Top 10 Surprising Cars the 2018 Ford Mustang GT Beats to 60 MPH
Ford has announced the 2018 Mustang GT is capable of going zero to 60 mph in under four seconds.
When equipped with the new 10-speed automatic transmission, Performance Pack, and Drag Strip mode, the 2018 Ford Mustang GT is the fastest Mustang ever. In making the announcement, Ford said the 2018 Mustang GT is faster than the Porsche 911 Carrera, so we decided to see what other surprising cars it can beat in the sprint.
To make things interesting, we chose five current cars and five older cars that have zero-to-60 times of four seconds or slower. The current cars all use official times published by the automakers, while for older cars, we referenced website zeroto60times.com and cross-referenced those times with tests from Motor Trend.
10. Jaguar F-Type 400 Sport
The Jaguar F-Type 400 Sport features a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 engine with 400 horsepower and 339 pound-feet of torque and hits 60 mph from a standstill in 4.8 seconds. It may be less of a surprise to hear that the F-Type 400 Sport is slower than the Mustang GT when you realize the Mustang has 460 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque, but what is a surprise is the Mustang GT likely stays door-to-door with the more powerful F-Type R with 550 hp and 502 lb-ft of torque. According to Jaguar, the F-Type R does the zero-to-60 sprint in 3.9 seconds.
9. Audi S5 Coupe
This is the latest version of the S5 Coupe Audi has to offer and it’s powered by a completely new 3.0-liter TFSI V6 engine producing 354 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. The S5’s zero-to-60 time is 4.4 seconds and with a starting price of around $55,000, you might be wondering if the Audi S5 is worth it since it gets beat by a Mustang to 60 mph.
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8. Bentley Continental GT V8 S
With a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine lurking under the hood generating 521 hp and 502 lb-ft of torque, you might be surprised to hear that the Bentley Continental GT V8 S is slower to 60 mph than the Mustang GT, clocking in at 4.3 seconds. What is more surprising is the fact that 2018 Ford Mustang GT likely keeps up with the Continental GT Speed version. You know, the model bold enough to actually use the word speed in its name. The Continental GT Speed does the sprint in 3.9 seconds, thanks to a massive 6.0-liter twin-turbo W12 engine with 633 hp and 620 lb-ft of torque.
7. BMW M2
Believe it or not, the Ford Mustang GT is faster than a real BMW M model. The BMW M2, when equipped with a manual transmission, does zero to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds, and even the 4.1-second time from the dual clutch transmission isn’t quick enough totally lose the Ford. Still, the BMW M2 is no slouch with its 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder engine with 365 hp and 343 lb-ft of torque.
6. BMW i8
Imagine spending a lot of money on a BMW i8 and losing to a Ford Mustang GT in a drag race. Although it is an electrified vehicle, the BMW i8 is, for the most part, marketed as a supercar with its futuristic styling and powertrain. Total system output from the BMW i8 is 357 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque, good enough for a 4.2-second zero-to-60 time.
5. 2012 Porsche Cayman R
The Porsche Cayman R originally made its debut in 2010, and it’s actually one of many older Porsche models (including the 2001 911 Turbo) that are slower than the Mustang GT. Sporting a 3.4-liter flat-six engine with 330 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque, Motor Trend tested the Cayman R to get a zero-to-60 time of 4.2 seconds. The German automaker said PDK-equipped Cayman Rs with the Sport Chrono package could do the sprint in 4.4 seconds, so it appears it was being a bit conservative, as Porsche normally is.
4. 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z28
It might seem strange to include one of the Mustang’s most direct competitors on the list, but let’s recall that the Chevrolet Camaro Z28 was a hardcore version sporting a 7.0-liter V8 engine with 505 hp and 481 lb-ft of torque. Even then, Motor Trend tested it and got a four-second flat zero-to-60 time, meaning it likely would stay door-to-door with the Mustang GT and it would be a pretty exciting race. Now, the most current hardcore Camaro ZL1 is an entirely different story, with a 3.5-second zero-to-60 time.
3. 2006 Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione
Alfa Romeo is more of a household name in North America now than when the 8C Competizione was offered. Production of the sports car was limited to just 500 units with only 90 heading to the U.S., so it’s understandable if you didn’t even know it existed. Priced more than $230,000, you might be surprised to hear it turned in a zero-to-60 time of 4.6 seconds. It was powered by a 4.7-liter V8 engine with 450 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque.
2. 2006 Dodge Viper SRT10 Coupe
The older Dodge Viper is a bit of a strange case, with some media outlets reporting faster zero-to-60 times than the 4.2-second mark Motor Trend reported in its review of the 2006 model.When it comes to zero-to-60 testing, there are plenty of variables that could affect the time, but chances are if an older Viper lined up against the new Mustang, it would be a very competitive race.
Motor Trend‘s test car featured an 8.3-liter V10 engine with 510 hp and 535 lb-ft of torque paired to a six-speed manual transmission.
1. 2003 Lamborghini Gallardo
Although Lamborghini vastly improved the Gallardo over its lifecycle, when it was first introduced on the market, it wasn’t even that quick. Powered by a 5.0-liter V10 engine with 495 hp and 376 lb-ft of torque, Motor Trend did a zero-to-60 run of 4.7 seconds, quite a bit slower than the new Mustang GT. But even Lamborghini’s factory estimate of 4.2 seconds is slower. Who would have ever thought a Mustang would be faster than a Lamborghini?
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Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.
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