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2011 Ford Mustang V6 – Click above for high-res image gallery

Before your palms get all sweaty, let's be clear – the boys and girls at Inside Line have put the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro LT and the base 2011 Ford Mustang toe-to-toe. This isn't the big bad SS vs GT throwdown the world has been clamoring for, but that's fine by us. Both models dish out over 300 horsepower, and when it comes right down to it, there will be more V6 engines battling it out in high school parking lots that V8s.

So how'd they do? The big-boned Camaro V6, complete with its 3,790-pound curb weight, managed to dish out a 6.1-second 0-60 mph run, a 14.3-second quarter-mile time and .86 g on the skidpad. Coming down from 60 mph, the Bowtie delivered a stopping distance of 111.78 feet. Those are all solid numbers, to be sure, but they don't quite stack up to what Ford brought to the table with its pony.

The Mustang is a considerably smaller car in nearly every way, and right off the bat, it has 282 fewer pounds to lug around. With a curb weight of 3,508 pounds, the Mustang clicked off a 5.6-second 0-60 mph sprint, a 13.9-second quarter-mile and .91 g on the skidpad. Can you say "smoked?" Throw in 60-0 mph in 103 feet, and it's clear Ford wanted to ensure that the 'Stang not only puts the hurt on its arch rival from General Motors, but it's also clear that the Blue Oval was seeking to build a solid all-around performer.

Before the Chevrolet faithful start clamoring about price, it should be noted that both cars fall within $1,000 of each other. The General clearly has a lot of work to do before the 2011 models roll out, but we have it on good authority that their engineers are hard at work. Fortunately for enthusiasts, this clearly isn't the end-all, be-all... it's just the latest volley.

[Source: Inside Line]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I LOVE MY MUSTANG,,,,i need not say more,,,,its the best that's ever been.
      • 5 Years Ago
      GM is going to have to bump that power in the Camaro - it's definitely doable, but at what cost?

      I still prefer the looks of the Camaro by quite a bit, but I'll definitely give props to Ford for finally coming out with a great Mustang.

      I think GM is going to find a way to up the power, but until the next-gen 2015 Camaro arrives which will be based on the smaller Caddy ATS platform, it's going to be tough to negate the fact that it's much bigger and heavier than the Mustang.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Maybe GM will have their 8 speed automatic
        That will allow a super tall top gear, taller than the 42mph / in the '19/31' Mustang, while not compromising acceleration.
        and a displacement increase to 3.8 liters. 330hp 285ft-lbs automatic, 315hp 300ft-lbs stick
        • 5 Years Ago
        I would think that GM could easily get another 10-20 hp out of the V6 with a bump in the compression ratio ofa decimal point or two, if they can remap the direct fuel injection parameters between use of regular and premium gas...

        As for the rest of the car? Well, hopefully someone at GM's tweaking the swaybar settings and perhaps thinking of some upsized brakes to go along with the 20" wheel packages...

        In any case, this round goes to Ford and kudos to them. I've looked at some of the previous Mustangs and it does look like they've kicked it up a notch. Hopefully, GM can do the same, but I'm thinking the real leapfrogging won't happen until the Camaro gets switched from the bobbed Zeta to the new ATS platform.
      • 5 Years Ago
      why would you compare v6's when v8 are still the prominant power plant in these sports cars. all those readers talking smack about this article are really showing their intilectual prowess. I'm sure Ford has plenty of v6 mustangs to satisfy the high output cravings you all are having.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I had a mustang,a total and complete POS but I should have known to never buy a ford......the new chevy is refreshing and its design is great,the horse car is tired looking....I never understood why the ford is a horse and a snake at the same time...LOL......and the mustang is and always has been the ultimate redneckmobile...yeeee haaaaaaw.....haha
      • 5 Years Ago
      I own a 07 GT,with just 10K,Its a real nice car.I think with the 09 and 2010,they took the agressiveness look away,I did have the opportunity in Tulsa,Ok to rent an 2010 Camaro.eing the ford guy I tried to be open minded,it wasn't a bad car,but,I drove this car 750 miles in 4 days,99% flat land and this car did 21mpg in the V6 form.Give me my Mustang anyday,of the 10.000 miles I have in 3 years,4200 have been trips from Boston south,with a highway mileage of 25 low to 26.5 highway....Ill tak my Mustang!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't care what they say, no way in hell I'm buying a Ford. I might not buy the Camaro, but there's no way, no way I'd ever buy a Ford...................
      • 5 Years Ago
      bjan.....wipe the drool off your chin you imbecile....what drugs are you on? The new 5.0 runs 12.5 in the 1/4 off the showroom floor. Do the math special ed. 440 hp and 300lbs less weight!....haven't you seen the videos already on the web showing the 10 car length destruction in the 1/4 of the ss? Looks like Ford's making more hp and as much usable torque as the LS with 1.2l less displacement. Looks like displacement means balls to me.....what's gm's excuse? less power/mpg with more displacement. See you in my rear view mirror tool!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I am not a ford fan soooooooo therefore the camaro is hot i have a chevy now and they are they best..........;
      • 5 Years Ago
      Rmember, GM is owned by Obama!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      What's really good with there slow numbers
      • 5 Years Ago
      challenger looks soo much better,they just need to drop the weight and up the power
        • 5 Years Ago
        Next time they should include all the pony cars. This feels like 1970 all over again, no mopars in there comparisons. The Challenger is definetly the best looking car af the bunch.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Rant from Mike W about gear ratios in 3...2...1...
        • 5 Years Ago
        No, not really.
        If you are getting the RS package on the V6 Camaro, why not a marginal improvement in gearing, 3.45 in lieu of 3.27.
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