I understand the notion of the muscle car definition and, I suppose, you could add a Lexus V8/Soarer and that kind of car to the mix. Personally, yes, they are muscle cars BUT their modern quad cam super efficient V8 lumps just don't carry that low down burble that goes through your bones as you stand next to it in a way that a stateside old lump of V8 does.
I find myself driving mine very conservatively, just having my foot on the loud pedal at a point where the engine 'lop, lops' along. People turn to hear before they get to see what is making the noise.
God knows why I didn't go Stateside for my car kicks LONG ago....
That ticks more boxes than the blue one, but I still think it's a no from me. It looks like a full size body, which I think is too big. That is a very powerful luxury car, something that Elmer's son would build when he was old enough to get the car, when his dad moved to a Buick.
There are a lot of cars in this thread that sooooooooo aren't muscle cars Not that I ever mind looking at photos of groovy Yankee iron, but boat-tailed Rivvy? Was that a Toronado? T-Birds? Nope. Nope nope nope. Cool though
Very few cars, ever, have looked better than the rear view of a '68 Charger. It's just a fact
although for me, there's just something about that insouciant, cheeky little nonchalant apostrophe that makes me go weak at the knees;
Pretty much agree with everything that luckyseven said there.
You could make a very good case for saying the American car design peaked with the '68-9 Charger, and to a lesser degree the 70 model (though I always felt the front end on the '70 was a bit unnecessary) There were some Highlight and good looking cars after that date but in general it's been a downward trajectory to mediocrity.
And a '70 for comparison.
And just for interest's sake this is what had become of the name by 1975. (not a muscle car in any way- for further evidence look at what happened to the Mercury cougar from 69 to the late 70s )