Road Tests Real world tests of Mustang GT 5.0 vs Audi S3

0-60mph

Audi S3
5.1 s

Top speed

Mustang GT 5.0
151 mph
Audi S3
155 mph

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Ford Mustang GT 5.0

Reasons to consider the
Ford Mustang GT 5.0

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Faster to 60mph 4.3 s vs 5.1 s More than 15% faster to 60mph
More powerful engine 412 HP @ 6,500 RPM vs 300 HP @ 6,000 RPM More than 35% stronger engine
Much bigger engine 5,000 cc vs 2,000 cc 2.5x bigger engine
More torque 390 ft-lb @ 4,250 RPM vs 280 ft-lb @ 5,000 RPM Around 40% stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power
Better power-to-weight ratio 8.8 lb/hp vs 10.25 lb/hp Around 15% better power-to-weight ratio
Default view of Audi S3

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Audi S3

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Has an air compressor Turbocharger vs None Most supercars don't have an air compressor
More expensive sticker price $51k vs $30k 70% more expensive harder to own
Lighter curb weight 3,076 lb vs 3,626 lb More than 15% lighter curb weight; less inertia to overcome when accelerating

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

Mustang GT 5.0  vs
Audi S3 
Brand Ford Audi
Price 30,495 50,959
Type of car Production car Production car
Year 2011 2013

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 8.8 lb/hp 10.25 lb/hp
Maximum hp 412 HP @ 6,500 RPM 300 HP @ 6,000 RPM
Maximum torque 390 ft-lb @ 4,250 RPM 280 ft-lb @ 5,000 RPM
Max RPM 7,000 RPM 6,800 RPM
Steering system Rack and pinion Rack and pinion

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc Disc
Rear brakes Disc Disc
Front wheels 457/? 203 457/? 191
Rear wheels 457/? 203 457/? 191

physical dimensions

Curb weight 3,626 lb 3,076 lb
Width 73.9 in 70 in
Height 55.6 in 55.2 in
Length 188.1 in 167.5 in
Front track width 62.3 in 60.4 in
Wheelbase 107.1 in 102.2 in

road tests

Mustang GT 5.0  vs
Audi S3 
Top speed 151 mph 155 mph
0-60mph 4.3 s 5.1 s

transmission

Drivetrain RWD 4WD
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 6 6

engine

Displacement 5,000 cc 2,000 cc
Air compressor None Turbocharger
Fuels
Gas
Compression ratio 11.5:1 9.3:1
Bore/stroke 3.63 in / 3.65 in 3.2 in / 3.7 in
Valvetrain DOHC DOHC
Ford Mustang GT 5.0
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Audi S3
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