Comparing Big-3 Muscle Cars at the Detroit Auto Show

Comparing Big-3 Muscle Cars at the Detroit Auto Show

Muscle cars back in the spotlight

MLive / Benjamin Raven / January 18, 2018

With Ford announcing the return of two special edition Mustang models at this year’s Detroit auto show, the muscle cars of Big Three were back in the spotlight.

Check out the video above from the North American International Auto Show for an up-close look at the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 and the Dodge Challenger SRT.

Chevrolet’s latest Camaro ZL1 comes equipped with an LT4 supercharged, 6.2-liter, V8 engine, 10-speed auto transmission or Tremec six-speed manual, a dual exhaust system, and is capable of making 650 horsepower.

Ford’s Mustang Shelby GT350 delivers 526 horses and 429 pounds of torque with its 5.2-liter V8 engine.

At its booth on Monday evening, Jan. 15 at the Detroit auto show, Ford presented video footage teasing the Mustang Shelby GT500’s return in 2019. The Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 will return with a V8, projected 700 horsepower engine — “twice as powerful as the original 1967 Mustang performance model.”

The 2017 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, with its 6.2-liter, V8 Hellcat engine, 707 horsepower and 650-pounds of torque, was originally announced in 2014 as a hopeful competitor to models like the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and the former (now, soon to be) Ford Mustang GT500.

The 2018 Detroit auto show opened to the public from Jan. 20 to Jan. 28 at the Cobo Center in Downtown Detroit. Press preview days were Jan. 14 to Jan. 16, which is when automakers held press conferences and introduced new models and concepts.


  • The Ford Mustang Shelby is standard with the TREMEC TR-3160 6-speed manual transmission.
  • The TREMEC TR-6060 6-speed manual transmission is found in the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat.