Few automakers have had a rivalry as polarizing as the one between the Chevrolet Camaro and Ford Mustang, and in a new Motor Trend comparison test we cover the 2013 Chevrolet Camaro SS 1LE and the 2013 Ford Mustang GT Track Pack. In our latest comparison, both muscle cars are based on entry-level V-8 models with standard horsepower ratings and manual transmissions, but upgraded with some track-friendly components.
The Mustang GT Track Pack adds a shorter axle ratio with limited-slip differential, sticky 19-inch wheel and tire combination, larger brakes, and cooling system upgrades. Like the Track Pack for the Mustang, the 1LE Package for the Camaro SS adds a shorter axle ratio, upgraded brakes, and larger wheels. The 1LE Package also adds several suspension tweaks including new anti-roll bars, front strut tower brace, rear dampers, and more. A close-ratio transmission with short-throw shifter, new front splitter and rear spoiler complete the Camaro’s changes.
The Mustang GT’s 5.0-liter V-8 is rated 420 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque, while the 6.2-liter V-8 in the Camaro SS is rated 426 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque. Although the Camaro offers a bit more power, the Mustang has a 242-pound weight advantage. In our comparison, the Mustang GT Track Pack rang the register at $39,185 versus the Camaro SS 1LE as-tested price of $43,105.
Check out our 2013 Chevrolet Camaro SS 1LE versus 2013 Ford Mustang GT Track Pack comparison to see which modern pony car we picked, then vote in our poll and share your thoughts in the comments below. Would you drive a Camaro SS 1LE or a Mustang GT with the Track Pack?
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By Jason Udy