Chevrolet and Ford fans are always comparing numbers and considering how similar the Camaro and Mustang programs have been over the years, it’s easy to see why.
We’re happy to report that General Motors fans now have a new tidbit of information to drop on their Ford-loving friends: the Camaro ZL1 is much faster than the new 2020 Shelby Mustang GT500.
Ford, for unknown reasons, has slapped a top speed limited on the 2020 Shelby Mustang GT500, limiting it to a maximum velocity of 180 mph. The Camaro ZL1, meanwhile, won’t stop accelerating until it hits a supercar-baiting 202 mph.
The Mustang is slower than the ZL1 despite the fact that it is packing a 700+ hp 5.2-liter supercharged V8, which is quite a bit more powerful than the ZL1’s 650 hp 6.2-liter supercharged LT4 engine. Ford hasn’t dropped all the details on this new forced induction V8, however, so it’s unclear how much torque it is making.
Ford is probably more interested in how fast its 2020 Shelby Mustang GT500 will lap a race track than how fast it will go in a straight line. With available equipment like a rear spoiler wicker extension, GT4-style front splitter and carbon fiber wheels, it’s clear this Shelby has been engineered with the race track in mind.
That means it will have to dethrone the current pony car king of the road course – the Camaro ZL1 1LE. To do that, Ford will have to ship the Shelby over to Germany and beat the Camaro’s Nurburgring lap record time of 7:16.04.
The 2020 Shelby GT500, which is slower than a 5,300 lb Bentley SUV, goes on sale this summer. Pricing has yet to be announced.