Road Tests Real world tests of Mustang GT 5.0 vs Boss 302

0-60mph

The ingredients needed to make a Mustang: horsepower, horsepower, and more horsepower, plus a chrome pony, a glove box, and a cigarette lighter.
Mustang GT 5.0 | by Car and Driver (Mar, 2010)

Top speed

Ford uses a cam-torque-actuated system, and each of the cam adjusters, located within the cam sprocket, has three lobes surrounded by oil.
Mustang GT 5.0 | by Car and Driver (Jan, 2010)

0-100mph

Buying the droptop is a lifestyle decision, and to some customers, the elemental exposure is worth the trade-off in absolute performance.
Mustang GT 5.0 | by Car and Driver (May, 2010)

1/4 mile

Sixty mph comes from rest in 4.7 seconds, and Road Runner’s bones will be a quarter-mile back after just 13.2 seconds, at which point the Mustang is traveling 108 mph.
Mustang GT 5.0 | by Car and Driver (May, 2010)

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Ford Mustang GT 5.0

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Faster in the quarter mile 12.7 s vs 13.2 s Around 5% faster at the drag strip
Default view of Ford Mustang Boss 302

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Higher redline 7,500 RPM vs 7,000 RPM More than 5% more revs

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

Mustang GT 5.0  vs
Boss 302 
Brand Ford Ford
Type of car Production car Production car
Year 2011 2012
City mileage 17 MPG 17 MPG
Highway mileage 26 MPG 26 MPG

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 8.8 lb/hp 8.14 lb/hp
Maximum hp 412 HP @ 6,500 RPM 440 HP @ 7,500 RPM
Maximum torque 390 ft-lb @ 4,250 RPM 380 ft-lb @ 4,500 RPM
Max RPM 7,000 RPM 7,500 RPM
Weight distribution 54%/46% 54%/46%
Steering system Rack and pinion Rack and pinion

engine

Displacement 5,000 cc 4,951 cc
Cylinders V8 V8
Air compressor None None
Fuels
Gas
Compression ratio 11.5:1 11:1
Bore/stroke 3.63 in / 3.65 in 3.63 in / 3.65 in
Valvetrain DOHC DOHC
Valves per cylinder 4 4

road tests

Mustang GT 5.0  vs
Boss 302 
Top speed 151 mph 146 mph
1/4 mile 12.7 s 13.2 s
0-60mph 4.3 s 4.6 s
0-100mph 10.1 s 11 s

transmission

Drivetrain RWD RWD
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 6 6
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
Axle ratio 3.31:1 3.73:1

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc Disc
Rear brakes Disc Disc
Front wheels 457/? 203 483/? 229
Rear wheels 457/? 203 483/? 241

physical dimensions

Curb weight 3,626 lb 3,580 lb
Width 73.9 in 73.9 in
Height 55.6 in 55.1 in
Length 188.1 in 188.1 in
Wheelbase 107.1 in 107.1 in
Ford Mustang GT 5.0
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Ford Mustang Boss 302
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