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Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Races Dodge Challenger: Video

We’ve seen the newest Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 line up against all sorts of other vehicles in various straight-line battles since the supercharged monster debuted for the 2020 model year, including the C8 Corvette, the BMW M8, C7 Corvette ZR1, McLaren 720S, and a whole slew of muscular machines via MotorTrend‘s annual “World’s Greatest Drag Race.” Now, following the launch of the all-new Dodge Challenger Black Ghost, Edmunds decided to once again drag a Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 out for a very interesting showdown.

Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 vs Dodge Challenger Black Ghost U-Drag Race - Exterior 002 - Front Three Quarters

One of just 300 produced in total to celebrate the famed, vintage street racer with the same nickname, the new Challenger Black Ghost comes equipped with a supercharged 6.2L V8 cranking out 807 horsepower and 707 pound-feet of torque, which has a whopping 4,476 pounds to move down the drag strip – giving it a power to weight ratio of 5.55 pounds per horsepower. On the flip side, the GT500 is equipped with the supercharged Ford 5.2L V8 Predator engine, which generates 760 horsepower and 625 pound-feet, with a curb weight of 4,168 pounds, giving it a slightly better 5.48 pounds per horsepower.

Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 vs Dodge Challenger Black Ghost U-Drag Race - Exterior 003 - Rear Three Quarters

Edmunds lined up these two cars for its own U-Drag race, which means that both cars compete in a traditional straight line drag race, but then must turn around and race back to the start line, meaning that braking and handling come into play – not just raw power and traction off the line. Regardless, the GT500 leaps out to an early lead and never looks back, claiming an easy victory as the big, heavy Challenger struggles to turn around.

In race two, the Mustang doesn’t get as clean a start, but that doesn’t matter much, as it quickly reels in the Challenger and claims another easy win. When we crunch the numbers, the GT500 did 0-60 in 3.8 seconds versus the Black Ghost at 4.8, with the quarter-mile flashing by in 11.7 seconds versus 12.6. The GT500 won the U-Drag with a best time of 33.2 seconds versus 35.2 seconds for the Challenger, proving that even though it’s older and less powerful, the Shelby is still king of this proverbial hill.

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Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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    fiat dodge is JUNK!!

  2. masb1956

    Farley Ford is junk.

  3. mick

    i’d have both of them

  4. Lealand

    I love the U-drags since it is a simple yet fairly good measure of a vehicle’s dynamic ability. The cars start from a dig and go into a turn then on to the roll. The GT500 has proven to be a fairly good car in the U-drags overall and it’s biggest issue (not really) is traction off the line since other cars like BMWs AWD M5 with less power has beaten it thanks to a killer 60 foot and the ability to carry and transmit power through the turn.


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