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    Today, 02:39 PM
    These are the two highest performance editions of their respective models. That said, the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and the Ford Shelby Mustang GT350R go about their business very differently. It is no secret this website loves the 5.2 liter naturally aspirated Voodoo V8 under the hood of the Mustang. It does not have the raw power and torque of the LT4 but after some hands on experience with the Chevrolet LT4 supercharged 6.2 liter V8 engine that is not necessarily a bad thing. Let's get on to the comparison. MotorTrend got a manual ZL1 for this comparison as they should. The 10-speed auto is quicker shifting but ideally you want to keep it apples to apples. Well, ideally you would have a ZL1 with the automatic and one with the manual. Additionally, MotorTrend did not get a 1LE optioned ZL1. What jumps out instantly? The ZL1 is 200 pounds heavier at 3912 pounds. Heavy. The weight distribution is 54/46 front to back for both cars. How does a drag race between the two go? Predictably. The ZL1 demolishes the GT350R over a half mile. If you are just interested in raw power the choice is fairly easy. Well, unless you intend to add your own blower on the GT350. The two presenters babble on and on endlessly and basically come to the conclusion that the GT350R has the better sounding motor and that the two cars offer great value. The Camaro also feels a bit smoother. What happens on the track? This: The ZL1 edges by 4/10's of a second. Considering the power disparity, that is not much. The GT350R sure seems to be doing more with less. How do these times stack up context? Overall these are two phenomenal cars. The GT350R offers more of a race car feel and an amazing V8 that is a dying breed. The ZL1 is more about muscle. That is fine. The world is a better place with both of these cars although the GT350R sure feels a bit more special. MotorTrend chooses the GT350R as the better car. They get it right.
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    Today, 01:39 PM
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