It’s all-wheel drive versus rear-wheel drive. It’s convertible versus fastback. It’s British brawn versus American muscle. Sports car performance comes in many flavors. Today’s video brings together a sophisticated British convertible and an American pony car for a performance mashup that is a lot closer than you might think.
To make it even more interesting, TFL Car brought along IndyCar racer and TFL Car test driver, Justin Wilson, to pilot both the Jaguar F-Type R and Ford Mustang GT around the IMI Motorsports test track. On paper the Jaguar has a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 delivering 550 horsepower through an 8-speed automatic to all four wheels. The Mustang GT has a normally aspirated 5.0-liter V8 sending 435 fiery ponies through a 6-speed manual to the rear wheels.
British Brawn vs American Muscle Performance Mashup
|2016 Jaguar F-TYPE R||2015 Ford Mustang GT|
|Engine||5.0L supercharged V8||5.0L V8|
|Power||550 hp @ 6500 rpm||435 hp @ 6500 rpm|
|Torque||502 lb-ft @ 2500 – 5000 rpm||400 lb-ft @ 4250 rpm|
|Transmission||8-speed automatic||6-speed manual|
|Drivetrain Layout||all-wheel drive||rear-wheel drive|
|Curb Weight||3,847 lbs.||3,705 lbs.|
|0-60 mph at 1 mile above sea level||4.44 sec||6.21 sec|
|Top speed (mph)||186||155 (est.)|
Comparing the specs for each car, it would seem that the Jaguar F-Type R, with more than a 115 horsepower advantage and all-wheel drive, would pound the Mustang GT into the pavement and take its lunch money. Okay, it might not be a close race. Or is it?
Watch this video and find out how close the Mustang performs against the F-TYPE when it is lapped around the track and if it can retain some if its dignity in a flat-out drag race.