Muscle Car Sales War - 2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0 Long-Term Road Test

2011 Ford Mustang Long-Term Road Test

2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0: Muscle Car Sales War

December 15, 2011

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Most of us here love our long-term 2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0. A lot of other people also love it, including many enthusiasts and auto journalists.

On the other hand, we loved our long-term 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS for its awesome 426 hp 6.2L V8. But we felt that many other aspects of the car left plenty of room for improvement...ahem.

But what do we know? The buying public has spoken, and from nearly year-long data prepared by the crack Pricing and Analysis team at, you can see that the Camaro outsold the Mustang by a wide margin.

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Interestingly, the average transaction price of the three main muscle cars -- Camaro, Mustang, and Challenger -- are about the same. It's particularly surprising to me that the Challenger's average transaction price is so low. I had thought that many Challenger sales were the more expensive R/T and SRT8 models.

So what do you think?

Why does the Camaro kill the Mustang in sales when many "enthusiasts"prefer the Mustang?

And why does the Challenger, my favorite and the baddest of them all, sell so poorly?

Albert Austria, Senior VE Engineer @ 18,470 miles

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