Is The 2015 Mustang GT Performance Pack Better Than A Camaro SS 1LE?

Motor Trend got together a 2015 Mustang GT with the Performance Pack and a 2015 Chevrolet Camaro SS 1LE to see which is faster and more fun. The results are quite surprising.

It's interesting to compare these two, and not only because they've been measured against each other by pony car lovers in every year since 1966.

The 2015 Mustang GT is a brand new car that starts at $32,925 but the one in the test got all the way up to $46K with the Performance Pack and a whole bunch of luxuries. The 2015 SS is one of the last Camaros built on GM's aging (and heavy) Zeta platform. It also starts higher at $34,500, but cuts under the maxed out Mustang in this case with a price tag of $41,000 with the 1LE handling package and $3,000 worth of extras. The SS with the 1LT alone is $38,000 while the Mustang GT with only the Performance Pack is $35,420.


As far as power and torque goes, the two are roughly the same, but then there's weight. The Camaro is a larger car that has a reputation for being heavy, but in reality, the Mustang gained a few pounds too, meaning that it's advantage is almost gone when you consider the Camaro has 20 extra pound feet on tap.

V8s with 6-speed manuals. Let's hit it!

All I can say is that the 2016 Camaro is supposed to be lighter while its power figure will certainly go higher. If the 2015 Mustang GT with a handling pack can't beat the crap out of a beefed up Camaro at its launch both on the road and on track, Ford might want to start thinking about suspension upgrades.

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As the Mustang fanboy I am, I feel it is my duty to point out that the Mustang is riding on 265/40/19 and 275/35/20 High Performance Summer Only tires. The Camaro has 285/35/20 tires all around on Extreme Performance rubber. This difference in tire is a major player in how much grip the cars have.

That being said, the 1LE is still a better package with a much more focused mission. Chevy did a fantastic job with the 1LE and it still shows. My hope is we will see more coming from Ford soon. This is still the first iteration of the S550 Mustang.