The pony car wars may not have been at their height twenty years ago, but Ford and Chevrolet were still duking it out with strong performers like the Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 and Ford Mustang Cobra. This MotorWeek Retro Review is a good reminder of how far this sense of competition has advanced the auto industry over the past two decades.
At the time, the top-performing Camaro Z/28 ran the quarter-mile in 13.8-seconds at 106 miles per hour, while the Cobra did in 13.7-seconds at 104 miles per hour. To put that in perspective, the sixth-gen Chevrolet Camaro with a V6 can run the quarter-mile in 13.7 seconds, and the current Z/28 can do it in 12.7-seconds at 116 miles per hour. A second might not seem like much, but in the world of drag racing, it’s a huge difference.
In this particular comparison, despite the (slightly) superior straight-line speed of the Mustang, the sport-tuned suspension of the Z28 gave it a 2-second advantage around the track. Go ahead and click play to watch the comparison for yourself, and then, for an interesting contrast, consider watching this comparison of the 2017 Camaro ZL1 and Mustang GT350R.