In this era of electrification, it might surprise you to know muscle cars are not only still a thing, but they're better than ever. While the Chevrolet Camaro and Ford Mustang have added more handling prowess to their repertoire, the big-boned Dodge Challenger is still all about horsepower and customization. It remains the truest incarnation of the classic early 1970s muscle car.
That's not to say the Challenger isn't modern. It offers a host of advanced driver safety aids along with one of the best infotainment systems on the market. It can even be had with all-wheel drive and ventilated seats. But all that modernity doesn't take anything away from its street cred. If you check the right boxes, you can have your Challenger with a nearly unbelievable 797 horsepower, a Widebody kit and steamroller-esque tires. And then there's the personalization options — wild paint colors, graphics packages and various styling add-ons to ensure you and your Challenger will always get attention. If you want absurdity, you can always take it up a notch to the new 807-horsepower drag-racing machine dubbed the SRT Super Stock.
Certainly, the Camaro and the Mustang have broader performance résumés. Their V8 engines provide loads of power and sound great. The Camaro and Mustang are also a bit easier to maneuver than the hulking Dodge and return mildly better fuel economy. But Dodge is right to be proud of the latest Challenger since it offers an unmatched combination of power, comfort and convenience. There's nothing quite like the Challenger, and that fuels much of its appeal.