Chevy Camaro vs Ford Mustang Horsepower Battle Heats Up

When GM stopped producing the Chevy Camaro and Pontiac Firebird, the Ford Mustang reined as the only low priced muscle car available. Notice the word ‘low price’, so as not to be confused with the pricey Chevy Corvette.

Well that has changed as the Chevy Camaro has been reintroduced as well as the Dodge Challenger, Dodge Charger both with 5.7L Hemi’s and the retro styled Mustang saddled with a small V-8. Ford dropped their big block back in 1986 but now must revive it in order to compete with the Camaro. Seems that the new Camaro has outsold the Mustang every month since June and Ford is feeling the hit on sales.

The new 2010 Mustang will come with a V-8 that has 412 HP which is still less than the beefy 426 HP that the V-8 Camaro produces. What about gas mileage? Surely you jest. You don’t buy one of these bad boys if gas mileage is a concern. Though Ford states that their new 305 HP Mustang will get 30 mpg on the highway. That mileage is figured going downhill with a tailwind! LOL

But there is one other thing that Ford needs to change to compete with the Camaro. The Camro styling is new and refreshing while the Mustang looks old school. Just my two cents.

Comments welcome.

Source.

For those who are not familiar with either car, this is what the models look like:

2010 Chevy Camaro

2010 Ford Mustang

2010 Mustang: Tradition Meets Tech

Spending time in a 2010 Ford Mustang V6 is a bit like going back to the future. Slipping behind the wheel brings back memories of every Mustang you’ve ever ridden in before. For me, those memories are quite vivid. While I’ve never owned a Mustang, I flashed back on three mid-sixties ‘Stangs that were key in my life (for various reasons) … my Uncle’s ’65, a girlfriend’s ’67 ragtop, and a buddy’s ’66.

The new Mustang’s interior is unquestionably the best that’s ever been. While earlier Mustangs may be criticized for the quality of materials, the 2010 model sets a new standard. World-class leather bucket seats provide both heating and lumbar support. Microsoft SYNC delivers both the tunes and the phone calls, without lifting your hands off the wheel.

The 2010 Mustang fights it out in the new pony car wars with the Chevy Camaro and Dodge Challenger. While it’s a bit down on power, it comes out on top in a category that might surprise you … handling.

Resource: 2010 Ford Mustang V6 Review

First Look At The Electric Cadillac

The folks at GM have unveiled an electric powered Cadillac that is very futuristic in its styling. See what you think.

2009 Cadillac Converj Concept Computer Generated Image

According to an article over at GM Volt it also states that:

Today GM unveiled its newest extended-range electric vehicle. This time the E-Flex technology, which has been given a new name called Voltec, has been married to a luxury coupe.

The car is beautifully styled, sleek, and clearly aerodynamic. It has been designed this time from square one to have the appropriate aerodynamics to allow it the same 40 mile-range as the Chevy Volt.

The vehicle will use a gasoline-range extender and lithium ion batteries.

2009 Cadillac Converj Concept Computer Generated Image

The press release:

CONVERJ: THE “CADILLAC” OF ELECTRIC VEHICLES
Luxury coupe concept continues GM’s leadership in the electrification of the automobile

DETROIT – General Motors unveiled a further glimpse at the potential of electric propulsion today, this time in the form of luxury transportation, with the Cadillac Converj Concept. The Cadillac Converj was developed as a well-appointed grand touring coupe with a bold design and a host of interactive technology.

The four-passenger Converj concept is intended to show how GM’s revolutionary electric propulsion technology – called Voltec – can power a luxury coupe with a typically Cadillac “no compromises” design. The technology enables up to 40 miles of gas- and emissions-free electric driving with extended-range capability of hundreds of miles.

Bob Lutz, GM’s vice chairman of Global Product Development, said the Converj concept has production substance. “It’s a logical extension of our plan to reinvent the automobile,” he said. “It clearly shows what a Cadillac electric vehicle could look like, and clearly indicates that global luxury customers can have a car that has both strong design and electric propulsion with a total range of hundreds of anxiety-free miles.”

Cadillac’s extended-range electric vehicle (E-REV) concept has a new body style that is an evolution of the brand’s traditional Art and Science design theme. An aggressive, forward-leaning arc profile is the foundation for the sporting stance. And more than a Cadillac in form, Converj is also intended to be a Cadillac in substance, with the premium materials, technology and driving dynamics that are hallmarks of the brand.

I don’t think GM gets it. We need an affordable alternative. Not a $50k + priced vehicle. I personally believe that the auto companies need to file for Chapter 11 and reorganize. The top brass of the big 3 needs to be replaced. We don’t need new Mustangs, Camaros, Chargers or other muscle cars. Though the sub $2 gas per gallon is great, it won’t last forever.

Wake up Detroit!

Comments welcome.

Source.