According to official specifications, the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 reaches 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour) in 3.3 seconds, and the Chevrolet Corvette C8 with the Z51 package needs 2.9 seconds to reach this speed. The difference between them in the real world is much more dramatic, however. Speed Phenom is fortunate to own these two vehicles and shows their acceleration in a new video.
With 495 horsepower (369 kilowatts), the Corvette equipped with the Z51 is significantly less powerful than the GT500 at 760 horsepower (567 kW). However, the Vette’s central engine layout makes it easier to pull off the line, and it has eight gears to work with instead of seven gears for the Mustang.
As Speed Phenom shows, launching the Corvette is almost effortless. Activate the correct settings, hold the brake, squeeze the accelerator, release the brake and go. There is little to no skating to fear. On another stretch of road, it is even capable of reaching 60 mph in 2.7 seconds, a few tenths faster than the factory grade.
Switch to GT500, and things are very different. Even in drag mode with launch control, the tires rotate over the entire length. For the second run, the Mustang reached 60 mph in 4.7 seconds. After numerous adjustments and on another stretch of road, the time drops to 3.67 seconds.
Speed Phenom comes to the conclusion that the Corvette is the best car for the driver because its performance is so easily reproduced. If you want a drag racer and have time to tweak all the parameters, the GT500 is fantastic. On a prepared surface, it can be 10.6 seconds in the quarter mile with the Mustang.