International man of mystery Chris Harris recently abandoned his duties in the UK for a trip to the States. Why? Because of two very important pieces of machinery: the 2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and the 2013 Ford Shelby GT500. Harris took charge of both cars in Manhattan to evaluate their on-road manners before heading to the track for a little showdown. What did he find? On the street, the Camaro is actually easier to live with than its Ford rival thanks to a more comfortable seating position, friendly clutch and easy torque curve.

And on the track? The ZL1 took top honors there, as well, beating the GT500 around Monticello by a full two seconds even though it has less power. Despite all this, Harris says if he had to choose one to be his very own, it would be a set of Ford keys in his pocket. The hoon of hoons says that in this world, bad is good, and the Mustang is properly scary, where the Camaro is simply too drivable. Check out the video below to see for yourself.



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      answerinmachine3
      • 2 Years Ago
      As I have said before (along with many of you), there is always one winner when the Camaro competes head to head with the Mustang. The winner is the consumer.
        Gorgenapper
        • 2 Years Ago
        @answerinmachine3
        Exactly. Without competition, either car will simply stagnate with no real incentive to get better.
      Dreez28
      • 2 Years Ago
      Dang that ZL1 looks amazing in yellow! It just screams "look at me". The Shelby really doesn't have much personality on the outside to me. It doesn't say 670hp on the outside. But I'm biased and have always been a Camaro guy. But I do have to say, the fun factor looks a bit higher in the GT500, and that was always something I liked about Camaro, seems like Mustang is hanging on to that appeal and Camaro is more European. Which is ok, but as an American, I don't like German yawner cars. Boring and fast don't go well together.
        SatinSheetMetal
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dreez28
        I'm a Ford guy myself and I'm with you on this one. Nothing about this Mustang tells the average uninformed passerby that it is somehow different than the others.
      Avinash Machado
      • 2 Years Ago
      Both are very good cars.Great performance to price ratio.
      Ritchie
      • 2 Years Ago
      I bet the magnetic shocks on the ZL1 have a lot to with the numbers.
        Rayvan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ritchie
        The live axle likely has lots to do with it too, especially on a less-than-perfect road/track...
      axiomatik
      • 2 Years Ago
      The big question is, where is Dodge? No one is talking about the Challenger. Ford and Chevy have introduced more and more variants, and Dodge has just left the Challenger out to wither on the vine.
      Paul
      • 2 Years Ago
      Muscle cars are truly at the top of their game these days. I would be honored to have either in my garage. What a great country we live in to call these our very own. Gotta man crush on Chris Harris as well. Damn good driver is he...
      NoBoost
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'll be the first to say that I've always been a Ford guy, but like/respect a lot of the cars that the General produces. Case in point would be the ZL1. It weighs more and has less HP but still is a better driver's car. And from the articles I've read, it sounds like the better (sustained/many lap) track car. There's a lot to be said for that, even if visibility is awful. On the other hand, I've owned several muscle/pony cars and the thing I truly love is that big grin you get on your face when you jump on the accelerator. From Chris' review and facial expressions it seemed like he got more of that fun to drive feeling in the GT500. So that answered the question for me of which one would I get more excitment out of, which one would be more fun to drive on a cruise or going around town.
      roy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Both cars are coo,but the Mustang has always been a car with a loud voice and a attitude.I like to drive my car and it reacts to that the car has a Personality ,its on Soul. Trying to fix everything am doing in a Muscle Car would get boring the Cadillac,Corvette,and Camaro share this same suspension which is a good thing just not for me the 2013 GT500 will be my 3rd SVT model completing my collection.
      Andre Neves
      • 2 Years Ago
      Damn. I would love to meet Chris. I'm like 15mins away from Weehawken, NJ, where the beautiful view in the beginning was shot.
        AE86
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        F where is was shot he was actually driving a couple blocks away from my house !
      Zach
      • 2 Years Ago
      Great segment. Presenter was fair and balanced. Im a GM guy, but I dont think you can go wrong with either one of those cars.
      scott3
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Shelby is like trying to walk and chew gum. It is a sam good chewer but lacks the ability to walk at the same time. The Camaro is the full package. The difference is the magnetic suspension and Ford knows it as they are fast at work on their first while GM is already on stage III. The Magnetic suspension has taught the under powered fat man to dance. Just wait till the 600-700 pound lighter Alpha Camaro arrives with the Gen IV suspension. It should prove to be interesting. Guys this game is not over and it will not be just high HP that will prove who is the better performer. Today it takes a fully balanced player as these cars have passed up their roots and are moving into the real world where they have to go, turn and stop. People expect no less anymore. The 60's are over.
        Chris
        • 2 Years Ago
        @scott3
        We all know that the 60s are over. They came to an end 43 years ago, and no one is denying that. In that time, both cars have adapted with the times, sometimes for the better, and sometimes for the worse. Despite some of the ups and downs, both have done a fine job adjusting to the times and remaining true to their roots at the same time. It's a fine balance, and I don't see that changing with the next generations of these cars.
        TopGun
        • 2 Years Ago
        @scott3
        Here-here Scott. Face it Camaro haters - many laughed when the Chevy engineer said the ZL1 would put the smackdown on the GT500...and it has delivered in every road test I've read. And enough about the freak'n interior - if that's your thing, then go pay too much for a silver/grey/black BMW like the rest of the world does.
          ngiotta
          • 2 Years Ago
          @TopGun
          It depends on the track... The GT500 is 10 seconds faster around the 'ring than the ZL1. Of course, these cars about the stoplight wars and the GT500 destroys the ZL1 there-- and with a smaller engine making more power.
        ryanandrewmartin
        • 2 Years Ago
        @scott3
        You act as though you're on to something new. Ford always sets the standard with the Mustang. The Camaro always improves on the Mustang benchmark. This just means the next Mustang will be unstoppable until Chevy improves on what Ford has accomplished.
        WindsWilling
        • 2 Years Ago
        @scott3
        Nice love letter to GM there. Fact is that on a bigger course the GT500 has already won in Motortrend. For a live axle to be able to do that speaks volumes. Now, IRS is the way to go, and don't forget with your "bu-bu-bu-wait for the alpha", Ford is already making the new Mustang with an IRS, it will be lighter, and Ford has the better powerplant tech. Wait and see what they do with an IRS if they can make a live-axle "dance". If GM is still around and didn't put themselves in the hole again in a few years, we'll see how it pans out. Maybe they'll actually put a respectable interior in their cars, and not something as nice to touch as a playskool pedal car as well. Deal with it. As a GT-R guy, I'd take the Shelby any day of the week over the Camaro, and it's not hard to understand why.
      kuntknife
      • 2 Years Ago
      Anyone else think that the ZL1 appearance is a little too much? The original concept was the pinnacle of camaro design in my opinion, but the huge front-center vent and square-ish foglight vents just ruin what was a very elegant and intimidating design. I will say the GT500 is beautifully styled, and has a perfect amount of subtle flair compared to the base Mustang. Here's a link to the original concept: http://www.seriouswheels.com/pics-2006/2006-Chevrolet-Camaro-Concept-FA-City-1920x1440.jpg
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