2016 Muscle Comparison: Challenger SRT Hellcat + Chevy Camaro 2SS

September 2nd, 2016 by

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The Dodge Challenger and Chevy Camaro are well-known American muscle cars. Both cars are beautifully designed, powerful and “bad” to the core. Competition is fierce between both vehicles. The Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat is the quickest, most powerful muscle car ever, but the 2016 Chevy Camaro was the Motor Trend Car of the Year. Though the Camaro and Challenger have a few similarities, they have a lot of differences, too.

Currently, the most powerful model for the 2016 model year is the Challenger SRT Hellcat and the Camaro 2SS. Later this year, Chevy will be adding a new more powerful trim to the Camaro lineup, the Camaro ZL1 and there is talk that the SRT Hellcat engine may be tweaked in coming years. In the meantime, we are going explore these two cars and break down their similarities and differences.

Performance

The Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat is equipped with a 6.2-liter supercharged HEMI V8 SRT Hellcat engine that comes standard with a 6-speed manual transmission, but a TorqueFlite 8-speed automatic is an available option. This engine generates 707-horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque, making it the most powerful engine on a muscle car that helps it achieve the title as the fastest muscle car.

The Dodge Challenger can accelerate from 0-60 mph in just 3.6 seconds when equipped with an automatic transmission. The speedometer in this car goes all the way up to 200 mph, which is good since its top speed is 199 mph. The engine and transmission combo gets 13 city and 21 highway mpg, but who really cares when you have a car THAT fast

The Chevy Camaro 2SS is powered by a 6.2-liter LT1 V8 engine. This Camaro 2SS also comes standard with a 6-speed manual transmission, but an 8-speed automatic transmission is also available. The Camaro 2SS generates 455-horsepower and 455 lb-ft of torque, which is impressive, but far from the SRT Hellcat’s power.

The Camaro S22 goes from 0-60 mph in 4.0 seconds and its top speed is 165 mph. With less horsepower, the Camaro 2SS has a better fuel economy of 17 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.

Exterior

Both the Camaro and Challenger are low, sporty-looking two-door muscle cars, but each of them have different and distinct exterior qualities. Additionally, both cars were redesigned in the early 2000s and both of the redesigns were inspired by the traditional design of each vehicle when it was first produced. The Dodge Challenger is only available as a five-passenger coupe, and the Camaro is a four-passenger vehicle that is available as a coupe or a convertible.

The Dodge Challenger is equipped with 20-inch black forged aluminum wheels and performance all-season tires that are stopped by Brembo brakes. Standard exterior features include a gloss-black grille, four round headlights like the original 1970 Challenger and SRT Hellcat badging

Standard features on the Camaro include a rear spoiler, 20-inch lightweight aluminum wheels, and a similar Brembo brake package as the Challenger.The Camaro has a distinct hood and wide, assertive grille with integrated brake cooling ducts.

Interior

Both the Camaro 2SS and Challenger SRT Hellcat both have several luxury interior features. Both models have leather-trimmed seats and steering wheels.

Interior features in the Challenger such as a flat bottom steering wheel, ventilated and heated 6-way powered front seats, and 60/40 rear split folding seats all come standard.

Features like a heads-up display, power outlet, leather wrapped shift knob, and a heated steering wheel all come standard on the Camaro 2SS.

Safety

Both safety and entertainment technology are important to drivers today. Safety features in the Camaro include OnStar basic plan for five years, OnStar guidance plan for six months, rear-vision camera with park assist, blind zone alert, teen driver technology and much more.

The Challenger comes with features such as keyless entry, hill-start assist, rear backup camera with park assist, remote start, an anti-theft system and a lot more.

Entertainment features also are slightly different depending on the vehicle. The Challenger comes with entertainment technology including, a one-year subscription to SiriusXM radio, 18 speakers with 2 subwoofers, a 8.4-inch touchscreen display, GPS navigation, and much much more. The Camaro also comes with some great entertainment technology like a heads-up display, power outlet, a Bose 7-speaker audio system, and SiriusXM radio.

Prices and Warranties

There is a big  difference in the pricing due to their differences in engine power and speed. The 2016 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat starts at $62,495 and the Camaro 2SS starts at $41,905. Both of these vehicles have the same exact warranty policies. The warranties include a three year or 36,000 mile basic warranty, and a five year or 60,000 mile powertrain warranty.

If you leave this blog a fan of the Challenger SRT Hellcat (who wouldn’t?), come down to Kendall Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram and check it out for yourself.

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