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Old 10-27-2012, 04:17 PM   #1
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2012 SS vs 2013 GT

Had both and my observations are the camaro handles better stock. GT isn't a slouch though. GT runs harder though. Paint is better. Quality of the interior is about the same. MPGs are better in the GT. Price are about equal....GT a little cheaper for what you get.

The GT seems to over power the tire (Pirellis) very easily after getting to 3k rpm.
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Old 10-27-2012, 07:28 PM   #2
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I think the Camaro handles better in day to day street driving, especially looking at the fact it rides on bigger wheels. On a track, I'd say the 13 GT has the edge, if ever so slight. It does have more body roll however, and in turn, I think provides less driver confidence. When I drove the SS, it felt like it was much faster due to the flat torque curve. It came on in one big wave and didn't let off until red line.
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Old 10-28-2012, 03:40 PM   #3
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My impression the 2013 GT driven last week felt livelier and revs felt more athletic than the SS. My SS is modded suspension wise so it was more planted and confidence inspiring. You can clearly tell the wheels on the SS and rear end gearing is the handicap where the GT 3.73 and lighter wheels and rev happy engine made the GT easier to get up and go felt like it had a tune but it was factory.
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Old 10-31-2012, 02:28 AM   #4
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I drag raced a stock auto 2012 GT with my stock 2010 LS3 in our own " Race track " so there are no times to post. the GT was about 1 car in front of me in the 1st run and half car in the 2nd run. could get better results if I shift perfectly. For daily driving the camaro is little bit better, both are good looking cars with awesome power. Was really impressed with the 5.0 performance compared to the slow 4.6
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Old 10-31-2012, 07:50 AM   #5
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No doubt the GT will win in a straight line, driver skill equal or even if the GT driver has a slightly less edge in skill. Similar HP but weighing less, its really no comparision...

....what would be interesting is to see them race in a track setting that involves turns. I have seen two different reports pitting a Zl1 against a 2013 GT500 and the results were the ZL1 beats it in a track setting, proving HP is not always everything. Would be curious how a 2012 SS would do against a 12-13 GT (both stock of course).
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Old 10-31-2012, 07:52 AM   #6
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I drag raced a stock auto 2012 GT with my stock 2010 LS3 in our own " Race track " so there are no times to post. the GT was about 1 car in front of me in the 1st run and half car in the 2nd run. could get better results if I shift perfectly. For daily driving the camaro is little bit better, both are good looking cars with awesome power. Was really impressed with the 5.0 performance compared to the slow 4.6

I am glad Ford went with the 5.0. Hard to believe that just a few years ago, those 4.6 V8's were only cranking 300ish HP...
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Old 11-04-2012, 09:28 PM   #7
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having owned both i feel it's fair to say the Camaro has the better manual transmission and nicer options, but the 6 speed mustang flat out boogies. I had a 2011 auto equipped 5.0 and it was fast and fun although a bit boring. the new 2013 6 speed manual with the track pac is a whole different beast. i might have bought a 2013 Camaro but they were more expensive and a bit heavy. i do miss my 2010 2SS though.
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Old 11-04-2012, 09:53 PM   #8
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If I remember right the 6 speed in all the mustangs is what's in the ay6 in the camaros
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Old 11-04-2012, 11:05 PM   #9
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having owned both i feel it's fair to say the Camaro has the better manual transmission and nicer options, but the 6 speed mustang flat out boogies. I had a 2011 auto equipped 5.0 and it was fast and fun although a bit boring. the new 2013 6 speed manual with the track pac is a whole different beast. i might have bought a 2013 Camaro but they were more expensive and a bit heavy. i do miss my 2010 2SS though.
I think the TR in the Camaro is definitely more reliable and sturdy, but the MT82 I think shifts a lot better and the shifter feels much smoother. And what do you mean nicer options in the Camaro? And I agree, the 2013 Track Pack is a deal and a half for what you get. It's a mini Boss.
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If I remember right the 6 speed in all the mustangs is what's in the ay6 in the camaros
No, Ford uses the MT-82 in both V6 and V8 Mustangs. V8 Camaro uses a Tremec, and I thought the V6 Camaro used Aisin (probably spelled wrong?)

I think you are thinking of a 6-speed auto transaxle (FWD applications) that Ford and GM co-developed a little while ago.
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Old 11-04-2012, 11:23 PM   #11
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I think the TR in the Camaro is definitely more reliable and sturdy, but the MT82 I think shifts a lot better and the shifter feels much smoother. And what do you mean nicer options in the Camaro? And I agree, the 2013 Track Pack is a deal and a half for what you get. It's a mini Boss.
I like the camaro gauges better, the heated seats are nicer. ONStar, heated side view mirror, heads up display and the boston sound system makes the shaker 500 sound like an 80's boom box. that being said i do prefer the solid rear axle of the mustang and in stock form the mustang is faster. my fist pass in my 2011 A6 was a 12.76, i havent had a chance to run the 2013 M6 yet. also i had zero paint issues with my 2011 Muatang where i had all kinds of chips in my Camaro paint.
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Old 11-05-2012, 12:15 AM   #12
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ford really should have put a tr6060 with the 5.0, the mt82 is scrap iron.
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Couple months ago we a few of us were at the track playing with one of my buddies 2010 Z06 automatic.Between 4 of us NO ONE was able to get out of the 12's.

I believe torque managnent was killing us that night, when launching the car would take off and fall flat on it's face.
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ford really should have put a tr6060 with the 5.0, the mt82 is scrap iron.
I couldn't agree more. I am thinking about the transzilla especially if i go forced induction.
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Old 11-05-2012, 12:22 AM   #14
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I couldn't agree more. I am thinking about the transzilla especially if i go forced induction.

i've had a fair amount of experience with an mt82 in a 2013 boss. ****. i would be so mad if i had to pay for that car. the rest of the car is very nice but that trans just ruins it.
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Couple months ago we a few of us were at the track playing with one of my buddies 2010 Z06 automatic.Between 4 of us NO ONE was able to get out of the 12's.

I believe torque managnent was killing us that night, when launching the car would take off and fall flat on it's face.
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My MT82 is one of the ones that's had issues. I had a clutch replaced at 900 miles due to the flywheel bolts backing out, and the trans was replaced at 19k miles due to gear whine. That being said, it still a great transmission when it's working. Perfectly geared for the 5.0 and a very smooth and positive shifter.

And heaterman, I agree with you on the sound system. The shaker500 is a joke. I do like the gauges better in the Mustang though, I find them much easier to read. When i was buying my 5.0, Camaro didn't have the HUD or navigation available as an option. I'm glad they finally started offering that.
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Old 11-05-2012, 12:39 PM   #16
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I also noticed the the sound system in the mustang was pretty poor.
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I also noticed the the sound system in the mustang was pretty poor.
The only good part about it is that you evebtually get used to the shit quality.
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Old 11-05-2012, 09:14 PM   #18
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I like the amenities and styling of my Camaro more than my Mustang. Then again these two (of mine) are different kinds of animals. Mustang's engine/performance is topshelf; the rest of the thumbs up goes to the Camaro, IMO.
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How times have changed...nowadays having a "nicer" sound system seem to matter a lot to a lot of people. Give me better performance and a freaking 8 track or cassette deck any day.
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I've always though the Shaker 500 in my car was pretty good....Of course, that's compared to my Alero, so maybe not much of a contest.

Never actually listened to the sound system in the Camaro. Test drove plenty, but never had the radio on. Is everyone comparing to the base system or the Boston Acoustics system?
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How times have changed...nowadays having a "nicer" sound system seem to matter a lot to a lot of people. Give me better performance and a freaking 8 track or cassette deck any day.
While I am always for more performance, it's nice to have "nicer" features in the vehicle, as you are not spending 100% of the time using the performance the car offers. It's nice to have a nice stereo, nice seats, legible gauges, good driving position, working A/C etc.

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I've always though the Shaker 500 in my car was pretty good....Of course, that's compared to my Alero, so maybe not much of a contest.

Never actually listened to the sound system in the Camaro. Test drove plenty, but never had the radio on. Is everyone comparing to the base system or the Boston Acoustics system?
Neither the Shaker500 nor the BA system are anything to write home about. I came out of a G37 Coupe with the Bose 13 speaker system, and that thing was pure shit, but still leagues over the systems in the Mustang and the Camaro. I have still to hear the ShakerPro in the 2013+ Mustangs.
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While I am always for more performance, it's nice to have "nicer" features in the vehicle, as you are not spending 100% of the time using the performance the car offers. It's nice to have a nice stereo, nice seats, legible gauges, good driving position, working A/C etc.



Neither the Shaker500 nor the BA system are anything to write home about. I came out of a G37 Coupe with the Bose 13 speaker system, and that thing was pure shit, but still leagues over the systems in the Mustang and the Camaro. I have still to hear the ShakerPro in the 2013+ Mustangs.
I understand. But most do not live in their car that a marginal difference between the two sound systems matter a whole lot. I have been in a co-workers Mustang many times and I tell you, there really isn't a considerable difference in the two that can warrant a car guy to go one way or the other because of it. The BA in my SS is ok at best just like the Shaker 500 in the Mustang.
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How times have changed...nowadays having a "nicer" sound system seem to matter a lot to a lot of people. Give me better performance and a freaking 8 track or cassette deck any day.
How right you are!
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my new deere tractor has a better sound system than the bose in my 2011 sierra!
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mustang is butt ugly compared to the camaro.
i dont care if the mustang is faster or not. For me, its a chevy camaro everyday, everytime....
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