When the sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro and Ford Mustang both debuted, the Camaro SS handily outperformed its rival. But, things have changed since then. Chevrolet rolled out the Camaro SS 1LE and Ford has a refreshed Mustang to do battle with—and it brought an optional performance package with it.
Do the extra performance goodies help the Mustang finally outgun the Camaro? Not in Motor Trend’s latest comparison.
The publication broke down the comparison into two parts: “cowboy science,” noise, burnouts and all the other fun stuff, and actual measured tests. Here, the 2018 Mustang GT with its performance pack won the former. It was louder, sounded better, and ripped gnarly burnout all day.
But, the Camaro SS 1LE downright outperformed it in every other way. The Camaro was quicker to 60 mph, stopped significantly earlier, gripped better and clocked a 3.3-second quicker time around Streets of Willow.
We’ve said before that the Camaro team has taken great care to morph its pony car into a true sports car, and that continues to ring true. Now, we’ll have to wait and see what Ford has in store when the Mustang GT’s “Performance Pack 2” releases later this year.