The Ford Mustang represents some of the best value in automotive performance today: from the base V6 cranking out 305 horsepower for well under $30,000 to the 420 horsepower GT model with a high-revving V8 for roughly $35,000, and the Shelby GT500 with its 662 horsepower from a supercharged V8, the Mustang defines affordable horsepower. Then there are the kind-of-sort-of-but-not-quite-aftermarket Roush Mustangs, which come in various stages, with the range-topping offering being the Roush Stage 3 with the Phase 3 package, making 675 ponies.
In this (obviously dealer-infomercial) video, the Shelby GT500 and the RS3 — the most powerful performance machines under $100,000 — are pitted against each other on the drag trip for a total of three runs.
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In the first race, neither car got good traction, but the Roush gets the jump on the Shelby in the start, until the Shelby passes it ail easy. As it turns out, the RS3 was driving with traction control off. For the second run, the RS3 flipped traction control back on and beats the Shelby straight out. With the traction control stuff squared away, the third race is a repeat of the second, with the Roush taking it to the Shelby.
Notably, both cars were driven to the track for 45 minutes, thereby representing a real-world environment. And since both cars were run in the same conditions, it seems that the only variables are the drivers and the cars. Watch for yourself: