There once was a time when deciding on whether or not a car was a muscle car was quite simple. At least for the Chevy crowd, if it was a Camaro, Chevelle, Nova and a select few Monte Carlos and Impalas, there was no doubt. As vehicle production progressed into the ’80s and deep into the mid-’90s, aside from the Corvette, the muscle car had all but disappeared. While some may argue that the Camaro was still a muscle during that time, I hate to break it to you, it wasn’t. In short, chocked by strict vehicle emissions and with that the muscle car had all but vanished.
Fast forwarding to current times, with the onslaught of turbocharged engines, the completely soaked aftermarket and the reliability of even second-hand, well-built vehicles, turning anything into a muscle car is actually quite easy with the right combination of parts.
Even the most mundane and utilitarian vehicles can become quite the performance vehicle. Case in point, a seemingly bland diesel truck.
At first glance, a truck in the middle of the street amongst rows of corn rows would seem ordinary. However, it becomes quite obvious once the coal begins to roll out of the single smoke stack from the hood. Tire smoke billows from the rear tires and both turbos spool up on boost. From there, the regular cab long bed thrusts forward and swings the back end around like a professional drift car. Damn, now hows that for a muscle car. Er, truck?