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Supercharged Vs Twin-Turbo: Which Ford Mustang GT Is Quicker?

This 1,900+ horsepower drag race between two Ford Mustangs answers an important question: Supercharged or twin-turbocharged?

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While drag races are usually nothing more than plain fun, this one answers an important question: Which is the better route for high-horsepower figures? Supercharged or twin-turbocharged? YouTube channel, Officially Gassed, answers the question by bringing two Ford Mustang GTs that make similar power with two very different setups, based on the 5.0-liter V-8.

Supercharged Ford Mustang GT

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The supercharged build is based on a pre-facelift, S550 Ford Mustang GT. It’s also the more powerful of the two cars, with 980 horsepower and 730 pound-feet (990 Nm). Modifications include a Stage 6 Whipple supercharger, dual-pass charge cooler, billet timing chain tensioner, crank-gear, arms, and oil pump, methanol injection, and a Torsen differential with 3.31 gears.

Power goes to the rear through a six-speed manual transmission. The Mustang GT tips the scales at 3,637 pounds (1,650 kg). In terms of rubber, the “Stang” sits on Michelin Pilot Sport 4S street tires.

Twin-turbo Ford Mustang GT

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We have talked about this car before as it isthe first twin-turbocharged Ford Mustang, in the U.K.. It may have “only” 950 horsepower but has a bit more torque than the supercharged car – 800 pound-feet (1,084 Nm). Modifications include a Hellion twin-turbo kit, including two, 62mm Precision turbochargers.

The twin-turbo Mustang GT features the same supporting mods as the supercharged one and adds an upgraded intercooler. However, it does not have methanol injection. It has an identical curb weight of 3,637 pounds (1,650 kg) and also has a six-speed manual. However, this one has 3.55 gears.

Quarter-mile and 0 to 60 mph times

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Apart from the type of forced induction, both cars are quite similar. Here’s how it translates on the tarmac. Tom, the driver of the twin-turbo car, goes first and relies on gently feeding the power, off the line. Unfortunately, it results in a not-so-impressive 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) time of 5.35 seconds. Ben, the owner of the supercharged Mustangs is more aggressive off the line and manages a 4.91-second 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) run.

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By now, it’s clear that sending so much power to the rear is no easy task. With this in mind, here’s what the quarter-mile times were. The supercharged car goes first and manages a 12.56-second quarter-mile time at 128.84 mph (207.34 km/h). The twin-turbo Mustang, once again, fell short of expectations, with a quarter-mile time of 12.88 seconds at 122.4 mph (196.98 km/h). So far, the supercharged car proves to be the better route for high-horsepower builds, but the drag and roll races may bare different results.

The Drag race

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For whatever reason (probably, to keep the gearbox in one piece), neither of the cars executed an aggressive launch. However, there was a clear winner after just two races – the supercharged Mustang beat the twin-turbo one by two cars in the first race, and by one and a half cars in the second. While the supercharged car couldn’t pull away, it was enough to keep the twin-turbo Mustang in second place.

The roll race

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A rolling race would give the twin-turbocharged Mustang an advantage. It just so happens that the supercharged car spun its wheels while shifting between gears, allowing the more torquey, twin-turbo car to pull ahead and win the race, by three car lengths. Interestingly enough, the second race was won by the supercharged car, even if by less than a car length. The decisive, third race was, once again, won by the supercharged car, which pulled on the twin-turbo Mustang, by about two car lengths.

Conclusion

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It’s always interesting when the less high-tech method bears better results. The supercharger has more inherent flaws than the turbocharger and, in this case, has less torque. However, the winner in this Mustang on Mustang battle is the car with a more responsive engine and more linear torque and power band. Sadly, while both builds have their pros and cons, there can only be one winner.


Dim Angelov
Dim Angelov
Born in 1992, I come from a family of motoring enthusiasts. My passion for cars was awoken at the age of six, when I saw a Lamborghini Diablo SV in a magazine. After high school I earned a master’s degree in marketing and a Master of Arts in Media and Communications. Over the years, I’ve practiced and become skilled in precision driving and to date have test driven more than 250 cars across the globe. Over the years, I’ve picked up basic mechanical knowledge and have even taken part in the restoration of a 1964 Jaguar E-Type and an Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint. Lately, I’ve taken a fancy to automotive photography, and while modern cars are my primary passion, I also have a love for Asian Martial Arts, swimming, war history, craft beer, historical weapons, and car restoration. In time, I plan my own classic car restoration and hope to earn my racing certificate, after which I expect to establish my own racing team.  Read full bio
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