There are five muscle cars in the United States: the Dodge Challenger, the four-door Dodge Charger, the Chevrolet Camaro, the Ford Mustang and the Chevrolet Corvette. Now, before criticizing us for telling such a lie, keep in mind that the above list was according to Tim Kuniskis, chief of FCA Passenger Cars.
In an exclusive interview with Muscle Cars & TrucksKuniskis said muscle car racing comes down to these five cars. He recognized the truth that the Corvette isn’t exactly a muscle car, but online car buying behavior dictates that it includes the Chevy sports coupe in the list.
What does it mean? According to Kuniskis, buyers of SRT loaders and challengers tend to include the Chevy Corvette on their shopping list. And it’s not just a generic inclusion; these muscle car buyers put the Corvette at the top of the list.
If you ask us, it’s not at all a surprise. When you compare the prices of SRT loaders and challengers, the current Corvette C8 is relatively close to their range. However, it is important to note that Kuniskis’ statement did not specify whether he was talking about the C7 Vette or the current mid-engine version.
Cross-buying and even trading in entirely different categories of cars is not unknown, especially from an FCA brand. Last year, Jeep North America director Scott Tallon said in an interview that American muscle cars – especially the Ford Mustang, the Chevy Camaro and the Dodge Challenger – were traded for the Jeep Wrangler.
Tallon also said that one of the most competitive exchange requests they have received concerns the Nissan GT-Rs and the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. It just proves that competition is no longer limited within the segment.