Muscle Car Mashup: The Week’s News on Mustang, Camaro, and Challenger

American muscle is alive and well, and arguably, has never done better. The race between the big three — that’s the Camaro, the Challenger, and the Mustang — has never been fiercer, and their respective engineers are pulling out all the stops to ensure that theirs reigns supreme in some capacity.

And while the drag strip was once home-sweet-home for these rides, their parent companies are finding that track performance is as important (or even more important) that outright speed in a straight line. But have no fear, the time-tested formula of big power up front and rear-wheel drive has been left largely intact. Perhaps most importantly, these cars offer exceptional performance for prices that are a fraction of what you would pay for a similarly endowed, more exotic vehicle.

As it turns out, all three players have made some ripples in the news cycle this week. Here are a couple of the headlining stories.