Mustang, Challenger, and Camaro Performance Comparison – Which is for you?
Three muscle cars that have gone head-to-head since the beginning of their time are the Ford Mustang, Dodge Challenger and Chevy Camaro. If you are a speed demon and can’t decide which one to get, this article is for you! Check out the breakdown in performance and engine options. For the purpose of this comparison, all models compared are the newest 2017 models.
As muscle cars built for performance, each of these vehicles are powerful. However, how much power (to a point) there is under the hood is up to the buyer because each vehicle is available with a variety of engine options.
2017 Ford Mustang
The Ford Mustang comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission and it is available with four different engines and the Mustang can produce between 300-435 horsepower and 280-429 lb-ft of torque depending on the engine. Engines options include a 3.7-liter TiVCT V6 engine (300 hp and 280 lb), a 2.3-liter GTDI I4 EcoBoost engine (310 hp and 320 lb-ft) and a 5.0-liter TiVCT V8 engine (425 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque) and a 5.2-liter flat plane crank V8 engine (526 hp / 429 lb-ft).
When the Ford Mustang is equipped with the base 3.7L engine it accelerates from 0-60 mph in 5.3 seconds and when equipped with the 5.2L engine it goes from 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds.
2017 Dodge Challenger
Like the Ford Mustang, the Dodge Challenger is also available with four engine choices and all of them come standard with a six-speed manual transmission. Depending on the engine under the hood of the Dodge Challenger, it produces anywhere from 305-707 horsepower and 268-650 lb-ft of torque. The four engine options are the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine (305 hp and 268 lb-ft), 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine (375 hp and 410 lb-ft), 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine (485 hp and 475 lb-ft) and the notorious supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI SRT Hellcat V8 engine (707 hp and 650 lb-ft).
The base Dodge Challenger, the Dodge Challenger SXT is equipped with the 3.6L engine and it accelerates from 0-60 mph in 6.1 seconds and the Challenger SRT Hellcat rockets from 0-60 mph in 3.6 seconds, so it is nearly a tenth of a second faster than the Ford Mustang.
2017 Chevrolet Camaro
Finally there is the Chevrolet Camaro and it is currently the closest competitor to the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. For the 2017 model year, Chevrolet added a new trim to the lineup, the Camaro ZL1, and now buyers have the option of four engines. The base engine is the 2.0-liter turbo 4-cylinder engine, then there is the 3.6-liter V6 engine, then there is the 6.2-liter V8 direct injection engine (455 hp and 455 lb-ft) and the new most powerful engine is the 6.2-liter LT4 engine, which produces 650 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque).
The Chevy Camaro’s newest engine catapults the Camaro from 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds, so as of now, it is slightly faster than the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. The base Chevy Camaro accelerates from 0-60 mph in 5.4 seconds, so it is also the fastest car with a base engine.
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