Of the two big track packs for America’s muscle cars, Throttle House tries to determine which one is the best: the Ford Mustang GT Performance Pack 2, or the Chevrolet Camaro SS 1LE.
It’s a rivalry as old as cars themselves. The Ford Mustang and the Chevy Camaro have been in lockstep since their inception--when one car innovates something new and impressive, the other copies it. So it is today as it’s always been, with the two naturally-aspirated V8 trims featuring track packs that enhance both cars’ already considerable performance.
First, we have the 2019 Mustang GT Performance Pack 2. Every GT comes with the same 5.0-L Coyote V8 engine producing 460 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque, but with the Performance Pack the GT receives the kind of upgrades normally reserved for the higher-performing GT350.
Most of the upgrades start at the wheels, with the Performance Pack 2 providing Ford’s MagneRide magnetic adaptive suspension, track-tuned springs, a sway bar, and a tower strut brace. The rims are enlarged to be 19x10.5-inch in the front and 19x11-inch in the back and wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 Tires--the same tires that adorn high-end supercars like Lamborghinis and Ferraris.
An enlarged radiator, a big front splitter, a new rear spoiler, and a Torsen mechanical limited-slip differential complete the Performance Pack 2 offerings.
Meanwhile, the Camaro SS’s 1LE package offers many of the same improvements as for the Mustang’s Performance Pack. It gets the same magnetic suspension as offered on the Camaro ZL1 trim, along with big 2-piece Brembo brakes and 6-piston calipers in the front. Instead of the mechanical limited-slip diff, the Camaro gets an electronic one, and also receives upgraded cooling for spending all day revving its motor at the track.
Power remains the same at 455 hp and 455 lb-ft from a 6.2-L LT1 V8 engine, the same as found in the Corvette Stingray.
Both cars come with your choice of 6-speed manual or 10-speed automatic transmissions (in fact, the 10-speed automatic is the same between both cars as it was jointly developed between Ford and GM).
You really need to see the subtle differences for yourself to make up your mind between these two cars, and that’s where the fine folks at Throttle House can help out. Check out the video above to see which of these track packs is the one for you.