2016 V-8 Muscle Car Challenge: Handling

2016 V-8 Muscle Car Challenge: Handling


it’s not like the old days where all the
muscle car had to do is accelerate quickly in a straight line today’s muscle cars also have to handle
and break well so we’re at a racetrack in Phoenix with motor week for the 2016
cars.com muscle car challenge the contestants are the chevrolet camaro
SS the dodge challenger r/t scat pack and the ford mustang GT let’s see how they do what I really
liked about the camaro is that it does just about everything well it’s
extremely fast it’s really well balanced and handles well it’s comfortable for
somebody my size I’m able to drive around this track really so we weren’t really keeping lap times
here but the camaro SS was by far the fastest on the track didn’t see no matter who was driving it
they were gaining on whatever cars in front of them almost all day long sound great shifter works great with the
road match feature it’s just a great car on track I think
there are two performance shortcomings in the camaro SS one is the breaking it
stops the car and it does it in pretty short order but the pedal is mushy it’s not linear
and that doesn’t give you a lot of confidence on the track and the other
performance short coming is visibility it’s not just an issue out on the street
where there are other cars that a pillars are in front of you and because
there’s so little headroom especially if you have a helmet on you are sitting
solo if you can fit all that you are looking at the fattest part of the a
pillars and the gauge hoods are kind of creeping up into your line of sight and
attract that had more elevation changes than this one i think i would probably
be driving very slow in the camaro what I don’t like about the camaro SS is
that there’s not one in my garage you know I feel a kind of kinship with
the Challenger it’s big its bold it’s going to be a little bit slower than
some of its peers but you really can’t help but love the thing it is so
unabashedly retro and everything that looks the way it sounds looking at the
shaker hood out there as you’re rubbing it up it really is just a throwback experience
but if that’s what you’re looking for it’s absolutely perfect what I really
like about the Challenger r/t scat pack is that it has a longer wheelbase than
the other cars and when it starts to slide around extremely controllable and
it slides around frequently because those skinny tires just want to ink
night when the car launches off the corner things that make the challenge of great
on the street don’t really translate to the track very well it’s a very
comfortable car to drive but then when you get the corners there’s a lot of role to it just feels
big and soft compared to the other cars the shifter has a good feel but the
throws are a little bit long it’s a little bit hard to shift quickly and
even though the brakes are remarkably good at stopping the car on the street
into an extent on the track they did soften up on us here in a way
that again competitors did not yeah so the best thing about the Mustang it
may have the least horsepower but it lets you use all of it coming out of the
corner and things squats down takes off get you down the street Perry gets in
the corners does very well through there – it feels very nimble to roll much and
it’s kind of great shifter for getting through the gears the Mustang really
comes into its own on the track it’s a little soft off the line out on
the street but here on the track you keep it running you keep in that sweet spot and it’s
terrific the handling is very good a little bit looser a little bit more
sliding than say the camaro but i actually find that to be kind of fun there’s one big thing that I don’t like
about the Mustang let me tell you about the recaro seats I hate the recaros you hate the recaro
seats they are extremely uncomfortable they’re
not adjustable enough it’s not even so much a matter of with
and bolstering its the seat bottom that isn’t adjustable enough up and down and
tilt wise and so you’re not really in a comfortable position in the car ever you know I’ve racked my brain thinking
what did not like about this car and there’s really not a whole lot on the
street is a completely different set of issues but on the track and just found
myself really enjoying driving the mustang maybe just the fact that you
know it’s it’s not all about going fast you know I would have liked a little
more overall grip a little bit more confidence turning into a corner that the camaro
had the camaro was just the beast out there but this was still a totally
proficient and at home out here so there you have it for more details on
how these cars did on the track and who came out on top in the competition go to
cars.com