And those are fighting words. There’s nothing we love more than some good old fashioned pony car rivalry. Although many muscle cars have gone away, the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro rivalry burns just as vivid as it did decades ago.
Sitting down with Mark Reuss, General Motors’ product chief, he made it very clear the Camaro team paid no attention to Ford and their all-new Mustang. The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro is set to raise the bar, not follow a standard.
“We did the car way before the new Mustang came out,” Reuss said. The Camaro never exactly had to play catch up with the Mustang either. The Camaro has offered an independent rear suspension and other performance bits to match, and sometimes, surpass the original pony car. The fifth-generation Camaro has also consistently outsold the Mustang, and it wasn’t until recently with the launch of the new Mustang the Camaro lost the lead.
The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro sounds like it won’t be playing much follow the leader. This could mean the absence of a four-cylinder model in the Camaro lineup, something Ford bet on and has so far been rewarded for. It may also mean new innovative features, and even engines. Al Opphenheiser seems to be semi-keen on the thought of a twin-turbo V8 engine finding its way under the hood of the new Camaro, and carbon-fiber wheels seem like a must since the GT350R has arrived with a set.
We won’t have to wait too much longer, though. The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro will finally show face at a special event for the car on May 16th in Detroit. Until then, the Camaro rests on its laurels for only a short period of time.