The Ford Mustang is a brilliantly affordable source of horsepower, with a base 300-plus-horsepower version available for well under $30,000. Jumping up to about $35,000 will get you a solid 420 horsepower from a high-revving V8, while those with some extra disposable income can get a pair of 600-plus-horsepower monsters. Both the Roush Stage 3 with its Phase 3 package and Ford's factory Shelby GT500 even crest the 650-horsepower mark, with 675 and 662 ponies, respectively.

Naturally, someone needed to find out which of these hi-po Mustangs was the quickest. And while this video is quite obviously a dealership commercial, at least there's some solid drag racing between two of the most powerful performance machines available for under $100,000.

With two NHRA drag racers at the wheel, the Stage 3 and GT500 go head to head for three races. Scroll down below to see the results in the full video.


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      BahamaTodd
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ok, now switch drivers.
        moshead
        • 1 Year Ago
        @BahamaTodd
        They should have swapped lanes AND drivers.
      Kenneth Hans
      • 1 Year Ago
      The GT500 is capable of 11.6. To be a fuller test you could try swapping the drivers. Skill matters just as much as HP.
        jtrischler
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Kenneth Hans
        We were going to swap drivers, but we ran out of allotted time. The point was not to deflower the GT500. We all know it is capable of mid 11's, though the stock Goodyear tires make that difficult. The point was to show what the new Aluminator can do! We also drove 45 minutes to the track and both cars were already hot! The better question is, if the GT500 is capable of mid 11's, what is the Aluminator capable of?? When it starts cool? On a day that isn't 90 degrees? Both cars can be much faster.
      biopsea
      • 1 Year Ago
      between Bill's slightly avoirdupois build and the glass sunroof, whats the weight differential?
        • 1 Year Ago
        @biopsea
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          protovici
          • 1 Year Ago
          I guess all those pick-up trucks with solid rear axles are sooooo 20th century, Idiot.
          ImpulseGTO
          • 1 Year Ago
          Only an idiot buys a mustang!
          ngiotta
          • 1 Year Ago
          "Only an idiot buys a mustang!" Says the guy with GTO in in screen name....
          • 1 Year Ago
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        Ryan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @biopsea
        weight difference*, what is the weight difference is what I think you mean to ask. Differential is a rate of change, difference is a simple delta between the two vehicles.
          Armon
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Ryan
          Well that was helpful.
      Stomp and steer
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's not easy running 11s in a gt500,as most people think it is.
        ngiotta
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Stomp and steer
        Motor Trend ran 11.6's in it, so it can't be that hard... Even my '08 GT500 ran mid to high 12's (when it was stock). This one is 100lbs lighter, has launch control and has 162 more horsepower. These things run low 11's with drag radials as the only change.
      cgm9999
      • 1 Year Ago
      Can we get some damn trap speeds please?
      Porschetr
      • 1 Year Ago
      Now let Homer Simpson drive the Roush.
      • 1 Year Ago
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        domingorobusto
        • 1 Year Ago
        The driver of the GT500 kept launching to high, he was blowing off the tires for 200 ft. The Roush does have better suspension under it though to keep that from happening as easily. This also wasn't helped by the GT500's crazy amount of torque. The 5.8 in the GT500 produces quite a lot more low end torque, making it hard to launch. The Roush is a little lighter as well, but not much. As you could see in all their runs, after they both stabilized from their launch they ran almost identically, as you'd expect with cars that similar in power and weight. I think it mostly came down to driver though, and the guy in the RS3 was better.
      wickedsc300
      • 1 Year Ago
      That's all well and good but what they are not telling you is the price of the Stage 3 Phase 3 compared to the GT500. The GT500 is $54,000 with standard 662hp, 19" front and 20" rear tires, and six piston brembo's. A stage 3 phase 3 with the 675hp aluminator, 20's with RS3 tires, and six piston brembos is $60,000. Not to mention all the interior stuff you get with the GT500 that you have to option on the Roush Phase 3 pushing the price even higher. Pretty much it seems like you're getting a Mustang GT (which is what they start with) with a motor that makes a little more hp than the GT500, but it costs more and does not have all the features the GT500 does. I say save the $7,000+ and take your GT500 and go to driving school and you will cut a faster time than the Phase 3, all while having an leather wrapped alcantara steering wheel (another option on the Phase 3) and heated seats standard.
      Ken Griep
      • 4 Months Ago
      No way does a Stage 3 Roush leave a GT500 like it did in Races 2 & 3. Even if the Roush Mustang had traction control off on the first race it still was being out-accelerated in the last half of the track!. Something very wrong with Races 2 & 3. Also amazing that the GT500 ran 3 consecutive races with almost identical times......never see that with a standard on 3 runs in a row. Summary is to really be fair to the real potential of the GT 500, take it up a couple of stages like you did with the 5.0 liter mustang and there would be absolutely no comparison.
      zz9026
      • 1 Year Ago
      GTR enough said
      gtv4rudy
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hey, I thought Autoblog was commercial free !
      Cain Gray
      • 1 Year Ago
      'MERICA!!! MOAR POOWWWUURR!!!!!
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