Road Tests Real world tests of Mustang GT 5.0 vs Camaro ZL1

Top speed

0-100mph

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Ford Mustang GT 5.0

Reasons to consider the
Ford Mustang GT 5.0

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Lighter curb weight 3,626 lb vs 4,415 lb Around 20% lighter curb weight; less inertia to overcome when accelerating
Higher redline 7,000 RPM vs 6,200 RPM Around 15% more revs
Front view of Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

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Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible

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Has an air compressor Supercharger vs None Most supercars don't have an air compressor
Way more more powerful engine 579 HP @ 6,100 RPM vs 412 HP @ 6,500 RPM More than 40% stronger engine
Significantly more torque 558 ft-lb @ 3,800 RPM vs 390 ft-lb @ 4,250 RPM Around 45% stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power
More expensive sticker price $60k vs $30k 2x more expensive harder to own
Faster to 100mph 8.7 s vs 10.1 s Around 15% faster to 100mph
Bigger engine 6,200 cc vs 5,000 cc Around 25% bigger engine
Better power-to-weight ratio 7.63 lb/hp vs 8.8 lb/hp Around 15% better power-to-weight ratio

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

Mustang GT 5.0  vs
Camaro ZL1 
Brand Ford Chevrolet
Price 30,495 60,445
Type of car Production car Production car
Year 2011 2012

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 8.8 lb/hp 7.63 lb/hp
Maximum hp 412 HP @ 6,500 RPM 579 HP @ 6,100 RPM
Maximum torque 390 ft-lb @ 4,250 RPM 558 ft-lb @ 3,800 RPM
Max RPM 7,000 RPM 6,200 RPM
Engine placement Front Front
Steering system Rack and pinion Rack and pinion

engine

Displacement 5,000 cc 6,200 cc
Cylinders V8 V8
Air compressor None Supercharger
Fuels
Gas
Compression ratio 11.5:1 9.1:1
Bore/stroke 3.63 in / 3.65 in 4.06 in / 3.62 in
Valves per cylinder 4 2

road tests

Mustang GT 5.0  vs
Camaro ZL1 
Top speed 151 mph 155 mph
0-60mph 4.3 s 4.2 s
0-100mph 10.1 s 8.7 s

transmission

Drivetrain RWD RWD
Shift system Manual Automatic
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 6 6
Gear ratios
1: 3.66:1
2: 2.43:1
3: 1.69:1
4: 1.32:1
5: 1:1
6: 0.65:1
Axle ratio 3.31:1 3.73:1

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc Brembo Disc
Rear brakes Disc Disc
Front wheels 457/? 203 508/? 203
Rear wheels 457/? 203 508/? 229

physical dimensions

Curb weight 3,626 lb 4,415 lb
Width 73.9 in 75.5 in
Height 55.6 in 54.2 in
Length 188.1 in 190.4 in
Front track width 62.3 in 63.7 in
Wheelbase 107.1 in 112.3 in
Ford Mustang GT 5.0
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Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible
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