This Drag Race Proves You Don't Need A Muscle Car To Be Fast

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This doesn't happen very often.

We've seen the Ford Mustang battle many muscle cars at the drag strip. To shake things up, Race Test TV pitted the mighty Ford Mustang GT against a high-performance SUV: the Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR. And the result will certainly surprise you.

What we have here are obviously two very different vehicles competing in different segments, but it makes for an interesting duel. Finished in an eye-catching pink livery, the Range Rover Sport SVR is powered by a 5.0 liter supercharged V8 that produces 575 horsepower and 516 lb/ft of torque, whereas the Mustang packs a 5.0 liter, naturally aspirated V8 good for 460 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque.

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All that power is sent to the rear wheels via a 10-speed automatic transmission in the Mustang, whereas the Range Rover Sport SVR's V8 has four-wheel-drive. The Range Rover Sport SVR has the power advantage, but being a large SUV means it's a lot heavier than the Mustang, weighing around 5,000 pounds compared to the 3,700-pound Mustang. Both cars are more evenly matched than you would expect. We expected the result to be close, but not this close.

During the first run, the Mustang takes the lead, but the Range Rover Sport SVR quickly catches up. The hardcore SUV isn't quite fast enough to finish first, but here's where things get interesting.

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Amazingly, both vehicles posted identical elapsed times and trap speeds, with quarter-mile runs of 13.05 seconds at 109 mph. Good luck trying to do that again. It's also a testament to how insanely fast modern SUVs are now. There are even faster high-performance SUVs that can destroy the Mustang in a drag race.

The driver of the Range Rover Sport SVR also had a much slower reaction time in the first run, but this obviously wouldn't have affected the quarter-mile time. For the second run, the Range Rover Sport SVR has a much better start, but you'll have to watch the video to find out the result.

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