New Camaro ZL1 Has More Power But Is It Better Than The Shelby GT350R?

If you’re the type of person who cares about horsepower and nothing else, you’ll probably answer the above question with an instant ‘yes’.

However, while muscle cars used to be defined by power figures, their modern-day counterparts are much more capable and well-rounded and can only be adequately compared on a racetrack. Fortunately, Kelley Blue Book has done exactly that by pitting the new Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 against its slightly-older yet no less impressive rival, the Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R.

Powering the ZL1 is a supercharged V8 engine that delivers a truly insane 650 hp, enough to rival and beat many current supercars. By comparison, the Shelby GT350R has a more characterful naturally-aspirated 5.2-liter V8 engine with 526 hp and 429 lb-ft of torque. In a straight line, it has no chance against the ZL1 but is it the more enjoyable of the two to drive?

Well, the video below answers that question, or at least tries to, and should help you make up your mind as to which is best. I’d take the Mustang.


  • Tumbi Mtika

    I’d take the Mustang too, but clearly the dealers don’t want me to have one.

    • Status

      They’re protecting you from buying one. The dumb ones will sign on the dotted line, and then immediately crash the car at the nearest intersection by trying to do a ‘sic drift’.

      • Belthronding Tinuviel

        hahaha the best mustang coment ever.

      • Tumbi Mtika

        I guess you’re right.

  • SteersUright

    Mustang R is so marked up it isn’t worth even looking at. The base GT350 is probably way more than enough for the street and the one 90% buy, yet never reviewed for whatever reason. The Camaro has superior performance in every way but visibility is a total deal breaker for many. And, at the nearly $80k after gas guzzler and options, you could get an incredible 2015 Porsche 911 S which makes both of these feel numb, though its obviously down on power BUT, sounds incredible, even better than the Mustang I’d say. Glad I dont have the cash to be stressed by all these variables! Who am I kidding…wish I had the cash!

  • Infinite1

    They should of wait to ZL1 with the new Super Snake. All and all, I’d take the Mustang any day

  • nauticalone

    Both very good cars. I’d take the non R Shelby GT350 though. That Voodoo engine is sweeeeet! And a supercharger is easily added if one chooses to.

  • Frank Nowakowski

    The SS, even in plain vanilla 1SS form, is a heck of a road car. Engine management system allows incredible mileage in the Tour mode. I get 24-25 mpg cruising at 80 on the Interstate. Six months into ownership and zero issues. 455 horses is more than enough in this car to get one in a LOT of trouble. The ZL-1’s additional 200 horses are really too much for the street. But WOULD be a lot of fun. The VIEW issue…Much ado about nothing. Adjust your mirrors properly and DRIVE the car. End of story. Tired of reading about the VIEW ISSUE from folks who probably never drove the car. The base 1SS can be had for well under $37K with a manual and NPP exhaust. What a performance bargain!