Our sister publication, Ford Authority, recently drove both the 2018 Ford Expedition and Ford’s thoroughly revised 2018 Mustang. Following the drive, our own Aaron Brzozowski walked away with one impression: the Mustang levels the playing field between the Chevrolet Camaro.
The sixth-generation Camaro, although not a hot seller in recent years, has often outgunned the Mustang in every respect. Ford clearly took it to heart and rolled out major changes to the 5.0-liter V8 engine, six-speed manual transmission and gave the sheet metal a nip/tuck for good measure.
Per Brzozowski on the Mustang GT equipped with the Performance Pack 1:
On tight mountain passes with little margin for error, the hefty 2018 Ford Mustang GT PP1 inspires confidence, tackling hairpins with the sort of speed that would make earlier iterations of the grand tourer need to back down. It gobbles up corners like no 3,700-pound car ever should, powering out with all eight torquey cylinders howling. You’d have to have a death wish to ever exhaust all its cornering ability on dry pavement.
And the additional performance bumps give the Mustang GT a five horsepower advantage over the Camaro SS to issue a sub-four-second 0-60 time. That’s on par with the Camaro SS.
You can read the entire review at the link above, but it’s clear Ford gunned for the Camaro with the latest updates. Now, it’s Chevrolet turn to respond, and judging by spy photos, we’ll see the refreshed car sooner rather than later.