The 50th anniversary of the Ford Mustang hasn’t gone unnoticed by the rest of the industry, including the muscle car ’s fiercest rival, the Chevrolet Camaro . In a move that’s a nod of respect to the rivalry, the Camaro — of all cars — has just wished the Mustang a happy 50 years.
If you’re thinking that this move is merely a publicity ploy by Chevrolet , there’s a good chance that you’re right. Partly, at least. But you can’t deny that there’s also some graciousness behind the act; after all, Chevrolet did recognize the Mustang as the original pony car and that the "healthy competition" between the two Camaro and the Mustang has benefited both models tremendously. I take mild issue with Chevy’s claim of the Mustang as the "original" pony car, as the the Barracuda actually predated the Mustang by a few weeks making it the actual original pony car. But it is commonly accepted that the `Stang receives this title, so I am outnumbered.
“For five decades, the Camaro and the Mustang have been battling it out in every possible setting,” GM’s Executive Vice President of Global Product Development Mark Reuss said in a statement. “These two cars have been striving to beat each other on the track, on the drag strip and on the streets. That competition is a big part of why both cars are so amazing, and so popular, today.”
There’s a whole lot of truth to that and the respect between both models is evident by this respectful gesture by the Camaro.
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The fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro broke cover in 2010, and went into production in late-January 2011. For the 2014 model year, the Camaro received an update when Chevy restyled the front and rear fascias, and released the all-new Z/28.
It’s not a new-generation model like the 2015 Mustang, but that one is expected to arrive soon.
For now, the 2015 Camaro trudges on in its refreshed fifth generation look with a 6.2-liter, V-8 engine with 426 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque, while the base model offers a 323-horsepower, V-6 engine.
The 2014 Camaro is priced from $23,455.
Gallery Chevrolet Camaro SS
The all-new 2015 Ford Mustang is a huge step forward for the classic American pony car, allowing it to at least separate itself from the Camaro until the latter’s next generation model arrives in the next few years.
An entire host of engines are available in the new Mustang: the carryover 3.7-liter, naturally aspirated V-6, an all-new 2.3-liter EcoBoost in-line four, and the top-dog, 5.0-liter, naturally aspirated V-8. Power is managed by either a six-speed manual from Getrag or a six-speed automatic.
The interior of the 2015 Mustang has also been completely reworked to include a new suite of infotainment gadgetry and electronics helps push the 2015 Mustang into the future and makes it more competitive in its segment.
Gallery Ford Mustang
Ever since the days of the Hatfields and the McCoys, rivalries have been a cornerstone of American culture. Some become endlessly bitter feuds. Others, like the healthy competition between the Chevrolet Camaro and Ford Mustang, become a driving force for constant improvement.
“For five decades, the Camaro and the Mustang have been battling it out in every possible setting,” said Mark Reuss, executive vice president, GM Global Product Development. “These two cars have been striving to beat each other on the track, on the drag strip and on the streets. That competition is a big part of why both cars are so amazing, and so popular, today.”
To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Mustang, industry experts offer perspectives on four iconic American rivalries:
Camaro vs. Mustang
The Ford Mustang was introduced 50 years ago this week, creating a new class of transportation, the pony car. Three years later, Chevrolet introduced the Camaro as a direct competitor to the Mustang, and created one of the most enduring rivalries in the automotive industry.
“The new Camaro hit the ground running, and it’s been a battle royale ever since with the bowtie vs. the blue oval,” said Ken Gross, an automotive journalist for 40 years whose pieces have appeared in AutoWeek and The Robb Report. “Chevy readily admits its Camaro is constantly getting better, thanks to intense competition from Ford, and I’d agree.”