Video: Base Model V6 5th Gen Puts a Hurtin’ on a 1985 Mustang 5.0L

Bob Dylan once sang, “Times they are a changin’” and that saying has never been truer than when applied to the state of automotive technology. This video we found on YouTube offers quite a bit of evidence to support that notion, as we get to watch a mild mannered, gas sipping V6 5th Gen Camaro put a hurting on a modified ’85 Mustang 5.0.

Back in 1985, Mustangs equipped with the “high-output” 5.0L small block were some highly sought after performance machines. Boasting a grand total of 210 horsepower at the crank, they were undeniably near the top of the American street car food chain, only being muscled out by the top of the line Camaro, the IROC-Z, equipped with the 215 horsepower 305 TPI.

But things have changed more than just a bit over the last 27 years, and today even the base model Camaro comes stock with just over 300 horsepower, and even gets 30 miles-per-gallon to boot. Compare the 2010 V6 Camaro to its 1985 counterpart, and you’ll find yourself laughing out loud at its dangerously underpowered vintage V6, which rocks just 112 ponies in spite of being the first year for EFI in the six-cylinder. In that 27 year time span the base model V6 Camaro has pretty much tripled its horsepower output, and watching one steadily walk away from a “top of the line” ’85 5.0 Mustang is just further proof that progress is a very good thing.


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Clifton Klaverweiden

Clifton has been a car fanatic since his late teens, when he started the restoration of his '67 Camaro. He considers himself a student of automotive science and technology, and particularly loves all things LSX. And, although he has an appreciation for everything, from imports to exotics, his true passion will always be for GM musclecars.
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