Road Tests Real world tests of Mustang GT500 Super Snake vs Nissan GT-R

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 468 ft-lb @ 3,200 RPM More than 25% stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power
More powerful engine 605 HP vs 542 HP @ 6,400 RPM More than 10% stronger engine
Bigger engine 5,400 cc vs 3,800 cc More than 40% bigger engine
Side view of Nissan GT-R

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Nissan GT-R

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Faster top speed 195 mph vs 159 mph 36 more mph; leaves lesser cars in the dust on the straights
A lot faster in the quarter mile 10.8 s vs 12.5 s Around 15% faster at the drag strip
Faster to 100mph 6.8 s vs 9.1 s More than 25% faster to 100mph
More expensive sticker price $90k vs $69k More than 30% more expensive harder to own
Higher redline 7,000 RPM vs 6,100 RPM Around 15% more revs

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Mustang GT500 Super Snake  vs
Nissan GT-R 
Brand Shelby Nissan
Price 68,930 89,950
Type of car Production car Production car
Year 2008-2009 2012


Chief designer Carroll Shelby Shirō Nakamura


Drivetrain RWD ATTESA ET-S All-Wheel Drive (AWD) w/Carbon-Composite Driveshaft to Rear Transaxle, Transfer Case
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 6 6

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc Brembo Disc
Rear brakes Disc Brembo Disc
Front wheels 508/? 229 508/? 241
Rear wheels 508/? 254 508/? 267

road tests

Mustang GT500 Super Snake  vs
Nissan GT-R 
Top speed 159 mph 195 mph
1/4 mile 12.5 s 10.8 s
0-60mph 3.9 s 2.7 s
0-100mph 9.1 s 6.8 s

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 6.47 lb/hp 7.05 lb/hp
Maximum hp 605 HP 542 HP @ 6,400 RPM
Maximum torque 592 ft-lb 468 ft-lb @ 3,200 RPM
Max RPM 6,100 RPM 7,000 RPM
Engine placement Front Front
Steering system Rack and pinion Rack and pinion


Displacement 5,400 cc 3,800 cc
Cylinders V8 V6

physical dimensions

Curb weight 3,914 lb 3,819 lb
Width 73.9 in 74.6 in
Height 54.5 in 53.9 in
Length 188 in 183.3 in
Wheelbase 107.1 in 109.4 in
Shelby Mustang GT500 Super Snake
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