Mustang GT500 and C7 Corvette Go Head to Head

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A recent test between the 2014 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 and the new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Z51 suggest that plans for the next-gen Mustang could put Ford’s pony car back on the map when it comes to overall performance.

Edmunds found that despite its raw power, the GT500 proved no match for the lighter and much more nimble Corvette when it came to overall performance.

On the drag strip, where the 662-horsepower Shelby shines, it did 0-60 mph in 4.1 seconds and clocked the quarter mile in 12.1 seconds compared to 4.3 seconds and 12.4 seconds for the new 460-horsepower Stingray.

The GT500 also hammered out at a top speed at the line of 120.6 mph compared to the Corvette which started losing ground at 113 mph, according to Edmunds.

On the longest straightaway, the Shelby GT500 beat the Corvette as well with a terminal speed of 113.1 mph compared to 112.5 mph.

However, in other key performance areas like the slalom test and around the skid pad, the Corvette dominated the Shelby Mustang.  In the slalom test, the Corvette posted 73.5 mph vs. the Mustang’s 67.4 mph. On the skid pad, it was 1.05g versus 0.97g. The new 2014 Stingray also displayed better braking with a 99-foot stop, 11 feet shorter than the Mustang.

When it came to flat out lap times on a track course, Edmunds reports that the Corvette Z51 also outperformed the Mustang with a time of 1 minute, 24.6 seconds compared to the Shelby’s 1 minute, 27.3 time, which is pretty significant for a single lap.

While typically pitted against the Camaro, it appears that the high- performance Mustang was simply no match for the more technically advanced Corvette Stingray.

Yet, it appears that a lot of the Mustang’s lag in those key performance areas can be attributed to its heavier weight and the car’s solid rear axle.

Now that the next-gen Mustang is expected to be at least 400 pounds lighter and equipped with an independent rear suspension, the car could prove to be much more than a one trick pony.

For the full rundown of the Edmunds report click here.

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