Road Tests Real world tests of Shelby Cobra GT500 vs Mustang GT 5.0

0-60mph

0-100mph

1/4 mile

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Ford Shelby Cobra GT500

Reasons to consider the
Ford Shelby Cobra GT500

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Has an air compressor Supercharger vs None Most supercars don't have an air compressor
More powerful engine 500 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 412 HP @ 6,500 RPM More than 20% stronger engine
More torque 450 ft-lb vs 390 ft-lb @ 4,250 RPM More than 15% stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power
More expensive sticker price $41k vs $30k More than 35% more expensive harder to own
Slightly better power-to-weight ratio 7.9 lb/hp vs 8.8 lb/hp More than 10% better power-to-weight ratio
Front view of Ford Mustang GT 5.0

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Ford Mustang GT 5.0

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Faster to 60mph 4.3 s vs 4.7 s Around 10% faster to 60mph
Lighter curb weight 3,626 lb vs 3,950 lb Around 10% lighter curb weight; less inertia to overcome when accelerating

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

Shelby Cobra GT500  vs
Mustang GT 5.0 
Brand Ford Ford
Price 40,930 30,495
Type of car Production car Production car
Year 2005 2011

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 7.9 lb/hp 8.8 lb/hp
Maximum hp 500 HP @ 6,000 RPM 412 HP @ 6,500 RPM
Maximum torque 450 ft-lb 390 ft-lb @ 4,250 RPM
Steering system Rack and pinion Rack and pinion

engine

Displacement 5,409 cc 5,000 cc
Cylinders V8 V8
Air compressor Supercharger None
Fuels
Gas
Bore/stroke 3.55 in / 4.17 in 3.63 in / 3.65 in
Valvetrain DOHC DOHC
Valves per cylinder 4 4

road tests

Shelby Cobra GT500  vs
Mustang GT 5.0 
1/4 mile 12.9 s 12.7 s
0-60mph 4.7 s 4.3 s
0-100mph 10 s 10.1 s

transmission

Drivetrain RWD RWD
Gearing Traditional Traditional
Gear ratios
1: 2.98:1
2: 1.78:1
3: 1.3:1
4: 1:1
5: 0.8:1
6: 0.63:1
Axle ratio 3.31:1 3.31:1

suspension, wheels & brakes

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

physical dimensions

Curb weight 3,950 lb 3,626 lb
Width 73.9 in 73.9 in
Height 55.7 in 55.6 in
Length 188 in 188.1 in
Front track width 61.9 in 62.3 in
Wheelbase 107.1 in 107.1 in
Ford Shelby Cobra GT500
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