2010 was a great year for musclecar fans.
The Chevrolet Camaro came back into the game in 2009, and the war began.
At the beginning of 2010 Ford announced its brand-new engines for the Mustang. We were going to get a 306-horsepower 3.7-liter V-6 and an all-new 5.0-liter generating 412 horses. With the Mustang being lighter than the Camaro, the automotive press found itself a new favorite.
Of course, Dodge and Chevy weren't going to take that lying down.
Chevy wanted to stay top dog on power, so they left the 420-horsepower 6.2-liter engine alone, but boosted up power on the 3.6-liter V-6 to 312 horses. Then, Chrysler followed suit with new engines for the (arguably best-looking of the three) Challenger: a 305-horsepower 3.6-liter V-6 engine, an upgraded 379-horsepower 5.7-liter HEMI in the R/T version and finally a new 6.4-liter 475-horsepower engine for the SRT version.
Chalk up one for Dodge. But hang on a second. The war rages on, as rumors of the Z28 Camaro have surfaced again, boasting the supercharged 6.2-liter CTS-V engine.
Plus, none of these can take a hot lap like Ford's Mustang BOSS that was announced this year. It will definitely be a high point of the musclecar story.
So, much like the late Sixties, 2010 saw the beginning of a brand-new American musclecar power struggle.
Will these engines keep getting bigger and brawnier? Let's hope so.