The New King of the Muscle Cars… For Now

2016 Chevrolet Camaro

How’d it feel, Camaro, to be the muscle-car sales king?

It lasted about 6 years.

You managed to outsell the Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger while giving the automotive press and middle-aged gearheads aneurysms with your cartoon-ish retro looks.

The Challenger had never been a real contender sales-wise, even though the vicious Hellcat could take the other two cars and burn their rubber straight to, well, hell.

How do the numbers stack up, and does the Camaro stand a chance of reclaiming the throne?

Through May of this year, Ford has sold over 56,000 copies of the Mustang, while Chevrolet has moved about 33,000 Camaros. Dodge, meanwhile, has found about 30,000 enthusiasts to take home a new Challenger.

The Mustang’s fiery start to the year can be attributed to its major redesign and new 2.3-liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine that’s attracting younger buyers. If sales hold, the Mustang will easily claim its victory.

But the Camaro won’t go down easy.

Chevrolet will launch the new sixth-generation Camaro later this year, which will probably shift the sales momentum back in the bow tie’s direction. The car will be based on the same platform as the Cadillac ATS, which will make for a Camaro like never before. Car and Driver said,

The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro engine lineup is very similar to the Mustang’s, as it features a turbocharged four-cylinder and naturally aspirated V-6 and V-8 options, but the blown four will serve as the base motor in the Chevy.

The Challenger, meanwhile, will continue to bring up the rear in sales. Performance-wise, though, the Challenger Hellcat and its 707 horsepower is the car to beat.

As of today, which would you choose: Mustang, Camaro, or Challenger?

-tgriffith

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