We’re yet to see the two most iconic pony cars side by side in their latest iterations, the 2016 model year models, but we can still pit the fight on the good old “paper”.
We can talk all we want about design, materials, body versions and other details but there’s one true comparison – besides pitting them side by side on the road and track, of course – good and plain mathematics. So, let’s take a look at the figures and deliver the trump cards to one or the either. First off, taking the base model we can see how the pounds per horsepower quotation goes. The 2.0L four-cylinder turbo Camaro will fight the entry-level 3.7L V6 Mustang. 275 hp, 295 lb-ft of torque, 3,339 lbs curb weight (automatic transmission) for the Camaro translates into 12.1 pounds per horsepower. 300 hp, 280 lb-ft; 3,520 lbs. (auto) for the Mustang will deliver 11.7 lbs/hp, so this round goes to the Mustang.
Moving on to the middle of the pack, we have the 3.6L V6 Camaro fending off with the 2.3L turbo four-cylinder Mustang. The Camaro displays 335 hp, 284 lb-ft, 3,435 lbs. (auto) which deliver 10.3 lbs/hp. The Mustang in turn comes with 310 hp, 320 lb-ft, 3,524 lbs (auto) and in the end has 11.3 lbs/hp. This one goes for the Camaro.
And here comes the flagship grades – the mighty V8 engines. The Camaro has 455 hp, 455 lb-ft, 3,685 lbs (manual) and delivers 8.1 lbs/hp while the Mustang comes with 435 hp, 400 lb-ft, 3,705 (manual) and thus the math translates to 8.5 lbs/hp. The final round goes to the Camaro.
And the intangibles are here as well: the Mustang has already pushed up front its spectacular 536-hp Shelby GT350 Mustang, the Camaro has responded by publishing every performance figure it can think off for the 2016 model and the final argument is expected to arrive next to the crucial Camaro EPA fuel economy data, which could lend in the end a major advantage to one competitor or the other.