David Kennedy Editor-in-Chief
October 15, 2014
Photos By: Motor Trend

On paper the 2015 Ford Mustang GT Performance Pack car has everything it needs to best the aging Chevy Camaro SS 1LE architecture on a race track: More power, lighter weight, and bigger brakes. But based on Motor Trend’s testing of the two cars in straight-line, skidpad, brake testing, and road racing it doesn’t. Why?

You would think Ford’s new Mustang GT would dominate the Camaro SS in every category, simply because Ford’s marketing and engineering departments have had the chance to drive production Camaros for years. The Camaro’s benchmark is well know, and Ford would have literally dissected GM’s ponycar down to the last nut and bolt for cost, weight, and performance.

As you’ll see in the video, having all of the right parts and pieces on a window sticker doesn’t always add up to a winning car. Hot rodders know that all too well. Development time, testing, and tuning make all of the difference.

In the case of 2015 Mustang GT vs 2015 Camaro SS we think it’s likely that the cost of doing an all-new Mustang may have limited the resource available for refining the ultimate track handling and performance for the 2015 Mustang GT. Does that mean Ford got it wrong? Far from it. The 2015 Mustang GT car is winner in many of the key areas that Camaro is weak: interior, weight, and visibility.

Ford may also have moved all it’s track testing budget to the upcoming 2016 Mustang GT350 program… a car that should be gunning for the Camaro Z/28.

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