Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Mississippi Gulf Coast
let's clear a few things up here. I realize that there are a lot of arrogant Mustang owners that think they are the fastest car on the road... they aren't. That said - having owned 16 Mustangs I can tell you that bone stock performance varies greatly. An 87 - 93 5.0 automatic is good for mid 15 second times as it rolled off the assembly line... 15+ years ago. This is the exact same performance that an '05+ V-6/automatic Mustang is good for, whereas a '95 3.8 V-6/auto Mustang is a high 16/low 17 second car. The SN95 ('95 - '95, and '96 - '98) Mustangs with the 5.0 or the 4.6 2v are also mid 15 second cars, stock. Once you get into the '99+ 4.6 cars the slowest ones run low 14's and the quicker stock versions with a decent driver can get mid 13's.
Once you start modifying them they get fast... very quickly. $1000 in mods to a $2500 '89 5.0 will have you running high 12's easily. Even the V-6 can move. My '06 4.0/auto with 3:73's, a tune, intake, exhaust ran mid 14's with a full leather interior and every available option.... with no traction. my best run was a 14.49 with a 2.6 second 60ft time on street tires. If I could have hooked up I would have been close to a 13 second time slip.
The point of my response is - if you want to know if you can beat your friends Mustang - take him to the track and find out. If you win... you've beaten your friends Mustang. Do not assume you can beat every Mustang or that they're all slow... that's not even close to the truth. If you lose, oh well. You lost to a "muscle car" in your SUV. Challenge him to a race through a cornfield and see who wins. You're comparing apples to oranges.
Now there is an intelligent post on the subject! And for those non-believers, my stroked Jeep will not hang with my slightly modified GT. Then again, my Mustang will get stuck in a well manicured lawn.
'98 Wrangler Sport, 4.6L Stroker
12 Counterweight 258 Crank (cut snout-casting #3214723), Sealed Power +.030 Hypereutectic Pistons, 5.875" Connecting Rods, CompCams 68-231-4, Ported/Polished Head, Edelbrock Header, 24# Ford Blue-top Injectors, 63mm bored OEM Throttle Body, Port matched Intake, Autolite Platinum plugs, Accel Coil, LiveWires Distributor & Wires, Centerforce Clutch, Hurst Shifter, modified Mustang GT Air Cannister - CAI, 18" Magnaflow and 2 1/2" exhaust, Balanced Rotating Assembly, Custom PCM tune.
Yeah, I built it!
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'04 Mustang GT, 4.6L
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