More than a year into the latest sixth-generation Ford Mustang, every Tom, Dick and Jane is surely aware by now that Ford’s engineers at last did away with the antique solid-rear axle of yore, and replaced it instead with an independent-rear suspension. The switch brought with it plenty of benefit to the pony car’s ability to tackle corners, at the expense of being somewhat inherently heavier.
That increase in weight is one of several reasons behind the Ford Mustang GT’s loss to the Chevrolet Camaro SS in a recent comparison test by Car and Driver.
The editors of that publication were somewhat more gentle in their remarks about the 2016 Mustang GT than those at Motor Trend, another publication to rank the Camaro SS superior, but the bulk of Car and Driver‘s compliments were with regard to the Mustang GT’s better design and livability – hardly the most principally important of attributes to your typical performance car customer. The facts of the matter are that the Camaro SS rides on GM’s agile Alpha platform, its 6.2-liter LT1 V8 has some 55 more lb-ft of torque on tap, and it can be optioned with GM’s excellent magnetorheological suspension.
In short, despite its shortcomings as a day-to-day mode of transport, the new, 2016 Chevy Camaro SS wins over the Mustang GT by virtue of being a more capable all-around performer.
Be sure to check out the full Mustang GT versus Camaro SS comparison test on the Car and Driver website.