2011 Mustang GT vs 2010 Camaro SS

 

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Okay, so this may be a little far off from being a comparison, but it’s worth a short anyway. The 2011 Ford Mustang GT was released last week, and all the talk was, “Is this going to beat the Camaro?” No real talk about the Challenger, because while it’s good, it’s not much competition to the two real sports cars.

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The current SS Camaro has a 6.2-liter V8 that makes 426hp and 420lb-ft of torque, which is more than the new 5.0-liter Mustang GT’s at 412hp and 390lb-ft of torque. Advantage: Camaro SS. But, let’s really work this out.

The new Camaro SS weighs over 3800lbs, against the Mustang GT which will weigh in around 3600lbs. Advantage: Mustang

The SS Camaro doesn’t have navigation, which would also exclude it from having a back-up camera. Both of which are options on the Mustang. Advantage: Mustang

Ambient lighting welcomes drivers with backlit Mustang lettering in the sill plate

The 2010 Mustang GT has a base price of $27,995, while the new SS starts at $30,745. Even if the new 2011 Mustang GT goes up by $2,000, it’ll still be less than the new Camaro of similar value. 2010MY Advantage: Mustang. As a side note, though, I do believe that the new 5.0 Mustang will reach roughly $31,xxx base, so that could eventually be a Camaro advantage.

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The 0-60 times are where it gets really interesting. The new Camaro SS will fly past 60 mph in 4.6-seconds. The 2010 Mustang GT takes a little longer at 4.8-seconds. Still, though, that doesn’t make for much ground that the new 2011 GT has to cover with 97 more horsepower and 65 more torque. Ford rates the 2010 Mustang GT at 315hp and 325lb-ft of torque, but I’m told from the insiders from the Mustang team that the current 4.6-liter V8 actually makes 325hp and 345lb-ft of torque. That’s 10 extra horsepower and 20 extra torque from what Ford admits to. If we apply this same logic to the 5.0-liter V8 for the 2011 Mustang GT, that makes 422hp and 410lb-ft of torque. That’s much closer to the Camaro’s 426hp and 420lb-ft of torque. Oh, and let’s not forget that the Mustang will still weigh, at the very least, 200 pounds LESS than the SS Camaro.

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What’s my prediction on the 0-60 of the new 5.0-liter Ford Mustang GT? Well, I’ll tell you: 4.4-seconds. I’m just throwing it out there… Maybe I’m right, and well, maybe I’m wrong. But, I’ll tell you this now, I haven’t been wrong too often whenever I’ve made performance estimates. I estimated that the E9x M3 would be as fast as it is, and the same with the 335i BMW. I’ve made so many performance predictions that turned out to be correct that it’s not even funny. So, I really hope I’m in the ball park with the new Mustang GT.

Just for fun, I went on and built a 2010 Mustang GT and a 2010 Camaro SS. Fully loaded (without sunroof or rear-view camera options), the Mustang came in at $38,808. And outfitting the Camaro with pretty much every option, save for a sunroof, just like the Mustang, it will cost you $43,520.

Let’s break this down, shall we? The new, fully-loaded 5-liter GT would have to grow in price of $4,442 in order to cost as much as a fully loaded Camaro SS. Pricing has yet to be released for the new GT, but it will be once it’s debuted at the 2010 North American International Auto Show in Detroit this month.

Before we get our final pricing and information on the 2011 Mustang GT 5.0, I’ll leave you with images of both cars to decide for yourselves. Expect the muscle car wars to heat up in 2010. And with that, maybe Chrysler will finally get the hint and move the Challenger from luxury barge to sports car.

-Josh

“Happy Motoring!”

[Source: Ford Vehicles, Chevrolet]

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  • http://myspace.com kyrin

    camaro wins by far

  • mark

    The camaro is as it has always been FAT and Heavy. The mustang has been dynoed at 435 hp and 404 torque from the guys at k&n and that was box stock 5.0 power.
    Looks like the good ole days of the 5.0 are back again.. way to go ford..

    http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/coupes/112_1003_2011_ford_mustang_gt_premium_test/index.html

  • Mark

    Trust me the new 5.0 Stang eats the Camaro alive. This is Fords best car by far and the Coyote motor is an engineering monster that sings to the red-line. Just picked mine up with 6 speed manual and 3.73 rear end. Look out GT 500 this baby ROCKS!!!

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  • Alan

    Very biased review. You “built” the two cars for a price comparison. What you don’t say is you added the 21″ optional Camaro wheels that are $4,600, when the SS Camaro’s stock 20″ wheels are already far superior to those of the ‘stang. I just looked at a loaded GT 3 hours ago. It costs $34,500. A loaded 2SS costs about $36,000. The prices are about the same and the Camaro is way more car – longer, wider, more power, better looking (by far), heads up display, etc. Also if you have a GM credit card you can save. I saved $3,300 on a 2009 Cobalt LS and got it for $9,600 brand new. I have a real old card so I got to use all my credit. If I buy a Camaro I will save at least $2,000 with my GM Card credit and I think I can get them down by another $1,500. I don’t buy the claims that Mustang out handles Camaro. I drove a Camaro 2LT and it was glued to the road. The tires are way bigger than Mustang and the RS and SS models have even wider tires and 20″ wheels. The sound of the SS is awesome, but I think I will stick with the 312 HP 2011 RS. Though I was surprised that the 312 HP wasn’t all that fast, but I will get an auto, that will be faster.
    Signing off for now – don’t believe the Mustang hype and bias.

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  • N_gel101

    camaro the best

  • Kenmchap

    Kyrin, I agree. The Camaro is awesome, stangs are a dime a dozen. With very minor modifications (CAI, Exhaust, performance tune install) you can unleash a great deal more power than the 5.0 liter with the same mods. The much beefier 376 cubic inch LS3 engine is a monster. My 2010 SS camaro eats 2011 5.0 mustangs for lunch.

  • http://www.rawautos.com Josh Lewis

    You’re crazy… Give me a 5-liter Mustang with the same upgrades, and I’ll outdrive you and any Camaro like yours around any road course, drag strip, etc. The Camaro makes a lot of power, yes, but it also holds a lot of dead, pointless weight. Typical fat American car. When it goes on Weight Watchers and can make use of all its ponies stock, then you can say it’s a better car. As of right now, an SS Camaro can’t keep up with a 5.0 GT in a straight line or on a road course stock for stock.

  • http://www.rawautos.com Josh Lewis

    How’s that Cobalt treating you, Alan? There’s a reason GM stopped producing it… Also, a V6 autotragic Camaro is faster than the manual? Whatever you smoke must never be legalized. Honestly, after a year, I’m not sure if I added the wheels or not, so I won’t comment there. But go drive a 2011-2013 5.0 GT against an SS Camaro and tell me which one feels and drives faster, but also which one handles. I already know for a fact the Mustang is better, but you can continue with your biased mind that won’t allow you to like a proper sports car.

    The Camaro is wider, longer, more powerful, and may be better looking to some. It also weighs more, handles worse, gets worse gas mileage, also has less interior space, and has no trunk by comparison to the Mustang. Oh, and you can’t see out of the Camaro.

    The Camaro is a good looking and well balanced car, yes. However, it’s nowhere near what the Mustang is, I’m sorry, it just isn’t.

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