Camaro ZL1 Will Outperform Shelby GT500 Says Chief Engineer

Camaro ZL1 Will Outperform Shelby GT500 Says Chief Engineer

Sure, it was pretty comical to watch Adolf Hitler get upset over the announcement of Shelby’s GT500 trumping Chevy‘s Camaro ZL1 on paper, but now things have gotten pretty serious with Camaro Chief Engineer Al Oppenheiser predicting that the ZL1 will be quicker to 60-mph than the GT500 and even calls out the GT500’s Nurburgring time.

“We’ve done simulations. We predict that the ZL1 will be quicker to 60 than the [2013] GT500… We ran the Nürburgring and released a time. Ford took the GT500, too, and never released a time. I guess you can draw your own conclusions,” Oppenheiser said openly at an Arizona drive event for the Camaro ZL1.

Now on paper and for those that believe numbers never lie, the Ford Shelby Mustang GT500 with 650-hp and 600 lb-ft of torque in a 3,850-lb body should easily outpace the Camaro ZL1’s 580-hp and 556 lb-ft of torque in a heavier 4,120-lb body. But Oppenheiser has no doubt that the ZL1 would be quicker around Nurburgring than the GT500.

It’s a bold claim surely, but it could be warranted given that the GT500 still features a solid rear-axle while the ZL1 sports all-independent suspension with third-generation Magnetic Ride shocks and a high-tech traction control system borrowed from the Corvette ZR1.

Hopefully it’ll get settled one day, ZL1 versus GT500 on a real track with the same driver. Until then, it’ll remain a war of the words.

GALLERY: Chevrolet Camaro ZL1


[Source: Autoblog]

  • Sniegowski

    Don’t always believe the numbers, the older generation will remember a 69 Z28, 302 CI — 290(yeah right!!) HP, The Boss Mustang couldn’t run with that either..

  • TheBoss

    Hey guy are you serious? The z28 in no way outperformed the BOSS. Look up trans am series results.

  • Fbanquets

    HAHAHAHA!  This person is an Engineer?

  • Nonono413

    LOL, remember never talk smack unless you can back it up, ZL1 gets its butt kicked badly by the new GT500.


  • Moretuzzo24

    the gt500 might have more horsepower, but Ford doesn’t know how to put that power down. They also lied, the gt500 only goes 196 mph. The ZL1 is the dominate car and will destroy the gt500 any day.