Welcome to the post you've all been waiting for! Three weeks ago, I announced the criteria for this challenge: muscle cars. And now I have 15 entries, each putting their own spin on the criteria, ready to be judged and ranked.
But before we get started, let's talk about how this post will be organized, because it's going to be a LONG one, and a couple of things have been tweaked from the last round.
We'll start by introducing all 15 burly beasts, but rather than me tying out a short blurb about each one, the car's creator has conjured up something like an advertisement. They each give basic details about the car, and have their own unique tone and voice... plus, it means I no longer have to write 15 different summaries on 15 different cars. Makes my life worlds easier. Though, I may still add a detail or two if need be.
Then, I'll explain how the points system works, before ranking the cars in 10 different categories. Those categories are as follows:
- Fuel Economy
- 0-60 Times
- Power to Weight Ratio
- Visual Aesthetics Poll (as voted by Oppo)
The attentive participant will notice one of two things: first of all, I decided to keep Fuel Economy in simply because it gave people with decent gas mileage a step up, and balance out the power-hungry loonies with the more conservative designs. I say decent, however, since only one person managed to crack 10.
I also opted to add the Power to Weight Ratio section because I was curious, and the results were interesting. You'd think the better the 0-60 time, the better the power to ratio would be... but you'd be wrong...
And then, after all the results are in and points are scored, I'll go through the rankings, say thank you to every participant, and announce our winner. Excited? Hopefully so, because I certainly am!
So, after a plethora of photographs, monumental amounts of math, and my delicious egg and bacon breakfast, may I present to you the 15 competitors (in no particular order).
The 1970 Lansing Gazelle 342 Presented by @Essextee
Who says high performance can't be refined? We took the high-prestige Gazelle you know and love and fitted it with our NEW Powercam 342 V8. That number is both the displacement and the power output! The PowerCam's patented Overhead Cam Advantage means you can keep revving long after the competition has floated their valves, and standard radial tires and Auto-Lok (TM) rear end help you put that 358lb-ft of torque down. All this can be yours for a price that will leave your neighbor wondering you got that big promotion.
The 1965 Pacific Vortex Sport 444 Presented by @CivicWagonEngineer
The 1965 Vortex Sport 444 with premium interior and sporting exceptional exterior styling. With Pacific's own XL 444 V8 engine producing a class-leading 358 horsepower paired to our ultra-smooth 4-speed manual transmission, and double-wishbone front suspension makes driving the Vortex a breeze. Pacific Vortex: Perfect for date night...and the drag strip.
The 1969 TSV Stryker 336 GT Presented by @t0ast
Introducing the brand-new 1969 TSV Stryker - An action car for action people! It may look small, but it’s big where it counts: The top-of-the-line 336 GT version features our Little Giant V8 (336 CID, 348hp/352lb-ft), SuperShift 4-speed transmission, the latest aerodynamic technology, a luxurious interior with a premium sound system, and striking paint colors like “Electric Green” as shown here with optional racing stripes. It’s ready to hit the road, or the track! Stop by your local TSV dealer today and get started on your own Stryker adventure!
The 1970 Tigre B 4.4 HO Presented by @Longtime-Lurker
New for 1970 The SK Motors Tigre featuring the revised 4.4 HO B-block V8 that makes a punchy 257 horsepower. This lightweight 2+2 muscle car weighs in at just over 3000lbs, and will be the center of attention on the street and on the track.
The 1970 Oppocar Wombat 628 Presented by @MM54
Introducing the new Oppocar Wombat 628! The latest addition to the top of the Wombat line of midsize cars, this machine comes with the largest and most powerful engine we've ever put into production - a 628 cubic inch V8, with enough power to make you the undisputed king of the street. A four-speed floor shift transmission is standard, along with a limited-slip rear axle, and the widest tires we could find to get that pavement-tearing ferocity to the ground. Inside, you'll find the comfort you know from the rest of our lineup - with seating for five, and the safety you deserve - seat belts for all passengers, a padded dashboard, and a collapsible steering column. But you'll forget all about that - and all the other cars on the street - every time you put your foot down.
The 1970 Ascender Jupiter Presented by @Zenith2455
The 1969 Ascender Jupiter, Ascender's first attempt at a faster more muscle car. The Jupiter is a 4 door 6 seater easily capable of 210kph/130mph+. Powering the Jupiter to such blistering speeds is an, made inhouse and very unique, 5238cc/320ci V6 making 231hp at redline (which is at 3800rpm) and 326lb-ft of torque at 2700rpm. With the 6 seats and a good size trunk, and a reasonable price tag, it's a practical muscle car that the whole family can enjoy. Come and pick yours up today. (Editor's note: also comes standard with light-up door handles, which can be used in place of faulty side blinkers).
The 1970 Vulcan Motors Banshee Presented by @Snuze
Nice boys don't play rock 'n roll. They don't stay out late. And they definitely don't drive fast cars. In other words, they don't have any fun. But the 1970 Vulkan Banshee offers fun in spades thanks to its patented Thunder Power V8 engine. With two 4 barrel carburetors feeding the narrow 60-degree cylinder banks, and overhead camshafts providing rock-solid valvetrain stability, it pumps out an impressive 352 HP at a screaming 5,700 RPMs. Couple that with a close-ratio 4-speed manual transmission and 3.48 rear and you have the recipe for a zero to sixty in a blistering 5.8 seconds. The Banshee also features 4 wheel disc brakes, radial tires, and an AM radio to play that rock 'n roll loud. So go ahead, show everybody that you're not a nice boy.
The 1965 Cocher El Quemador Presented by @awa54
The Cocher (pronounced "koshay", though some still erroneously believe it to be "Kosher") El Quemador is a flaming hot drag car, even "box stock"! Tuned to deliver the exhilarating performance you've come to expect from the Cocher Cars Competition Program. As with previous CCCP tuned vehicles, engine parts have been reinforced, intake and exhaust systems optimized and chassis dynamics are tuned for the track. Heck, you could probably paint a number on the side and start winning races tomorrow!*
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The 1970 Sunsatar Spectre Presented by @CB
Sunstar, the Glorious Republic of Squandish's sovereign car brand, has heard your cries for fancy American muscle and have built the 1970 Spectre! A large engine and four-speed manual transmission connect you to the road, while the bench seats allow for you and five comrades to go and count trees together. Unlike spiteful America, we are more than glad to export this car through our compatriot K-Mart and their catalog. Buy today and be the talk of the block! But not too much talk. That will get you sent to the beet fields.
The 1969 Inmahday Grandpaa Presented by @CarsOfFortLangley
This.... is the 1969 Inmahday Grandpaa. The last year for this generation which debuted in 1965, Inmahday saved the best for last. Relive the glory of the 60’s as we enter the 70’s in this classic two-door liftback muscle car with sports car influences. The Grandpaa gets 295hp and 310lb feet of torque from its 5.0L Boomer SuperDeluxe V8 engine mated to a five-speed manual transmission. Keeping that power in check is the race-tuned suspension, sport tires, and large vented disc brakes on all four corners. The Grandpaa’s last production year brings a number of special additions, including an upgraded AM/FM radio and special copper paint with a black stripe that enhances the lines of the car.
The 1966 Beckerman Hauler Presented by @Jawzx2
What do you get when you combine a traditional large family sedan with plenty of room in the back seat and trunk with the most modern metallurgy and engine technology available in America? The 1966 Beckerman Hauler. The Hauler is the no-compromises family car you've been searching for. Comfortable accommodations for 5 (or more!) people and a trunk large enough to swallow those passengers' luggage for a week long road trip, powered by a surprisingly efficient and brutally powerful 6-liter flat-plane-crank Ve ate-8 V8 engine. The Beckerman Hauler is sure to let your neighbors in the suburbs know you're a man of taste every morning as you leave for work. And when it's time to take the family on a trip to see the Grand Canyon the Hauler will eat up the miles at rates considered highly illegal in all 50 states of this Great Country, effortlessly. The Beckerman Hauler: Compromise is for the weak.
The 1969 Leopard Coupe Presented by @CaptDale-is-secretly-British
Do you ever feel the need to overcompensate? Do you feel lacking in certain departments, whether socially or…. Physically? Well, we have the car for you! The all-new 1969 Leopard Coupe will tell everyone you are simultaneously more wealthy than them and better in bed than them without you actually being so. Leopard is the world’s leading aphrodisiac and with its rigid shape, everyone will know how big a … connoisseur of fine automobiles you are today. So stop by in your local Leopard dealership and see how you measure up, we WILL have the right car for you.
The 1970 Luxo Barge MKIV Presented by @kgman
The all-new 1970 Luxo Barge MKIV caters to the needs of the enthusiast who is ready for the best of the best. With state-of-the-art front disk brakes, 2 sporty doors, a fuel-sipping 4 barrel carburetor, and 5 seats so that the family can enjoy the fun too, the Barge MKIV will let you have your cake and eat it too. With a 7.5 liter V8 and a responsive 4-speed manual, you can be sure that you'll get to where you are going faster than the next guy. (Editors note: This thing is fricking huge)
The 1970 Madillac Mharger Presented by @ItalianJobR53
410 hp @ 4400 RPM, 505 lbft @ 4200 RPM from a 500ci (8.2L) cast iron V8!
Its got Aluminum heads, forged internals AND front disc brakes which are essential to stop this 140+ mph muscle car. Heavy-duty brake pads ensure no brake fade and sport tires help to keep this brute on the road! (Editor's note: this is the most powerful car on the grid, and the only one to crack 400hp. Impressive, to say the least).
The 1970 XMA 380 Presented by @save_the_milanos
For 1970 Car Makers of America (CMA) present their greatest motoring achievement yet, the 1970 XMA, or eXtreme Metaphor for America. This monstrously overpowered and wasteful pile of pure awesome is powered by an all-aluminum 8-liter V8 engine making nearly 400 horsepower, and enough torque to start the earth’s rotation! Because a car like this can only exist in the good old USA, the XMA only comes in a red, white, and blue paint job. With a 0-60 time only limited by the traction of the 275mm wide rear tires, and a top speed limited by your nerves, no one messes with the XMA! Designed only for Speed, Power, and Pleasure, the XMA has the minimum federal safety equipment and only comes as a two-seat coupe. But the XMA is more than just a straight-line performer, its 4 wheel disk brakes, independent front suspension, and a semi-trailing arm rear make for a car that’s just as fast in the twisties as on the drag strip. Are you American enough for the XMA? Stop by your local CMA dealer to find out!
And there they are! All 15 of our wonderful cars, some from the states, and some from abroad (surprisingly). Now, let's get into the nitty-gritty math!
As previously mentioned, there are 10 categories, and points will be awarded depending on where someone places in that particular category. For now, let's just say that category is Drivability.
- 1st place will receive 100 points
- 2nd place will receive 80 points
- 3rd place will receive 65 points
- 4th place will receive 55 points
- 5th place will receive 50 points
- points continue to decrease by increments of 5
- 13th place will receive 10 points
- 14th place will receive 5 points
- 15th place will receive 0 points (tough luck)
But there's one other factor to consider... me.
Feast your faces on the 1970 Angler Queens presented by yours truly. Powered by one of two V6s in the lineup, yet still manages to churn out 372 horsepower and 414lb/ft of torque. Since I knew what this challenge was going to be before you all did, and I can see all your stats the moment you submit your car, it'd be wildly unfair for me to participate. But, naturally, I still wanted to make a car and judge it, to see where it stacks up against all of you.
In short: anyone who can Beat the Queens in a certain stat will receive +5 bonus points. Consider it a reward for beating me at my own game.
Right! I think that covers all the formalities and introductions. Now it's time to show off each cars stats, award points, and reveal the top three cars in each different category, starting with:
No matter what kind of car it is, being able to drive it without breaking your back is important. Muscle cars, even with their hardcore appeal, are no exception to the rule. Though, none of these cars are going to handle like a feather even on their best days.
Coming in third place with a score of 33.9 is the XMA 380, followed by a tie for second: The TSV Stryker and the Vulcan Motors Banshee, each with a 34.5 score. But the Cocher El Quemador ends up most drivable of this undrivable bunch, with a 35.6 Drivability score! Well done!
Final Drivability Scores (provided by Google Sheets since I don't feel like copying and pasting every single number):
Now we're getting into the true bread and butter of the muscle car. However, the Sportiness statistic is determined by a ton of things, including the suspension tuning... but the real sportiness killer is wheelspin, making cars uncontrollable. The top three managed to keep their power in check, keeping their cars immensely fun while staying somewhat controlled.
In third place is the TSV Stryker with a Sportiness Score of 34, and in second, the XMA 380 with a score of 34.9. But in first place, with a score of 39.1, is the Inmahday Grandpaa. Reliving the past never felt so cool
Final Sportiness Scores:
A staple of the era is soft, squishy suspension. Like riding on a fluffy cloud, or a marshmallow. So even aggressively powerful muscle cars ought to be somewhat comfy if they want people to buy them... keyword "somewhat."
In third place, with a score of 14.3, is the XMA 380. In second, with a score of 15.4, is the TSV Stryker. And in first, with a score of 15.9, the Tigre B 4.4 HO... it's a good thing low comfort isn't a huge issue among muscle car buyers.
Final Comfort Scores:
While Comfort may not be a big deal, Prestige is vital to a muscle car's success. it's okay to break your back if you look ridiculously cool doing it (with a flashy interior or a high-quality engine), which explains why a ton of these scores are very high.
The TSV Stryker and the Luxo Barge tie for third, each with a score of 39.7 (the Luxo has lots of room for luxury features, that's for sure). And in second, with a score of 40.1, is the Pacific Vortex Sport. But those are no mate for the 49.9 Prestige Score boasted by the ultra-luxurious XMA 380.
Final Prestige Scores:
The careful reader will have noticed that the same three cars have been running away with the competition, snagging top three spots almost every time... this is where things may start evening out. More things in a car mean more things that can go wrong. More power in the engine means more gas that needs to be guzzled, and more features packed inside means a larger price tag. We're now entering the great equalizer... zone...
In third place is the Madillac Mharger with a score of 57, which is impressive since the Madillac also boasts the most powerful engine. In second, you'll find that the commies and their Sunstar Spectre beat out most of the 'muricans , with a score of 58 (not quite as high as the Sunstar Hatchy's 64.3 score, but still up there). But the muscle car that'll last the longest, with a score of 57.8, is the Ascender Jupiter. A car for families that may very well outlive the family.
Final Reliability Scores:
Sidenote: shoutout to @CarsOfFortLangley for managing to make the least reliable car the past two competitions. That's an achievement in and of itself.
Make no mistake, none of these are fuel sippers. They all guzzle gas faster than... something that guzzles... I'm not great with metaphors or similes. The point is, this category is also included as an equalizer, and I feel obligated to reward anyone who managed to make their beefy engines somewhat sensible... somewhat.
In third, getting 9.3mpg is the Beckerman Hauler, which accurately advertised its surprisingly economical engine. In second, the Ascender Jupiter manages 9.9mpg. But the real winner here is the one car that managed to crack 10mpg, the incredibly economical (not really) Cocher El Quemador (which I'm just now learning translates to "The Burner" which is very cool! Good thing it burns fuel less than the rest).
Final Fuel Economy Scores:
Everyone wants power, but power often comes at a cost. Good muscle cars thrive on being able to provide loads of power without breaking the buyer's bank. Any rich punk can go and buy a big expensive engine, but real muscle is about the working people behind the wheel.
In third place, costing only $17,900 and providing over 400hp, is the powerful Madillac Mharger. For anyone simply looking for horses under their hood, this is an exceptional choice. Second place goes to the Beckerman Hauler, at $17,300. Perfect for growing families in need of a fun vehicle! And in first, with a price tag of $16,500, is the Inmahday Grandpaa.
And now we'll hop back into what makes a muscle car a muscle car: straight-line speed. Who needs to be comfortable or even take a corner if you can simply plow past your rivals at every stoplight? That being said, there were a ton of ties, including a three-way tie for first. And since I didn't want to award 3 people 100 points, I broke those ties by using Automation's Estimated Top Speed calculation when needed. After all, someone would eventually pull ahead.
In third, with a 0-60 time of 5.59, is the Lansing Gazelle. Not too far behind the three-way tie for first between the Pacific Vortex Sport, Luxo Barge (shockingly), and the Oppocar Wombat. However, the Pacific Vortex and the Luxo Barge only manage to get up to 169mph, while the Oppocar can hit 174mph, making it the fastest car out the gate (on paper, that is. I know someone tested every car, so we'll see how these numbers line up with their experimentation... I simply didn't have time to do that. If anyone wants to be my Stig and can perfectly drive around a specified BeamNG track please let me know).
Final 0-60 Times:
Power to Weight Ratio
Another category with some surprising results. You'd think this category would have similar results to the 0-60 times. Cars with better Power/Weight Ratios are better off the line... right? Well, while flat-out power is important, it's more about how that power is used.
Coming in third, with a P/W ratio of .1088, is the TSV Stryker, which only misses the XMA 380 by roughly .0004, which managed a .1091 P/W ratio. But coming in on top is the Vulcan Motors Banshee, which managed to get the P/W ratio up to .12, an incredibly respectable number. Well done to anyone who managed to get their P/W ratio over .1, that's pretty good all things considered.
Final Power To Weight Ratios:
Visual Aestetics Poll
Lastly, and arguably most importantly, the looks. Everyone did a phenomenal job with their designs, truly. There was only one car I thought looked ugly, and that was done partially on purpose. But my vote isn't the only one. 32 Oppos shared their opinions, so whether you participated or are simply spectating, thank you for your input and participation.
The placement is determined by where your car was on average. If someone said your car was the 1st best looking, another person said it was the 2nd best looking, and another person said it was the 3rd best looking, your average would be 2. There weren't any cars that truly ran away with this, which means all of them were fantastic, but now, may I present the best looking cars according to you:
In third place, with an average position of 5.84, is the Pacific Vortex Sport. In second, the TSV Stryker, with an average position of 5.69... though it was only .3 short of stealing the victory from the XMA 380, with an average position of 5.66.
Final Visual Aesthetics Results:
No bonus points were awarded since my car wasn't submitted to this category, though I don't think it was any match for some of these... Well done to all the cars in this category.
And well done to all the cars in every category, because that was the last one. All the points have been awarded, all the math has been done, all the results are in and now... it's time to reveal the standings:
15th - The Leopard Coupe: 245pts
While it is a beautiful car, the design sparked some controversy among Oppos who claimed it wasn't a true muscle car, and it had a hard time competing against the other cars, particularly in power. You brought a knife to a gun fight, and now it's no secret that you're secretly British
14th - The Madillac Mharger: 260pts
While the engine and power produced is absolutely phenomenal, the Madillac simply couldn't drive, was unbearable to sit in, and chugged fuel. I was surprised and double-checked the math, but it checks out. Three last-place finishes certainly did a number on your score. Maybe all power isn't the answer after all.
13th - The Sunstar Spectre: 265pts
So, at the end of the day, commies can't do muscle cars quite like Americans can. That being said, it's incredibly reliable, but ended up being average or awful at everything else. Still, was quite pleased to see the Sunstar badge return. Soon I'll have a collection of the most eclectic Russian cars out there.
12th - The Luxo Barge MKIV: 330pts
Big. That's the only word that runs through my head. Yet it's also surprisingly fast and remarkably luxurious. But the lack of any sort of practicality, and the low Drivability/Sportiness scores ended up putting you closer to the bottom... bigger may not always be better... but I'll never get over how big that thing is... big...
11th - The Ascender Jupiter: 345pts
The Ascender isn't exactly a powerhouse, taking last place in the 0-60 and P/W Ratio categories... but it is one of the most practical and reasonable vehicles on the roster by far. If I wasn't looking for power, just a simple A-B with a larger engine, the Jupiter would make a wonderful choice.
10th - The Beckerman Hauler: 365pts
The top 10 begins with Beckerman, another incredibly large boat of a car with a lovely interior (though the interior fixtures don't exactly translate to in-game prestige). It's not great at anything, with the exception of Fuel Economy, but it's acceptable. It'll always do what it needs to do. And you can take pride in knowing your car had the coolest color scheme.
9th - The Inmahday Grandpa: 370pts
Vintage and beige, the Inmahday dug itself into a deep hole after coming last in the Comfort and Prestige categories, but clawed out with decent power scores and remarkable Sportiness. All at an incredibly low price! The Inmahday was one of three cars that managed to take first place in 2 different categories, but its ridiculously low Reliability Score kept it from pulling any further ahead (23.3 is just... wow... That's almost as bad as the Crappo).
8th - The Oppocar Wombat: 435pts
Statistically, the Wombat is the fastest off the line and, therefore, is the best drag car here... that doesn't take into account the driver or the wheelspin, but you should be pleased that the algorithm and math of Automation deemed you worthy of such power. And the Wombat performed adequately in almost every other category. A little more Sportiness, and some extra MPGs would've done this car wonders, but it's still a wonderful machine.
7th - The Lansing Gazelle: 445pts
First of all, this is my favorite-looking car. The details are stunning and the color palette is subtle yet sublime. Incredible work. The Gazelle held its own in the 0-60 times and power categories, but didn't excel at anything else. In short: it's a very reasonable muscle car... in fact, it placed 7th, which makes it the average. Neither good, nor bad (though I think this leans towards good).
6th - The Tigre B 4.4 HO: 455pts
While not exactly the most powerful, the Tigre was the class leader in comfort. Granted, that's not a stat most power-craving muscle car enthusiasts care about, but I think that's still commendable. It's reasonably practical/affordable and above average when it comes to Sportiness/Drivability, and makes a very appropriate pick.
5th - The Pacific Vortex Sport 444: 465pts
We now enter the top 5 with the Pacific (one of the many dark green muscle cars in this challenge), which makes up for its low low Sportiness Score with good looks and strong performance figures, as well as an uber-luxurious interior. Likely an issue with the suspension tuning, but if that Sportiness Score had been high, this car could've very well managed a top 3 spot. Still, well done!
4th - The Cocher El Quemador: 470pts
You joke in your ad that people call it "Kosher," but I've been pronouncing it "Cocker" from the start... though it's certainly not a car that dicks around (pun absolutely intended). The Cocher is the leader in Drivability and Fuel Economy, which are two massive areas buyers would look at. Though muscle car buyers are all about that power, and while your car wasn't slow, it wasn't fast either. This is one of the few cars on this list that isn't actually bad at anything. It's just less good.
The Top 3...
I'm getting all excited...
Here they are:
3rd - The TSV Stryker 336 GT: 535pts
Out of the 10 categories judged, the TSV took 6 top-three finishes, 2 second place spots and 4 third place spots... wow... It's kryptonite was the expensive price tag that all those podium places would cost, and the Fuel Economy of the 5.5L V8. Still, with excellent marks in almost every category, and lovely looks (though I'm personally not a huge fan of the vomit green color), the TSV absolutely deserves a spot on the podium.
2rd - The Vulcan Motors Banshee: 540pts
Unlike the TSV, the Banshee only took 2 top three positions, but this car stands as a testament that being good at everything is better than being excellent at some things and awful at others... a jack of all trades but master of none is better than a master of one. Trimming some dollars off the price tag would've helped widen the gap between the TSV and the Banshee... but it likely wouldn't have been enough to snag first...
May I present to you...
And the ultimate champion of the universe...
The XMA 380: 590pts
It doesn't need to act as a metaphor for the American dream, it is the American dream. With 5 podium finishes out of the 10 categories (2 first, 2 second, 1, third), the XMA dominated the competition. It's powerful, it's drivable, it's downright beautiful. It's also remarkably expensive, the most expensive car in the competition, but with looks like that... the price tag might just be worth it.
Give me a second, I've been typing/taking photos for...
I told you this is a process, but it truly is a labor of love. To the 15 people who participated, the 32 people who voted, and the folks reading this now, thank you for making this all worthwhile. Here, have the three cars I used to test out this ruleset the Angler Queens (left), the Angler Bronx (middle) and the Angler Brooklyn (right):
And, as an added treat, our very own @EssExTee snapped some wonderful pictures of the cars on the track during the unofficial Beam NG Race yesterday. Next time I hope to actually get a video of it... but that would tack on an extra week to the whole process soooo... probably not.
In case your curious, the TSV Stryker (presented by @t0ast) ended up being the fastest car on the track, which was determined over two different races. Followed by @EssExTee in his Lansing Gazelle, and then @ItalianJobR53 in the 410hp Madillac Mharger. Was a fun set of races, and to those who were there, I'm very sorry there were so many technical difficulties...
But with that... it's all over...
Remember, the next challenge will be released on April 1st! You won't want to miss it, I think it'll be an absolute hoot! But until then, congratulations to the winners. Go bask in the glory. And thanks again