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Though driving impressions of the new 5.0-liter 2011 Ford Mustang GT are off limits for now, Popular Hot Rodding notes that Ford made no mention of releasing pure facts. It's all about the numbers anyway, right? During last week's media launch for the new Mustangs in California, the showdown between the (supposedly) 412-horsepower 2011 Mustang GT 5.0 and the 426-horsepower 2010 Camaro SS got underway at a sectioned-off portion of the Camarillo Airport. An eighth-mile drag strip lay ahead of the two ponycars, both equipped with six-speed automatics.

With time-slips in hand, the numbers don't lie. Popular Hot Rodding managed a time of 8.82 seconds at 83 miles per hour in the Camaro, but the Mustang proved to be even faster at 8.62 seconds at 86 mph. Virtually all journalists on hand recorded better times in the Mustang. Crude translations to quarter mile numbers come in at 13.8 seconds for the Camaro and 13.5 seconds for the Stang.

With a base price coming in at $30,495 and numbers that - for now, at least - appear to beat the competition, Ford looks like it has a serious hit in the making with its new 5.0 Mustang. How the renewed rivalry translates from the streets to the sales sheets, where the Camaro currently rules the roost, will be interesting to watch.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I was actually surprised at how big these cars are. I think the Stang is a more svelte than the chunky Camaro and Challenger. It hides its bulk a lot better and thus is more attractive to female buyers than the other two. Women hate cars with hips, looking like they need liposuction. Guys tend to like cars like their woman, with love handles. What I find ironic, is in the 70's it was the Stang that was the porker, the Challenger less so, followed by the Camaro. Maybe Ford has learnt from its past.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think it's more that the Mustang has remained its own car for so long, while the Camaro and Challenger are at the mercy of the platforms they came from. The LX platform is over 4k lbs as it is, and "adding lightness" isn't easy when you have strict cost targets.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is great news for us all, because now both GM and Chrysler will have to improve their respective products. And then Ford will need to respond in kind. The "Muscle Car" wars are a good thing for all of us. But, with the sure to come increase in gas prices, how long will it last? Here in Hawaii gas prices are nearing the $4 mark on some of the islands. We could very well see these cars going the way of the dinosaurs. Could we be living in the "Golden Age of the Muscle Car"? What do you think?
      • 5 Years Ago
      IDK, not impressed with this informal test then again, I've seen a few Camaro 2SS's at the track struggling to make low 13s. My Jeep SRT8 can run 13 flat with 420hp and weighs a 1000lb more! (personal best 12.92 stock!). Something's a miss here folks!

      Perhaps my 420hp is underrated or both these pony cars are overrated. Perhaps my AWD just makes up for the weight difference. IDK.

      If I had to choose, I'd take a Challenger SRT8 every day of the week and twice on Sunday. Why? It's more unique and I like that.
        • 5 Years Ago
        SRT8 Jeep = Awesome

        I watched a bone stock SRT8 pull a 13.1 at the Texas Motorplex. It was almost surreal to watch, becuase it defies the laws of physics to watch an SUV launch THAT hard.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Last i checked.... nobody wanted to bring chrysler into this... (i mean Fiat)
        • 5 Years Ago
        Last time I checked it was a Jeep and will always be one.
      • 5 Years Ago
      LOL My ss auto has a time slip for 12.86 all stock
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wonder how much longer these horsepower wars can last?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Until the insurance companies bust them like they did in the 70s (although arguably that was a lot more due to emissions regulations).

        But I think the insurance companies will eventually rein them in when the cars become uninsurable.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "Until the insurance companies bust them like they did in the 70s (although arguably that was a lot more due to emissions regulations). "

        I doubt it; remember that cars back then were hilariously unsafe. modern cars have brakes that actually, you know, work, and have something resembling handling. 400 hp in a 2010 anything is going to be far more manageable than 400 hp in a 1968 anything with bias-ply tires and manual drum brakes all around.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well here is my opinion on the three. The Mustang has the best interior by a long shot, but all of the cheap looking, unpainted plastic on the exterior ruins the car. How that was ever approved is beyond me. The GT costs too much to not be monochromatic. Some black plastic is ok, but the Mustang is ridiculously decorated in it, and that keeps me away from it. The Camaro has the best exterior design, but the interior is a joke. It's like they ran out of money. The Challenger is nice on the outside, but the interior is just well, a typical current Chrysler interior, minus the new ram. One downfall for some people is the fact that it is a big car. My brother ended up buying a mustang recently, only because the camaro had no incentives and for a first time buyer the mustang worked out best. Not to say he does not like mustangs, he just wanted a camaro first. The challenger was waaaay too big for him. The one good thing is he bought black so that awful plastic blends in. As for the times on the new GT, I am not surprised it beat the camaro as the mustang is a smaller, lighter car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Two tenths in the eighth what is that, less than a fender? Over 400 hp and still barely get in to the 13's? Wow that's pretty horrible for both cars. In the end none of this really matters. I don't think you will find many fence riders on a war that's been going on for 40 years now. To me with these cars, as it always has been, the aftermarket companies are the real ones smiling. Given the amount the manufacturers have been trying to one up each other, I can only imagine what it's going to be like at the strip soon. I mean the LS3 can already easily go up to 427 cu. in. We will have to see what else can be had out of the 5.0
      • 5 Years Ago
      who cares. no one is going to choose one car or the other because one is slightly faster at the drag strip.. and if you do, you're a hillbilly
      • 5 Years Ago
      the dashboard inside the camaro remind anyone of some old time stuff like say the front of an Edsel. What were they thinking or taking when they came up with that dash.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The new 2011 Mustang will get 32mpg V6 and 27mpg V8 touting 412hp and it will smoke the new camaro in the quarter mile. It cost less too! Since they are indebted to the taxpayers.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      The big problem with both of these cars is traction off the line. You have to bog them out of the hole or you will just sit and spin. The reason for this is that the manufacturers use tires that attempt to offer acceptable performance in all weather conditions, instead of maximum performance in ideal conditions.

      Anyone who is serious about wringing the maximum potential out of either of these cars knows the first thing that needs to be done is a drag radials, or at least tires with better dry weather traction. After all, what good is making peak torque so low in the RPM range if you can't transfer all of it to the ground until third gear.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I really love how the new Stang GT's exterior design is completely understated.

      This car is all win in my book.
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