Car Comparison: 2019 Dodge Challenger Scat Pack 392 vs. 2019 Ford Mustang GT

Brian Harper: We’re banging our heads against the wall, kid. Tilting at windmills. Spitting into the wind. Trying to objectively analyze two legendary muscle cars (actually, “pony cars” back in my youth) when their respective fan bases have long ago made up their collective minds is just going to get us in trouble. But we gotta try, don’t we? Ford Mustang versus Dodge Challenger. Off and on rivals going back 50 years. Not the ultimate versions of each, maybe not even the most livable for the street, but traditional V8 power and six-speed manual transmissions, the cars augmented by optional performance upgrades that give them superior handling and grip. Stripping it down to the basics, it’s a fight between tradition and evolution. What’s it going to be? Nick Tragianis: Well, the Mustang GT certainly makes a compelling case for evolution. Starting with a 5.0-litre V8 under the hood making 460 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque, and of course, hooked up to a six-speed manual and riding on independent suspension at all four corners, it’s without a doubt the closest the Mustang’s ever been to sports car territory, Shelby GT350 (and GT350R) notwithstanding. It pulls hard, sounds incre...