Road Tests Real world tests of Mustang GT500 Super Snake vs 458 Italia

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 torque 592 ft-lb vs 398 ft-lb @ 6,000 RPM Around 50% stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power
Bigger engine 5,400 cc vs 4,499 cc More than 20% bigger engine
Front view of Ferrari 458 Italia

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Ferrari 458 Italia

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Faster top speed 202 mph vs 159 mph 43 more mph; leaves lesser cars in the dust on the straights
Faster in the quarter mile 11.1 s vs 12.5 s More than 10% faster at the drag strip
Much higher redline 9,000 RPM vs 6,100 RPM Around 50% more revs
Faster to 60mph 3.3 s vs 3.9 s More than 15% faster to 60mph
More expensive sticker price $225k vs $69k More than 3.2x more expensive harder to own
Lighter curb weight 3,439 lb vs 3,914 lb More than 10% lighter curb weight; less inertia to overcome when accelerating

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Mustang GT500 Super Snake  vs
458 Italia 
Brand Shelby Ferrari
Price 68,930 225,000
Type of car Production car Production car
Year 2008-2009 2010


Chief designer Carroll Shelby Pininfarina


Drivetrain RWD 2WD
Shift system Manual Automatic
Gearing Traditional Continuously-variable
# of gears 6 N/A

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc 15.7 in Cross-drilled Disc
Rear brakes Disc 14.2 in Cross-drilled Disc
Front wheels 508/? 229 235/35 20
Rear wheels 508/? 254 295/35 20

road tests

Mustang GT500 Super Snake  vs
458 Italia 
Top speed 159 mph 202 mph
1/4 mile 12.5 s 11.1 s
0-60mph 3.9 s 3.3 s
0-100mph 9.1 s 6.5 s

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 6.47 lb/hp 6.03 lb/hp
Maximum hp 605 HP 570 HP @ 9,000 RPM
Maximum torque 592 ft-lb 398 ft-lb @ 6,000 RPM
Max RPM 6,100 RPM 9,000 RPM
Engine placement Front Mid
Steering system Rack and pinion Rack and pinion


Displacement 5,400 cc 4,499 cc
Cylinders V8 V8

physical dimensions

Curb weight 3,914 lb 3,439 lb
Width 73.9 in 76.3 in
Height 54.5 in 47.8 in
Length 188 in 178.2 in
Wheelbase 107.1 in 104.3 in
Shelby Mustang GT500 Super Snake
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