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Is the Camaro a threat to the Challenger?

by David Zatz on

Dodge Challenger sales shot up even when competing against a new Mustang, but it may have a harder time against the new Camaro.

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GM cut over 200 pounds from their pony car, and added a 275 horsepower turbo four cylinder; there is also a 335 hp V6 and a 455 hp  V8. Mopar‘s rumored four-cylinder turbo seems to be waiting for 2016-17, and its V6 is still at 300 hp with no major gains seen in the near future. The base V8 is no match for the Chevy, but the optional 6.4 V8 beats it by 30 hp, and the 707 hp Hellcat V8 is in another class entirely.

The Camaro now joins the Challenger in having an eight speed automatic, and beats Dodge by having a manual transmission for every engine, not just for the V8s.

January-to-October sales for the muscle-car trio stand at 106,321 for the Mustang, 66,833 for the Camaro (class leader from 2010- 2014), and 57,358 for the Challenger, which is up by 35% from 2014.

2016 Chevrolet Camaros

The Chevy 6.2 liter V8 automatic is rated at 17/28 mpg. The Dodge Charger 392 runs 15/25 with the 6.4 liter V8 and 16/25 with the small V8 (both with automatics).

Dodge has a fight on its hands. Buyers who want a more comfortable, larger car will still likely opt for the Challenger. Dodge may let sales fall where they may until its new midsized, rear-drive sedan arrives; that is likely to have a four cylinder and a V6.

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