We’ve seen how the Ford Mustang GT Performance Pack 2 and Chevrolet Camaro SS 1LE perform on the road, but now it’s time for us to see how they stack up on the track.
Last time we heard from the boys at Throttle House, we found out they were busily comparing the various pros and cons of the oldest rivalry in cars, Ford Mustang v. Chevy Camaro. In this case, they were comparing the 2019 Ford Mustang GT Performance Pack 2 to the Chevrolet Camaro SS 1LE. Both are designed to turn their respective muscle cars into track cars, and both had their ups and downs.
There was also quite a bit of similarity between the two track packs. Both provide their cars with magnetic damping suspension, bigger vented disc brakes, and a limited slip rear differential (although the Mustang’s is mechanical and the Camaro’s is electronic). Both packages also come with enlarged cooling systems, big rear spoilers, and performance summer tires.
Power is also very similar between the two cars. The Mustang GT has a 5.0-L V8 with 460 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque, while the Camaro SS has a 6.2-L V8 with 455 horsepower and 455 lb-ft of torque. Both have 6-speed manuals or optional 10-speed automatic transmissions feeding power to the rear wheels.
However, the Camaro SS 1LE is roughly 100 pounds lighter than the Mustang GT. It also comes with a fancy heads-up display, Recaro racing seats, and a racing steering wheel covered in Alcantara.
The Mustang GT, on the other hand, has far greater visibility than the Camaro and a far better engine sound.
Throttle House takes both the Camaro and Mustang to a track far in Ontario, Canada’s north to see which one is faster in both a drag race and around a track. Both cars are fitted with Michelin Sport Cup 2 performance tires in order to level the playing field as much as possible, and both are driven around the track by the same driver.
You’ll have to watch the video to see which car comes out on top. All we’ll say is the outcome is quite surprising given how popular a certain pony car is.