Road Tests Real world tests of Golf R vs Mustang GT 5.0

0-60mph

1/4 mile

Golf R Golf
17.1 s

Differences What are the advantages of each

Car-autoblog view of Volkswagen Golf R

Reasons to consider the
Volkswagen Golf R Golf

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Lighter curb weight 3,102 lb vs 3,626 lb Around 15% lighter curb weight; less inertia to overcome when accelerating
Front view of Ford Mustang GT 5.0

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Ford Mustang GT 5.0

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Much faster to 60mph 4.3 s vs 9.56 s 2.2x faster to 60mph
Much faster in the quarter mile 12.7 s vs 17.1 s More than 25% faster at the drag strip
Way more more powerful engine 412 HP @ 6,500 RPM vs 170 HP @ 5,700 RPM Around 2.5x stronger engine
Significantly more torque 390 ft-lb @ 4,250 RPM vs 177 ft-lb @ 4,250 RPM Around 2.2x stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power
Much better power-to-weight ratio 8.8 lb/hp vs 18.25 lb/hp 2.1x better power-to-weight ratio
Much bigger engine 5,000 cc vs 2,480 cc More than 2x bigger engine
More expensive sticker price $30k vs $20k 50% more expensive harder to own

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

Golf R  vs
Mustang GT 5.0 
Brand Volkswagen Ford
Price 19,995 30,495
Type of car Production car Production car
Year 2014 2011
City mileage 23 MPG 17 MPG
Highway mileage 30 MPG 26 MPG

transmission

Drivetrain 2WD RWD
Shift system Automatic Manual
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 6 6

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes 11.3 in Ventilated Disc Disc
Rear brakes 10.71 in Disc Disc
Front wheels 195/65 15 457/? 203

physical dimensions

Curb weight 3,102 lb 3,626 lb
Height 58.2 in 55.6 in
Length 165.4 in 188.1 in
Front track width 60.7 in 62.3 in
Wheelbase 101.5 in 107.1 in

road tests

Golf R  vs
Mustang GT 5.0 
1/4 mile 17.1 s 12.7 s
0-60mph 9.56 s 4.3 s

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 18.25 lb/hp 8.8 lb/hp
Maximum hp 170 HP @ 5,700 RPM 412 HP @ 6,500 RPM
Maximum torque 177 ft-lb @ 4,250 RPM 390 ft-lb @ 4,250 RPM
Engine placement Front Front
Steering system Unknown Rack and pinion

engine

Displacement 2,480 cc 5,000 cc
Cylinders I5 V8
Air compressor None None
Fuels
Gas
Compression ratio 9.5:1 11.5:1
Bore/stroke 3.25 in / 3.65 in 3.63 in / 3.65 in
Valvetrain DOHC DOHC
Volkswagen Golf R Golf
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Ford Mustang GT 5.0
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