Cars that were once praised for their amazing performance specifications are now antiques to be admired by people who long for the good old days. Because the truth is, by modern standards, there are not many powerful cars that we can call fast.
There’s nothing quite like the old car that inspired us to hit the road. Some of those beauties make a statement wherever you drive. They look aggressive and convey a sense of rumble. Unfortunately, most of them end up very slowly.
They could not adapt to the changing market. Acceleration is not a strong aspect of these cars. Here are 15 really slow muscle cars that we don’t want to be attached to.
15th 1970 Triumph Stag V8
By the 1970s, the Triumph had gained a reputation for manufacturing massive four-cylinder cars that leaked water and oil on the driveways. The 1970 Triumph Stag V8 is known to have the worst engine the company has ever made. Keep falling. The car can crawl from 0 to 60 in 11.5 seconds.
14 1976 Cadillac El Dorado
The 1976 Cadillac El Dorado may be known for its unusual six-person seating, but certainly not for its performance specs. This is a 5,000 pound car with an 8.2 liter V8 engine that can produce just 195 horsepower. The 1976 Cadillac El Dorado accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 13.5 seconds.
13 1974 AMC Javelin AMX
1974 AMC Javelin AMX is a great muscle car to show off and take pictures with. It looks so aggressive and seductive that you may almost forget how slow it is. The car has a V8 engine that generates 150 horsepower and accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 9 seconds.
12 1974 AMC Matador X
The AMC Matador X 1974 is a two-door coupe-style passenger car. The 5.9L naturally aspirated engine provides power to the rear wheels. The car may look attractive and evoke feelings of nostalgia, but it certainly isn’t powerful. It takes 8.9 seconds to reach 60 mph.
11 1979 Dodge Magnum
The 1979 Dodge Magnum was only two years old, probably due to the late interest in slower muscle cars. The standard version came with a 318 cubic inch 2-barrel V8 Lean Burn that made 135 horsepower and was mated to a three-speed transmission. The car can go from 0 to 60 in 13 mediocre seconds.
10 1975 Buick Gran Sport
The Buick Gran Sport 1975 was the muscle car version of the Buick Century. The car may look cool and fast, but don’t let its looks fool you. With a 350 V8 engine under the hood, the car distributed 175 hp. The Gran Sport’s engine can hit 60 mph in 10.6 seconds.
9 1974 Pontiac GTO
The 1974 Pontiac GTO featured a Pontiac L76 350 cubic inch V8 engine paired with a 4-speed manual transmission. This was the first year that no other engine options were offered. This did not work as it should. The car can accelerate from 0 to 60 in 7.7 seconds.
8 1979 Oldsmobile 442
The 1979 Oldsmobile 442 got a 110-hp 260-barrel V8 that could be paired with either a five-speed or an optional 350-speed turbo. Unfortunately, this was the only engine with which the car could be ordered. Contrary to being a good car, it needs 9 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 60.
7 1978 Ford Mustang II King Cobra
The King Cobra package was offered only for the V8 Mustang. It brought several new features, including a reverse hood scoop, and a large front air dam. Unfortunately, it didn’t do much in terms of performance. That’s why it can go from 0 to 60 in a boring 9.3 seconds.
6 1977 Dodge Charger Daytona
The Daytona package for the 1977 Dodge Charger was all apparent and no go, though a 190-hp and 400-hp V8 was available. When you look at the car, you’d expect to see much better numbers at 135 hp and acceleration from 0 to 60 in 13.5 seconds. Essentially, the Chrysler Cordoba was a new badge.
5 1970 Ford Torino GT
The 1970 Ford Torino GT had two good engine choices: a 250 hp 2-barrel 351 and a 300 hp 4-cylinder 351. However, you have a sloppy 220 hp 302 as standard. No wonder the car couldn’t live up to expectations. It needed over 10 seconds to go from 0 to 60 mph.
4 1970 Chevelle SS 398
The 1970 Chevelle SS 398 was meant to be the ultimate powerful car. When you look at its sleek lines, masculine parts and aerodynamic shape, you can’t help but wonder how fast the car can get. However, it can only crawl from 0 to 60 mph in 11.7 seconds.
3 1972 chevy camaro
In 1972, Chevrolet continued to redesign the Camaro but due to the strike, no cars left the factory. Unfortunately, this was the only plant that produced the vital parts. When the strike ended, the completed cars were partially canceled because modifying them was not an option. This is why the car can only do 0-60 in 9.7 seconds.
2 1986 Chevrolet El Camino SS
Judging by the design, you can think that the car is fast and powerful. The 1986 Chevrolet El Camino SS got the 4.3-liter V8 engine from the previous generation Camino. The car remained almost unchanged, which means that it fell out of the competition. The engine could only generate 150 hp. Not surprisingly, production ended in 1987.
1 1983 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS
The 1983 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS got a 3.8-liter V6 engine with 110 horsepower. Two options are available: a 150 hp 5.0 liter V8 and a 5.7 liter V8 with 105 hp. Neither motor has proven its popularity. The car can reach a top speed of 117 mph and reach 60 mph in 8.8 seconds.
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