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2011 Mustang GT takes on 2011 Camaro SS in Motor Trend convertible comparison

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2011 Mustang Convertible vs 2011 Camaro Convertible

The 2011 Mustang has fared well when compared to its rivals, and it’s even done pretty well when put up against cars twice as expensive. The latest battle involves Motor Trend’s comparison of the 2011 Mustang GT and 2011 Camaro SS convertibles. So who won? You guessed it! The Mustang was the unanimous winner. Here’s what Motor Trend’s Jonny Liebermann says about the 2011 Mustang GT Convertible:

As a driver you feel more confident in the Mustang. Not only that, but it’s more fun and a better dance partner in the corners. The rear tires hop around less. The steering feels more direct, the pedals are placed better, the shifter shifts better, and (broken record time), because you can actually see out of the thing, the Mustang allows you to drive faster and more aggressively. All very good attributes for a sports car to possess, no? Plus the Ford sounds great and looks good, just like the Camaro. The problem for Chevy is that we can’t think of a single thing the Camaro does better than the Mustang, save for braking and brake pedal feel. You might whip out the cliché mentioning that the Chevy has an independent rear end whereas the Mustang makes do with a solid rear axle. But I’d argue that the Mustang GT features the most refined solid axle ever fit to a production vehicle, while the Camaro makes do with a very average independent setup.

The 2011 Mustang GT is a gauntlet thrown down, a call out to the rest of the industry, “Look what we can do for around $30k.” Live-axle American cars shouldn’t be able to smoke Audi S5s in every meaningful way, but here we are. Add another $8000 to that starting point and you’ve got an excellent convertible.

Read the rest of the story over at MotorTrend.com.

2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS Convertible 2011 Ford Mustang GT Convertible
DRIVETRAIN LAYOUT Front engine, RWD Front engine, RWD
ENGINE TYPE 90° V-8, alum block/heads 90° V-8, alum block/heads
VALVETRAIN OHV, 2 valves/cyl DOHC, 4 valves/cyl
DISPLACEMENT 376.0 cu in/6162 cc 302.1 cu in/4951 cc
POWER (SAE NET) 426 hp @ 5900 rpm 412 hp @ 6500 rpm
TORQUE (SAE NET) 420 lb-ft @ 4600 rpm 390 lb-ft @ 4250 rpm
REDLINE 6500 rpm 6750 rpm
WEIGHT TO POWER 9.7 lb/hp 9.0 lb/hp
TRANSMISSION 6-speed manual 6-speed manual
AXLE/FINAL-DRIVE RATIO 3.45:1/1.97:1 3.31:1/2.15:1
SUSPENSION, FRONT; REAR Struts, coil springs, anti-roll bar; multi-link, coil springs, anti-roll bar Struts, coil springs, anti-roll bar; live axle, coil springs, anti-roll bar
STEERING RATIO 16.1:1 15.8:1
BRAKES, F;R 14.0-in vented disc; 14.4-in vented disc, ABS 14.0-in vented disc; 11.8-in vented disc, ABS
WHEELS, F;R 8.0 x 20-in; 9.0 x 20-in, cast aluminum 9.0 x 19 in, cast aluminum
TIRES, F;R 245/45ZR20 103Y;275/40ZR20 106Y Pirelli PZero 255/40R19 96W Goodyear Eagle F1
WHEELBASE 112.3 in 107.1 in
TRACK, F/R 63.7/63.7 in 62.0/62.9 in
LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 190.4 x 75.5 x 54.7 in 188.1 x 73.9 x 55.8 in
TURNING CIRCLE 37.7 ft 36.7 ft
CURB WEIGHT 4138 lb 3725 lb
WEIGHT DIST., F/R 51/49 % 53/47 %
HEADROOM, F/R 37.8/35.7 in 38.8/36.5 in
LEGROOM, F/R 42.4/30.0 in 42.4/29.8 in
SHOULDER ROOM, F/R 56.8/42.4 in 55.3/45.0 in
CARGO VOLUME 10.2 cu ft 9.6 cu ft
0-30 1.9 sec 1.9 sec
0-40 2.7 2.5
0-50 3.6 3.5
0-60 4.7 4.5
0-70 5.9 5.8
0-80 7.5 7.1
0-90 9.2 8.5
0-100 11.0 10.5
PASSING, 45-65 MPH 2.2 1.9
QUARTER MILE 13.2 sec @ 109.5 mph 12.9 sec @ 111.8 mph
BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 108 ft 113 ft
LATERAL ACCELERATION 0.92 g (avg) 0.91 g (avg)
MT FIGURE EIGHT 25.3 sec @ 0.75 g (avg) 26.0 sec @ 0.69 g (avg)
TOP-GEAR REVS @ 60 MPH 1300 rpm 1950 rpm
BASE PRICE $37,500 $38,695
PRICE AS TESTED $42,280 $42,585
AIRBAGS Dual front, front side Dual front, front side
BASIC WARRANTY 3 yrs/36,000 miles 3 yrs/36,000 miles
POWERTRAIN WARRANTY 5 yrs/100,000 miles 5 yrs/60,000 miles
ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE 5 yrs/100,000 miles 5 yrs/60,000 miles
FUEL CAPACITY 18.8 gal 16.0 gal
EPA CITY/HWY ECON 16/24 mpg 17/26 mpg
ENERGY CONS., CITY/HWY 211/140 kW-hrs/100 miles 198/130 kW-hrs/100 miles
CO2 EMISSIONS 1.03 lb/mile 0.96 lb/mile
RECOMMENDED FUEL Unleaded premium Unleaded premium

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