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Ford Mustang GT PP2 Spanks Chevrolet Camaro SS 1LE In Drag Race: Video

We just saw how a Roush Stage 3 Mustang faired against a C7 Z06 Corvette, but now it’s time to see what happens when a Mustang GT Performance Pack 2 lines up next to a Chevrolet Camaro SS 1LE. MotorTrend took these two modern pony cars to a dry desert lake bed and threw some dirt around while achieving speeds over 150 mph over the course of a mile.

Ford Mustang enthusiasts will be delighted to see the GT PP2 pull away from the Camaro over and over again, despite editing that makes it look like a closer race than reality. Editor Johnny Lieberman mentions at the end of the preview that the Mustang, “beat the Camaro over, and over, and over again.”

We’re not sure if the same scenario would play out in a road course, but if you want to watch the full analysis of the two cars, then you’ll have to subscribe to the MotorTrend Network.

The 2018 Ford Mustang Performance Pack 2 was introduced in October 2017 as an answer to the sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro SS, which was praised for its power delivery and athletic driving dynamics. The Ford Mustang Performance Pack 2 sits in the pack just below the awesome Bullitt Mustang, and Shelby GT350 Mustang, and naturally above the Mustang Performance pack 1. Under the hood is the 5.0L Coyote V8 with 460 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque.

MagneRide dampers come standard, albeit with entirely different calibrations than on Performance Pack 1-equipped cars, and with unique jounce bumpers. The front springs are 20% stiffer than those on PP1; the front sway bar is 12% stiffer, while the rear is an astonishing 67% stiffer. That special rear sway bar represents the biggest one ever fitted to a Ford Mustang. According to Ford, the result around a 200-foot skidpad is 1.05 g of lateral acceleration, vs. 0.97 g for PP1, thanks to 305mm-wide tires in all four corners of the pony car.

All in, it’s a $6,500 package, available only on the Ford Mustang GT with available 6-speed manual transmission; no 10-speeds allowed.

Austin is an automotive enthusiast from Buffalo, NY with a passion for speed. When Austin isn't writing about the auto industry you can find him racing go-karts, competing in time attack events, or autocrossing his 2017 Toyota 86—with a manual transmission, of course!

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  1. Steve J

    Go Mustang. Why does the Media NEVER mention that the Mustang 5.0 V8 directly against
    Camaro 6.2 V8
    A 25% bigger engine to the Camaro.
    This just proves 21 century tech.>Mustang against 1950’s push-rod 2 valve>Camaro works.!

  2. Marcus Strom

    Wait, the MT video above appears to have a PP1 pack car, not the PP2 from the looks of the aero and wheels. Or am I missing something?

  3. Yodaman

    Because dimensionally the Chevy small block is SMALLER and LIGHTER while providing more displacement. The cam in block also keeps weight lower in the engine bay.

    1. Will

      So its bit smaller & lighter & a little lower CofG.
      If push-rod OHV 2 valve is so wonderful why has virtually every car manufacturer around the world, has LONG moved on from it.!? Yodaman.

      1. Nigel

        There is no perfect answer when it comes to engineering. Everything is a compromise of some sort. It just so happens that two valves per cylinder only work well on large displacement engines, of which there are few being made these days. It not that they are technically inferior across the board. Case in point, the 5000 HP, cost-no-object, Devil 16 makes due with 2 valves per cylinder.

  4. John Driscoll

    Marcus it is because you do not know the difference visually between the pp1 & 2. There is a very obvious visual difference. Do some home work and come back.

    1. Marcus

      I have a PP2 so I know the difference. But does Motor Trend? Wrong video for this article.

      1. Nigel

        Motor Trend knows the difference, but apparently Ford Authority doesn’t. They should consider changing the name of their website.

  5. John Driscoll

    That is a pp1 car, very old video. And as can be seen the Mustang gets whooped till about 100-110.

  6. Tony M

    Where that Freaking video at?

  7. Jordan

    In the same review by Motortrend, the Camaro consistently runs faster lap times than the PP1 (like 3 seconds faster). The 1LE is a track car, not for drag racing. The PP2 seems to run much better lap times than the PP1.


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