|2017 Chevy Camaro||2017 Dodge Challenger|
|3.6-L, V-6||Engine||3.6-L, V-6|
|Six-speed manual||Transmission||Six-speed manual|
2017 Chevy Camaro vs. 2017 Dodge Challenger
Chevrolet and Dodge are very familiar with one another. The two automakers started their rivalry back in the late 1960s and 70s during the muscle car wars which produced some of the most legendary models in the history of high-performance automobiles. Fast forwarding to today gives us the latest battle between the 2017 Chevy Camaro vs. 2017 Dodge Challenger. Both coupes have something special to offer buyers, depending on what they are looking for in their next new vehicle. From a performance aspect, the newest versions of the Camaro and Challenger are fairly equal. A decision between the two will come down to each buyer preference.
Looking at the 2017 Camaro and 2017 Challenger side-by-side, the most glaring difference is the size of the two vehicles. The 2017 Camaro is built on the light and nimble Generation-six platform that weighs several hundred pounds less than the Gen.-five Camaro. Independent online reviews have praised the 2017 Camaro for being very responsive and requiring only a light touch on the wheel. By comparison, the same group which praised the handling profile for the Camaro had some issues with that of the 2017 Challenger. Being larger and heavier, the 2017 Challenger reported takes a bit more effort to maneuver around town. Its doors are big and well-weighted which could become cumbersome to deal with when inches matter in small parking areas.
Performance of the 2017 Camaro
Comparing performance scores for models like the 2017 Chevy Camaro and 2017 Dodge Challenger is what many people ask about in the Don Wheaton showroom. Most buyers are likely going to opt for the V-6 version of both cars. The 2017 Camaro enjoys an advantage here with its 3.6-liter, V-6 engine making 335 horsepower compared to just a little over 300 horsepower produced by the 3.6-liter, V-6 used by the 2017 Challenger. This clear disparity in power output coupled with the cars’ difference in overall weight will certainly have consequences in acceleration. Additionally, for the 2017 model year, Chevrolet is making the 1LE package available for V-6-powered Camaros. The resulting upgrades in suspension performance, braking and other components will broaden the gap in handling between the new Camaro and Challenger.