But which Detroit rival finished on top?
The Chevrolet Camaro has finished dead last in the 2022 muscle car sales race, beaten by cross-town rivals Ford and Dodge. Despite their imminent death as we know them, the Dodge Charger and Challenger twins have seen massive demand throughout 2022, likely buoyed by the fact that their time on the market with a Hemi V8 is coming to an end. Meanwhile, Ford enjoyed strong sales of the S550-generation Mustang, even though an all-new and combustion-only S650 model has been revealed for 2024. So, who won the 2022 muscle car sales war?
That'll be the Dodge Charger, with 80,074 units moved. Admittedly, it's a far more practical interpretation of the modern muscle car that rivals can't quite match, but even the two-door Challenger managed 55,060 units - far more than the next closest rival. Both Dodge muscle cars saw an increase in sales from 2021, up by 2% and 1%, respectively, over 2021's figures.
The runner-up to the Dodge duo for 2022 was the Ford Mustang. The Blue Oval managed to shift 47,566 models despite some serious supply chain woes. Still, 'Stang sales are down by a lot, with Ford suffering a 9.2% decline in sales from the 52,414 cars Ford delivered in 2021. We attribute at least a small fraction of this to the arrival of the new Mustang. As an honorable mention, and because it is technically a Mustang, we should tell you Ford sold 39,458 Mach-E EVs in 2022 - up 45.5%.
That, predictably, leaves the Chevy Camaro last, just as it was in 2021. Not only was it the worst-selling muscle car in 2022, but the Camaro's figures were well below those of its rivals, which will no doubt fuel the rumors surrounding the Camaro's impending doom.
Chevrolet sold only 24,652 Camaros in 2022, representing nearly half of the Mustangs Ford managed to sell. However, it's not all bad news for Chevy. While Ford saw a dip in Mustang sales, Chevy's numbers represent a fair increase on 2021's figures, up 12.6% from 21,893 cars moved the year before last. That is still not great, and totaling only a quarter of Dodge's sales volumes doesn't look good for the Camaro. Rumors surrounding the car's fate continue to circulate, including its revival as an electric four-door sedan.
For now, the upcoming Mustang is one of the last V8s standing. The new S650 will have a V8, and the model will continue until just before 2030. By then, who's to say what the muscle car war looks like? It could be a silent one.