Road Tests Real world tests of Mustang GT500 Super Snake vs M3 (E30)

Top speed


1/4 mile

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Shelby Mustang GT500 Super Snake

Reasons to consider the
Shelby Mustang GT500 Super Snake

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Much faster to 100mph 9.1 s vs 19.8 s 2.2x faster to 100mph
Much more powerful engine 605 HP vs 192 HP @ 6,750 RPM Around 3.2x stronger engine
Much more torque 592 ft-lb vs 170 ft-lb @ 4,750 RPM Around 3.5x stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power
Much faster in the quarter mile 12.5 s vs 15.4 s Around 20% faster at the drag strip
Much better power-to-weight ratio 6.47 lb/hp vs 14.93 lb/hp 2.3x better power-to-weight ratio
Faster top speed 159 mph vs 142 mph 17 more mph; leaves lesser cars in the dust on the straights
More expensive sticker price $69k vs $34k More than 2x more expensive harder to own
Much bigger engine 5,400 cc vs 2,302 cc More than 2.2x bigger engine
Front view of BMW M3 (E30)

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BMW M3 (E30)

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Significantly lighter curb weight 2,866 lb vs 3,914 lb More than 25% lighter curb weight; less inertia to overcome when accelerating

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Mustang GT500 Super Snake  vs
M3 (E30) 
Brand Shelby BMW
Price 68,930 34,000
Type of car Production car Production car
Year 2008-2009 1988

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 6.47 lb/hp 14.93 lb/hp
Maximum hp 605 HP 192 HP @ 6,750 RPM
Maximum torque 592 ft-lb 170 ft-lb @ 4,750 RPM
Steering system Rack and pinion Rack and pinion


Displacement 5,400 cc 2,302 cc

physical dimensions

Curb weight 3,914 lb 2,866 lb
Width 73.9 in 66.1 in
Height 54.5 in 53.9 in
Length 188 in 171.1 in
Wheelbase 107.1 in 101 in

road tests

Mustang GT500 Super Snake  vs
M3 (E30) 
Top speed 159 mph 142 mph
1/4 mile 12.5 s 15.4 s
0-60mph 3.9 s 7 s
0-100mph 9.1 s 19.8 s


Drivetrain RWD Front Engine / RWD
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 6 5

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc Disc
Rear brakes Disc Disc
Front wheels 508/? 229 381/? 178
Rear wheels 508/? 254 381/? 178
Shelby Mustang GT500 Super Snake
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