Muscle Car Showdown: 2016 Camaro vs Challenger
In a muscle showdown between two of America’s favorites, the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro and the 2016 Dodge Challenger split their winnings in a match-up of pure power.
With a bigger build than the Camaro, the Dodge Challenger takes pride in its classic design in comparison with the contemporary muscle cars. And despite maintaining the traditional feel to the car, Dodge developed ten different models for the 2016 batch of Challengers.
American customers will be able to pick and choose from a vast 2-Door Challenger Coupe selection. The STX and STX Plus, the 392 Hemi Scat Pack Shaker, the R/T, the R/T Plus, the R/T Shaker, the R/T Scat Pack, and the R/T Plus Shaker. Also available are Dodge’s two powerhouses of the season: the SRT 392 and the SRT Hellcat.
Despite coming with a smaller build than its opponents, the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro makes up for his size in power under the hood. Available in four different 2-Door models: the Coup LT, the Coupe SS, the Convertible LT, and the Convertible SS. The new generation of Camaro’s is full of surprises.
The main surprise is under the hood of its base model. For the first time, Camaro fans will be able to buy a turbocharged four-cylinder, which will still keep the base Camaro in the range of economic muscles. With the four-cylinder engine, the Camaro consumes an estimated 30 mpg on the highway. And while it is economic, the base Camaro can still put out 275 horsepower.
The Challenger STX Plus has the advantage over the four-cylinder Camaro. Running on a Regular Unleaded V-6 engine, the STX Plus has 305 horsepower, and can run an estimated 19 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.
Now when we turn to the prime time models is where the fun really starts. The Challenger SRT Hellcat is nothing short of a monster when it comes to power. With the Supercharged Premium Unleaded V-8 engine under the hood, the Hellcat is rated at 707 horsepower, which makes it according to thecarconnection.com:
“The most powerful muscle car–and American car–ever.”
The Convertible SS Camaro doesn’t come close to that kind of mind-shattering power, but it does more than fine with its powerful V8 engine. The SS packs 455 horsepower and can make it from 0 to 60 in about four seconds.
While it might lose in power, the Camaro certainly takes the edge when it comes to driver experience, most specifically to adapting the car to the driver.
With its Drive Mode Selector, the driver can tailor the Camaro to his style, changing settings like shift timing and stability control.
Now let’s get to the pricing. With its vast array of models, Challenger prices vary a fair amount. Ranging from the base SXT starting at $26,995 according to Dodge.com, to the flagship SRT Hellcat, starting at $64,195 according to the Dodge website. Nevertheless, models in between like the R/T Scat Pack are available starting at $38,995.
Having only four models to choose from, Camaro prices don’t show such a gap in between the base and top models. The base LT model is listed at Chevrolet.com starting at $26,695 while the SS can start from $42,295 according to the Chevrolet website.