Half of the fun of being a pony car owner or fan is comparing and competing with the other two-door offerings from rival Detroit Big Three manufacturers.
These days, the gap between General Motors, Ford and Chrysler pony cars is quite tiny, with each of the domestic brands offering up well priced muscle coupes that provide customers with plenty of choice.
For this reason, it’s hard to go wrong buying a modern day pony car – whether you opt for a Chevrolet Camaro, Ford Mustang or Dodge Challenger.
This closely-contested marketplace battle is on full display in this video of a stock 2019 Camaro ZL1 racing a stock 2019 Dodge Challenger Hellcat. The stock Hellcat has more power, with its supercharged V8 engine making 707 horsepower and 707 pound-feet of torque, but the Camaro ZL1 is lighter and a bit more aerodynamic, so you just know this race is going to be tight.
Crucially, both of the vehicles in the video are also equipped with the available automatic transmissions from their respective manufacturers, so the drivers make less of a difference than they might if they were both manual cars.
So which of these muscle coupes will come out on top? Check out the Camaro ZL1 vs. Challenger Hellcat drag race in the video embedded below to find out. If you feel so inclined, you can also stick around afterwards for a surprise encore performance featuring the same Hellcat and a manual Fox Body Mustang with a very quick driver behind the wheel. It’s nearly as entertaining as the Camaro race – if not more so.
Of course, the true winners in this situation are American muscle car fans. Between products like the Camaro ZL1, Challenger Hellcat and Mustang GT500, it’s truly a great time to be a Domestic performance car enthusiast.