Dodge may be churning out the Demon, the widebody Challenegr Hellcat or even an AWD version of the muscle car – but reality states that both the Camaro and Mustang have outperformed the third challenger by simply bringing new platforms into the game.
So, there’s no denying that next to the new Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and the Ford Shelby Mustang GT350R there was no room for the Hellcat. There is a catch even in this battle – the Camaro ZL1 is quite a bit more advanced, especially in terms of raw power, since its supercharged LT4 V8 outputs 650hp and 650lb-ft of torque, no less than 124hp and 181lb-ft more than what the Mustang has to show for. This difference in power is even more preposterous when you find out – simply by visiting the configurators – that Chevy also has the upper hand in terms of pricing.
There are some perks to owning the Shelby Mustang GT350R though – you’re getting one of the best sounding naturally aspirated flat-plane V8s to have ever been created, and with a visit to your aftermarket specialist and following the installation of a turbo or two, you can easily match the ZL1 in terms of power, completing the 5.2-litre V8 that has a standard 526hp and 429lb-ft of torque level. And after skipping the straight line comparison, you can see why the two are unmatched by their Dodge Challenger counterpart – they both have supercar-level handling on track and on the road, eons away from the pony recipe of past.