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If you were to run a BMW M2 against a Shelby GT350, which do you think would win? Well, throttle house decided to do just that and put them through the paces on the track and in a drag race to see which one was actually better. In one corner, the BMW M2 is capable of putting out 365 horsepower and a sprint to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds, thanks to a 3.0-liter inline-six. In the other corner, we have the Ford Shelby Mustang GT350 that pumps out 526 horsepower and 429 pound-feet of torque from a 5.2-liter V-8. On paper, the Mustang should kill the M2 all day long running a cylinder down. But, it’s not always so cut and dry as you’ll see in the video below. Go ahead and click play, then sit back and enjoy the action!

BMW M2 vs the Mustang Shelby GT350

BMW M2 Performance Specifications

Engine type N55B30T0
Engine Technology M TwinPower Turbo technology: TwinScroll turbocharger, High Precision Injection, VALVETRONIC fully variable valve lift control, Double-VANOS variable camshaft timing
Cylinders 6
Valves per cylinder 4
Stroke 89.6 MM
Bore 84 MM
Displacement cm³ 2,979
Compression rate :1 10.2
Engine power 365 HP @ 6,500 RPM
Engine Torque 343 LB-FT @ 1,400-5,560 RPM
Comm. torque Overboost: 369 LB-FT
Top speed 155 MPH
0-60 mph 4.4 seconds manual/4.2 seconds DKG

2016 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350 Performance Specifications

Type naturally aspirated V8 5.2-liter
Output 526 HP
Torque 429 LB-FT
Transmission six-speed manual
0-60 mph 3.5 seconds
Top speed 186 mph (EST)

Further Reading

2016 - 2018 BMW M2 High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2018 BMW M2.

2016 - 2017 Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2017 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350.

Robert Moore
Robert Moore
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Robert has been an auto enthusiast his entire life. He started working cars at a young age, learning the basics from his father in the home garage on the weekends. As time went on, Robert became more and more interested in cars and convinced his father to teach him how to drive when he was just 13 years old. Robert continued working on cars in his free time and learned as much as he could about engines, transmissions, and car electrical systems, something that only fed his curiosity more and eventually led him to earn a bachelors degree in automotive technology with a primary focus on engine performance and transmission rebuilding.  Read full bio
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