This article is part of the GM Authority Mailbag series, where the GM Authority Crew features and replies to your questions, comments, and observations.
The following came to us from Mitchell E. after watching the most recent track shootout between the Chevy Camaro 1LE and the Ford Mustang 5.0 Track Pack:
Always remember this boys, the ZL1 Camaro will never beat the fastest Mustang for one reason. The reason is the Camaro can never beat the Corvette. It will never have the same horsepower as the Corvette. No GM car can never out run the Vette built for the same year. The Mustang can go as fast as they can make but the Vette stands in the way of the Camaro. Only the aftermarket company will make the Camaro
faster than the Vette.
Well, Mitchell — I’m not quite sure that your assessment holds water. The Camaro and Corvette each take entirely different approaches to automotive performance, and therefore exist in different realms of the vehicular performance world. A good example of the overall inaccuracy of your perception is the new Camaro ZL1, which already outperforms the “base” Corvette in some (if not most) performance metrics, while also outperforming the Shelby GT500 — a car that is reminiscent of using a jackhammer to drive a Box nail.
That said, having the ZL1 outperform a Vette is not a problem for Chevy, since the two vehicles offer an entirely different experience. And then there’s the fact that — ultimately — the sale goes to Chevrolet anyway.
But what does the GM Authority army have to say about Mitchell’s stance? Sound off in the comments below.
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