- C​amaro, Mustang, and Challenger

L​et's face it. In the muscle car world, the V6 engine isn't entirely...

A​ccepted.

A​nd trust me, I know this first hand. As I perused YouTube watching car videos one day, I came across more than a handful of videos that featured the YouTuber ragging on the six cylinder. Whether it was a parts install, exhaust review, or even a compilation of car fails, the creator of the video managed to somehow find a way to make sure V6 owners knew their car was subordinate to the eight cylinder version.

I'm very fortunate to own a 2013 Challenger SXT, and I'm happy with the car in every way possible. However, random people always have their opinion about my car's motoring capabilities. A​s I pulled up to a stoplight one day, the guy next to me rolled down his window from the backseat of a sedan, and asked me "Is that a V6?". With my reply of "yeah" he simply laughed, shook his head, and rolled the window back up.

N​o car owners face this type of judgment more than those who own a V6 powered camaro, mustang, or challenger. To be fair, they are the "weaker" version of their respective eight cylinder brethren, yet they get the job done. And not only do they get the job done, they get the job done well. While saving you gas money.

Y​es, in any race or competition, my SXT would lose to an R/T or an SRT. Yes, it would be left in the dust. Yes, if I revved my engine up to next to a V8 at a stoplight, I'd soon be hearing the screech of tires, and seeing the taillights of whatever true muscle car I foolishly challenged.

I​ know all these things to be true, but I don't want a V8 owner to tell me how true they are! There seems to be a common thread among these owners that V6 guys have something to prove, that they act stupid and reckless in their car in an attempt to feel at place with real muscle car owners. Maybe this is the case for some, but not for me. I'm happy with what I've got, and happy with the way my V6 powers my car!

And so...

D​ear my trusty 3.6 Liter Pentastar V6 engine,

T​hank you for your reliability! Thank you for the 305 horses that you're puttin' out! Thank you for the 268 pounds per foot of torque you give me! And thank you for the 20.5 mpg gas mileage! Don't listen to the V8 owners, because although they may look down on you, they have to spend more money on gas!

(​P.S. Still 80-100 horsepower stronger than the average American car. So ha!)

(​P.S. again. Don't get me wrong, not all V8 owners are like this. Plenty are just glad that V6 owners are happy with their car. And thank you to those people!)

-​Kaden Elisaldez

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