Ford wins, of course, on marketing strategy (and maybe on specs), but in a one-on-one, the Camaro may prove to have better handling. Finally, who cares?
Why would any sane person shell out this kind of bread (I’ll bet the Ford comes in at way over $60K) for a car that’s less of an all-round performer than a recent-model M3, for instance? DealFinder will give you the answers.
Aren’t we all getting a little tired of this madness? Two cars—one with 200-mph capability (the Shelby), and the ZL1 can do 184 mph. Each is supposedly tuned for the track, but guess how many of them will end up there. Both look like relics from the past, which they are.
I liked the old budget muscle cars, like the ‘69 Plymouth Road Runner (right). The new ones are simply way too fast and expensive to serve any purpose other than impressing one’s cohorts. Where are you going to even drag in these things—without being arrested?
Chevy’s idea for marketing the Camaro ZL1, for instance, is to compare it to a number of high-priced exotics like the Audi R8 GT, at nearly $200K, which is an apples-and-oranges comparison if I ever heard one, totally ridiculous. See the press release here (link below thumbnails).
So, in a world of contracting economies, obviously finite resources, downsizing of everything, we have America’s two major car companies producing vehicles like this. And, of course, they will find buyers.
One wonders why GM got bailed out to produce cars like the Camaro ZL1. One of Ford’s people, whose title is too long to recite, said in a press release, “We encapsulated every aspect of performance in this car—whether it’s 0-60, top speed, racetrack or quarter-mile times. Beyond that, the daily driver also will find this car perfectly fits his or her needs.”
Wow! 650 hp, and still something for everybody!
Somebody please tell me why cars like this still appeal, I guess primarily in the youth market, and would you buy one if you had the bread? Thanks.