Comparison: 2018 Dodge Challenger vs 2018 Ford Mustang

Comparison: 2018 Dodge Challenger vs 2018 Ford Mustang

An all-American muscle car is the dream for drivers with a sense of nostalgia and an appreciation for supercharged engines. But not all sporty coupes are created equal.

In the battle between the 2018 Dodge Challenger and the 2018 Ford Mustang, we’ve got our opinions on which muscle car is the better buy. But to give you an objective comparison, we’ll stick to the facts.

Below, see how the Challenger differs from the Mustang in terms of sheer performance. When you’re ready, visit us in Newton, Mass. to experience the raw power of the Challenger.

Performance

Dodge Challenger

The 2018 Challenger comes in a wide range of trims, including the SXT, SXT Plus, GT, R/T, T/A, R/T Shaker, R/T Plus, T/A Plus, R/T Plus Shaker, R/T Scat Pack, T/A 392, 392 Hemi Scat Pack Shaker, SRT 392, SRT Hellcat, SRT Hellcat Widebody, and SRT Demon. It’s a substantial lineup, so there’s sure to be a model just for you.

The Challenger’s base engine is a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 with an 8-speed automatic transmission, making 305 horsepower and 268 lb-ft of torque. Next up is a 5.7-liter Hemi V8 with a 6-speed manual or 8-speed automatic transmission, making a respective 375 and 372 horsepower and 400 and 410 lb-ft of torque.

The R/T Scat Pack through the SRT 392 are standard or available with a 6.4-liter Hemi V8 that makes 485 horsepower and 475 lb-ft of torque. The SRT Hellcat is equipped with a 6.2-liter supercharged Hemi V8 that produces 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque.

The most powerful challenger is the SRT Demon, with a 6.2-liter supercharged Hemi V8, it produces up to 840 horsepower and 770 lb-ft of torque, making it the fastest production car available today. The SRT Demon goes from zero to 60 in just 2.1 seconds, and from zero to 100 in 5.1 seconds.

Ford Mustang

The 2018 Mustang lineup consists of three groups: EcoBoost, GT, and Shelby. EcoBoost models have a 2.3-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine mated to a 6-speed manual or 10-speed automatic transmission, making 310 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque.

GT models come equipped with a 5.0-liter V8 engine that makes 460 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque, also with the option between a 6-speed manual or 10-speed automatic transmission.

Shelby GT350 and GT350R models have a 5.2-liter V8 engine connected to a 6-speed manual transmission. The Mustang’s most powerful model makes 526 horsepower and 429 lb-ft of torque, which is respectable but doesn’t quite match up with the Challenger’s power. The Shelby will take you from zero to 60 in 3.9 seconds, and from zero to 100 in 8.6 seconds, though sources vary.

Pricing

Dodge Challenger

Starting at $27,295 MSRP

Ford Mustang

Starting at $25,585 MSRP