Australian car culture is not so far off from the American one, people love V8-powered vehicles, SUVs and truck. And of course, muscle cars. And what is more interesting, the pedigree of Australian muscles doesn’t broke after 1975. Here is our top 5 cool Australian muscle cars
#5 1969 Holden HT Monaro GTS 350
One of the best classic Australian muscle cars, built by Australian division of General Motors – Holden. Compact size and powerful Chevrolet 350 V8 engine producing 300 HP, made a 1969 Holden HT Monaro GTS 350 the fastest Australian production car in late 60s.
#4 1971 Chrysler VH Valiant Charger R/T E49
That one is pretty unusual for a muscle car – the absense of V8 and Chrysler name – that was almost impossible in States where Hemi-powered Dodge Chargers rule the streets. Valiant Charger has unique Australian-built I6 Hemi engine with 265 cubic inch displacement. Special edition E49 producing 300 HP but was a lot lighter than Monaro GTS 350.
#3 1973 Ford Falcon XB GT351 Coupe
Ford Falcon is famous even outside Australia, thanks to Mad Max movie (the classic one), where the “Pursuit Special” was made on the platform of Falcon XB. It is brutal boxy vehicle equipped with 351-cubic inch Ford Windsor V8 producing 290 horsepower.
#2 2008 Ford FPV F6
You simply can’t find such Ford model in the US, it is special edition Ford Performance Vehicle (FPV) sedan, and just like classic Holden Monaro, it is equipped with inline 6 cylinder engine with turbocharger. The power output is uncomparably higher – 420 HP and 5-second zero to sixty acceleration.
#1 2013 Holden HSV Maloo R8 SV
That is unique successor of El Camino and perfect example of Australian car culture, so-called “Ute” – pickup truck based on car body. It presumably the most powerful and fast pickup in the world – just because of Corvette LS3 V8 engine with 6.2-liter displacement which produces thrilling 456 HP. That’s more than enough to compete with sport cars on the streets. Even if the rear luggage compartment is full.