2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 vs 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 - At The Strip

A. J. Mueller
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2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 coupe

MSRP (with destination): $54,995
PRICE AS TESTED: $58,335

ENGINE:
6.2-liter OHV supercharged V-8
Horsepower: 580 @ 6100 rpm
Torque: 556 lb-ft @ 3800 rpm

TRANSMISSION:
6-speed manual

DRIVE:
Rear-wheel

WHEELS AND TIRES:
20-inch aluminum wheels
285/35YR-20 Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperCar G:2 front tires
305/35YR-20 Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperCar G:2 rear tires

FUEL ECONOMY (city/highway/combined):
14/19/16 mpg

CURB WEIGHT:
4120 lb

CAPACITIES:
Doors/Passengers: 2/4
Cargo: 11.3 cu ft
Legroom (front/rear): 42.4/29.9 in
Headroom (front/rear): 37.4/35.3 in
Towing: N/A

EXTERIOR/INTERIOR COLOR:
Victory Red/Black

STANDARD FEATURES:
HID headlights
Aluminum hood w/painted carbon-fiber hood insert
Magnetic ride control
Limited-slip differential
Dual-mode performance exhaust
Brembo disc brakes
Stability and traction control
OnStar w/six-month trial subscription
Rear parking assist
Rearview camera w/rearview mirror monitor
6-way power adjustable front seats
Heated front passenger seats
Folding rear seats w/pass-through
Auxiliary gauges w/boost read-out
Tilt-and-telescopic steering column
Head-up display
USB port
Bluetooth
SiriusXM satellite radio w/one-year subscription
Rear spoiler
Fog lights

OPTIONS ON THIS VEHICLE:
Suede microfiber package- $500
Exposed carbon-fiber weave hood insert- $600
Solid dark gray stripe- $470
20-inch bright aluminum wheels- $470
GGT- $1300

KEY OPTIONS NOT ON THIS VEHICLE:
6-speed automatic transmission- $1185
Power sunroof- $900
Audio system subwoofer- $1065


2013 Ford Shelby GT500 coupe

MSRP (with destination): $54,995
PRICE AS TESTED: $63,080

ENGINE:
5.8-liter DOHC supercharged V-8
Horsepower: 662 @ 6500 rpm
Torque: 631 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

TRANSMISSION:
6-speed manual

DRIVE:
Rear-wheel

WHEELS AND TIRES:
19-inch aluminum front wheels
20-inch aluminum rear wheels
265/40YR-19 Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperCar G:2 front tires
285/35YR-20 Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperCar G:2 rear tires

FUEL ECONOMY (city/highway/combined):
15/24/18 mpg

CURB WEIGHT:
3852 lb

CAPACITIES:
Doors/Passengers: 2/4
Cargo: 13.4 cu ft
Legroom (front/rear): 42.4/29.8 in
Headroom (front/rear): 38.5/34.7 in
Towing: N/A

EXTERIOR/INTERIOR COLOR:
Grabber Blue/Black

STANDARD FEATURES:
3.31:1 final drive ratio
Aluminum hood w/air extractor
Automatic HID projector headlights
Quad rear-exit exhaust system
Shaker audio system
Sport bucket seats
Sync
Air conditioning
SiriusXM satellite radio w/trial subscription
Electrically assisted steering
Capless fuel filler
Brembo disc brakes
Carbon-fiber driveshaft
Stability and traction control
Launch control system
Manual four-way driver’s seat

OPTIONS ON THIS VEHICLE:
Performance package- $3495
Torsen differential
Painted forged-aluminum wheels
Bilstein adjustable dampers
Unique rear springs, instrument cluster, and shift knob
SVT Track package- $2995
Engine oil cooler
Differential and transmission coolers w/pumps
Leather Recaro seats- $1595

KEY OPTIONS NOT ON THIS VEHICLE:
Glass roof- $1995 Electronics package- $2340 Heated front seats- $295

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Bcoles1
I get tired of Ford lovers that are never happy with the credit they get. If you gave me 5000.00 dollars more on the Camaro I would blow the Ford out the door. Price as tested!!!! Ford needed a performance package and an Svt track package to win.
blkthomas
I agree there seemed to be some bias in this story.. off the bat Im a FORD fan, and I can agree the Camaro has a more advanced suspension.. but drag racing IS all about who get across the line first (no matter how you do it)!! we all have our favorites but really.. lets be fair and give credit where its due. Fast is fast, and the yard stick is the same..
shaker281
HMMM, no bias, eh? In part 1 the first author was so giddy he almost peed his pants over a .7 second edge , now the second author starts part 2 by saying "timeslips aren't everything"! If I planned to make a living writing for auto enthusiasts, I wouldn't have been so quick to destroy my credibility and that of my employer.
redbloodedxy
redvette77:Yeah, ok redlips -- "least biased" according to who?GM = Government Morons
redvette77
@redbloodedxyAutomobile Magazine are the least biased publication in the business. Fact. Now simmer down.
redbloodedxy
More slanted writing from professionals! Automobile: How much is Gov't. Motors paying you? The article never mentions the Camaro's horrible gas mileage, cartoonish styling, bad ergonomics, or that cheesy plastic piece of crap covering the motor in Freudian fashion. Instead, you guys write about the Mustang's brute force off the line as if it were some kind of problem. Really ?? The GT500 is a marvel of engineering at a bargain price -- a terrific package! Real race cars have manual transmissions! Anybody can drive the girl-a-matic Camaro and look good -- big deal.
spitball
I still want a Shelby but I'm glad our money did some good for Government Motors!
redvette77
@ RFloritThere is no Japanese or European car that you can buy for less than 60k, and will beat these two vehicles. Even if there were, it still wouldn't matter. They are pony cars. And pony cars are something you either understand, or you don't. They are something special.
tulsvt
@redvett, That does make me feel a little better, there is a Dodge one on my screen now. The fact is that these are both great cars. Who would have thought that we would have 2 American Pony cars for sale with 580+ HP. I can say that unless they made the cluch extra heavy in the 13's, his gripes about the cluch are unfounded. The cluch in my 2012 Shelby is no heavier than it was in my BMW 328 although the shift feel of the TR6060 does suck. @RFlorit, I would love to know what Japanese car you can buy for less than $60K that will whip either of these cars.
Cbad
Hey Florit, do everyone a favor and let us know where one can find a 3 year old 911 Turbo for $60K! Before posting such garbage you might consider doing a minutes worth of research...
garbargc
ummm.. drag racing IS about trap times. There are no two other cars that are more so marketed and built to appeal to fans and owners who care about exactly that -- bragging rights as to which gets down the quarter faster. I have convinced myself the authors of these comparisons render opinions independent of sponsor $, but as others have written, this case looks suspect... Declare the Ford the winner.
RFlorit
12.3/11.7 quarters? 1:44 laps at Gingerman? Sounds great for pony car standards but these are $60K plus sports cars with $20K car interior plastic, $25K car chassis. Do the research, for that dough you can buy european, japanese (or corvette) and whip these two, buy a Cayman S and shave 8 seconds at Ginger with half the ponies of these two, buy a three year old 911 turbo and whip them at the quarter by 1.5 seconds, drooling at these two is fool's gold.
redvette77
@ tulsvtTry not to read too much into it. When I read the same story, there was a Lincoln advertisement on one of the pages. The simple fact is that the authors of these articles are paid to give us their opinions of the cars. They are doing just that, take it or leave it.
32V-SVT
Where are the Videos?!?!?!
Ry_Trapp0
"One, drag racing isn't all about quarter-mile times."...that's funny, you had this to say in part 1..."This test is about which car can turn a lap fastest."so numbers only matter when the course that's being timed has turns, huh?"Every single pass in the GT500 and ZL1 was a ball, and was so involving that we couldn't care less about our time slips."wow, you guys sure did care about those lap times at gingerman though, involvement and 'having a ball' be damned!wow, i can't wait to see the 3rd part! i wonder who is gonna win?![/sarcasm]
pointby
Just wow. I love both cars for what they are. It is a great time to be a muscle car enthusiast. But please, "1/4 mile race is not just about the time slip". Really? So following that logic I am guessing if the GT500 was 2 seconds faster yesterday it still would have lost. Let me guess who will win the next segment about every day driveability... Clearly it will be the car with MRC but also the lower gas mileage, the tiny windshield and the big blind spots. Oh and useless gauges behind the shifter. After all, its not just about ergonomics, or speed, or exhaust sound or....
tulsvt
Funny, when the ZL1 wins a 2+ mile track test by 7/10ths of a second, it is declared the obvious winner. When the Shelby wins a 1/4 mile drag by 5/10ths of a second and 11 MPH, all the "objective" auther has to say is they are both good cars... Wonder if that has anything to do with the fact that it is a Chevy ad on this page instead of a Ford ad?

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