2015 Dodge Challenger Bests Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro in V8 Pricing
When a prospective muscle car buy goes shopping for a brand new V8 muscle car for as little money as possible, he or she has three basic options – the Dodge Challenger R/T, the Ford Mustang GT and the Chevrolet Camaro 1SS. Each of these models come with a 6-speed manual transmission and the lowest price of V8 models in the segment. The least expensive of these is the Challenger R/T, with a small advantage over the Mustang and a substantial lead over the Camaro.
The Least Expensive Muscle Car
If you are looking to get into a brand new American muscle car for a few of your hard earned dollars as possible, you should be looking at the 2015 Dodge Challenger R/T, which costs $31,495 plus destination fee of $995 for a total MSRP of $32,490. The 2015 Ford Mustang GT (300A) starts at $32,100 plus a destination fee of $825 for a total price of $32,925 - $435 more than the Challenger. The 2015 Chevrolet Camaro 1SS starts at $33,505 and adds on $995 in destination fees for a total price of $34,500. That makes the Camaro $2,010 more than the Challenger and $1,575 more than the new Mustang GT.
It should be noted that the Challenger R/T has a bit less power than the 2015 Mustang GT or the 2015 Camaro 1SS. The 5.7L Hemi in the Challenger offers 375 horsepower and 410lb-ft of torque compared to the 5.0L V8 in the Mustang GT that offers 435hp and 400lb-ft of torque. This gives the Mustang the horsepower advantage while the Challenger has the torque advantage and costs less. The Camaro packs 426hp and 420lb-ft of torque, so the Chevy has an advantage over the Challenger R/T in both metrics – but it also costs $2k more.
Of course, I should point out that the muscle cars mentioned above are the least expensive V8 models with the fewest number of options so while you can get a new Dodge Challenger, Ford Mustang or Chevrolet Camaro for those prices above – the prices come up in a hurry when you begin adding options. However, if you don’t care about options and you literally want to get into the least expensive V8 muscle car possible – the 2015 Challenger R/T is the car for you.
Challenger Scat Pack Offers Big Power Under $40k
The 2015 Challenger R/T has a price advantage over the Mustang and Camaro, but it trails a bit in power. Those prospective Challenger buyers who want to have more power than their neighbor’s Camaro SS can opt for the new Scat Pack with the 392 cubic inch SRT Hemi V8, which features 485hp and 475lb-ft of torque. That new trimline starts at $39,490 including destination while having 59 more horsepower and 55lb-ft more torque than the V8 Camaro. That’s some $5k more than the Camaro 1SS, but the more luxurious Camaro 2SS starts at $38,300 so the powerful Scat Pack Challenger is priced very similarly to the far more power yet far less well equipped Challenger with the 6.4L Hemi.
In the same way that the Mustang and Camaro cost a little more than the Challenger R/T while having a little more power, the Challenger Scat Pack costs more than the other two while having more power of its own.