Ah, the pony car wars: they are alive and well. The sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro arrived on the scene a couple years ago and absolutely clobbered the Mustang in comparison tests and even some of the best from Germany in the process.
As chief Camaro engineer Al Oppenheiser has noted, he doesn’t expect rivals to sit and twiddle thumbs, though—Ford will punch back.
Its first strike was the reveal of the refreshed, 2018 Ford Mustang. Updated design, interior improvements and more are included with the revised pony. The more important information has remained a mystery, but we now know the Mustang will boast a 7,500 RPM redline.
Ford Authority reports a new photo identified the 5.0-liter V8’s redline has been moved 500 revolutions per minute higher. That’s 500 RPMs less than the GT350’s screaming 8,000 RPM. A redline isn’t the most significant piece of information, but it does fuel the rumor the Mustang will boast 455 horsepower for the 2018 model year. For those keeping score at home, that power figure matches the 6.2-liter LT1 V8‘s hp rating in the Camaro. The Coyote V8 will now feature direct and port fuel injection as well.
The Camaro will be in for some updates, too, but we don’t expect to see the refreshed car this year. It’s likely the 2019 Camaro will be revealed sometime next year with updated styling and unknown performance improvements. Pony car wars: wage on.