The Ultimate Showdown! Mustang Vs. Camaro Vs. Challenger

Posted: November 7, 2011 by Adir Hassid in Car Reviews, Special Review

This battle has been in the making for over 50 years. It all started when car companies wanted to build fast, inexpensive cars. Once these cars started to gather fame they dubbed the nickname “Muscle Car’s” These Muscle cars where notorious for not having much grip (hence the burnouts) and they might as well have not installed a functioning steering wheel, because if you where to go into a corner at speed, the outcome would be in the guardrails. After all an American road has no curves.

Ever since muscle cars got rolling, There has been a fierce Mustang, Camaro, and Challenger rivalry. One always bragged about having more horsepower and torque, than the other. Since this is a showdown between the Mustang, Camaro, and Challenger, i will give you guys all you need to know about the three and I will let you have the final decision.

Well lets first start off with the iconic pony. The 2011 Ford Mustang Gt. For starters this Muscle car’s powerhouse is a 5.0 liter 4v Ti-VCT naturally aspirated V-8 engine. This V-8 produces 412 horsepower at 6,500 RPM and 390 lb-ft of torque at 4,250 RPM. Out of the three muscle cars this engine has the weakest output(but not by much)but on the other hand this car weighs 3603 pounds(which is a few hundred pounds lighter that its competitors) which translates to 8.8 pounds per horse(which is the best ratio out of all) and as for handling the Mustang is at a disadvantage, that is because like every other mustang it houses a live rear axle, which in a straight line is helpfull it is pretty uneven on unpaved roads. But this Mustang has the most refined live rear axle you will drive. As for braking, this pony can be equipped with optional Brembo 4-piston front(14 inch) and 2-piston(10 inch) rear calipers.

The Next competitor is the 2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS. This iconic muscle car traces its roots all the way back to the corvette. After all  the Camaro will always be known as the Corvettes younger brother. The Camaro borrows its engine from a previous generation Corvette. The LS3 V-8. This 6.2 liter naturally aspirated V-8, produces 426 horsepower at 5,900 RPM and 420 Lb-Ft of torque at 4,600 RPM. This is a nice bump over the mustang but don’t forget to take into account that this vehicle ways 3860 that’s about 250 pounds heavier than its mustang counterpart(9.1 pounds per horse). It may seem insignificant but every pound counts when you discuss muscle cars. As for its suspension it is equipped with an independent suspension, which is quite modern in a muscle car. Brembo brakes are standard on the SS. The SS sport’s four piston fixed Brembo aluminum front and rear calipers both measuring about 14 inches in diameter.

Now the final contender: The SRT8 392 Dodge Challenger. It does not get more American than this. If you wan to sink in your seat and be shrouded by the orgasmic exhaust when you press down on the throttle than this is the car for you. But if you want to make a left hand turn at speed then you should not be reading this paragraph. The Challenger houses its iconic 392 Hemi engine. This engine is by far the most powerful out of the bunch. It produces a wild 470 horsepower and an identical 470 lb-ft of torque. Now one would say, “how is this even a competitor among the others?” Well the answer to that question is pretty unfortunate. like all Americans this American car needs to loose some weight. This car weighs a massive 4260 pounds, which does slow it down quite a bit. But like said earlier it does compensate for that weight with power. But the question is, does it compensate enough. As for braking it has the usual 4 piston front and 2 piston rear fixed Brembo brakes.

So, now the big question: which one is the winner? Which one should I get? A lot of people pick sides and bash on the other cars. That is not a muscle car enthusiast’s attitude. A true enthusiast would take a step back, have a look at these pieces of american art, and just simply admire them all. Yes, one may be faster than the other by about a second, but does that really matter? I guarantee you that if you sit behind the wheel of any of these cars you will be blown away by every one of them. So it all boils down to personal preference and your own opinion. But if you truly cant decide which one you should buy/abide by, then I say whats wrong with buying them all.
– Written by: Adir Hassid (MuscleCarLegacy Senior-Writer)
– Edited by: Jordan Banafsheha (MuscleCarLegacy Senior-Web-Designer)

  1. Adir says:

    Hey guys its Adir, please feel free to comment on which muscle car you like the most.

  2. zvulun says:

    Definitely the Chevrolet Camaro SS. Gotta love its horsepower.

  3. ssheff says:

    MUTHA FUCKIN 5.0 its sex on wheels sure the challenger is strong but its bulky and ugly, the camaro looks like a toy and the mustang brings swag to the table

  4. The challenger is my personal favorite. It’s big and bulky,which gives you a presence on the rode, but fast at the same time. Ultimate luxury in a muscle car.

  5. Michael L. says:

    I like the Camaro cause it is by far the sexiest car. Yellow with a mat black hood scoop is beast.

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