Within the General Motors lineup, there are several performance vehicles to choose from. Whether its a brutish Chevy Camaro ZL1, an M5-fighting CTS-V, or a ballistic Corvette Z06, each of these machines bring a different theme and feel to the table, to accommodate different desires. Looking back, there was the Pontiac Solstice GXP, which provided plenty of punch — not nearly as much as the V8 firebreathers listed above — but throwing it around didn’t feel like wrestling your dad when you were five years old.
With the Camaro ZL1, we get a big, but ultimately powerful 580-horsepower Ford Mustang antithesis. The horsepower number is enough to make a statement, no matter how heavy the car is. With the CTS-V, it’s more of the same formula: the addition of power to compensate for weight. The Corvette Z06, on the other hand, weighs much less than the other two, but is also significantly less powerful. Despite this, the Z06 will still take both the Camaro and the Caddy around the track for a nice seafood dinner, and then never call either of them again. But does it matter? Is the power of power simply more meaningful than a more nimble power-to-weight ratio?