The fifth generation Camaro may not be perfect, but its ability to generate smiles upon drivers and bystanders alike is undeniable. And this YouTube video shows just how far the Chevy-badged pony car has come in the last three decades.
You see, back in 1985, the Ford Mustang 5.0 cradled a high-output small block V8 that made 210 horses at the crank, making it one of the defining performance machines of the time. In fact, the 5.0 was second in power to the Camaro IROC-Z, which made 215 horses.
27 years and several development cycles later, we have a V6 Camaro that makes a more-than-respectable 323 horsepower while achieving 30 miles to the gallon. The engineering progress is even more apparent when we consider that the 1985 Camaro with the six-banger made a Herculean 112 horsepower… and that’s with EFI. In other words, drivers have at their disposal nearly triple the power in 30 years, or a gain of 100 horses per decade!
At the end of the day, we appreciate how far cars and the combustion engine have come… now watch this fifth-gen V6 Camaro school a roaring 1985 V8 Mustang. Not that it’s a fair race or anything.
Hat tip to Eric M.