Road Tests Real world tests of Mustang GT 5.0 vs Challenger R/T

0-60mph

Top speed

Mustang GT 5.0
151 mph
Challenger R/T
140 mph

0-100mph

1/4 mile

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 in the quarter mile 12.7 s vs 13.6 s More than 5% faster at the drag strip
Faster top speed 151 mph vs 140 mph 11 more mph; leaves lesser cars in the dust on the straights
Faster to 100mph 10.1 s vs 12.2 s More than 15% faster to 100mph
Way higher redline 7,000 RPM vs 5,800 RPM More than 20% more revs
Better power-to-weight ratio 8.8 lb/hp vs 11.04 lb/hp More than 20% better power-to-weight ratio
Lighter curb weight 3,626 lb vs 4,140 lb More than 10% lighter curb weight; less inertia to overcome when accelerating
Slightly more powerful engine 412 HP @ 6,500 RPM vs 375 HP @ 5,800 RPM Around 10% stronger engine
Front view of Dodge Challenger R/T

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Dodge Challenger R/T

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Bigger engine 5,600 cc vs 5,000 cc More than 10% bigger engine

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

Mustang GT 5.0  vs
Challenger R/T 
Brand Ford Dodge
Price 30,495 37,995
Year 2011 2009
Highest auction price $300k, January 2010 $74k, January 2012
City mileage 17 MPG 16 MPG
Highway mileage 26 MPG 25 MPG

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 8.8 lb/hp 11.04 lb/hp
Maximum hp 412 HP @ 6,500 RPM 375 HP @ 5,800 RPM
Maximum torque 390 ft-lb @ 4,250 RPM 411 ft-lb @ 4,200 RPM
Max RPM 7,000 RPM 5,800 RPM
Engine placement Front Front
Steering system Rack and pinion Rack and pinion

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc Disc
Rear brakes Disc Disc
Front wheels 457/? 203 508/? 203
Rear wheels 457/? 203 508/? 203

physical dimensions

Curb weight 3,626 lb 4,140 lb
Width 73.9 in 75.7 in
Height 55.6 in 57 in
Length 188.1 in 197.7 in
Front track width 62.3 in 63 in
Wheelbase 107.1 in 116 in

road tests

Mustang GT 5.0  vs
Challenger R/T 
Top speed 151 mph 140 mph
1/4 mile 12.7 s 13.6 s
0-60mph 4.3 s 5.9 s
0-100mph 10.1 s 12.2 s

transmission

Drivetrain RWD RWD w/ESP, Getrag Axle, LSD
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 6 6
Axle ratio 3.31:1 3.91:1

engine

Displacement 5,000 cc 5,600 cc
Cylinders V8 V8
Air compressor None None
Fuels
Gas
Compression ratio 11.5:1 10.5:1
Bore/stroke 3.63 in / 3.65 in 3.92 in / 3.58 in
Valves per cylinder 4 2
Ford Mustang GT 5.0
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Dodge Challenger R/T
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