2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Coupe Vs 2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe, Building brutally fast cars has never been a problem for Detroit automakers. Since the very earliest days of Motown—hitting its stride in the muscle-car-laden 1960s—the capitol of American iron has churned out pavement burners with clock-like regularity.
Now, building actual sports cars, the sort that play nicely with corners and let their drivers really enjoy the process of piloting them, is a different story. Certainly, those sorts of machines have existed, too, and today's era of fine car-building by the domestics sees more hits than misses in the sports-car category, but not everything with a big motor fills the bill.
Chevrolet's Camaro and Ford's Mustang have, at various times, in many different iterations, fallen into both of these camps. The pony car champs have existed as straight-line monsters, and canyon-carving beasts, though the models do have a richer history of the former. What then of these newest, most powerful, and most promising brace of ponies: the Shelby GT500 and the Camaro ZL1? Where do they fit in the pantheon of great Detroiters, of muscle cars, and of driver's machines?