For as long as we care to remember, Ford and General Motors have been fighting like siblings in the back seat. And when it comes to things like pickup trucks and performance cars, the situation escalates into a no-holds-barred cage fight. And one of the biggest rivalries in automotive history continues for the 2013 model year with Ford’s Mustang Shelby GT500 and Chevy’s Camaro ZL1. Each car represents the Mustang and Camaro in its fastest, thirstiest, and most expensive form; the GT500 features a monstrous 662hp, and the ZL1 has an impressive 580hp. But that’s just on paper. And spec-sheet smack talk seldom holds out in the real world. This is why Inside Line strapped the pair of super pony cars to the dyno.
Once the two cars hit the dyno, it was shown that the ZL1 had 497hp and 497lb-ft to the rear wheels. Not exactly lacking in power. Then the GT500 took its turn, cranking out 98 more horsepower, and 105lb-ft than the Camaro could muster to the floor.
There’s a number of reasons why the Ford engine has more power — from tech, to magic spells. We think that the handling on the ZL1 will be superior, thanks to not having a live rear axle and the fortification of Magnetic Ride Control. We’ll find out soon enough.
Although we could go back and forth on why each car is better or worse, we can admit that Ford has a greater power output, and makes for an even crazier ride than the ZL1 (in a straight line). We’re hopeful that GM won’t let the GT500 have more power for very long. We sure as hell wouldn’t.