It's a tie of two cars that, at first glance, shouldn't even be here. Why is it a tie? Well, both the Mercedes and the Audi make gobs of power and are far faster than anything so big has any right to be. Why is something so big and luxurious even on the muscle car list? Time for another history trip.
In the muscle car era, the big engines that went into the midsize cars came out of full-size cars. Those Chrysler 300s and huge-cube Cadillacs were surprisingly powerful. The E 63 S and S8 have some of that big-car mojo. Also, there were wagon versions of some of the popular body styles back in the day, and you can get a wagon version of the Mercedes. A fast wagon, or even a fast full-size, is a surprise to the competition. They're sleepers, which everyone knows is the coolest relative of the muscle car.
Mercedes-Benz AMG E 63 S
Starting price: $108,345
Horsepower: 603 hp
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG E 63 S Review and Pricing
Starting price: $130,495
Horsepower: 563 hp
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The Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is powered by the same engine Dodge puts in the Challenger and Charger: a 707-hp supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi V8. Yes, the Trackhawk is an SUV. But with its low ride height, it's not exactly the most off-roady of the Jeep lineup. I'm going to sneak it onto this list under a new rule I'm making up right now, which is: Anything with a Hellcat engine is a muscle car, but nothing with four doors can be in the Top 3.
Starting price: $88,895
Horsepower: 707 hp
2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk Review and Pricing
The Lexus RC F is the underdog in this kennel. It has the least horsepower on this list with a 5.0-liter V8 making "only" 472 horses. Good grief, what a world we live in where nearly 500 hp isn't brag-worthy! The RC F makes the list anyway because it looks so muscley with two doors, a long hood and rear-wheel drive. If you pay more, you can get a wing, which adds many muscle points. Just ask anyone with a Plymouth Superbird.
Starting price: $65,925
Horsepower: 472 hp
2020 Lexus RC F Review and Pricing