Red Wings and Blackhawks. Michigan and Ohio State. Chevrolet Camaro and Ford Mustang. Since the Camaro’s introduction in 1967, the two pony cars have been battling it out in one form or another. That rivalry is still very much alive today, showing no signs of slowing down.
Both Ford and Chevrolet have made modern versions of their track focused models, the Mustang Boss 302 and the Camaro Z/28. Although the Boss 302 is no longer in production and Z/28 has yet to reach production, GM still compared the two side by side at its Milford Proving Grounds. Why not the Mustang GT500? According to the Camaro’s engineers, the Boss — in this case, the Boss Laguna Seca — is quicker around the track.
So how do they stack up? Unsurprisingly, the Camaro beats the Mustang in almost every regard, you could argue it’s a home advantage, but the numbers don’t lie. The Camaro crosses the line a full 5.4 seconds faster than the mustang, but then it would, it has more power, more torque, fully independent rear suspension and huge carbon ceramic brakes coupled with 305 front tires, compared to the Boss 302’s 255 fronts. You could say the Mustang is punching above its weight here, while the Z/28 should be dogfighting the Nissan GT-R and Porsche 911 GT3, as Camaro chief engineer Al Oppenheiser suggests, and what its Nürburgring time declares.