Dodge’s SRT Hellcat and Ford’s new Mustang prove muscle cars are all the rage… again image

Although across the globe the governments continuously strive to lower harmful greenhouse emissions and increase fuel autonomy, the US trio has proven once again it can meet the rules and also sell cars that make you want to burn rubber… over and over again.

Affordable muscle cars should have been killed off by the stringent carbon-emission standards across the globe and the hike in US fuel economy standards. Instead, Chrysler’s Dodge comes up with the 707 hp Challenger and Charger SRT Hellcats and Ford goes finally global with its 50-year old (but brand new) Mustang. There’s even a 580-hp Camaro ZL1 with a manual transmission or European offerings that boast 1,200 hp (yes, the Bugatti Veyron).

Their one secret? Turbocharging – or the act of forced induction. All of the engines don’t rely on atmospheric pressure like we do when breathing, and instead use high-velocity turbines, either turbochargers or superchargers to enhance combustion.

And the situation goes for mass-market products as well: in Europe diesel engines have been made as good as their gasoline counterparts only after using turbos – and many automakers are embracing the era of downsizing: smaller displacement engines that use forced induction to deliver power and fuel economy.

Via The Wall Street Journal