GT500 vs. Super Sedans: 5 Four-Doors That’ll Stomp a GT500
The almighty Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is a well-proven monster on any sort of track. Whether you’re looking to whip it around corners or punch out remarkably fast drag times, the GT500 is there for you. However, inherently, there is a bit of impracticality with a two-door car. If you need a little more wiggle room, here are five super sedans that will take out a GT500 on track.
BMW M3 Competition xDrive
According to Hotcars, the starting point for this list of GT500 killers is the latest iteration of the iconic BMW M3.
Whether or not you’re a fan of the big kidney grilles, you have to admit that the M3 is a force to be reckoned with. This is especially true in Competition trim.
The M3 Competition xDrive has an outstanding six-cylinder powerplant that produces 503 horsepower in competition trim. BMW mated this engine to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Together, this powertrain combination is good for a zero to 60 mph sprint in just over 3 seconds. In a quarter-mile, it’ll put down 11-second passes at 123 miles per hour.
Of course, a straight line is not where the M3 is home. On a road course, the M3 Competition will pull remarkable G-forces through the corners as it hangs on for dear life.
Porsche Panamera Turbo S
Although it costs about $100,000 more than a GT500, the Porsche Panamera Turbo S does indeed count as a sedan, and it is indeed faster than a GT500. So, price aside, it makes this list fair and square.
The Panamera Turbo S uses a twin-turbocharged V8 engine and Porsche’s legendary PDK dual-clutch automatic transmission. The resulting 620 horsepower pushes the Panamera Turbo S to 60 mph in just 2.6 seconds. In entirely stock form, it’ll run 10-second quarter-mile passes.
Just like the M3, though, the Panamera is no joke in the corners. Skidpad tests have seen upwards of 1G of lateral force. To top it all off, it gets about 24 miles per gallon, too. Not bad!
BMW M5 CS
The M5 is not the first BMW you think of when you think about a track-ready beast. However, the M5 CS is the exact reason that you should reconsider that thinking.
Like the Panamera, the M5 uses a twin-turbocharged V8 engine. In the CS trim, it makes a whopping 627 horsepower. Additionally, the CS trim adds stiffer suspension and engine mounts, overall lower ride height, and stiffer anti-roll bars.
The result is a big beautiful sedan that takes only 2.6 seconds to get to 60 miles per hour. Additionally, it’ll run a 10.6-second quarter mile and has a remarkable top speed of 190 miles per hour.
Also, like the Panamera, the M5 CS starts with a much higher price tag than a GT500, coming in at an eye-watering $142,000.
Mercedes-AMG GT63 S 4-Door
Perhaps the most frustratingly named car on the planet, the Mercedez-Benz AMG GT63 S 4-Door Coupe, is, on the whole, a sedan. In all fairness, if Porsche can put turbo badges on electric cars, it’s only fair that Mercedes gets a pass on this “coupe.”
At any rate, the GT63 brings yet another twin-turbocharged V8 engine to the table. With 630 horsepower on tap, the GT63 S can sprint to 60 miles per hour in under three seconds and carry on to an 11.1-second quarter-mile pass.
Like the BMW, the starting price for this Mercedes is around $140,000.
Tesla Model S Plaid
Come on; you had to know it was coming.
Whether or not you’re a fan of Tesla, you have to admit that the Model S Plaid is incredible. With over 1,000 horsepower and a zero to 60 time of around two seconds (or less if you follow very stringent condition requirements) and factory nine-second quarter-mile passes, it really can’t be beaten.
With a starting price of just a hair under $136,000 even after price increases, the Plaid does come at quite a bit more costly than the GT500. However, it comes with a lot more performance.
Additionally, while the Model S Plaid is ironically discredited for being a straight-line-only performer just like the Mustang, it’s proven itself on track. Even with the questionable steering yoke being a nuisance.
These sedans are certified GT500 killers
So, if you’re looking for a sedan that can keep up with the almighty GT500, a selection of any of the above cars will undoubtedly get the job done.
You just might have to save up an extra $70,000 to $100,000 to buy one instead of a GT500. Easy peasy, right?