Chevrolet Camaro chief engineer Al Oppenheiser may have said it best. We’re paraphrasing, but when cross-town rival Ford punches, Chevrolet punches back. Chevrolet’s latest hit on Ford is the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, which has been lauded for its straight-line performance, corner carving capabilities and overall road behavior.
But, Ford is winding up its own retaliation it seems. Ford Authority reports a potential Ford Shelby GT500 Mustang test mule has been spotted out in Arizona. And the company it keeps is familiar. Putzing along with the possible Shelby GT500 was none other than a sixth-generation Camaro ZL1. The photos show larger upper and lower grilles, along with a raised hood, meaning forced induction is likely at play with this potential GT500.
The Camaro team hasn’t given the blue oval much breathing room. Following the introduction of the Ford Shelby GT350, Chevrolet revealed the 2017 Camaro SS 1LE, which outperforms Ford’s snake. That car is simply a track pack addition to the 1SS Camaro trim.
In the meantime, Ford is working to counter the sixth-generation Camaro as a whole; the blue oval recently revealed the 2018 Mustang with updated styling and performance cues. Pony car sales may be slowing, but there’s no slowing the teams responsible for them, it seems.