If you’ve been following America’s new pony car wars than you no doubt already know the contenders. Dodge, Ford and Chevrolet have ramped up their efforts with the Challenger, Mustang and Camaro, and hot damn if it hasn’t been fun to watch. This all started back in 2005 when Ford released the completely redesigned Mustang, which from a styling and performance perspective was simply amazing. Dodge and Chevy followed suit shortly after with the Challenger and Camaro.
There is a now a new player in the game and he’s not from America. The Hyundai Genesis Coupe was introduced in 2009, and out of the box it was designed to be a pure bred sports car. The 3.8-liter track addition was set up as Hyundai’s offering for those who want pure performance in a small package. The 3.8-liter V6 puts out 306 HP and 266 lb.tq. which is right in there with Fords V6 Mustang at 305 and Chevy’s Camaro at 312 hp. I hate to say it but for this comparison we’re just going to ignore the Challenger because to be honest, it’s completely out gunned by it’s competitors. It’s too fat, too slow and too big… and this coming from a die-hard Mopar guy.
It used to be that the V6 offerings were the ones that you shied away from, but no more. Like I said, all of these machines (aside from the Challenger) make big numbers and big performance, in fact these V6’s are completely outshining their V8 counterparts from not so long ago.
Just check out these performance numbers:
|2011 Ford Mustang V6||0-60||5.1||1/4 mile||13.7 sec @ 102.0 mph|
|2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8||0-60||5.4||1/4 mile||14.2 sec @ 99.2 mph|
|2010 Chevy Camaro RS||0-60||5.7||1/4 mile||14.3 sec @ 98.9 mph|
These cars are fast no matter how you cut it and will even give some big V8’s a run. The key with these cars is to first decide exactly what you’re looking for in an automobile. Do you want track performance, around town muscle or simply a nice GT cruiser. The guys at Motor Trend Magazine recently put all of these bad boys through the ringer and the results they came up with may in fact surprise you.