There’s one rivalry that some believe is one of the most fiercely debated. Which would win in a race, a Corvette or a Mustang? Regardless of which camp you align your loyalties with, both sides can typically agree that both cars command respect in the quarter-mile. For those of you who need a good, healthy competition right now, one such race recently took place.
The 2020 Chevy Corvette and the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 went head to head on the track. Which powerhouse inched ahead and crossed the line first? We wanted to find out.
Superman vs. Batman
Trying to compare the Mustang GT500 and the Corvette is kind of like comparing Batman to Superman. Both heroes are popular in their own right and bring a host of superpowers to the fight.
But much like the fictional characters, these two performance cars are very different in more ways than they are similar. The Ford Mustang GT500 stays true to its muscle car look and adopts the more traditional, rear-wheel drive platform and front-engine design.
What the 2020 Chevy Corvette brought to the race
The horsepower might not seem as impressive in the numbers, with 490-hp, but the Corvette is lighter than the Mustang. Its center of gravity is more balanced, and weight is distributed more effectively.
Chevrolet promotes this hotrod’s available torque is 470 lb-ft, and zero to 60 time is a sharp 2.9 seconds. The top speeds are clocked at 194 mph.
Can the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 compete?
Ford Performance is harnessing the S550 platform, designed to handle up to 760-hp in both the straightaways and on the tracks. The pony brand boasts 625 lb-ft of torque and is reported to be using the GT350’s 5.2L V8. Top speed is suggested to be 180 mph and the zero to 60 time is 3.3 seconds.
Which car is faster?
There are mixed reviews, as many cite the 2020 Chevy Corvette’s increased ability to outperform the Mustang GT500 on the track. However, there is a video of the two superhero rides going head to head in a quarter-mile run. In individually timed races, the Corvette has been timed at 11.2 seconds while the Mustang crossed the quarter-mile line in 11.4 seconds.
This particular YouTube video throws these numbers upside down and out the window. The 2020 Mustang GT500 beats the 2020 Chevy Corvette with a 10.8-second race time, winning over the Corvette’s 11.5-second line time.
How valid is this latest race?
The crowd goes wild, and the proof, of course, is in the video. The Mustang beats the Corvette in this event. But, there have been other races with very different outcomes. The rivalry with undoubtedly continue, and even with a winner in this race, critics will say it’s not a definitive test of power.
Track conditions, driver ability, and professional supervision all play a role in most races. There are some variations of the 2020 Chevy Corvette that the new Mustang GT500 can outpace in a run. But, there are other variables that might suggest the Corvette is a faster car overall.
You might not be able to hang your hat on the results of this one-off drag strip competition. However, at this moment, Ford Mustang GT500 fans can celebrate their victory.
Whether you consider yourself a Corvette fan or a Mustang fan, both sides can often agree that both cars know how to harness serious power. Performance, style, and track times will continue to vary, and there’s no sign of this face-off every getting old for anyone.