2011 Ford Mustang vs 2010 Dodge Challenger December 30, 2009 AUTORIVALS.NET
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Along with the Chevrolet Camaro, the Dodge Challenger arrived just in the nick of time to compete in the muscle car revival. It looks the most retro by far with the strongest resemblance to its respective original, the 1970 Dodge Challenger. It comes armed with an available 6.1L Hemi V8 and has the largest chassis by a significant margin compared to its competitors. The Ford Mustang on the other hand, is the smaller, nimbler pony car and gets two brand new engines for the 2011 model.
1967 Ford Mustang | 2011 Ford Mustang
1970 Dodge Challenger | 2010 Dodge Challenger
2011 Ford Mustang vs 2010 Dodge Challenger
The Mustang gets minor changes to its exterior for next year. Design cues comes from various Mustang years such as the upper grille inspired by 1967-1968 Mustangs and the one piece headlight/turn signal unit inspired by the 1970 Mustang. The Dodge Challenger's exterior carries over from its introduction year with the same performance hood fitted with scoops and dual round headlights resembling the original Challenger.
The Challenger is fitted with a front lip spoiler and squarer front end than the Mustang. Matched with the hood stripes, the front fascia has a stronger resemblance to '60s and '70s muscle cars. The hood looks nearly identical to one of the original's hoods (the 1970 model was fitted with four different hoods) and the grille is deeply recessed too. The Mustang's power dome hood looks better however with a more modern design mixed with classis styling.
The Challenger is the largest muscle car available and nearly ten inches longer than the Mustang. The extra dimensions gives it the best rear head and leg room along with the best cargo space. The extra size gives it a great cruiser presence but unfortunately adds a ton of weight. Two tons actually for the SRT8. Luckily its got the Hemi to keep it fast off the line. The beltline is shaped like the original model with muscular proportions and a large C-pillar. It's larger on purpose like the original was whereas the Mustang is smaller and more compact with tighter fitting sheet metal.
The Challenger's taillights have a striking similarity to the original that goes the width of the car. The design is the same with the Dodge logo fitted in the center. The rear fenders are shaped more muscularly than the Mustang's which are more modest but tauter. The only thing to knock on the Mustang's design is the side rear windows.
It's hard to compete with the Mustang's interior after Ford has had a few years to tweak the refinement but the Challenger does an admirable job. The trapezoidal gauge cluster housing recalls the original's interior and is oversized like its exterior (though not nearly as oversized as the original). The layout is modern enough but materials aren't up to the Mustang's standards. Passengers will enjoy the Challenger's extra space though.
SPECIFICATIONS
PRICE: $22,145 - $37,845
ENGINE: 3.7L V6
5.0L V8
HORSEPOWER: 305/412 hp
TORQUE: 280/390 lb-ft
SIZE (L x W x H): 188.1 x 73.9 x 55.6-56.1 in.
CURB WEIGHT: 3,401 - 3,483 lbs.
0-60 MPH: 4.3 - 5.4 sec
0-100 MPH: 10.4 - 11.0 sec
1/4 MILE: 12.9 sec @ 111 mph -
14.0 sec @ 103 mph
TOP SPEED: 115 - 146 mph
ROADHOLDING: 0.94 - 0.96 g (est)
BRAKING: 60-0 mph: 104 ft.
FUEL (City/Hwy): 17-19 / 25-31 mpg
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SPECIFICATIONS
PRICE: $22,735 - $41,230
ENGINE: 3.5L V6
5.7L V8
6.1L V8
HORSEPOWER: 250/372/425 hp
TORQUE: 250/401/420 lb-ft
SIZE (L x W x H): 197.7 x 75.7 x 57.1-57.3 in.
WEIGHT: 3,719 - 4,140 lbs
0-60 MPH: 4.8 - 5.1 sec (SRT8-R/T)
1/4 MILE: 13.3 sec @ 108 mph (SRT8) - 13.6 sec @ 106 mph (R/T)
TOP SPEED: 168 mph (SRT8)
FUEL (City/Hwy): 13-17 / 19-25 mpg
RECAP RECAP

PROS
+Smaller, lighter, tighter
+Better engines for 2011 matched with a lighter chassis
+Best interior among muscle cars

CONS
-Side rear window

PROS
+Gives the greatest sense of nostalgia
+Larger size makes it a great cruiser

CONS
-V6 model weighs as much as the Mustang GT V8
-Interior isn't as refined
Video Source: Inside Line via YouTube
NOTES
2010 Ford Mustang Engines vs 2011 Ford Mustang Engines
ENGINE: 4.0L V6 - 4.6L V8
HORSEPOWER: 210 - 315 hp
TORQUE: 240 - 325 lb-ft
0-60 MPH: 5.1 - 6.6 sec
1/4 MILE: 13.7 sec @ 104 mph -
15.3 sec @ 93 mph
TOP SPEED: 114 - 149 mph
ROADHOLDING: 0.85 - 0.92 g
FUEL (City/Hwy): 16-18 / 24-26 mpg
ENGINE: 3.7L V6 - 5.0L V8
HORSEPOWER: 305 - 412 hp
TORQUE: 280 - 390 lb-ft
0-60 MPH: 4.5 - 5.5 sec (est)
1/4 MILE: 12.7 - 14.3 sec (est)
TOP SPEED: 115 - 149 mph
ROADHOLDING: 0.85 - 0.92 g (est)
FUEL (City/Hwy): 17-19 / 25-31 mpg
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