2010 BMW
M6
vs. 2012 Ford
Mustang Shelby GT500

2012 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

9.7

starting from

$49,605
"A street-legal racer that’s just looking for some action."
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"I can’t stop thinking about how much power the new Shelby offered."
mustangs.about.com | talking about the Mustang's performance

Reasons to buy the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

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Has auxiliary audio input
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Supercharged engine improves performance
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Quite expensive
$49,605
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Power outlets
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2010 BMW M6

9.6

Runner-up

BMW M6

starting from

$106,225

Reasons to buy the BMW M6

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Better suspension
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Longer basic warranty
50,000 mile
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Longer-lasting basic warranty
4 year
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Paddle shifters
Standard
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 8.7
2012 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Winner: Mustang Shelby GT500
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  • The Mustang Shelby GT500's auxiliary audio input jack lets you connect your MP3 player to the car's stereo
Cost 10.0 vs 9.2
2012 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Winner: Mustang Shelby GT500
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  • The best price we've seen is $56,620 cheaper (2.1x less), $49,605 vs $106,225
  • Gets around 40% more miles per gallon in the city, 15 mpg vs 11 mpg
Performance 9.3 vs 10.0
2010 BMW M6 Winner: M6
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  • The M6 comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the Mustang Shelby GT500
  • The M6 has 1 more gear, which can improve performance, 7 vs 6
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.4
2012 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Winner: Mustang Shelby GT500
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  • The Mustang Shelby GT500's standard power outlets will keep your gadgets charged; not available on the M6
  • The Mustang Shelby GT500's standard folding rear seat will get you extra cargo room; not available on the M6
  • A single tank lasts around 20% longer, 368 miles vs 315 miles
Safety Features 9.5 vs 10.0
2010 BMW M6 Winner: M6
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  • The M6 has 1 more airbag (including Head / Curtain), 4 vs 3
Luxury Features 9.6 vs 10.0
2010 BMW M6 Winner: M6
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  • Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the M6
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
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Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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Overall 9.7 vs 9.6

Entertainment System

Ford
Mustang Shelby GT500
2012 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
2010 BMW M6 BMW
M6
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Number of speakers 8 vs 13 The M6 has an extraordinary amount of speakers, and the Mustang Shelby GT500 is OK, too
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs No Neither offers speed-sensitive volume
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Standard vs Standard Both come standard with satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs No The Mustang Shelby GT500 can connect your personal music device to the stereo system
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Has subwoofer No vs No Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Cost

Ford
Mustang Shelby GT500
2012 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
2010 BMW M6 BMW
M6
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MSRP $49,605 vs $106,225 Very expensive
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In-city gas mileage 15 mpg vs 11 mpg Very inefficient in the city
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 50,000 mile The M6 's %s warranty covers lots of miles, but the Mustang Shelby GT500's doesn't cover many
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 4 year The M6 's basic warranty is long lasting, but the Mustang Shelby GT500's is very short

Performance

Ford
Mustang Shelby GT500
2012 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
2010 BMW M6 BMW
M6
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Horsepower 550 HP @ 6,200 RPM vs 500 HP @ 7,750 RPM Very powerful
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Number of gears 6 vs 7 The M6 has more gears and the Mustang Shelby GT500 is OK, too
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Transmission Manual transmission vs Manual transmission Both offer a manual transmission, unlike most in this class
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Standard The M6 comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the Mustang Shelby GT500
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Air compressor Supercharger vs None The Mustang Shelby GT500's Supercharger lets it maximize power output, quite rare for this class of vehicle
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Power-to-weight ratio 6.9 lb/hp vs 7.8 lb/hp Both cars are very sporty
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Drivetrain type rear-wheel drive vs rear-wheel drive Both have the usual drivetrain for this class of vehicle
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 37.0 ft vs 41.0 ft The Mustang Shelby GT500 is comparable to most other vehicles for turning, but the M6 is quite bad

Practicality

Ford
Mustang Shelby GT500
2012 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
2010 BMW M6 BMW
M6
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Passengers 4 vs 4 Few seats
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Highway driving range 368 miles vs 315 miles Very limited highway range
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Cargo space 13.4 ft3 vs 13.0 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 52.2 ft3 vs 51.5 ft3 Both average size front seats
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folding rear seats Standard vs Not Available The Mustang Shelby GT500's standard folding rear seat will get you extra cargo room; not available on the M6
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power outlets Standard vs Not Available The Mustang Shelby GT500's standard power outlets will keep your gadgets charged; not available on the M6
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Optional vs Standard The M6 's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again; optional upgrade required on the Mustang Shelby GT500
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Cupholders 2 vs 2 Limited number of cupholders
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Safety Features

Ford
Mustang Shelby GT500
2012 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
2010 BMW M6 BMW
M6
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 3 vs 4 Limited number of airbags
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Not Available vs Not Available
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Roadside assistance system None vs BMW Assist

Luxury Features

Ford
Mustang Shelby GT500
2012 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
2010 BMW M6 BMW
M6
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Standard Both have power seats
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Optional vs Standard Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the M6

Crash Test Ratings

Ford
Mustang Shelby GT500
2012 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
2010 BMW M6 BMW
M6
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Rollover resistance Unknown vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Road Tests

Ford
Mustang Shelby GT500
2012 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
2010 BMW M6 BMW
M6
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0-60 mph 4.7 seconds vs Unknown
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Braking distance at 60mph 104 ft vs Unknown
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1/4 mile 13.0 s @ 112 mph vs Unknown
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Lateral acceleration 0.88 g vs Unknown
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Top speed 155 mph vs Unknown

Other Vehicles to Consider

2010 BMW M6 2011 BMW M3 M6 vs M3
2010 BMW M6 2012 Audi R8 GT M6 vs R8 GT
2010 BMW M6 2011 Mercedes-Benz CL63 AMG M6 vs CL63 AMG
2010 BMW M6 2011 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG M6 vs C63 AMG
2010 BMW M6 2011 Maserati GranTurismo S M6 vs GranTurismo S
2012 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 2012 Nissan GT-R Black Edition Mustang Shelby GT500 vs GT-R Black Edition
2012 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 2010 Porsche 911 Turbo Mustang Shelby GT500 vs 911 Turbo
2012 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 2012 Audi R8 GT Mustang Shelby GT500 vs R8 GT
2012 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 2010 Ferrari 458 Italia Mustang Shelby GT500 vs 458 Italia
2012 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 2011 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Mustang Shelby GT500 vs C63 AMG

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