The Ford Mustang is the Camaro's longtime rival; but there's so little love between them it's hard to call them models that are cross-shopped.
Between them, the Mustang is packaged better, can be less expensive and better on gas, and when it's fitted with its own magical V-8, rushes through the 400- and 500-horsepower bogeys with exhilarating speed.
But at the top of their lineups, we'd probably go for the ZL1 over the latest Shelby GT500 when soul-searching for the better driving experience.
With its Hemi soundtrack and enormous deck and hood, the Dodge Challenger looks the part of retro musclecar the best; it also has exceptional ride quality, but it drives like the bigger car it is.
The Nissan 370Z is an enticing alternative to either muscle car, giving up the back seat completely, but with more nimble handling and a strong performance punch.
Those looking only at the low end of the price range might find the Hyundai Genesis Coupe alluring.
Its turbo four and excellent road manners prove a formidable rival to base Mustangs and Camaros, although it's a left-field suggestion to most muscle-car guys.
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