Poll: Dodge Challenger or Nissan 370Z?

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Poll: Dodge Challenger or Nissan 370Z?

Today we compare two unlikely performance rivals, the Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack and Nissan 370Z NISMO. Which of these cars would YOU rather park in your driveway?

Dodge Challenger or Nissan 370Z?

Both of these cars are rear-wheel drive and both offer plenty of speed, but they go about this mission in completely different ways. The Dodge is large and in charge, with a sonorous Hemi and spacious back seat. On the other hand, Nissan’s offering features a smaller six-cylinder engine and a much lighter curb weight. Hmm, this is a quandary. Which to choose?! Each one has its own benefits.

The Challenger R/T Scat Pack features a thundering 6.4-liter V8 that’s good for 485 horses and 475 lb-ft of torque. It can be paired with either a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission. Unfortunately, it needs all that giddy-up; this car tips the scales at more than 4,200 pounds … Yikes!

Nissan’s 370Z NISMO features a dramatically smaller 3.7-liter V6 engine. It puts out a heroic 350 horsepower along with 276 lb-ft of peak torque. Making up for lost displacement compared to the Dodge, it revs to a heady 7,500 RPM. A six-speed manual or seven-ratio automatic gearbox is on the menu. Even at its heaviest, the NISMO weighs around 900 pounds less than the portly Challenger, giving it a significant advantage in maneuverability, if not outright speed.

So, which of these two mean machines do YOU prefer, the big, bad Dodge with its Hemi V8 or the light and tight Nissan? This is a tough comparison, but choosing a favorite will probably come down to how you plan on using either machine. If you regularly attend track days the 370Z might be a better choice. If you routinely have passengers go with the Challenger.

For more detailed information including pricing, you can compare these cars directly right here. With all that information at hand, please make an informed decision and vote in our latest poll so you voice is heard!

  • Frank Yoster

    Umm the scat pak is 10xs better then that nissan thing..

  • NewGuy

    The Nissan because the challenger is a fat pig.

  • craigcole

    I’d take the Challenger because I don’t race on weekends and prefer a car with enough room to take a few passengers along, oh, and it has a howling V8.

  • I’m sorry, but I just can’t bring myself to get into Scat.

  • hearsetrax

    I’m reminded of a comment in possibly old issue of either 4wheeler or other truck magazinea good while back
    when comparing a 4×4 Toyota and a Nissan 4×4
    and it was mentioned that in more then a few ways it was like comparing a sumo wrestler and a ninja
    obviously the same train of thought can be applied to this
    two purpose built toys and each with thar own respective strengths
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    I’m admitedly biased towards the the scat pack challenger

  • windel Vernon

    I’ll take the Z car and give up the straight line acceleration to the Challenger, but I want a rematch at Pikes Peak or any other winding road and I’ll show you my behind.

  • Hal H

    Comparing a two-seater [two-box layout] vs. a 5 passenger vehicle [3 box layout] of course any vehicle other than a two-seat sports car would be heavier.

    wheelbase is longer, iron block vs. all alloy engine

    it would be like comparing the acceleration / cornering of a motorcycle vs. passenger car – very different properties between the two

  • Mark S

    Put the Chally up against the GT and SS would have been a fairer match.