Road Tests Real world tests of Model S vs Mustang GT 5.0

0-60mph

Top speed

Model S
130 mph
Mustang GT 5.0
151 mph

0-100mph

Model S
9.5 s

1/4 mile

Model S
12.4 s

Differences What are the advantages of each

Side view of Tesla Model S

Reasons to consider the
Tesla Model S

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Much more expensive sticker price $107k vs $30k More than 3.5x more expensive harder to own
More torque 443 ft-lb @ 5,100 RPM vs 390 ft-lb @ 4,250 RPM Around 15% stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power
Front view of Ford Mustang GT 5.0

Reasons to consider the
Ford Mustang GT 5.0

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Faster top speed 151 mph vs 130 mph 21 more mph; leaves lesser cars in the dust on the straights

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

Model S  vs
Mustang GT 5.0 
Brand Tesla Ford
Price 107,350 30,495
Type of car Production car Production car
Year 2010 2011
City mileage 88 MPGe 17 MPG
Highway mileage 90 MPGe 26 MPG

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 9.19 lb/hp 8.8 lb/hp
Maximum hp 416 HP @ 5,000 RPM 412 HP @ 6,500 RPM
Maximum torque 443 ft-lb @ 5,100 RPM 390 ft-lb @ 4,250 RPM
Engine placement Front Front
Steering system Rack and pinion Rack and pinion

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc Disc
Rear brakes Disc Disc

road tests

Model S  vs
Mustang GT 5.0 
Top speed 130 mph 151 mph
1/4 mile 12.4 s 12.7 s
0-60mph 4 s 4.3 s
0-100mph 9.5 s 10.1 s

transmission

Drivetrain RWD RWD
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 1 6

engine

Air compressor None None
Fuels
Electricity
Gas

physical dimensions

Curb weight 3,825 lb 3,626 lb
Width 77.3 in 73.9 in
Height 56.5 in 55.6 in
Length 196 in 188.1 in
Wheelbase 116.5 in 107.1 in
Tesla Model S
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Ford Mustang GT 5.0
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