Ford has levied a symbolic passive-aggressive assault against Chevrolet’s all-American pony car, stating that during development, the new 2015 Ford Mustang was benchmarked against the Porsche 911, BMW M3, and even Nissan GT-R – but not the recently-crowned Motor Trend Best Driver’s Car Camaro (?!).
Now, Mustang Chief Engineer Dave Pericak doesn’t claim the 2015 Ford Mustang to be on the same level as those cars that Ford benchmarked against. “I want to target those [cars] that are out there that are probably a stretch target for us as we try to develop a $40,000 car,” he told the folks at CarAdvice.
As it turns out, that was as far as Pericak’s humility was willing to stretch, as he also said, “I’m not putting down Camaro but I believe Mustang is superior to Camaro in its driving dynamics and therefore I wouldn’t want to target something I already believe we’re better than.”
To Ford’s credit, in revamping the primitive Mustang pony car into a global model for the first time, they introduced the car to an independent rear suspension and double-ball point front: equipment that will really launch the 2015 Ford Mustang all the way into the 21st century.
But claiming objective superiority to the Chevrolet Camaro – a car with a stunning performance history, especially in its ZL1 and Z/28 forms – is an unfounded arrogant boast, and one that will certainly be up for debate in the coming months. The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro is right around the corner, Ford, and it probably has a few choice words to say.