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Modern-Day American Icons Hit The Drag Strip: Mustang GT Races C7 Corvette Stingray

Evenly matched on power, this Ford vs Chevy battle is a pony car versus sports car battle you don’t want to miss

Wheels is back with yet another drag battle. We’ve previously featured several drag battles from Wheels, but Ford vs Chevy face-offs remain popular with you lot. So, here is the latest duel that saw a C7 Corvette Stingray taking on a Mustang GT. Let’s look at the contenders now, shall we?

Ford Mustang GT

Modern-Day American Icons Hit The Drag Strip: Mustang GT Races C7 Corvette Stingray
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To get some perspective, let’s look at the stock numbers. The Ford is rocking a 5.0-L V-8 that puts out 460 hp and 420 lb-ft. The Stang tips the scales at 3891 lbs

In the pony car corner, you’ve got this souped-up sixth-gen Mustang GT. Now, while I can’t confirm the exact year, what I can say is that this muscle car is anything but stock. You can almost immediately tell that this GT is rocking some extra add-on parts that include the body kit and that ducktail spoiler, courtesy of streetcar performance.

Since the YouTuber didn’t put out the exact specs, we’ll have to run with our imagination here. But, just to give you some context, lemme run you through the stock numbers on the Mustang GT. Under the hood lies a 5.0-liter V-8 mill, that in its stock form, produces 460 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. Power is sent to the rear wheels either via a six-speed manual or a 10-speed auto. The ’Stang tips the scales at 3,891 pounds.

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

Modern-Day American Icons Hit The Drag Strip: Mustang GT Races C7 Corvette Stingray
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The Chevy meanwhile has the legendary 6.2-L LT1 V-8 that produces 455 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. C7 tips the scales at 3347 lbs, more than 500 lbs lighter than the Mustang

The other car here is the legendary C7 Corette Stingray. Over the past few years, the Vette has undergone a transformation of sorts from being a darn good sportscar to an outright supercar. Granted that the C8 Vette, especially the new Z06, has gone all high-tech but the C7 was no slouch either. As you can tell from that carbon hood, it is highly unlikely that this Vette, just like the Mustang, is stock.

But, in stock form, you’d find the iconic LT1 Chevy small block. The 6.2-liter V-8 is good for 455 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a seven-speed automatic transmission. The C7 Vette tips the scale at 3,347 pounds.

With the numbers taken care of, let’s see how things pan out on track. As I mentioned earlier, these are the stock numbers. Factor in some performance upgrades and stickier rubber and you should be looking at some pretty impressive 1/4 mile times.

The Race


After pulling in some 11s, both cars line up at the Christmas tree. From a dig, it seemed like the Mustang was off-the-first to get off the line. However, the driver in the Ford just couldn’t get going for some reason. In the meantime, the Chevy swooped in a big way and almost immediately took the lead. The ’Vette managed to maintain that lead, eventually taking the win by a big margin. The C7 did the 1/4 mile in 12.33 seconds at 113.67 mph against Ford’s 14.22 seconds at 98.90 mph.

To Sum It Up

Modern-Day American Icons Hit The Drag Strip: Mustang GT Races C7 Corvette Stingray
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The Chevy completes the standing 1/4 in 12.33s @113.67 mph against the Stangs 14.22s @98.90 mph. Swipe up to watch the race.

So, the C7 took the win, but I feel the driver in the Ford messed up the start. Had he not done so, this could/would have been a close duel. I’d argue that it would have totally been worth giving the Mustang GT another shot. As for the Corvette, that soundtrack still sends goosebumps down my spine and I can’t wait to see more drag battles with it.

Khris Bharath
Khris Bharath
Khris is a classic car aficionado and adores his Jags and Alfas, although he keeps tabs on everything from super exotics like an old EB 110 to the latest from Lucid. Formula One is very close to his heart, and he diligently makes time to tune in for the Grand Prix on Sundays. Khris also loves his road trips and he prefers stick shift over an Auto any day.  Read full bio
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