This SN-95 Ford Mustang against fourth-generation Chevy Camaro faceoff is so very 90s.
Few rivalries compare to the bad blood between the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro. While the Blue Oval’s pony car came out first, it didn’t take long for GM to jump into the ring with a challenger which really pushed the Mustang around. It’s been back-and-forth ever since, and the MotorWeek review of the SN-95 Mustang versus the fourth-gen Camaro, both new on the scene, helps capture some of that rivalry.
Some say the 1990s started to really bring back American muscle cars, but that’s debatable. Still, there was considerable excitement swirling around both these cars. The fourth-generation Camaro Z28 was red hot back in 1994. It used a 5.7-liter LT1 V8, pushing 275-horsepower and 325 lb.-ft. of torque. That sounds just decent by today’s standards, but it was a big deal back then.
Then there was the SN-95 Ford Mustang GT with its legendary 5.0-liter small-block V8. It produced 215-horsepower and 285 lb.-ft. of torque, but that didn’t necessarily mean the Ford was at a disadvantage.
MotorWeek smartly decided to skip the road test and took these performance-oriented cars to the racetrack instead. One of the interesting observations was that the Z28 felt more entertaining to drive on the track than the Mustang GT. Of course, plenty of people are going to find fault with how MotorWeek did the testing – such a thing is expected in a heated rivalry. Basically, you’re going to love it if it confirms your bias, or hate it if it doesn’t.
While watching the video, try not to cry at the prices of these two cars. Good luck getting any new Mustang or Camaro for anywhere near that. Even a brand new Honda Civic costs more these days. Both the SN-95 Mustang and fourth-generation Camaro are quickly becoming collectible, thanks to younger generations who admired them when they were kids now wanting to snatch up examples is especially good condition. If you have one or have the opportunity to get one, it could turn out to be a wise purchase within just a few years.