Pony Car: an affordable, compact, highly styled car with a sporty or performance-oriented image (with an available V8). That's the definition of a pony car. The stuff in parenthesis was added by me.
The original pony car is obviously the Mustang. In the pony car heyday, the Mustang was joined by the Camaro, Firebird, Cougar, Javelin, 'Cuda and Challenger. Out of all those, only the Camaro, Mustang and Challenger survive. And if you ask me, it's a pretty huge stretch calling something as large as the 5 passenger Challenger a pony car. So, we're down to Camaro vs Mustang again.
So why is it that the Camaro Team has told me that they want to get away from the pony car nomenclature when referring to Camaro?
My response was - WHY?
Because, I was told, that GM wants to position the Camaro to compete with the likes of the BMW 3 Series coupe and Nissan 370Z.
Is that a good path for Camaro to take? Is that how people percieve it? And are cars like the Genesis coupe encompassing the definition of "pony car" better than the Camaro or Mustang?
Let's hear thoughts....