10 European Muscle Cars We’d Drive On The New Challenger Hellcat

The European car industry is not really known for producing muscle cars, but sometimes you see one. During the golden age of the American muscle car, Europe was still recovering from World War II, the Cold War was still raging in the East, and the European auto industry focused on small, inexpensive cars. and effective for the everyday man.

That quickly changed as many companies decided their cars didn’t have to be so bland and started copying fun-loving Americans across the pond. Britain created the British roadster, Germany the ultimate sports car and France the best suspension for the next few decades. What also emerged was the European muscle car, mostly disguised as a grand tourer or sedan. These included the Aston Martin V8 Vantage and Ford of Britain’s attempt to make a Mustang – the Ford Capri.

In more modern times, the Germans took over as producers of the European muscle car with AMG stuffing a V8 into everything it could, leading to some of the greatest cars ever produced. So, without giving too much away, here are 10 European muscle cars we’d rather drive over the new Dodge Challenger Hellcat.

ten Aston Martin V8 Vantage


Aston Martin V8 Vantage
Via Wikimedia

The Aston Martin V8 Vantage was launched in 1977 and was intended as a luxury grand tourer to conquer continents, but for gearheads it can be considered one of the first European muscle cars. The V8 Vantage had a huge V8 under the hood, which started at 5.3 liters but could be upgraded to 6.3 liters, producing over 450 hp.


1977 Aston Martin V8 Vantage back
Via: automotivereviews.com

The V8 Vantage is a fantastic car that was a hit when it was first made, but became even more iconic thanks to the James Bond movies, where it featured as the British secret agent’s spy car in Living daylights. The car also made a reappearance in the latest Bond adventure, no time to die. Because of this impressive history, we would drive the V8 Vantage on a Challenger Hellcat any day.


9 Ford Capri


Blue Ford Capri
Via: Vauxford, Wikimedia Commons – https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0

The Ford Capri was British Ford’s answer to the Mustang, but designed for a more compact country. Accordingly, the Capri was based on the Ford Cortina platform and featured many of the same engines and general parts as the sedan.


1971-Ford-Capri-Perana-V8
through the engine

These parts and engine sharing meant that while the Mustang in the US had a big, beefy V8, the Capri in Britain had a choice of 4-cylinder engines, including a tiny 1.3-litre. Luckily, Ford put the 3.1-litre V6 in there as well, boosting power, but a small racing company in South Africa created the Capri Perana, which contained the Mustang’s Windsor V8. The Perana made the Capri highly desirable and immeasurably cooler than any of its rivals.

Related: 10 Things Everyone Forgot About The Ford Capri Perana

8 Jensen’s Interceptor


1973 Jensen Interceptor Cropped
via mecum.com

The Jensen Interceptor was a British car built in the 1960s and 1970s that became one of the coolest cars of that era. It had the underpinnings of American muscle cars, which included Chrysler V8s up to 7.2 liters.


1973 Jensen Interceptor 2 Cropped
via mecum.com

The Jensen Interceptor was technically a grand tourer as muscle cars weren’t marketed as such in Europe, but it had all the hallmarks. The Jensen has a reputation for being pretty terrible to drive, but luckily many companies have been set up to repair and restore the Interceptor to what it was meant to be, making it one of the most popular European cars. cool – much more interesting than a Challenger Hellcat.


7 Mercedes-Benz AMG ‘Hammer’


1986 V8-powered Mercedes-Benz AMG Hammer
Via: YouTube

The Mercedes-Benz AMG ‘Hammer’ has one of the best names in automotive history, fitting perfectly with its position as a ‘blunt performance instrument’. The AMG Hammer started life as a Mercedes-Benz 300E or 300CE, which Mercedes’ tuning division later took over.


Hammer Mercedes AMG 300E 6.0
Via NetCarShow

The resulting Mercedes-Benz 300CE 6.0 AMG Hammer, simply called the AMG Hammer, produced 381 bhp from its 6.0-litre V8 and had a top speed of around 186 mph. The AMG Hammer was a rough car, which quickly became famous thanks to its slightly sinister look. The AMG Hammer – and AMG in general – helped launch the unofficial segment of German muscle cars, a trend that continues to this day.

Related: Here’s What We Love About The AMG Hammer

6 By Tomaso Longchamp


By Tomaso Longchamp
Via the classic driver

The De Tomaso Longchamp is not a car you often think of. It was built around the same time as the legendary Pantera, but can be considered a more relaxed grand tourer than the mid-engined supercar. The Longchamp shared its platform with the Maserati Kyalami, but where the Kyalami had real Italian V8s, the Longchamp was fitted with the same 5.8-liter Cleveland V8 like the Pantera had.


by-tomaso-longchamp-gts-1978-519475
Via Wikimedia

De Tomaso being an Argentinian-Italian car company, the engines sourced from Ford went to Switzerland to be tuned, ending up at the De Tomaso factory in Modena with 270, 300 or 330 hp – depending on the specification chosen. Sadly, only around 409 Longchamps were produced during the car’s 17-year run, making them quite rare.


5 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG black series


2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe Black Series
Via: NetCarShow.Com

The W204 C-Class was one of the best Mercedes-Benz models of modern times. The best of the best was the C63 AMG Black Series, which was a specially modified C63 AMG Coupe. The Black Series still featured the same naturally aspirated 6.2-liter V8 as the standard C63, but with power and torque boosted to 510 hp and 457 lb-ft.


Large-17337-C63AMGCoupeBlackSeries
source: Mercedes-Benz Newsroom

The Black Series also featured a widebody kit to immediately differentiate it from the standard C63, with an optional carbon fiber rear spoiler, front splitter and additional canards for use of the car on the track. The transmission has also been improved with more precise handling, quicker throttle response and quicker transmission shifts. It’s one of the coolest AMG models in recent history and still arouses interest wherever the car is spotted.


4 Jaguar F-Type R


Jagaur F-Type - Front
Via NetCarShow

The Jaguar F-Type R is undoubtedly a sports car. However, thanks to Jaguar’s more American approach to its construction, the F-Type R can be considered a muscle car. It has a powerful 5.0-litre supercharged V8 in the front, rear-wheel drive via an 8-speed automatic and can be offered as a 2-door coupé – the same formula as a American muscle car.


Jagaur F-Type - Rear
Via NetCarShow

the The F-Type is just prettier than any muscle car, especially since the facelifted version went on sale for the 2021 model year. The F-Type is also available with all-wheel drive and as a roadster, which adds to the appeal and opens the market to more potential customers. The F-Type R also has better build quality than something like the Challenger Hellcat, due to its performance in a more premium segment.

Related: 10 Things We Love About The Jaguar F-Type SVR

3 Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG


Silver Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG
Via Mecum Auctions

The last Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG was one of the best super sedans ever created. It was one of the last cars to feature Mercedes’ supercharged 5.4-litre V8, which had all the problems ironed out, resulting in a really reliable and tunable German V8.


Silver Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG
Via Mecum Auctions

In addition to the incredible engine, the W211 E55 AMG was also one of the most beautiful Mercedes E-Class models in its history. In fact, it still seems relevant today. While the E55 AMG is a sedan, it doesn’t quite follow the classic muscle car ethos, however, it handles easily as one. The E55 AMG is another German brute that can still give modern performance cars a hard time.


2 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG


2010-2015 Mercedes Benz SLS AMG Gullwing,.,
Via: YouTube

Another Mercedes, but slightly different. The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG was the first car solely designed and built by AMG. It used a tuned version of their magnificent naturally aspirated 6.2-litre V8 which, when the car was launched in 2009, was the most powerful naturally aspirated V8 production engine in the world – until the arrival of the Ferrari 458 Speciale. . Thankfully, the SLS Black Series regained that title and retained it until now, as the accolade went to the Chevrolet Corvette C8 Z06.


2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG V8 engine
Via: NetCarShow

The SLS AMG is an amazing car, designed to look like a grand tourer but can easily pass for a very expensive European muscle car with its incredible ability to go everywhere sideways – as Jeremy Clarkson proved on a road trip in the USA. The SLS AMG is then clearly preferable to a Challenger Hellcat.

Related: It’s What Makes The All-Electric Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG E-Drive The Craziest AMG Ever

1 Aston Martin Vantage V600


Ugly 2000 Aston Martin Vantage Le Mans V600
By Facebook

The Aston Martin Vantage V600 is probably the closest European car to being a real muscle car. The Vantage was a continuation of the 1970s original, still fitted with a big V8, and was available as a Volante convertible.


Aston-Martin-V8-Vantage-V600-via-Top-Gear
By Aston Martin

Aston Martin decided to up it to eleven and as a send off to this Vantage model they bolted not one, but two superchargers to the 5.3 liter V8 resulting in 600 hp and 600 lb-ft of torque. The Vantage V600 was only available with a 6-speed manual transmission and could reach an astonishing top speed of nearly 190 mph. It’s definitely a car to drive over the Dodge Challenger Hellcat then – in fact, it’s a car to choose over any other muscle car in history.


1968 Mercury Cougar Coyote V8

5 Inexpensive Classic American Cars That Will Give You Endless Joy (5 You’ll Regret Buying)

Read more


About the Author

Comments are closed.