Ever notice when two champions are about to face-off, they usually enter a weigh-in prior to the fight? Well, our Horsepower Wars: Pony Wars’ duo is no different. When it comes to late-model muscle, most enthusiasts automatically assume that the latest generation of Mustang and Camaro are just too heavy to be true sports cars. As time has shown, almost every new generation has been heavier than the last.
However, just because a new generation of pony car is released, doesn’t always mean it’s the heaviest to-date. Take for example our 2017 Chevrolet Camaro SS and our 2017 Ford Mustang GT. The Camaro is essentially fully optioned while the ’Stang is as bare-bones as it gets. But the question remains: How much do they weigh?
In the short clip above, Pony Wars host Brian Petty and LSX Magazine editor Chase Christensen take bets on which car will weigh more. And with $400 in cash on the table up for grabs, the results are in. Prior to weighing both cars, we gave Brian and Chase a chance to guess both of the car’s weights.
Brian bets the ’Stang will weigh-in at 3,700 pounds, while Chase counters with 3,850 pounds. In regards to the Camaro, Brian guessed 3,650 pounds, while Chase guessed 3,720 pounds.
The actual weight of the Camaro came in at 3,667 pounds, and the Mustang's weight was 3,693 pounds. All in all, that's a weight difference between both of our pony cars of only 26 pounds total, with the Camaro being the lighter of the two.
Given that the Camaro is nearly fully optioned with a 2SS package, leather seats, the venerable 8L90E eight-speed automatic transmission, and 20-inch wheels and tires, the bare-bones Mustang (save for its standard 300A package and optional 6R80 six-speed automatic transmission) still comes out on top as far as weight goes. We’d be lying if we said we weren’t surprised how close the weight of each car was. Looks like this fight is more evenly-matched than we thought.