Not since the 1960’s have we experienced a muscle car war as good as the one we are fighting through now. For decades American manufactures have produced sloppy, over weight, and under powered “muscle cars.” That all changed with the resurrection of the Chevy Camaro in 2009. The Mustang was no longer comfortable; no longer the only option. This pressure is the best thing that could have happened for Ford’s pony car and shortly after the 5.0L Coyote was born.
Fast forward two years and the GT500’s 5.8L Supercharged V8 takes the crown as the most powerful mass produced v8 on the planet! Media outlets all over the world exploded. How can super car horsepower be purchased for $55,110? With every one asking that question, Dodge and Chevy went to the drawing board. In less than two years, the massive Hellcat hit the market like a sledge hammer, producing a mind blowing 707 horsepower. Amazing retro style and the largest bench press in the business, the Hellcat has been the talk of the town.
Ford’s GT350 is getting plenty of attention but isn’t the purpose built, tire shredding power house to dethrone the Hellcat. The GT500 release seems to be the light at the end of the tunnel. It seems that 2015 is the year of the Hellcat…or is it?
With Ford’s 700+ hp player still in development, Ford Corporate parter – ROUSH Performance has stepped up to save the day. During SEEMA 2015, ROUSH released their contender; the 2015 RS3 Phase 2. With 727 horsepower, 610 lb-ft TQ, and a 600 pound weight advantage, the ROUSH Stage 3 seems to have the tools to get the job done. The Phase 2 calibration is expected to be available for battle late 2015.
Is it fair to compare a factory Hellcat to an “aftermarket” RS3? Not really, but it’s fun to talk about.