There can be no doubt that Muscle always dominates. Muscle, meaning, PURE American cars.
Some popular examples are the Chevrolet Camaro classes, or the Pontiac GTOs.
Well, NOW, we have the 2013 Dodge Challenger.
Here’s a short history:
In 2008, Chrysler resurrected the Dodge Challenger, though it was surrounded by skepticism, since it had restarted GTO, only to ditch it two years later. Many were worried that Chrysler would follow the route of its crosstown rival and bring back a favorite muscle car nameplate without the iconic design that made it legendary.
The third-generation, rear-wheel drive Pontiac GTO packed a lot under the hood, but the design of the vehicle killed me on the inside. It looked like a Pontiac Grand Prix mixed with an Oldsmobile Alero (definitely not muscle).
Chrysler unveiled the current third-generation Challenger in February 2008, and to all of our delight, it actually looked like a “classic muscle car with modern performance.”
The 2013 Dodge Challenger continues that slogan thanks to an array of technology and the classic design that stays true to its predecessors.
The 2013 Challenger, which starts at about $26,000, is extremely fun to drive, and turns heads as you’re passing others by on the freeway.
There’s obviously many many many versions of it, such as SXT, SXT Plus, Rallye Redline, three R/T versions, as well as the high-performance SRT badge.
The rear-wheel drive vehicle’s 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 features 305-horsepower and 268 lb-ft of torque at 4,800 rpm is rated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency at 21 combined miles per gallon – 18 city and 27 highway.
The 3.7-liter V6 automatic Mustang with 305-horsepower – rated 19 mpg city and 31 mpg highway – delivers 280 lb.-ft of torque at 4,250 rpm. The 3.6L V6 Camaro with 323-horsepower delivers 278 lb. –ft of torque at 4,800 rpm.
The Challenger – inside and out – is larger than the 2013 Chevrolet Camaro and/or the Ford Mustang, which makes it great for every day driving, but makes it weigh more (just like a traditional muscle car :D).
The Challenger’s lowest curb weight in 3,834 pounds, which places it about 100 pounds heavier than the lightest 2013 Camaro and about 300 pounds heavier than the lightest Ford Mustang.
That extra weight, as well as aerodynamics and engine factors, places the Challenger at a disadvantage when stacked up against the Camaro and Mustang in terms of fuel efficiency and performance.
Summarizing it finally as:
Rated as: 8/10
giving a MPG measure of: 21 combined miles per gallon (18 city and 27 highway)
having a base pricing at: $25,795 – $44,775
under the category of: Muscle/Pony two-door coupe