Horsepower is cheap these days, with high performance on offer for relatively little outlay. That includes the current crop of entry-level V8-powered muscle cars like the Dodge Challenger R/T and Ford Mustang GT. For a while, Chevrolet lacked a true entry-level, V8-powered sixth-gen Camaro, a circumstance that has caused Chevrolet Camaro sales numbers to slip significantly. Luckily, the new 2020 Camaro LT1 looks to change all that.
Now that we know pretty much all there is to know about the car, we can get a three-way specs-level comparison going to see just how the new LT1 compares to its direct rivals in the entry-level V8-powered muscle cars segment – the Dodge Challenger R/T and Ford Mustang GT – in terms of price, horsepower, torque, transmission and curb weight. We also tossed in the Camaro SS, just for good measure.
|Spec||Chevrolet Camaro LT1||Dodge Challenger R/T||Ford Mustang GT||Camaro SS|
|Engine||6.2L V8 LT1||5.7L V8 Hemi||5.0L V8 Coyote||6.2L V8 LT1|
|Horsepower (hp @ RPM):||455 @ 6000||375 @ 5150||460 @ 7500||455 @ 6000|
|Torque (lb-ft @ RPM):||455 @ 4400||410 @ 4300||420 @ 4600||455 @ 4400|
|Transmission||6-speed manual, or 10-speed automatic||6-speed manual, or 8-speed automatic||6-speed manual, or 10-speed automatic||6-speed manual, or 10-speed automatic|
|Curb Weight (lbs.)||3619||4177||3743||3685|
|Interior Seat Material||Cloth||Cloth||Cloth||Cloth|
The first thing to notice here is pricing. The Camaro LT1 undercuts the competition with the lowest price compared to its direct competitors, slotting in at $34,995 including destination. That’s nearly $800 less than the Dodge Challenger R/T and $1,355 less than the Mustang GT.
Finally – a sixth-gen Camaro that costs less than the competition.
Equally as important in this segment are output numbers, and once again, the Camaro LT1 impresses, boasting 455 horsepower and 455 pound-feet of torque thanks to the 6.2L LT1 V8 engine.
Those numbers are significantly higher than those of the Challenger R/T – 80 horsepower and 45 pound-feet of torque more, to be exact. The Camaro LT1 also beats the Mustang GT in terms of torque, boasting 35 more pound-feet. But the Mustang ekes out a win with regard to peak horsepower, posting five extra ponies compared to the Camaro LT1. The difference is negligible, and we’d much rather take 35 more pound-feet of torque than five extra horsepower.
And that brings us to the curb weight, where the 2020 Camaro LT1 once again tips things in its favor. The Camaro LT1 Coupe weighs in at 3,619 pounds with the six-speed stick and 3,681 with the ten-speed auto. That makes it 66 pounds lighter than the Mustang GT and nearly 558 pounds lighter than the Challenger R/T.
Of course, what this specs-level comparison can’t show is real-world performance, including factors like gearing, traction, and the overall driving experience – areas in which the Camaro LT1 will likely continue to excel relative to the competition. But in terms of pure specs, the 2020 Camaro LT1 is still looking highly competitive indeed.