2009 Ford Mustang GT vs Chevrolet Camaro SS vs Dodge Challenger R/T

posted Jan 2, 2010, 1:30 AM by Quentin Ballard Tremeer   [ updated Jan 6, 2010, 7:52 PM ]

A few months ago I drove an American icon, a Ford Mustang Cabriolet, down the California coast. A life long dream. I will be in Miami in May and hope to drive a 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS down the Florida Keys. Check out the specification comparison of the comparable cars below. I think I'm going to enjoy the Camaro even more.

Ford Mustang Cherry Red      Yellow Ford Mustang
2009 Ford Mustang GT:
4.6litre V8 sohc 24 valve. 235kW. 440Nm. 5 speed manual. Suspension front (struts, coils) rear (rigid axle, coils)
0-100km/h 5sec. Top speed 240km/h. 14litres/100km.
Price: Approx R280000 (USA price) – double for importing plus more for RHD conversion….. Or like Loli Jackson (our local strip club lord for our north American friends) drive it in Swaziland.
Quarter mile 13.6.  1624kg. Vented discs front and rear.
2009 Dodge Orange
2009 Dodge Challenger R/T:
5.6litre V8 pushrod 16 valve. 280kW. 556Nm. 6 speed manual.  Suspension front (struts, coils) back (multi-link, coils), vented disks front and rear.
   Dodge Challanger Classic
0-100km/h 5.2sec.  230km/h top speed. 15litres/100km.

Orange 2009 Chevrolet Dodge

Price: Approx R350000 (double and add more for SA import and RHD conversion).
Blue Chevi Dodge Challanger 2009   
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2009 Chevrolet Camaro SS:

6.1litre V8 pushrod, 16 valve. 280kW. 570Nm. 6 speed manual. Suspension front (struts, coils) rear (multi-link, coils). Vented discs front and rear.


0-100km/h 4.9sec. 250 km/h top speed. 15litres/100km.

Price: Approx R270000 (again USA so double and add more for RHD conversion).




The Mustang is the thoroughbred, not based on anything else. The Dodge Challenger is a shortened, re-skinned Charger (with elements of old E-Class Merc). The Camaro (LS2 Corvette engine, 20inch Pirelli P-Zero and Brembo brakes) comes from the Auzy Pontiac G8 (Holden Monaro in disguise).

The Dodge Challenger SRT8 is more competitive but more expensive. It also handles poorly, weighs, 1878kg and feels slow. It is a bit of a poser car. The interior is also nothing to write about.

In the Camaro, you sit low with poor visibility. However all of this is forgotten when you feel that good engine response and angry power at the top end. The handling is good but the driver aid steps in a bit too soon and the suspension and ride is hard.

The Mustang handling is good and sounds great (unlike some of it's older brothers). No luck yet though with imports into RSA unless you have R1.25mil for the grey import Shelby selling in Jhb.

When I spoke to one of the senior Ford SA managers at the motor show two years ago, he told me that it was too expensive for Ford to do RHD cars................ seems they think there isn't a market for RHD Mustangs world wide. Between the UK, Auz and South Africa I am sure they would sell a bunch of them to us car mad American muscle fans. I know that I would buy one.

In fact I liked the cabriolet that I drove (despite it's washy handling) so much that I priced a second hand custom Mustang from British RHD converters for R800k. Unfortunately this is too expensive for what it is. I suggest you rather buy a 993 Turbo S or a Ferrari 355 Spyder for this kind of money, you will hold on to your hard earned million in five years, plus some. Not too sure the Shelby will be worth R400k by then.