Everyday Muscle

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Everyday Muscle

Snoop Dogg has one...

So, as I've decided to be patient in my hunt for a 1979 Trans Am, I have started to look at modern muscle cars, and there are a few reasons for this.
The main one being, a classic muscle car isn't an everyday car, it's something that you drive once in a while that you are always messing with because it most likely always has something wrong with it. I am fine with that. But to get around all the time I can't be doing it in what I'm driving right now- which is a 2008 Mini Convertible.
Now don't laugh- , it's a great car, quality, handles perfect, great on gas, park it anywhere.
My main issue is that the car is so small NO ONE can see you, which, as you know how people drive in Los Angeles, is a problem. On a daily basis I am very nearly killed by whatever giant SUV everyone is driving these days. On the highway, semis don't even know I exist, because I basically don't. I also never put the top down simply because I grew up in NJ, where I'm not used to being able to put a top down and I'm not sure I ever will be.
So I'm going to be completely irresponsible and get a modern muscle car- which brings us to the contenders-

The new Dodge Challenger, pictured first, is amazing. Bob and I test drove an R/T with Mikey Way in the back seat and it is a BEAST. The interior is nothing to brag about, spartan, comfortable, nondescript. Bob opened it up on the highway and I slightly fishtailed it taking a turn, which also felt pretty bitchin. I also feel like it's the one new muscle car that looks most like the old ones.

Next up is the 2010 Chevy Camaro.
I think this is a great car but I don't think I will be into it. It has a hardcore "future" vibe and every time I look at it I can't help thinking "Transformers VS Batman-TO THE DEATH!". Nothing about this car looks old to me and I'm not sure if I even think of an old Camaro when I look at it. It isn't out yet but I may wait to drive it- because I've heard great things though I can't get past the looks.

Then the 2009 or 2010 Ford Mustang.
Right now this is my 2nd favorite, and while I feel it does have some of the old looks, it may be a bit too "fast and furious" for me, though I may love it when I drive it, seeing as it's a sportier frame, will handle better, and the interior looks great. I also can't see getting one that isn't a GT500 Cobra...I mean you have to get the Cobra if you're going to get a Mustang. I am going to drive this today I hope.

Wish me luck.