At last, Motor Trend supplies a (somewhat) definitive answer to the question of the decade: has the new 2015 Ford Mustang improved upon the previous car enough to surpass the current-generation Chevrolet Camaro?
We say “somewhat definitive” because both cars are equipped with their respective performance packages: the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro SS with its 1LE package, and the 2015 Ford Mustang GT with its comparable performance pack. As Motor Trend‘s Associate Road Test Editor Carlos Lago points out, it’s more of a comparison between the two models’ respective packages than between the two cars, per-se.
Both the performance pack-equipped 2015 Ford Mustang GT and the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro SS 1LE post eerily similar zero-to-sixty and quarter-mile times; roughly 4.4 seconds and 12.8/12.9 seconds, respectively. By virtue of its marginally lighter weight, the Mustang has a slight edge over the Camaro in a straight line, but this is more than made up for by the Camaro’s slim advantage with regard to cornering. The Mustang managed a 0.96 G average cornering grip, to the Camaro’s boast of 0.98 G.
So how can the Mustang lose? By virtue of its softer suspension. Lago comments that while the 2015 Ford Mustang may have switched over to a modern, independent rear suspension, the switch still yields a minimal difference in terms of how the car handles on the road. Racing veteran Randy Pobst, who takes both cars on the track, has a somewhat more positive appraisal of the change.
In the end, however, the performance pack-equipped 2015 Ford Mustang GT is deemed the superior car to sit in, but both yield that the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro SS 1LE is still a tighter, more agile driving experience. The results of the two cars’ respective hot laps seems to back this up.
Watch the entire excellent episode of Head 2 Head below.