significant portion of American culture, there are many cars that were built by European and Japanese manufacturers that may not fit the exact description for a typical muscle car Ė a high-performance two-door coupe with a big block V8 engine Ė and donít share the same design features, but do have big, powerful engines and are capable of reaching extremely high speeds, which is what muscle cars are all about. Following is a list of some of the best muscle cars that were made outside the U.S.

 Subaru Foriegn Muscle Cars

Subaru Impreza WRX STI

This is definitely one of the most popular Japanese high-performance cars, and can rightfully be called a muscle car, even though itís not produced by an American car maker. It was first introduced in 2007, and it was designed to be a race and rally car. The latest generation WRX STI is equipped with a 2.5-liter BOXER H4 engine, that delivers a whopping 305 horsepower, paired to a six-speed manual transmission, and it comes with an all-wheel-drive system. It can go from 0-60 mph in only 5.1 seconds, and it can achieve a top speed of 160 mph. It has a top-notch suspension, with large anti-roll bars, that make for excellent handling, making it ideal for rally racing.

 German Muscle Car

Mercedes Benz C63 AMG Coupe

When it comes to European cars that have something in common with the classic American muscle cars, the Mercedes Benz C63 AMG must be mentioned. Not only that it packs an immense power under the hood, it also has some design features that are typical of the most popular pony cars made in the U.S. This two-door coupe built by the German luxury car maker is powered by a handcrafted 6.3-liter V8 engine, that provides 451 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque. It's a high-performance car that gets from 0-60 mph in just 3.7 seconds, and comes with a sporty interior, fitted with ergonomic AMG sport seats and aluminum sport pedals. It is often compared to the Cadillac CTS-V Coupe.

 Muscle Cars from Europe

Audi RS5

In addition to Mercedes, there is another German company that makes muscle cars that can compete with the American ones. It's Audi, which has introduced several models that resemble the classic pony cars, and the RS5 is among the best ones they have built so far. The all-wheel-drive RS5 comes with a 4.2-liter V8 engine, paired to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, delivering an amazing 450 horsepower and 316 lb-ft of torque. As far as performance is concerned, the RS5 ranks right up there with the best muscle cars Ė with a 4.4-second 0-60 mph time, and a 178-mph maximum speed, to go with an excellent grip that makes for effortless cornering at extreme speeds, courtesy of the torque-vectoring sport differential. However, it's a bit pricier than the average muscle car made in the U.S., with a $70,900 price tag, but it's well worth the money, as it is a luxury performance car with an interior covered with high-quality materials and a high-end infotainment system, as an added bonus, on top of the high-revving engine.


List made by Jordan Perch, automotive fanatic and regular contributor at,

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