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Fierce American Muscle Cars: Dodge Challenger, Chevy Camaro, Ford Mustang

Updated on September 9, 2014

American muscle cars have had an intense rivalry since day one, with each company competing against the others to produce the fastest, fiercest, and strongest cars. The Chevy Camaro, Dodge Challenger, and Ford Mustang have each held their ground, so everything comes down to specs, performance, and fanbase. They are all getting bigger, powerful, and in the days of being environmentally friendly, they're also striving to be more fuel efficient. It's definitely worth looking under the hood, since it all comes down to a hairpin of difference.

Pure power is one of the most important selling points of a muscle car, and the Dodge Challenger has got that market cornered with the newly released 2015 Challenger SRT Hellcat with a 6.2 liter supercharged HEMI with a V8 engine and a whopping 707 hp. That's pretty intense, compared to the Ford Mustang's 662 hp and the Chevy Camaro's 580 hp. Power is what attracts many buyers, so the fact that the Challenger has an incredible number of horsepower gives it a step up over the other contenders. However, there's no telling what the future will hold since all of these manufacturers are constantly trying to one up each other.

The next selling point for many consumers is the style of the muscle car and the general appearance of the ride. No one wants a muscle car that doesn't look formidable, so a fierce looking muscle car is extremely important and a must-have for many owners. Of course, style is a personal preference and extremely subjective as well. Some people may think that the 2015 Ford Mustang looks a bit too similar to European cars which don't appeal to those who want a muscle car solely for its American dream. The new 2015 Dodge Challenger is actually a throwback to the classic 1971 model , complete with a shaker hood and an air scoops. The interior even has a houndstooth and interior packages to make it look more vintage. However, the Challenger does not have a drop top version so it cannot compete with the Camaro or the Mustang in that regard. Finally, the Chevy Camaro is actually very commanding looking, with some insane road presence that mixes together the classic appeal and modern design. The Camaro is fierce, making it exactly what American muscle cars are all about.

What happens at the dealership is also a big indicator of the popularity of the cars. Chevy Camaro was up 10.3%, Ford Mustang went up 2.6%, but the Dodge Challenger went down 12%. With these sales charts, car manufacturers can determine what appeals to the general public and why, in order to make adjustments for upcoming models. There's only one way to tell how the new 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat is doing and that's waiting for the rest of the year's sales statistics to determine what needs to be changed and what should remain the same.

A few other stats worth noting are the sizes, fuel economy, and all sorts of smaller determining factors that make a fanbase. The Challenger has a pretty roomy rear seating area that's important for some buyers who have families or like to go on road trips. The Challenger's fuel efficiency keeps up with the Mustang, but doesn't beat the smaller Camaro. However, what the Camaro beat out everyone in fuel efficiency, it lacks in rear space. This lack of rear space may not be an issue for younger singles who don't have the chance of utilizing the rear or need extra trunk space, but do need a car with greater fuel economy. All three of the engines are extremely powerful, so it comes down to sheer preference and what the consumer finds to be the most important. Some car fans need excellent lighting such as HID or LED lights to exhibit their cars, while others just want the sheer power. The winner is a close one, making these three car manufacturers scramble to create the best car that can cater to everyone's special needs.

There definitely is no loser in any of these three cars. The choices that people make are purely subjective and these cars are the last ones that are truly American. American cars have to compete with popular Japanese and European imports, so it's important that they have a big enough fan base so that they can stand their ground. American muscle car fans should definitely take advantage of these pure American cars while they last, since the era of American cars is becoming muddied with cars from all over the world into the American market.


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