Drag Race: C8 Corvette Vs. Shelby GT500

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Two of America's hottest new cars go head-to-head.

The 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 and 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray are two of the hottest all-American performance cars to launch this year. And two future collectibles, too. With its 5.2-liter supercharged V8 producing a monumental 760 horsepower and 625 lb-ft of torque, the new GT500 is the most powerful Mustang ever made. Ford claims this potent setup enables the GT500 to accelerate from 0-62 mph in a scant 3.3 seconds and top out at 180 mph. For comparison, the Corvette packs a 6.2-liter V8 pumping out 495 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque.

While the GT500 has the power advantage, the 0-62 mph sprint takes just 2.9 seconds in the mid-engined Corvette with the Z51 Package installed.

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In an extended video, YouTube channel Throttle House recently got a chance to pit the Shelby GT500 and C8 Corvette head to head in a series of comparison tests.

While the C8 Corvette has the track-focused Z51 package, the GT500 does without the optional Carbon Fiber Pack, meaning that both cars cost around the same price. And to make the comparison fair, both cars are fitted with exactly the same tires. In a quarter-mile drag race, the Corvette's superior acceleration and gearing give it a huge advantage.

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The GT500 struggles to get traction off the line but nearly manages to catch up before the finish line. The tables are turned in a rolling drag race, however, as the Corvette is no match for the GT500's extra muscle. After torturing the tires in some tire-smoking drifting sessions, both cars are taken to the track for a time attack comparison.

Each session started with a warmup lap, followed by three hot laps and one cool down session. Which car was faster overall? You'll have to skip to the end of the video to find out, but the result is nail-bitingly close.

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