Road Tests Real world tests of Mustang GT 5.0 vs BMW M5

0-60mph

M5 (E60)
4.1 s

Top speed

Mustang GT 5.0
151 mph
M5 (E60)
155 mph

0-100mph

M5 (E60)
9.2 s

1/4 mile

M5 (E60)
12.3 s

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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Lighter curb weight 3,626 lb vs 4,066 lb More than 10% lighter curb weight; less inertia to overcome when accelerating
Side view of BMW M5

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BMW M5 (E60)

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Way more expensive sticker price $81k vs $30k Around 2.8x more expensive harder to own
More powerful engine 500 HP @ 7,750 RPM vs 412 HP @ 6,500 RPM More than 20% stronger engine
Slightly faster in the quarter mile 12.3 s vs 12.7 s Around 5% faster at the drag strip
Way higher redline 8,250 RPM vs 7,000 RPM Around 20% more revs
Faster to 200kph 13.5 s vs 17.5 s Around 25% faster to 200kph

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

Mustang GT 5.0  vs
BMW M5 
Brand Ford BMW
Price 30,495 81,200
Type of car Production car Production car
Year 2011 2005
Highway mileage 26 MPG 19 MPG

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 8.8 lb/hp 8.13 lb/hp
Maximum hp 412 HP @ 6,500 RPM 500 HP @ 7,750 RPM
Maximum torque 390 ft-lb @ 4,250 RPM 385 ft-lb @ 6,100 RPM
Max RPM 7,000 RPM 8,250 RPM
Engine placement Front Front
Steering system Rack and pinion Rack and pinion

engine

Displacement 5,000 cc 5,000 cc
Cylinders V8 V10
Air compressor None None
Fuels
Gas
Compression ratio 11.5:1 12:1
Bore/stroke 3.63 in / 3.65 in 3.62 in / 2.95 in
Valvetrain DOHC DOHC
Valves per cylinder 4 4

road tests

Mustang GT 5.0  vs
BMW M5 
Top speed 151 mph 155 mph
1/4 mile 12.7 s 12.3 s
0-60mph 4.3 s 4.1 s
0-100mph 10.1 s 9.2 s
0-200kph 17.5 s 13.5 s

transmission

Drivetrain RWD RWD w/M Differential Lock
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 6 7
Gear ratios
1: 3.66:1
2: 2.43:1
3: 1.69:1
4: 1.32:1
5: 1:1
6: 0.65:1
7: 0.83:1
Axle ratio 3.31:1 3.62:1

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc Disc
Rear brakes Disc Disc
Front wheels 457/? 203 216/? 457
Rear wheels 457/? 203 241/? 457

physical dimensions

Curb weight 3,626 lb 4,066 lb
Width 73.9 in 72.7 in
Height 55.6 in 57.8 in
Length 188.1 in 191.5 in
Front track width 62.3 in 62.2 in
Wheelbase 107.1 in 113.7 in
Ford Mustang GT 5.0
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BMW M5 (E60)
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