Road Tests Real world tests of Mustang GT500 Super Snake vs CTS-V


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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More powerful engine 605 HP vs 556 HP @ 6,200 RPM Around 10% stronger engine
More expensive sticker price $69k vs $58k Around 20% more expensive harder to own
More torque 592 ft-lb vs 553 ft-lb @ 6,200 RPM More than 5% stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power
Lighter curb weight 3,914 lb vs 4,356 lb More than 10% lighter curb weight; less inertia to overcome when accelerating
Better power-to-weight ratio 6.47 lb/hp vs 7.83 lb/hp More than 15% better power-to-weight ratio
Side view of Cadillac CTS-V

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Cadillac CTS-V

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Faster top speed 190 mph vs 159 mph 31 more mph; leaves lesser cars in the dust on the straights
Faster in the quarter mile 11.9 s vs 12.5 s Around 5% faster at the drag strip
Bigger engine 6,200 cc vs 5,400 cc Around 15% bigger engine

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Mustang GT500 Super Snake  vs
Brand Shelby Cadillac
Price 68,930 57,920
Type of car Production car Production car
Year 2008-2009 2009

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 6.47 lb/hp 7.83 lb/hp
Maximum hp 605 HP 556 HP @ 6,200 RPM
Maximum torque 592 ft-lb 553 ft-lb @ 6,200 RPM
Max RPM 6,100 RPM 6,200 RPM
Engine placement Front Front
Steering system Rack and pinion Rack and pinion


Displacement 5,400 cc 6,200 cc
Cylinders V8 V8

physical dimensions

Curb weight 3,914 lb 4,356 lb
Width 73.9 in 72.5 in
Height 54.5 in 58 in
Length 188 in 191.6 in
Wheelbase 107.1 in 113.4 in

road tests

Mustang GT500 Super Snake  vs
Top speed 159 mph 190 mph
1/4 mile 12.5 s 11.9 s
0-60mph 3.9 s 3.9 s
0-100mph 9.1 s 8.7 s


Drivetrain RWD RWD w/StabiliTrak Stability Control
Shift system Manual Automatic
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 6 6

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc Disc
Rear brakes Disc Disc
Front wheels 508/? 229 483/? 229
Rear wheels 508/? 254 483/? 241
Shelby Mustang GT500 Super Snake
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Cadillac CTS-V
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