Ford Just Upped The Ante Against Chevy With The New Mustang GT Performance Pack

This battle just gets better and better with time

3y ago

This back and forth battle between the Ford Mustang and the Chevrolet Camaro might just be the most exciting sports car comparison today. This fight for the performance crown doesn't only exist at the cream of the crop levels (GT350 and ZL1,) but is also fought just as intensely all the way down the entire Mustang VS Camaro lineup. This next punch from Ford will lie hidden deep in the car configurator, right in the package and options tab, and you definitely want to sign up for this $6,500 option.

It's called the Level 2 Performance Package and it builds on the already impressive Level 1 Performance Package offering from Ford, which includes: "Unique chassis and antilock brake tuning, unique stability control and electric power-assisted steering, Brembo™ six-piston front brake calipers with larger rotors, a k-brace, larger radiator, silver-painted strut tower brace and a TORSEN® rear differential with 3.73 axle ratio." Unfortunately, the Level 1 Performance Package isn't enough to answer Chevrolet Camaro SS 1LE's incredible amount of grip and clever magnetorheological dampers.

That's where the Level 2 upgrades fit in. With 1.5" wider tires, the Level 2 Performance Package will provide ungodly levels of grip thanks to the 305/30/R19 Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires. Combine the half-inch lower ride height with custom tuned MagneRide® dampers, a 67 percent stiffer rear stabilizer bar, a 12 percent stiffer front stabilizer bar, 20 percent stiffer front springs and 13 percent stiffer rear springs, the Mustang GT will become a dedicated track monster capable of competing with the best non-ZL1 Camaro.

If you opt for the Level 2 Performance Package, you can stand above the rest of the Mustang crowd by showing off the unique redesigned black front splitter and rear spoiler. The front splitter, which was designed with the Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca's splitter in mind, is quite the ankle-busting piece of artwork. Attached to the underside, it spreads out 3 inches around the corners of the Mustang GT and "creates about 24 pounds of downforce at 80 mph." You'll also get a 10-spoke "Dark Tarnish" wheels and an optional Recaro® seats in either leather or cloth.

So the stage for the middleweight, $45,000 sports car, battle has been set between the Mustang and the Camaro. On stage left we have the Chevrolet Camaro SS 1LE, dialing in at 455 horsepower and equipped with clever suspension, big six piston Brembo™ brakes, stiff springs and anti-roll bars, and ultra sticky Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3 tires. On stage right we have the Ford Mustang GT with Level 2 Performance Package, pushing 460 horsepower and equipped with clever suspension, big six piston Brembo™ brakes, stiff springs and anti-roll bars, and ultra sticky Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires. Who's going to be the big winner? My best guess is you, the sports and muscle car enthusiast. You're the big winner!

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