The GT500 has more grunt. The 911 Turbo has more grip.
The Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is one of the most powerful muscle cars on sale today, sporting a 5.2-liter supercharged V8, generating a whopping 760 horsepower and 625 lb-ft of torque. Equipped with Ford's new Tremec seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox, this setup enables the GT500 to accelerate from 0-60-mph sprint in just 3.3 seconds and hit the quarter-mile in 10.6 seconds (in perfect conditions).
But as we've seen in several drag races, the GT500 can struggle to put all that power down in a straight line. In this latest duel, we get to see what happens when the GT500 takes on a 991-generation Porsche 911 Turbo S in a drag race.
Compared to the GT500, the 911 Turbo S is considerably less powerful. Providing the shove is a twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter flat-six engine that pumps out 580 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. However, despite having more grunt, the GT500 is outmatched by the 911 Turbo S in several key areas.
Whereas the GT500 has 760 hp going to the rear wheels, the 911 Turbo S has the advantage of all-wheel drive. Couple that with a fast-shifting seven-speed PDK transmission, the last-generation 911 Turbo S will hit 60 mph in 2.9 seconds from a standstill. With a curb weight of 3,528 pounds, it's also much lighter than the GT500, which tips the scales at 4,171 pounds.
This drag racing video uploaded by YouTube channel Wheels serves as a reminder that traction is king. In the first drag race, the GT500 gets a small head start as the driver had a quicker reaction time but suffers some wheelspin, allowing the 911 Turbo S to pull ahead. Crossing the line, the GT500 set a quarter-mile time of 11.89 seconds at 122.8 mph. That's a respectable time, but it's not enough to beat the 911 Turbo S, which posted a time of 11.07 seconds at 127.8 mph.
For round two, the tables are turned. This time, the 911 Turbo S stumbles off the line and is defeated by the GT500, but we'll put that down to driver error. If you want a GT500 that can beat a 911 Turbo S on the drag race, the Texas tuner Hennessey can boost the output to 1,000-hp in the Hennessey Venom 1000, which managed to annihilate a 992-generation 911 Turbo S in a quarter-mile.