Road Tests Real world tests of GT500 vs BMW M3

0-60mph

Top speed

GT500 Coupe
195 mph
M3 (E92) Coupe
161 mph

0-100mph

1/4 mile

GT500 Coupe
11.7 s

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Shelby GT500

Reasons to consider the
Shelby GT500 Coupe

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Has an air compressor Supercharger vs None Most supercars don't have an air compressor
Faster top speed 195 mph vs 161 mph 34 more mph; leaves lesser cars in the dust on the straights
Significantly more torque 511 ft-lb @ 4,500 RPM vs 295 ft-lb @ 3,900 RPM Around 75% stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power
More powerful engine 550 HP @ 6,200 RPM vs 420 HP @ 8,300 RPM More than 30% stronger engine
Faster in the quarter mile 11.7 s vs 12.5 s More than 5% faster at the drag strip
Faster to 100mph 7.7 s vs 10 s Around 25% faster to 100mph
Bigger engine 5,400 cc vs 3,999 cc More than 35% bigger engine
Better power-to-weight ratio 6.93 lb/hp vs 8.69 lb/hp More than 20% better power-to-weight ratio
Front view of BMW M3

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BMW M3 (E92) Coupe

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More expensive sticker price $60k vs $49k More than 20% more expensive harder to own

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

GT500  vs
BMW M3 
Brand Shelby BMW
Price 49,495 59,625
Type of car Production car Production car
Year 2011 2008
City mileage 15 MPG 14 MPG
Highway mileage 23 MPG 20 MPG

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 6.93 lb/hp 8.69 lb/hp
Maximum hp 550 HP @ 6,200 RPM 420 HP @ 8,300 RPM
Maximum torque 511 ft-lb @ 4,500 RPM 295 ft-lb @ 3,900 RPM
Weight distribution 56%/44% 51%/49%
Steering system Rack and pinion Rack and pinion

engine

Displacement 5,400 cc 3,999 cc
Cylinders V8 V8
Air compressor Supercharger None
Fuels
Gas
Compression ratio 8.4:1 12:1
Bore/stroke 3.6 in / 4.2 in 3.62 in / 2.96 in
Valvetrain DOHC DOHC
Valves per cylinder 4 4

road tests

GT500  vs
BMW M3 
Top speed 195 mph 161 mph
1/4 mile 11.7 s 12.5 s
0-60mph 3.5 s 4.4 s
0-100mph 7.7 s 10 s

transmission

Drivetrain RWD RWD w/M Differential Lock
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 6 6
Gear ratios
1: 2.97:1
2: 1.78:1
3: 1.3:1
4: 1:1
5: 0.74:1
6: 0.5:1
Axle ratio 3.55:1 3.85:1

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Brembo Disc Disc
Rear brakes Brembo Disc Disc
Front wheels 483/? 241 457/? 215
Rear wheels 483/? 241 457/? 241

physical dimensions

Curb weight 3,813 lb 3,649 lb
Width 73.9 in 71.5 in
Height 54.5 in 55.8 in
Length 188.2 in 181.7 in
Front track width 61.9 in 60.6 in
Wheelbase 107.1 in 108.7 in
Shelby GT500 Coupe
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BMW M3 (E92) Coupe
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