2016 Camaro SS vs 2016 Mustang GT
As any true motorsports fan knows, there is a long and storied history between the Chevrolet Camaro and the Ford Mustang. In years past, both cars have had a strong and devoted fan bases ready to square off on the tracks. However, with the introduction of the 2016 models, there are a few differences that stand out starkly between the two muscle cars.
PerformanceThe 2016 Mustang GT weighs in at 3,825 pounds, similar to previous models. It is equipped with Ford's Coyote 5.0 liter eight cylinder engine to deliver 435 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque to the rear tires. As expected the Mustang's performance package comes with the six-speed manual transmission, Brembo brakes, and 19-inch Pirelli tires. On the other hand, the 2016 Camaro SS was trimmed down in the weight category to a new, sleeker 3672 pounds. This reduction in weight from the 2015 model is accompanied by the Corvette's LT1 V8, a 6.2 liter monster with 455 horsepower and a matching 455 lb-ft of torque. Again, it comes with a standard six-speed manual transmission and asymmetrical Goodyear tires keep it on the ground.
At the Starting LineIn a dead showdown, there a few distinct features which stand out between the Mustang and the Camaro. Ford has grown a reputation around the ease of getting their cars off the line, allowing drivers to rev the engine up, dump the clutch and take off predictably every single time. The Chevy has a little more attitude at the line and requires a light touch with the clutch, allowing it to reach 60 mph in just 4 short seconds. The Mustang falls behind reaching 60 at 4.6 seconds. At the end of the quarter mile, the Camaro is clocking 12.4 seconds and 114.6 mph while the Mustang comes in second with a track time of 12.9 seconds achieved at 110 mph flat.
HandlingOne of the biggest differences between the new Mustang and the new Camaro is the way the two cars handle speed and corners. Drivers report that, overall, the two cars handle very differently when it comes to top speed driving with the Mustang being significantly harder to control. The Camaro seems much more adept at taking corners smoothly and requires far less physical effort to keep it on the road. The Mustang seems to bounce around, and feels as if the rear tires could quickly come around to the side if the driver isn't vigilant about holding the car in check. Plus, the Ford isn't equipped to handle quite as much in second gear as the Chevy, which means that drivers are forced to shift between second and third gears each time they approach a corner to maintain control. The Camaro's second gear is more than enough to handle a figure eight track in just 24.1 seconds minus all the pitching and rolling that the Mustang has to contend with and it's longer 24.4 second time.
Interior FeaturesThe interior of the two cars is the last place where there is a major difference. Everything in the Chevy has been designed with weight and efficiency in mind. The lower curb weight of the Camaro means that all of the interior features serve an exact purpose and they do their job well. The seats sit lower than those of the Mustang, but in a comfortable and relaxed position. The center stack includes both functional and aesthetically pleasing controls, and the major components like the steering wheel and gear shifter set the bar for comfort, quality and style all at once.
Choose ChevyOverall the 2016 Camaro SS and the 2016 Mustang GT have taken on two very different personalities in the ponycar class. Chevy has chosen to focus on their Super Sport label and truly make each and every pound of the Camaro count in terms of performance and speed. On the other hand, the Mustang remains true to its more traditional features, offering less in power but tries to make up for it in the cruising comfort meant for the Grand Touring series. To see the 2016 Chevy Camaro SS and enjoy a test drive, visit any of your local Valley Chevy dealers today.
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