Road Tests Real world tests of Nissan 370Z vs Mustang GT 5.0

0-60mph

Top speed

370Z Touring
157 mph
Mustang GT 5.0
151 mph

0-100mph

1/4 mile

370Z Touring
13.91 s

Differences What are the advantages of each

Side view of Nissan 370Z

Reasons to consider the
Nissan 370Z Touring

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Faster top speed 157 mph vs 151 mph 6 more mph; leaves lesser cars in the dust on the straights
More expensive sticker price $44k vs $30k More than 45% more expensive harder to own
Higher redline 7,500 RPM vs 7,000 RPM More than 5% more revs
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 13.91 s Around 10% faster at the drag strip
More torque 390 ft-lb @ 4,250 RPM vs 270 ft-lb @ 5,200 RPM Around 45% stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power
Faster to 100mph 10.1 s vs 12 s More than 15% faster to 100mph
More powerful engine 412 HP @ 6,500 RPM vs 332 HP @ 7,000 RPM Around 25% stronger engine
Bigger engine 5,000 cc vs 3,696 cc More than 35% bigger engine
Better power-to-weight ratio 8.8 lb/hp vs 10.48 lb/hp More than 15% better power-to-weight ratio

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

Nissan 370Z  vs
Mustang GT 5.0 
Brand Nissan Ford
Price 44,170 30,495
Type of car Production car Production car
Year 2013 2011
City mileage 17 MPG 17 MPG
Highway mileage 24 MPG 26 MPG

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 10.48 lb/hp 8.8 lb/hp
Maximum hp 332 HP @ 7,000 RPM 412 HP @ 6,500 RPM
Maximum torque 270 ft-lb @ 5,200 RPM 390 ft-lb @ 4,250 RPM
Max RPM 7,500 RPM 7,000 RPM
Engine placement Front Front
Weight distribution 55%/45% 54%/46%
Steering system Unknown Rack and pinion

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes 12.6 in Ventilated Disc Disc
Rear brakes 12.6 in Ventilated Disc Disc
Front wheels 225/50 18 457/? 203
Rear wheels 483/? 254 457/? 203

physical dimensions

Curb weight 3,479 lb 3,626 lb
Width 72.8 in 73.9 in
Height 52.2 in 55.6 in
Length 167.2 in 188.1 in
Front track width 61 in 62.3 in
Wheelbase 100.4 in 107.1 in

road tests

Nissan 370Z  vs
Mustang GT 5.0 
Top speed 157 mph 151 mph
1/4 mile 13.91 s 12.7 s
0-60mph 5.45 s 4.3 s
0-100mph 12 s 10.1 s

transmission

Drivetrain 2WD RWD
Shift system Manual Manual
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 6 6
Gear ratios
1: 3.79:1
2: 2.32:1
3: 1.62:1
4: 1.27:1
5: 1:1
6: 0.79:1
Axle ratio 3.69:1 3.31:1

engine

Displacement 3,696 cc 5,000 cc
Cylinders V6 V8
Air compressor None None
Fuels
Gas
Compression ratio 11:1 11.5:1
Bore/stroke 3.76 in / 3.39 in 3.63 in / 3.65 in
Valvetrain DOHC DOHC
Valves per cylinder 4 4
Nissan 370Z Touring
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Ford Mustang GT 5.0
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