Road Tests Real world tests of Mustang GT vs Audi R8


The new R10 accelerates, its maker says, from 0-to-62 mph in 3.9 seconds, and if you keep going flat out it'll knock on the double-century mph door.
R8 5.2 FSI Quattro | by MotorTrend (May, 2008)

Top speed

Audi says the R8 GT hits the 62 mph mark in just 3.6 seconds; the 124 mph mark in 10.8 seconds; and rockets on to a top speed of nearly 199 mph.
R8 5.2 FSI Quattro | by MotorTrend


Its output is astonishingly well distributed across the entire rev range, a consistent swelling from sub-2000 rpm to redline at a stratospheric 8700.
R8 5.2 FSI Quattro | by MotorTrend (May, 2008)

1/4 mile

With the help of launch control, a first for the R8’s manual transmission, we managed the 0-to-60 dash in 3.7 seconds and a quarter-mile in 11.8 seconds at 121 mph.
R8 5.2 FSI Quattro | by Car and Driver (May, 2009)

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Ford Mustang GT

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Faster top speed 195 mph vs 145 mph 50 more mph; leaves lesser cars in the dust on the straights
A lot faster in the quarter mile 11.5 s vs 13.7 s More than 15% faster at the drag strip
A lot faster to 100mph 7.6 s vs 13 s More than 40% faster to 100mph
Much higher redline 8,700 RPM vs 3,500 RPM Around 2.5x more revs
More powerful engine 518 HP @ 8,000 RPM vs 314 HP @ 6,000 RPM Around 65% stronger engine
More torque 392 ft-lb @ 6,500 RPM vs 320 ft-lb @ 4,250 RPM Around 25% stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power
A lot faster to 200kph 11.8 s vs 21.3 s Around 45% faster to 200kph
Slightly more expensive sticker price $146k vs $28k Around 5.2x more expensive harder to own
Bigger engine 5,200 cc vs 4,601 cc Around 15% bigger engine

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Mustang GT  vs
Audi R8 
Brand Ford Audi
Price 27,995 146,000
Type of car Production car Production car
Year 2010 2010
City mileage 18 MPG 11 MPG
Highway mileage 27 MPG 17 MPG

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 11.35 lb/hp 6.88 lb/hp
Maximum hp 314 HP @ 6,000 RPM 518 HP @ 8,000 RPM
Maximum torque 320 ft-lb @ 4,250 RPM 392 ft-lb @ 6,500 RPM
Max RPM 3,500 RPM 8,700 RPM
Engine placement Front Mid
Weight distribution 53%/47% 44%/56%
Steering system Rack and pinion Rack and pinion

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc Disc
Rear brakes Disc Disc

physical dimensions

Curb weight 3,564 lb 3,564 lb
Width 73.9 in 76 in
Height 55.6 in 49.3 in
Length 188.1 in 174.6 in
Wheelbase 107.1 in 65 in

road tests

Mustang GT  vs
Audi R8 
Top speed 145 mph 195 mph
1/4 mile 13.7 s 11.5 s
0-60mph 5.4 s 3.4 s
0-100mph 13 s 7.6 s
0-200kph 21.3 s 11.8 s


Drivetrain RWD Permanent Quattro 4WD w/Electronic Diffential Lock (EDL)
Shift system Manual Manual
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 5 6


Displacement 4,601 cc 5,200 cc
Cylinders V8 V10
Air compressor None None
Compression ratio 9.8:1 12.5:1
Bore/stroke 3.6 in / 3.5 in 3.33 in / 3.65 in
Valvetrain Single overhead camshaft (SOHC) DOHC
Valves per cylinder 3 4
Ford Mustang GT Convertible
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