How many buying guides or comparisons do we need to know which is the best among the popular Challenger, Mustang and Camaro performance coupes? Many who are lucky enough to buy their first muscle car or pony car may not be sure which of these wildly different cars is the best place to invest their money.
Others might just be curious to see which car is the best all-rounder.
Thankfully, RacerX is back on his YouTube channel with a comparison with a difference – he breaks down what each car doesn't do well; so people on the fence can easily see features that could become deal breakers in the long run.
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Some of the quirks and features that RacerX discovers in these cars may make owning and driving one a little less pleasant or convenient, but these cars are still excellent machines in their own right.
In the Stingray Chevrolet in Plant City with a Chevrolet Camaro SS, a Ford Mustang GT (his own car) and a Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack, RacerX goes over the characteristics of cars that don't perform as well as other cars.
In the first place, the Challenger has a few, this is the heaviest car at about 600 pounds, which he says is quite significant, which affects the car in corners compared to the other two which are much lighter. Furthermore, 6.4 liter V8 engine produces more torque and more power (485 hp and 475 lb-ft), but size and mass work against those numbers. Standard tires are also not suitable according to RacerX. Upgrades are more expensive and also bring less gains than engines in other cars.
The lack of Recaro seats, no cabin lighting scheme, and no one-touch window function make the Challenger far less refined than other cars.
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Moving on to the Mustang, the presenter says that the 5 liter engine is at a disadvantage in displacement and that the 60-foot time on the drag strip is not very impressive. There are no hood struts for the hood which, like the Challenger's window buttons, are an odd omission.
RacerX mentions that the Ford Mustang is smaller inside, so bigger people will find it a squeeze, especially the back seats. Finally, the pony car's poor manual transmission and instability set it apart from the other two that are more planted and have better manual gearboxes. Power is 450 hp and 420 lb-ft.
The Chevy Camaro's 6.2-liter V8 LT1 has good linear performance, with 455 hp and 455 lb-ft, but he says it's harder to tune the cars, like changing the camshafts. RacerX's criticism of the Camaro moves on to the trunk, which is smaller and has an impractical opening; the compact theme continues inside.
He says the interior is even more dented compared to the Mustang and much smaller than the big Challenger – the thick rear pillars and high sills make it feel claustrophobic.
As for speed, the cars handle differently on the straight road – the Camaro SS's 0-60 mph time is 4 seconds, the Mustang GT's 0-60 mph time is also around 4 seconds, and the Challenger R/T Scat Pack is 0-60 mph time is 4.2 seconds. Ford's Mustang is a big seller like the Dodge Challenger, but the Chevy Camaro sells the least of the car trio – it all comes down to preference.