Poll: Dodge Challenger or Nissan 370Z?

Craig Cole
by Craig Cole

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!

Craig Cole
Craig Cole

Born and raised in metro Detroit, Craig was steeped in mechanics from childhood. He feels as much at home with a wrench or welding gun in his hand as he does behind the wheel or in front of a camera. Putting his Bachelor's Degree in Journalism to good use, he's always pumping out videos, reviews, and features for AutoGuide.com. When the workday is over, he can be found out driving his fully restored 1936 Ford V8 sedan. Craig has covered the automotive industry full time for more than 10 years and is a member of the Automotive Press Association (APA) and Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA).

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  • Hal H Hal H on Mar 29, 2016

    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 Mark S on Mar 30, 2016

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