Ford Mustang CS850GT vs Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

We take to Silverstone with 1600bhp of hopped-up American muscle for our loudest twin test yet. When London-based muscle car importer Clive Sutton offered us a drive in its latest modified offering, the Ford Mustang CS850GT, the only thing to do was to organise a welcoming party involving Silverstone’s Stowe Circuit and a bit of friendly competition in the form of a similarly tricked-up Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.

Most rivals would have wilted in the face of this mighty tuned Mustang’s 850bhp and 665lb ft of torque; but owner Gary Hanzer’s specially supercharged Camaro develops 770bhp itself. Both of these cars would do supercar-rivalling dragstrip standing-quarter-mile times.

But which would be the more usable daily-driver? Which has more bleeding-heart V8 drama and soul? And, most importantly, which would you choose? Let Autocar testers Matt Prior and Richard Lane be your guides.