Road Tests Real world tests of Roadster Sport vs Mustang GT 5.0

0-60mph

Top speed

Roadster Sport
124 mph
Mustang GT 5.0
151 mph

0-100mph

1/4 mile

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Tesla Roadster Sport

Reasons to consider the
Tesla Roadster Sport

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Much more expensive sticker price $129k vs $30k More than 4.2x more expensive harder to own
Lighter curb weight 2,724 lb vs 3,626 lb Around 25% lighter curb weight; less inertia to overcome when accelerating
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 124 mph 27 more mph; leaves lesser cars in the dust on the straights
More powerful engine 412 HP @ 6,500 RPM vs 285 HP @ 4,400 RPM Around 45% stronger engine
More torque 390 ft-lb @ 4,250 RPM vs 281 ft-lb @ 0 RPM Around 40% stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power
Faster to 100mph 10.1 s vs 11.5 s More than 10% faster to 100mph

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

Roadster Sport  vs
Mustang GT 5.0 
Brand Tesla Ford
Price 128,500 30,495
Type of car Production car Production car
Year 2010 2011

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 9.56 lb/hp 8.8 lb/hp
Maximum hp 285 HP @ 4,400 RPM 412 HP @ 6,500 RPM
Maximum torque 281 ft-lb @ 0 RPM 390 ft-lb @ 4,250 RPM
Steering system Rack and pinion Rack and pinion

engine

Fuels
Electricity
Gas

physical dimensions

Curb weight 2,724 lb 3,626 lb
Width 68 in 73.9 in
Height 44.4 in 55.6 in
Length 155.4 in 188.1 in
Wheelbase 92.6 in 107.1 in

road tests

Roadster Sport  vs
Mustang GT 5.0 
Top speed 124 mph 151 mph
1/4 mile 12.6 s 12.7 s
0-60mph 3.7 s 4.3 s
0-100mph 11.5 s 10.1 s

transmission

Drivetrain Rear wheel drive RWD
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 1 6

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc Disc
Rear brakes Disc Disc
Tesla Roadster Sport
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Ford Mustang GT 5.0
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