Camaro ZL1 Chief Engineer Slams Mustang Shelby GT500

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General Motors assure their fans that the Camaro is better than the Mustang.

The main man behind the Chevy Camaro ZL1 seems to have lost his cool over Ford's release of their Mustang Shelby GT500, and it's the surprising 100hp bump in horsepower that seems to have gotten his wind up. In his official statement, Al Oppenheiser said: "The Mustang has been playing catch up since the moment the fifth-gen Camaro arrived in 2009. It is no coincidence that Mustang has introduced three 100-horsepower increases to keep pace with Camaro:

"First their V-6 was bumped to 305; then their V-8 went to 412, and now the GT500. Even with the 100-hp increase, the 2013 GT500 will still not match the technology and sophistication of the 2012 Camaro ZL1." Essentially Oppenheiser is claiming that although the Mustang will be superior in a straight line, the Camaro will set the benchmark in terms of everything else: acceleration, braking, grip, and turning. Further he highlights that the Camaro ZL1 will be track-ready from the factory with the standard coupe coming with "standard Magnetic Ride Control, standard Performance Traction Management, and standard track-capable equipment."

The current and new Mustang, he cites, will not. Clearly proud of his creation, he feels that "the Camaro has encouraged Ford to throw everything they can at us." This may be true, but with a 650hp supercharged V8 and a significantly lighter body, the Mustang is going to give the ZL1 stiff competition when the inevitable test drives start to take place. Let the battle commence.

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