So, my mustang is in the body shop for two weeks...long story but suffice to say it's a good thing I love my wife more than my car.
Insurance entitled me to a rental, so I've been driving a 2012 Camaro V6. I travel a fair amount for my job and have been able to upgrade my rentals, having rented a 2013 Mustang V6, and 2012 Challenger V6, and a 2012 Mustang GT (performance white in Orlando...great rental!). Naturally all the rentals in the U.S. are automatics, but its nice to compare them in the real world.
This was my first time driving a fifth gen Camaro V6 (I test drove 2010 SS), and I must say I'm pleasantly surprised. Seeing as how I'm using this car for my daily commute, I also get to compare it against my GT driving on the same twisty roads and with the same acceleration spots.
First off, there is no comparison with the 5.0 in terms of power and torque, as should be expected. However 323 hp is to be respected, and maybe its the gearing with the transmission, but this car gets off the line with some initiative. The motor pulls strong on the bottom but seems to run out of steam early on heavy acceleration. Even though this motor incorporates variable timing, I can't really feel it kicking in (like on ours yo!).
That said, it still "feels" faster than the mustang V6 I drove (no offense V6 bothers!). Part of it might be the climate conditions: I had the Mustang in July in Florida versus January for the Camaro. No idea what the latest V6 Camaros are posting at the strip compared to the Mustangs but it is a fun car for what it is.
Other observations...the visibility of course is poorer than the Mustang, but not as terrible as I had believed, and it could benefit from those blind spot mirror we have. The new interior still seems dated compared to the Mustang. The seats have a bit better lateral support. The sound system is comparable to the Shaker (even with the Boston Acoustics SE85 speaker upgrade in mine). It does have more of the soft touch real fake leather that I wish we had instead of hard plastic. OnStar sucks compared to Sync and of course there is no MyColor.
For what its worth, I wouldn't trade my Mustang for one, but I wouldn't mind having a Camaro along side it in my garage.
One final note...the Challenger V6 was an absolute dog! It looked good, but that was it. Noisy, slow, and utterly un-sporty...I think my 14 year old Cougar V6 would take it!