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There has been a lot of buzz over the past several years about which vehicle will eventually be named America’s next supercar. Over the years, advances in engineering and technology have given us the ability to build bigger engines. Vehicles are lighter, more aerodynamic, and move a lot faster than they did during the 1950s-1970s, when muscle cars, pony cars, and sports cars made their North American debut. Some experts agree that the Corvette Stingray has reached this designation already, while others believe it is a race between the 2022 Chevy Camaro vs 2022 Ford Mustang.
But it turns out there’s no hard-set definition for what constitutes a supercar. It has to be street legal, fast and powerful, gorgeous, and exotic, according to most automotive publications. Some feel that a supercar needs to have a specific amount of race technology, while others feel it needs to be a beacon of luxury features. Aside from the “street legal” designation, all other terms that apply to the definition are highly subjective.
The 2022 Chevy Camaro and 2022 Ford Mustang are aesthetically pleasing, well-constructed road beasts that come from a very long line of American-made, high-performance, sporty vehicles, regardless of their supercar potential. Let’s take a look at what makes these vehicles so special.
The first thing to know about both the 2022 Chevy Camaro and 2022 Ford Mustang is that there are several different levels of “fast and powerful” available with each. That’s not to say there’s a “slow” option, but both Chevy and Ford appreciate that some people want to drive a zippy, sporty car, and others want to head out to the track. So whether you want an efficient sports car for your daily commute or a fire breathing supercharged V8, you will be able to find your ideal engine option.
For those who aren’t motivated by best times and track records, Chevy presents a 2.0L turbocharged engine, which is standard on the LS and LT trims. With 275 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque, this engine is capable of making 0-60 miles per hour in under 5.5 seconds, so it’s not exactly a carpool minivan––it definitely has plenty of power. However, even with this turn of speed, the 2.0L is rated at 30 MPG on the highway, making it an economical choice.
However, if that engine doesn’t meet your definition of “plenty,” you can option a 3.6L V6, which provides 335 horsepower and 284 lb-ft of torque. If you select the available 10-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission in conjunction with this engine, you can enjoy a 0-60 flight of around 5.2 seconds. This gives the Camaro a great middle-ground option that is not found on the Mustang.
Need more? No problem. The LT1 and SS trims include a standard 6.2L V8, which whittles those acceleration times down to 4.0 seconds, or you can head directly to the top with the ZL1’s 6.2L LT4 V8 with a 1.7L Eaton supercharger. This engine saves you plenty of time on the trip from 0-60 miles per hour, with 650 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque getting you there in around 3.5 seconds––that’s the fastest acceleration available from either of these two muscle cars.
With those four options in mind, it’s time to take a look at the 2022 Ford Mustang. Also offering four engine options, the Mustang starts things off with a 2.3L turbocharged four-cylinder, which delivers 310 horsepower under normal circumstances, or 330 horsepower when the High Performance Package is selected. However, it still leaves the Mustang down 5 horsepower and two cylinders compared to the Camaro V6.
The GT and Mach 1 Mustangs are equipped with a 5.0L V8, which offers 410 lb-ft of torque for either option––45 lb-ft less than the larger 6.2L V8 in the Camaro. However, while the GT purrs along happily with 450 horsepower, the Mach 1 is specially developed to turn that up to 470 horsepower. The 2022 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 model, however, really gets things cooking with a 5.2L supercharged V8 that whips out 760 horsepower and 625 lb-ft of torque.
The beauty of the 2022 Chevy Camaro or 2022 Ford Mustang is what you make of it. No, that’s not a metaphor; in fact, both vehicles are offered in an exciting array of trims and add-on packages that allow drivers to customize their cars to their exact specifications. However, the Camaro offers a wider array of trims and packages to choose from.
The 2022 Chevy Camaro is offered in eight trims: LS, 1LT, 2LT, 3LT, LT1, 1SS, 2SS, and ZL1. Those all look very similar when lined up next to each other, but we assure you there are no typos. The large differences between each trim are the engines that come standard and the customization packages that are available.
The 2022 Ford Mustang, on the other hand, is offered in EcoBoost, EcoBoost Premium, GT, GT Premium, Mach 1, Mach 1 Premium, and Shelby GT500 trims. However, only the EcoBoost and GT trims––both standard and Premium––are offered as a convertible. If you prefer a fixed-roof coupe, then that won’t be a problem, but if you like to feel the wind in your hair, every Camaro trim offers a convertible option, even the supercharged ZL1.
There is no shortage of optional packages available on the 2022 Chevy Camaro. Each trim offers its own specific range of appearance packages. The RS package, for example, is offered on LS and 1LT trims, adding high-intensity headlamps and polished black and chrome exterior features, along with 20-inch wheels.
The performance packages on the higher trims kick things up several notches for those who are ready to take their Camaro to the track. The SS trim can be further enhanced with the SS 1LE Track Performance Package, which includes a 455-horsepower 6.2L V8 engine, Magnetic Ride Control for enhanced balance and response, a dual-mode performance exhaust, specialized Brembo brakes, and satin black accents that let people know you mean business.
The 2022 Mustang is also complimented with a variety of packages that allow drivers to customize their rides. The Coastal Limited Edition, for example, includes 19-inch tarnished dark-painted wheels and custom side stripes, which compliment the Brittany Blue, Cyber Orange, or Rapid Red body colors.
Performance packages include the Carbon Fiber Track Package, which adds exposed carbon fiber wheels, an adjustable GT4 rear wing, Michelin Pilot Cup Sport 2 tires, and RECARO seats. Combining the 2.3L High-Performance Package and the EcoBoost Handling Package adds larger brakes, sportier springs and rear axle, MagneRide damping, and a larger radiator to coax greater performance from even the lowest trim level.
It’s hard to pinpoint exactly what makes a sports car “exotic.” For some, the carbon fiber accents throughout the Chevy Camaro might be considered exotic, while others might be more drawn to the Mustang’s sequential turn signals.
Standard features on the inside of the Chevy Camaro include keyless entry and ignition, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, selectable drive modes, and a flat-bottomed steering wheel. While not exactly “exotic,” they can make the ride much more enjoyable. Progressing through the trim levels adds access to features such as wireless device charging, a heated steering wheel, and a premium Bose sound system.
The Mustang’s standard offerings include a few fun things, such as rain-sensing windshield wipers and important safety features like forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking. The Premium trims build upon the standard version with heated and ventilated power-adjustable seats, puddle lamps, and leather seating, depending on the trim selected. The Mach 1 and Shelby additions provide more performance-driven features, though an upgraded infotainment system and premium Bang & Olufsen sound system are part of the offerings.