Road Tests Real world tests of Cayman S vs Mustang GT 5.0

0-60mph

Cayman S
5.2 s

Top speed

Cayman S
172 mph
Mustang GT 5.0
151 mph

0-100mph

Cayman S
13.1 s

1/4 mile

Cayman S
13.7 s

Differences What are the advantages of each

Side view of Porsche Cayman S

Reasons to consider the
Porsche Cayman S

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Faster top speed 172 mph vs 151 mph 21 more mph; leaves lesser cars in the dust on the straights
More expensive sticker price $61k vs $30k More than 2x more expensive harder to own
Lighter curb weight 2,977 lb vs 3,626 lb Around 20% lighter curb weight; less inertia to overcome when accelerating
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 13.7 s More than 5% faster at the drag strip
Faster to 100mph 10.1 s vs 13.1 s Around 25% faster to 100mph
More torque 390 ft-lb @ 4,250 RPM vs 273 ft-lb @ 4,750 RPM Around 45% stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power
More powerful engine 412 HP @ 6,500 RPM vs 315 HP @ 7,200 RPM More than 30% stronger engine
Bigger engine 5,000 cc vs 3,436 cc More than 45% bigger engine

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

Cayman S  vs
Mustang GT 5.0 
Brand Porsche Ford
Price 60,995 30,495
Type of car Production car Production car
Year 2009 2011
City mileage 20 MPG 17 MPG
Highway mileage 29 MPG 26 MPG

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 9.45 lb/hp 8.8 lb/hp
Maximum hp 315 HP @ 7,200 RPM 412 HP @ 6,500 RPM
Maximum torque 273 ft-lb @ 4,750 RPM 390 ft-lb @ 4,250 RPM
Engine placement Mid Front
Steering system Rack and pinion Rack and pinion

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc Disc
Rear brakes Disc Disc

physical dimensions

Curb weight 2,977 lb 3,626 lb
Width 70.9 in 73.9 in
Height 51.3 in 55.6 in
Length 172.3 in 188.1 in
Wheelbase 95.1 in 107.1 in

road tests

Cayman S  vs
Mustang GT 5.0 
Top speed 172 mph 151 mph
1/4 mile 13.7 s 12.7 s
0-60mph 5.2 s 4.3 s
0-100mph 13.1 s 10.1 s

transmission

Drivetrain RWD RWD
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 6 6

engine

Displacement 3,436 cc 5,000 cc
Cylinders Flat 6 V8
Air compressor None None
Fuels
Gas
Valvetrain DOHC DOHC
Valves per cylinder 4 4
Porsche Cayman S
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Ford Mustang GT 5.0
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