American muscle cars have a rich heritage and a legendary status among car buffs. These loyalties and fan bases that have existed for around 40 years can be hard to break, and many drivers won’t even consider driving a different make or model than the muscle car they’ve loved, in all its incarnations, for decades. Indianapolis car dealerships have catered to muscle car fans for many years as well. Today they offer the chance to compare, head to head and toe to toe, the newest models of two famous muscle cars. Are you a Mustang fan or a Challenger fan?
Let’s compare the 2016 Ford Mustang and the 2016 Dodge Challenger.
All About the Ponies
There’s a lot of history built into the newest model of Mustang. For those who like to let the pony run, there is not a car on earth that will give them the same thrill when they hear the engine being gunned. These days, the 2016 Mustang isn’t offering the expected inline-4. Instead, it now has a V-6, 2.3 liter, turbo engine with more horsepower and torque. And that’s just the base model!
When it comes to appearance, the new Mustang isn’t setting out to break the mold; instead, it harkens back to the ‘Stang glory days with the style of the late 60s. It may not be a fresh new look, but it is still a head turner! How can you go wrong when you combine the amazing power and historic shape of the Mustang with brand new Ford technology and safety features? You can’t. If the Challenger wants to top the Mustang, it better have a pretty amazing setup for 2016.
Challenger, the Challenger
Powered up from the ground up! With an engine called the Hellcat Hemi V-8, the Challenger is the undisputed winner in the powerful muscle car group. This Hellcat engine offers 707 horsepower. Whew! That’s an engine that’s born to run. Sure, we started with the top when it comes to Challenger power, but the 2016 Dodge Challenger is also available with a 3.6 liter V-6 and 4.7 or 6.4 liter Hemi V-8.
Design-wise, the 2016 Challenger looks a bit more like the 1971 Challenger with split tail lamps and the classic road-hugging style. When you see a Challenger barreling up on you in the rearview, you will want to pull to the side just to watch it pass by.
Muscle cars are not for the faint at heart. These monster machines are designed to give you a thrill, to make you feel the rumble of the engine, and make your heart pound as you anticipate putting the pedal to the metal and seeing what the car will really do. Both of these great cars have been through a lot of changes over the years. Goodness knows, we don’t even want to think about the Mustang II. Overall, these car manufacturers have stayed true to the history and heritage of American muscle cars, and they are working to keep the classic style combined with modern technology.
There is no clear-cut winner in this competition. Visit your Indianapolis car dealerships to test drive the newest model of your favorite muscle car, or give the competition a chance to change your loyalty!