As Karen Carpenter sang in 1970, “We’ve only just begun.” That seems to be a fitting statement for the ongoing pony car wars, which one could say were at their height in 1970. Not true. The Big Three are stronger than ever, sales are good, and investment into hot metal is even better.
With that precursor, it was only a matter of time before Motor Trend put two pony car rivals head to head: 2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS versus 2016 Ford Mustang GT.
Before the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro walked away with the coveted 2016 MT Car of the Year award, the publication sat both muscle coupes down for a chat, involving winding roads, freeway cruising and plenty of smokey drift maneuvers.
The 2016 Camaro never ceased to impress (except for visibility inside the cabin, which remains a shortcoming), while the Mustang was deemed to feel “old” compared to the fresh, new Alpha-platform based 2016 Camaro.
And, it shows in the standings. The 2016 Camaro walks away with the win from the Blue Oval. Editor-In-Chief, Ed Loh, summed it up best saying, “In terms of which is more impressive, which one I’d use to shock my friends or go supercar hunting on a lark, it’s the Camaro,” he said. “It’s faster, and sharper-handling, yet has a more sophisticated, sinister swagger. The Mustang growls. The Camaro howls.”