Dodge Challenger ousts Chevy Camaro as No. 2 sports car


A driver does a burnout in a 2018 Dodge Challenger Hellcat SRT at the Roadkill Nights media day at M1 Concourse in Pontiac on Aug. 10, 2018. (Photo: Cameron Pollack, Detroit Free Press) Buckle in.

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Ford Mustang is holding its lead in the “highly emotional” sports car segment as Dodge Challenger sees a spike. Hellcat drives passion, money.

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And now Dodge Challenger has solidly overtaken the legendary Chevrolet Camaro. It had the best year ever in 2018 and continues gaining market share at an astonishing rate, analysts say.

Models named ‘Demon’ and ‘Hellcat’ have led to’an impressive presence on Facebook with more than’5.2 million followers. The average buyer age’is 51.

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‘Muscle cars are important to automakers because the owners are the most enthusiastic brand champions for them. Friendly muscle car rivalries are just as fierce amongst owners as they are between the manufacturers,’ he said. ‘If a company wins the heart of an enthusiast through a muscle car, they are likely to also sell them other vehicles, such as trucks and SUVs.’

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Engineering Explained: 6 Reasons Why I’d Buy A Hellcat Over A Viper

It’s true. Unless you’re flooring it, driving a Hellcat is just like driving any other large sedan. It’s comfortable, quiet, and requires little effort. The backseats will become cluttered with trash. Your kids will scream and complain. You’ll get honked at the second the light turns green. That is, until you put your foot down. Not every other sedan has 707 horsepower. And there’s traction control for those who aren’t ready for their first burnout, regardless of the speed they’re travelling.

The Viper isn’t quite as carefree. The moment you sit in it, you feel like you’re not good enough. That’s because you probably aren’t. Each horsepower only has a little over five pounds of mass to accelerate. The power-to-weight ratio easily ousts the Hellcat. With great power comes a high probably of traction issues, and in the wrong hands, the Viper is a beast unwilling to be tamed. I felt excited driving it, but even more anxious. Yes, it’s an incredible piece of engineering and can rival most supercars on the track, but it’s far less inviting than the Hellcat.

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