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Jun 19

Autoblog Podcast #287

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LeMans 2012, Infiniti sales goals, Volkswagen and Navistar, Camaro ZL1 faces Ford Shelby GT500

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Episode #287 of the Autoblog Podcast is here, and this week, Chris, Dan and Zach chat about the 24 hours of LeMans, Infiniti's ambitious European sales goals, Volkswagen's trucking ambitions, and the Camaro ZL1 facing off against the Mustang Shelby GT500. Your questions and comments power the end of the 'cast, and for those of you who hung with us live on our UStream channel, thanks for taking the time. We've embedded our Q&A module after the jump for you to scroll through and follow along, too. Thanks for listening!

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In the Autoblog Garage:
2012 Volkswagen Tiguan
2012 Audi TT S
2012 Ford Mustang GT


Hosts: Dan Roth, Chris Shunk, Zach Bowman
Runtime: 01:28:54

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Autoblog Podcast #287 originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 19 Jun 2012 18:20:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Jun 13

Camaro ZL1 goes head-to-head with Shelby GT500 in 1,242-horsepower comparo

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Camaro ZL1 versus Shelby GT500

Numbers don't lie. But they don't always tell the whole story, either. That's one reason why we've been so interested in the rivalry between the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro over the last several decades. The two cars have been swapping performance and sales-floor bragging rights since Chevy slapped its Bowtie on its Pony-fighter in 1967, and the faster model hasn't always been the better seller.

That said, when it comes to the stoplight-to-stoplight drag race of the internet, nothing but good hard facts are going to earn you any respect. This being the case, the latest Ford Shelby GT500 has been King of the Road ever since it was unveiled as a 2013 model. With 82 more horsepower (rated) and a couple hundred pounds less weight to move, the 'Stang out to outrun the range-topping 2012 Camaro ZL1 in straight-line performance testing.

Of course, the world doesn't always operate in straight lines, meaning there's a whole lot more to this story left to unfold. The boys from Inside Line decided to round up the latest GT500 and Camaro ZL1 models to see which would come out on top in a series of head-to-head contests. The games begin in the video below and the rest of the story can be found here.

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Jun 06

Chevy Camaro ZL1 lines up against Ford Shelby GT500 on the dyno

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Inside Line took the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, together, on a field trip: to Westminster, California where where they were both tested on the same dyno at MD Automotive, run the by same operator on the same day. In case any memories need refreshing, the specs run thusly: the ZL1 has a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 belting out 580 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 556 pound-feet of torque at 4,200 rpm, for a 0-60 time of 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 184 miles per hour. The Shelby GT500 rocks up with a supercharged 5.8-liter boasting 662 hp and 631 lb-ft, for a 0-60 time of 3.7 seconds and a top speed in excess of 200 mph. Both get the power down via six-speed manual transmissions.

All things being equal, the dyno returns should have them split by something like 82 hp and 75 lb-ft. But good luck with equality, at least on this day: the Camaro charted 497 hp and 497 lb-ft, a the kind of 15 percent drop you might expect due to driveline losses, and just 11 percent of its torque sapped.

The GT500 would have none of it, charting 595 hp and 603 lb-ft. That leaves an on-the-road gap of 98-hp to the ZL1, and even though it loses more torque percentage-wise, it still comes out at an absolutely insane 603 lb-ft.

This latest info gives a new round of ammo to the armchair testers until the comparos start rolling in. But as numerous folks have commented on the dyno tests, what's really important is this: this is a great time to be a car enthusiast in America. Scroll down to check out the video.

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