Two giant auto names Chevy and Ford are at it once again. This time, these two iconic manufacturers are staging war in terms of who have got the better performing vehicle in the market.Ever since the launching of the Ford Mustang in 1964, the models built in with the V6 engine has failed to perform to expectations. Instead, they have been reduced to becoming merely a cheap option for daily transportation. Then came GM’s reboot of whole new 2010 Chevrolet Camaro and it set a whole new standard for engine performance with its 304-hp and 273 lb-ft torque V6 engine. For the first time, pony cars offered true power on the road without having to sacrifice fuel economy rating.
To further understand just how impressive the Camaro engine is, the 2011 Mustang GT offered a V8 engine that earned a rating of 315 horsepower, which is only slightly above the performance of the V6 engine for 2010 Chevy Camaro. This therefore irked the folks at Ford and this was to be the start of yet another intense phase in their rivalry.
Hence, they came up with new engines for the Mustang series that were due for release in 2011. some of these models will go on sale this year. The rebirth of the “5.0” V8 in 2011 mustang is the biggest news for Mustang fanatics, which claim to deliver some of the highest engine ratings the industry has seen thus far – 412 horsepower! The V6 also received some tweak of its own such that it can now deliver 305 horsepower and 280 lb-ft torque, which was slightly above that of the 2010 Camaro’s. But there are no changes in 2011 Chevrolet Camaro, it will come with same specs of 2010 Camaro. Only difference between 2010 Camaro and 2011 Camaro is official rating.
Some of the officials from Ford were asked to respond to rumors on whether the Mustang pony car was detailed and improved in an effort to compete with the Chevy model, they could not deny the fact. That admission therefore focused on a lot of attention on what each side is going to do next and that made a really interesting prospect for consumers.
Soon after Ford announced the numbers for the new mustang V6, GM followed it up with their own announcement. They have cited that their V6 engine will have its new official power rating for all of its future models, which is estimated at 312 horsepower and 278 lb-ft torque. Once again, 2010 camaro took the lead on this ongoing battle.
Again Ford stated that its 2011 V6 Mustang will give 31 mpg’s on the highway with a six-speed automatic transmission while Camaro gives 29 mpg with six speed manual transmission
When weight is concerned lightest V6 Camaro comes with hefty 3,719 pounds, while Ford’s calculation for the 2011 Mustang V6 is 3,473
How did GM achieve this and pull in 8 extra horsepower? It’s pretty simple. They have tested the Camaro V6 engine in accordance with the Society of Automotive Engineering to provide more certification to their engine offerings. Even the GM officials claimed that any step Ford was taking to further their efforts in this long-running competition only served to fuel GM’s desire to up their own.
It was getting clearer by the day that the ability to perform better than your closest rival is what motivates each party to improve on their engine design and performance. In addition, market trends also indicate that more horsepower also means more sales.
A Ford spokesman is therefore quick to point out that while GM has outdone them in terms of official horsepower rating, there are several aspects wherein Ford has the advantage. Ford officials argued that better horsepower does not automatically translate to better mileage. They cited transmission system, curb weight, and other such aspects that will impact the overall performance.
Regardless of which of these manufacturers win the battle, it was clear that the consumers are the true winners in this battle of the V6 models – 2011 mustang V6 and 2010 chevy camaro. It means they get to enjoy high performance without compromising fuel economy and price.