The new sixth-generation 2016 Chevrolet Camaro has landed and it is definitely turning heads with its sleek looks, performance enhancements, and a refined interior. However, there is one muscle car that gained a lot of momentum in 2015 – the Dodge Challenger. With that in mind, we decided to put the new Chevrolet Camaro up against the Dodge Challenger to see how they stack up against each other. Read more for the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro V6 vs. 2016 Dodge Challenger V6.
Let’s talk about the Camaro first. The new 2016 Chevrolet Camaro has been completely revamped for the sixth-generation model. The new Camaro is lighter, more powerful and features more advanced technology than the fifth-generation model. While you may think that Chevrolet used a lot of parts from the fifth-generation Camaro for the new model, that is certainly not the case. Only two parts carry over from the fifth-generation Camaro to the new Gen Six – the rear bowtie emblem and the SS badge. Other than that, everything is basically brand new.
The model we had the chance to drive is the one powered by a 3.6 liter V6 making 335 horsepower and 284 lb-ft of torque. Now, there are two other engines available including a 2.0-liter turbo making 275 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. The Camaro SS is now the most powerful Camaro SS ever and is powered by a 6.2 liter V8 engine making 455 horsepower and 455 lb-ft of torque.
The V6 Camaro we drove goes from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.1 seconds – however, if you need to get to 60 mph a little quicker, you may want to go for the Camaro SS V8 which does it in just 4 seconds flat.
The new Camaro also comes with an all-new Drive Mode Selector, which allows you to set up to eight vehicle settings for four modes including Snow/Ice, Tour, Sport and – on SS models – Track settings.
The outside of the new Camaro looks down-right sexy. It is definitely more aggressive than the outgoing fifth-generation model and the sexiness continues to the inside with a totally redesigned interior that features a new Chevrolet MyLink system that is capable of Apple CarPlay connectivity.
Let’s move over to the Dodge Challenger. The new Dodge Challenger continues on with its sleek and muscular styling for the 2016 model year. Now there aren’t any four-cylinder options here, but there is the option of a massive new 6.2 liter V8 SRT Hellcat which makes 707 horsepower. We’ll talk about that later.
Our test model, the 2016 Dodge Challenger SXT, is powered by a 3.6 liter V6 engine making 305 horsepower and 268 lb-ft of torque. While on paper that is less powerful than the Camaro, the new Dodge Challenger just feels quicker when you step on the accelerator. The Challenger just naturally feels quicker off the line than the Camaro. Either way, 0 to 60 mph for the 2016 Dodge Challenger SXT comes in 6.1 seconds.
While this is the battle of the V6 versions of these powerful muscle cars, the Dodge Challenger trumps any muscle car on the road at the moment with the new SRT Hellcat – which makes an outstanding 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque. 0 to 60 mph comes in just 3.6 seconds with a top speed of 199 mph.
Looks-wise, the 2016 Dodge Challenger continues on with its 1971 inspired design with some refinements including a pronounced and functional power bulge hood, LED halo headlamps and LED tail lamps. On the inside, the 1971 theme continues with a driver-focused instrument panel available in 14 different color and trim selections, including throwback Hound’s tooth cloth to Ruby Red, Tungsten or Pearl with Black leather performance seats. Tech-wise, while you don’t get Apple CarPlay, you do get the awesome UConnect system with an 8.4-inch touchscreen media center and a 7-inch driver information display.
If you’re looking for a downright powerful V8 beast – the Challenger SRT Hellcat will do the trick – but if you’re looking for a more refined and sharp handling beast, the Camaro will do the trick. In the V6 department, the Camaro is faster and more powerful on paper, however, the Challenger just feels more hardcore.Visit an AutoNation Chevrolet or an AutoNation Dodge dealership to see these cars in person.