Your move, Chevy. One year after the return of its old nemesis, the Mustang has struck back with amazing fury. Those who read our Rivalry featrue from last year may recall that the 'Stang's two major shortcomings were its brakes and (relative) lack of power. Ford seems to have solved the first issue with some beefy Brembo brakes up front. They were easy to modulate and fade free on the street. If only they were standard, as in the Camaro SS. The power shortage, well, that's been handled with all the subtlety of a sledgehammer. The new 5.0-liter V-8 provides brutal acceleration at any speed -- I caught rubber in second and third gears. I still prefer the meatier sound and feel of the Camaro's small-block, but there's no doubt the Mustang now has the upper hand overall. For now.
David Zenlea, Assistant Editor