We maintain that there are few things in this life better than some vintage, regulation-choked General Motors steel.
Except for, you know, today’s more powerful, much more capable performance machines.
Still, there’s something about 1980s GM muscle cars that gets us all misty-eyed. So we thought we’d share this video from MotorWeek (found over at Autoblog) wherein “Television’s Original Automotive Magazine” walks and talks their way through four well-muscled, American icons from yesteryear. Featured are the Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS, Pontiac Grand Prix 2+2, Oldsmobile 442 (pictured), and the king of the hill: the Buick Regal Grand National.
Despite the massive collective displacement of the four GM muscle cars, specific power output is laughably low. We’d like to say that’s by today’s standards, but really, it’s by most any standards. The Monte Carlo SS, for instance, makes just 180 HP from a 5.0-liter V8 few by a four-barrel carb. The Pontiac and the Olds fare even worse.
At 245 HP, the 3.8-liter V6 turbo in the Grand National is lightyears ahead of the other American muscle in review. Still, the car performs leaps and bounds better on a cold day than a hot one; MotorWeek measured a difference of 1.6 seconds in the 0 to 60 time between testing at 85 degrees and 32 degrees Fahrenheit.
You can enjoy all the glamorous, retro muscle goodness for yourself in the video below: