Road Tests Real world tests of Taurus SHO vs Mustang GT 5.0

0-60mph

Top speed

Taurus SHO
156 mph
Mustang GT 5.0
151 mph

Differences What are the advantages of each

Car-autoblog view of Ford Taurus SHO

Reasons to consider the
Ford Taurus SHO

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Faster top speed 156 mph vs 151 mph 5 more mph; leaves lesser cars in the dust on the straights
Front view of Ford Mustang GT 5.0

Reasons to consider the
Ford Mustang GT 5.0

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Faster to 60mph 4.3 s vs 5.2 s More than 15% faster to 60mph
Bigger engine 5,000 cc vs 3,500 cc Around 45% bigger engine
Lighter curb weight 3,626 lb vs 4,259 lb Around 15% lighter curb weight; less inertia to overcome when accelerating

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

Taurus SHO  vs
Mustang GT 5.0 
Brand Ford Ford
Type of car Production car Production car
Year 2013 2011
City mileage 16 MPG 17 MPG
Highway mileage 25 MPG 26 MPG

transmission

Drivetrain AWD RWD
Shift system Automatic Manual
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 6 6
Gear ratios
1: 4.48:1
2: 2.87:1
3: 1.84:1
4: 1.41:1
5: 1:1
6: 0.74:1

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc Disc
Rear brakes Disc Disc

physical dimensions

Curb weight 4,259 lb 3,626 lb
Width 76.2 in 73.9 in
Height 60.7 in 55.6 in
Length 202.9 in 188.1 in
Front track width 65.3 in 62.3 in
Wheelbase 112.9 in 107.1 in

road tests

Taurus SHO  vs
Mustang GT 5.0 
Top speed 156 mph 151 mph
0-60mph 5.2 s 4.3 s

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 11.67 lb/hp 8.8 lb/hp
Maximum hp 365 HP @ 5,500 RPM 412 HP @ 6,500 RPM
Maximum torque 352 ft-lb @ 1,500 RPM 390 ft-lb @ 4,250 RPM
Engine placement Front Front
Steering system Rack and pinion Rack and pinion

engine

Displacement 3,500 cc 5,000 cc
Cylinders V6 V8
Fuels
Gas
Compression ratio 10:1 11.5:1
Bore/stroke 3.6 in / 3.4 in 3.63 in / 3.65 in
Ford Taurus SHO
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