CHICAGO, March 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Cars.com has teamed up with MotorWeek to determine the segment leader in its V-8 Muscle Car Challenge. The three main options in the segment – the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS, 2016 Dodge Challenger Scat Pack and 2016 Ford Mustang GT – were put to the test to determine the ultimate champion. Testing was conducted with the help of four expert judges and a consumer in the market for a new muscle car. After extensive evaluation, the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS earned first place.
"Americans have always loved muscle cars, and with gas below $2 a gallon in many parts of the country, there might not be a better time to be a fan," said Patrick Olsen, Cars.com editor-in-chief. "In muscle cars, the cost-for-horsepower is a relatively good deal compared to similarly powered vehicles in other segments. Nearly 500 horsepower for $40,000 is the kind of power for the money you'll only find in modern muscle cars."
The tests resulted in the following ranking:
- 2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS
- 2016 Dodge Challenger Scat Pack
- 2016 Ford Mustang GT
"The Camaro SS, our overall winner in this comparison, demonstrated remarkable civility, comfort and user-friendliness on the street and eye-popping capability on the racetrack," Olsen said. "It is a great option for any muscle car shopper."
The testing process included:
- Racetrack tests like 0-60 mph tests, quarter-mile times and speeds and 60-mph-to-zero braking distance
- A 130-mile course on varying road types to test each vehicle for real-world MPG
- Round-robin testing, where multiple experts drove each vehicle back-to-back on the same course to test ride, handling, comfort, acceleration and more
- Testing by a real-life consumer who is in the market for a new muscle car to evaluate features, cargo space, ride and more
For full results and scoring details on the V-8 Muscle Car Challenge, or any recent Cars.com multicar comparisons, visit www.cars.com/news.
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