muscle car

\ -ˌkär How to pronounce muscle car (audio) \

Definition of muscle car

: any of a group of American-made 2-door sports coupes with powerful engines designed for high-performance driving

Examples of muscle car in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The blue flame lapping over the sturdy cast-iron grates imparts a sense of power and control to cooking, just as the rumble of a carburetor on a muscle car does to driving. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "Get a Heat Pump," 26 Feb. 2021 In the 1970s, as more American families moved to the suburbs and their driving needs changed, the classic muscle car was on its way out, and the family vehicle was on its way in. John E. Girouard, Forbes, "If A Company Doesn’t Have This Skill, Don’t Invest In It," 26 Feb. 2021 Who would’ve thought a brand could get away with commercials showing George Washington leading a charge at the wheel of a muscle car? Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "Stellantis CEO high on pickups and SUVs but what about iconic Dodge and Chrysler models?," 11 Feb. 2021 But the instant torque of electric motors means that even sedate-looking electric vehicles will embarrass a 1960s muscle car off the line when the traffic light goes green. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Ford’s electric Mustang Mach-E gets its official EPA range," 23 Nov. 2020 With a complete redesign in 2015, which included an independent rear suspension for improved ride and handling, the muscle car landed on our 10Best list, and by 2017 little had changed. Scott Oldham, Car and Driver, "Most Reliable Used Cars," 9 Nov. 2020 The company's two most handsome products right now are arguably the V90 and V60 wagons, which both somehow fuse a hint of muscle car to traditional two-box shape. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The 2020 Volvo V60 Cross Country: How to ruin a station wagon," 3 Nov. 2020 The muscle car was pulled from the water with the assistance of a towing service. Justin L. Mack, USA TODAY, "1987 Chevy Camaro reported stolen 32 years ago finally recovered in Indiana reservoir," 14 Oct. 2020 The muscle car was pulled from the water with the assistance of Garner’s towing. Justin L. Mack, The Indianapolis Star, "1987 Chevy Camaro reported stolen 32 years ago pulled from Geist Reservoir," 14 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of muscle car

1966, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of muscle car

US, informal : an American-made two-door sports car with a powerful engine

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