Supercharged All-American Muscle Drag Race: Mustang vs Camaro vs Challenger

Firstly, it all happens on British soil. Of course, British asphalt isn’t dramatically different from the stuff we have in America, but it’s nice to see the impact of American car culture on other people. No, we’re not referring to Matt’s Yi-hou at the start, but the enthusiasm he shows before the first race despite driving countless cars in these conditions.

Second, the fact that all of these vehicles have supercharged V8 engines. That’s right, it’s going to be a really great race. Ford’s 5.0-liter unit is the smallest engine here, but that doesn’t stop it from making the most power—735 hp, to be exact, and 509 lb-ft (690 Nm).

The other in terms of irreversible displacement is the Chevrolet Camaro with the 6.2-litre V8. After the supercharging treatment, the LS3 now makes 650 hp and 442 lb-ft (600 Nm) of torque, but as we’re about to see, when it comes to modified cars, these numbers don’t always mean that much.

Finally, we have the Dodge Challenger SRT Scat Pack and its 6.4-liter Hemi V8 that’s not pushing the same numbers as the Camaro: 650 hp and 442 lb-ft (600 Nm) of twisting power. All cars are rear-wheel driven and all use automatic transmissions – six-speed for the Mustang and eight-speed for the other two.

All things considered, it should be reasonably strict. The first race ends with a convincing victory for the Mustang, but Chevrolet was clearly coming towards the end from behind. Dodge went into second gear for fear of wheel spin, but that didn’t help much.

The Camaro driver does some amazing work and has a very good start to the second race. Then, in the Mustang helped by Matt inflating the gear shift, he proceeds to win it comfortably. Dodge tries first gear for the launch but ends up with even worse results.

Matt goes for the manual shifting for the third and final standing race and, even though he gets a decent launch, the Camaro makes its comeback too early and crosses the Mustang just before the finish line. As you’ve probably figured out by now, the SRT isn’t really involved in this encounter.

Rolling races are a bit messy as it’s almost impossible to get off to a fair start, but even so, the Camaro’s superiority is once again clearly evident, as is the Challenger’s inferiority. With it being the heaviest of the three, the brake test was hardly the place to redeem itself, and it really comes last there too. Not a good day to be a Mopar fan.

Well, all three have modified their engines, so this result doesn’t reflect the stock performance of these models at all. Still, an all-American duel between three live muscle cars is always a moment to savor, and it works best with a pair of good over-ear headphones.

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