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2005 Ford Mustang GT Races Tesla Model 3 Performance and It’s an Absolutely Slaughter

Some matchups on the drag strip are truly befuddling. Literally, the worst type of sports car or muscle car you could throw at something like a Tesla Model 3 Performance is a rear-wheel drive vehicle with not enough power and a manual transmission.
2019 Tesla Model 3 Performance takes on a 2005 Ford Mustang GT 7 photos
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According to the uploader, the Model 3 Performance in question is a 2019 car, which means its dual-motor all-wheel drive system is providing the wheels with a total of 340 kW (450 hp). Had this been a newer version, it would have had more power.

Even so, we’re still dealing with an EV capable of accelerating to 60 mph (97 kph) in roughly 3.1 seconds, which let’s face it, would still net you a 10/10 acceleration rating no matter what standards you're using to grade a car’s performance.

Then there’s the Tesla’s rival for this 1/8-mile event, a 2005 Ford Mustang GT (S197), which is presumably stock (as far as we can tell). It’s a fifth-generation model, powered by a 4.6-liter V8 engine producing 300 hp and 320 lb-ft (434 Nm) of torque. It’s by no means slow (0-60 in 5.6 sec), but compared to a flagship Model 3, it might as well have been pulled by actual mustangs.

To make matters worse, the Mustang was a manual transmission model, which definitely makes it harder for the driver to keep up with something like a Model 3 Performance. It doesn’t even matter how good the driver is at shifting gears, you’re not going to perform better than a car that literally doesn’t have to shift at all.

In the end, the Tesla crossed the 1/8-mile line in 7.5 seconds going 93 mph (150 kph), while the Mustang needed 8.9 seconds at just over 79 mph (127 kph). That, by the way, is a massive gap – roughly 1.5 seconds, and over a relatively short distance.



 
 
 
 
 

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