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    • 2019 Mustang GT convertible vs. 2019 Chevrolet Camaro SS convertible comparison

      If you are looking for an affordable drop top with a naturally aspirated V8 and manual transmission you do not have many options. Fortunately, these two American icons still excel at pairing a big NA V8 to a manual and not charging you through the nose for the privilege.


      The Mustang is of course updated with a dual-injection Coyote motor that is rated at 460 horsepower but makes 425 to the rear wheels. It is a stout powerplant with plenty of aftermarket support.

      The same can be said for the Camaro SS LT1 except it does not have a dual-injection fuel system. It is direct injection only but it makes up for that with an extra 1.2 liters of displacement. If you are about torque, this is your choice.

      So which of these two cars is better? They're actually pretty similar across the board. Both are very heavy coming in at 39XX pounds. Both will run a 12.7 in the 1/4 mile although the Mustang gets a slight edge in trap speed. Really, it will come down to the driver.

      Even the handling numbers are virtually identical.

      So where do they differ? The base price has the Mustang coming in slightly more expensive at roughly $2k more.

      MotorTrend states the Camaro SS is the better sports car and more fun to drive. It has the better steering and suspension. It does have a slightly stiffer ride and but the easier to modulate clutch.

      They choose the Mustang overall though:

      Quote Originally Posted by MotorTrend
      The Chevrolet Camaro SS convertible is the better driver on our favorite back roads and at the track, but the Ford Mustang GT is the far better convertible. The Mustang might not feel as planted or inspire as much confidence at its limits, but if outright performance were the endgame, you've read the wrong article, friend: Either coupe is a far better driver.

      What the Mustang gives up in handling poise, it makes up for in style, space, and a wildly fun powertrain. I don't see myself ever giving up the comfort of a steel top for cloth, but if you were to do so, it would be hard to go wrong with the ragtop version of the 2019 Mustang GT.
      Let's just be happy cars like this are still being built.


      Chevrolet Camaro Convertible SS 2019 Ford Mustang Convertible GT
      DRIVETRAIN LAYOUT Front-engine, RWD Front-engine, RWD
      ENGINE TYPE 90-deg V-8, alum block/heads 90-deg V-8, alum block/heads
      VALVETRAIN OHV, 2 valves/cyl DOHC, 4 valves/cyl
      DISPLACEMENT 376.0 cu in/6,162 cc 307.4 cu in/5,038 cc
      COMPRESSION RATIO 11.5:1 12.0:1
      POWER (SAE NET) 455 hp @ 6,000 rpm 460 hp @ 7,500 rpm
      TORQUE (SAE NET) 455 lb-ft @ 4,400 rpm 420 lb-ft @ 4,600 rpm
      REDLINE 6,500 rpm 7,400 rpm
      WEIGHT TO POWER 8.7 lb/hp 8.7 lb/hp
      TRANSMISSION 6-speed manual 6-speed manual
      AXLE/FINAL-DRIVE RATIO 3.73:1/1.87:1 3.73:1/2.32:1
      SUSPENSION, FRONT; REAR Struts, coil springs, adj shocks, anti-roll bar; multilink, coil springs, adj shocks, anti-roll bar Struts, coil springs, adj shocks, anti-roll bar; multilink, coil springs, adj shocks, anti-roll bar
      STEERING RATIO 15.8:1 16.0:1
      TURNS LOCK-TO-LOCK 2.3 2.5
      BRAKES, F; R 13.6-in vented disc; 13.3-in vented disc, ABS 15.0-in vented disc; 13.0-in vented disc, ABS
      WHEELS, F;R 8.5 x 20-in; 9.5 x 20-in, cast aluminum 9.0 x 19-in; 9.5 x 19-in, cast aluminum
      TIRES, F;R 245/40R20 95Y; 275/35R20 98Y Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3 255/40R19; 275/40R19 Michelin Pilot Sport 4S
      DIMENSIONS
      WHEELBASE 110.7 in 107.1 in
      TRACK, F/R 63.0/62.9 in 62.4/65.1 in
      LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 188.3 x 74.7 x 53.1 in 188.5 x 75.4 x 54.9 in
      TURNING CIRCLE 38.4 ft 40.0 ft
      CURB WEIGHT 3,949 lb 3,980 lb
      WEIGHT DIST, F/R 52/48% 53/47%
      SEATING CAPACITY 4 4
      HEADROOM, F/R 38.5/33.4 in 37.6/35.7 in
      LEGROOM, F/R 43.9/29.9 in 45.1/29.2 in
      SHOULDER ROOM, F/R 55.9/50.3 in 56.3/44.7 in
      CARGO VOLUME 7.3 cu ft 11.4 cu ft
      TEST DATA
      ACCELERATION TO MPH
      0-30 1.8 sec 1.9 sec
      0-40 2.5 2.5
      0-50 3.3 3.5
      0-60 4.4 4.4
      0-70 5.4 5.4
      0-80 6.8 6.9
      0-90 8.2 8.3
      0-100 9.9 9.9
      0-100-0 13.9 14.0
      PASSING, 45-65 MPH 2.0 2.0
      QUARTER MILE 12.7 sec @ 112.9 mph 12.7 sec @ 113.6 mph
      BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 103 ft 106 ft
      LATERAL ACCELERATION 0.98 g (avg) 0.98 g (avg)
      MT FIGURE EIGHT 24.3 sec @ 0.82 g (avg) 24.3 sec @ 0.80 g (avg)
      TOP-GEAR REVS @ 60 MPH 1,400 rpm 1,700 rpm
      CONSUMER INFO
      BASE PRICE $43,995 $45,950
      PRICE AS TESTED $52,775 $55,735
      STABILITY/TRACTION CONTROL Yes/Yes Yes/Yes
      AIRBAGS 6: Dual front, side/head, knee 6: Dual front, side/head, knee
      BASIC WARRANTY 3 yrs/36,000 miles 3 yrs/36,000 miles
      POWERTRAIN WARRANTY 5 yrs/60,000 miles 5 yrs/60,000 miles
      ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE 5 yrs/60,000 miles 5 yrs/60,000 miles
      FUEL CAPACITY 19.0 gal 16.0 gal
      EPA CITY/HWY/COMB ECON 16/24/19 mpg 15/24/18 mpg
      ENERGY CONS, CITY/HWY 211/140 kW-hrs/100 miles 225/140 kW-hrs/100 miles
      CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB 1.03 lb/mile 1.08 lb/mile
      RECOMMENDED FUEL Unleaded premium Unleaded premium

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