It’s a rivalry on the same level as Bears versus Lions, Yankees versus Red Sox, and Chicago Deep Dish versus New York pizza.
The Mustang and Camaro have been trading the top sales spot for a number of years now, with the Mustang clearly in the lead for the last three years. It’s the Camaro, though, that gained the most new owners last month.
Sales victories are rare for the Camaro these days, and with a refreshed Mustang on the way for 2018, Chevy might have to get used to second place.
Rarely are people fans of both the Mustang and the Camaro. This rivalry goes so deep that most folks do not simply choose to like Mustang or Camaro, they are born with an innate sense of right and wrong—simply knowing that they are Mustang or Camaro enthusiasts.
And last month, there were more Camaro enthusiasts of car-buying age than Mustang fans.
An article posted on The Truth About Cars said,
Not since a September/October burst last fall caused the Camaro to outperform the Mustang has the Ford fallen into the No.2 spot. (Those were the first monthly Camaro victories since October 2014.) But along with the Camaro’s 17-percent year-over-year uptick last month, Ford Mustang sales plunged 37 percent, a loss of 4,663 sales for a car that’s lost more than 12,000 sales already this year.
Take that with a grain of salt, though. The 2018 Mustang comes with a new look, better technology, and improved performance. True Mustang fans will pass on the 2017 and wait to get their speed-loving hands on a 2018 model, which at least partially explains the falling sales numbers.
In the 2018 ‘Stang, there’s no longer a V6 engine offered (it’s been replaced by a turbocharged 4-cylinder), full LED headlights are now standard, and there’s a 10-speed automatic transmission offered along with a 6-speed manual.
What Ford doesn’t have is one of these:
What you’re looking at above is the $69,995 Camaro ZL1 1LE, a 650-hp 6.2-liter V8 street-legal race car that includes:
high-tech spool-valve dampers, adjustable camber plates, and a three-position adjustable rear anti-roll bar. Extra grip comes courtesy of a giant carbon-fiber fixed rear wing, air deflectors and dive planes fitted to the car’s nose, and a set of sticky summer tires—a new breed of Goodyear rubber dubbed Eagle F1 Supercar 3R—mounted on lightweight, staggered-width 19-inch forged-aluminum wheels (11 inches wide up front, 12 inches wide in the rear).
Here we go again, muscle car fans: Mustang or Camaro, and why?