The pony car war continues - and to our benefit.
We sometimes need to remind ourselves that this isn't the late 1960s or early 70s. No, this is the second decade of the 21st century and, once again, we're in the midst of a pony car horsepower war. Both the Mustang and Camaro are very much alive even during an era of emerging green vehicles. And as we all know, Ford and Chevrolet are currently battling it out (once again)between the ultimate versions of each of their respective pony cars.
The 2013 Mustang Shelby GT500 is powered by a 5.8-liter V8 with 662hp and the 2012 Camaro ZL1 has a 6.2-liter V8 with 580hp. All numbers aside, fans of each car will defend them until the very end, claiming their car is better than the other.
While the new Shelby GT500 is more powerful, Chevrolet has just announced in this new video that the ZL1 has officially entered what they call the "11-second" club. Engineers have just taken a pair of stock models to the dragstrip for some performance times. At the end of the day, the manually-equipped ZL1 did the quarter mile in a time of 11.93 seconds at 116 mph while the automatic car ran it in 11.96 seconds at 117 mph. Although they're not offered from the factory, each car was also equipped with 18-inch drag radials simply because Chevrolet knows ZL1 buyers will be adding them.