2010 Dodge
Viper SRT-10
vs. 2012 Ford
Mustang Shelby GT500

2012 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

10.0

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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Supercharged engine improves performance
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Has stability control system
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Has auxiliary audio input
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Very inexpensive
$49,605
2010 Dodge Viper SRT-10

8.8

Runner-up

Dodge Viper SRT-10

starting from

$95,931

Reasons to buy the Dodge Viper SRT-10

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Quite powerful
600 HP @ 6,100 RPM
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Better suspension
Independent
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Has a subwoofer
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Leather
Standard
Safety Features 10.0 vs 6.5
2012 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Winner: Mustang Shelby GT500
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  • The Mustang Shelby GT500's electronic stability control reduces the risk of skidding during cornering
  • The Mustang Shelby GT500 has 1 more airbag (including Side), 3 vs 2
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 8.8
2012 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Winner: Mustang Shelby GT500
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  • Conveniently adjust your seat with the Mustang Shelby GT500's power seats; not available on the Viper SRT-10
Cost 10.0 vs 9.4
2012 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Winner: Mustang Shelby GT500
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  • The best price we've seen is $46,326 cheaper (around 50% less), $49,605 vs $95,931
  • Gets around 20% more miles per gallon in the city, 15 mpg vs 13 mpg
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 9.8
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
  • Have your pick of music from around the world with the Mustang Shelby GT500's satellite radio
  • The Mustang Shelby GT500 has 1 more speaker, providing a better entertainment experience, 8 vs 7
Performance 10.0 vs 9.8
2012 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Winner: Mustang Shelby GT500
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  • The Mustang Shelby GT500's Supercharger forces more air into the engine, improving power output, Supercharger vs None
  • The Mustang Shelby GT500 needs around 10% less space to turn, 37.0 ft vs 40.5 ft
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
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Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • Both have power outlets
  • Very limited highway range
Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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Overall 10.0 vs 8.8

Safety Features

Ford
Mustang Shelby GT500
2012 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
2010 Dodge Viper SRT-10 Dodge
Viper SRT-10
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs No The Mustang Shelby GT500 has electronic stability control, but the Viper SRT-10 does not
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Airbags 3 vs 2 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 None

Luxury Features

Ford
Mustang Shelby GT500
2012 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
2010 Dodge Viper SRT-10 Dodge
Viper SRT-10
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Not Available Conveniently adjust your seat with the Mustang Shelby GT500's power seats; not available on the Viper SRT-10
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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 Viper SRT-10

Cost

Ford
Mustang Shelby GT500
2012 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
2010 Dodge Viper SRT-10 Dodge
Viper SRT-10
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MSRP $49,605 vs $95,931 The Mustang Shelby GT500 has a great price, but the Viper SRT-10 is very expensive
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In-city gas mileage 15 mpg vs 13 mpg The Mustang Shelby GT500 has OK city mileage, while the Viper SRT-10 is very inefficient
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 36,000 mile Shorter basic warranty
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 3 year Shorter-lasting basic warranty

Entertainment System

Ford
Mustang Shelby GT500
2012 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
2010 Dodge Viper SRT-10 Dodge
Viper SRT-10
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Number of speakers 8 vs 7 The Mustang Shelby GT500 has an OK number of speakers, while the Viper SRT-10 has very few
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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 Not Available Have your pick of music from around the world with the Mustang Shelby GT500's 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 Yes The Viper SRT-10 has a subwoofer to accurately produce deep bass frequencies in music
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Performance

Ford
Mustang Shelby GT500
2012 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
2010 Dodge Viper SRT-10 Dodge
Viper SRT-10
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Horsepower 550 HP @ 6,200 RPM vs 600 HP @ 6,100 RPM Very powerful
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 Average number of gears
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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 Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
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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 5.7 lb/hp Both provide sporty handling
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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 40.5 ft The Mustang Shelby GT500 is comparable to most other vehicles for turning, but the Viper SRT-10 is quite bad

Crash Test Ratings

Ford
Mustang Shelby GT500
2012 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
2010 Dodge Viper SRT-10 Dodge
Viper SRT-10
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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

Practicality

Ford
Mustang Shelby GT500
2012 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
2010 Dodge Viper SRT-10 Dodge
Viper SRT-10
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Passengers 4 vs 2 The Mustang Shelby GT500 has the usual number of seats, while the Viper SRT-10 has very few
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Highway driving range 368 miles vs 352 miles Very limited highway range
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Cargo space 13.4 ft3 vs 8.4 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 52.2 ft3 vs 48.5 ft3 The Mustang Shelby GT500 has average-sized front seats, while the Viper SRT-10 is very cramped
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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 Viper SRT-10
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Optional vs Optional Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
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Cupholders 2 vs Unknown
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Road Tests

Ford
Mustang Shelby GT500
2012 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
2010 Dodge Viper SRT-10 Dodge
Viper SRT-10
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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 Dodge Viper SRT-10 2012 Nissan GT-R Black Edition Viper SRT-10 vs GT-R Black Edition
2010 Dodge Viper SRT-10 2011 Dodge Challenger Viper SRT-10 vs Challenger
2010 Dodge Viper SRT-10 2011 Chevrolet Corvette Viper SRT-10 vs Corvette
2010 Dodge Viper SRT-10 2012 Audi R8 GT Viper SRT-10 vs R8 GT
2010 Dodge Viper SRT-10 2010 Ferrari 458 Italia Viper SRT-10 vs 458 Italia
2012 Ford Mustang GT 2011 Dodge Challenger R/T Mustang GT vs Challenger R/T
2012 Ford Mustang GT 2011 Dodge Charger R/T Mustang GT vs Charger R/T
2012 Ford Mustang GT 2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS Mustang GT vs Camaro SS
2012 Ford Mustang GT 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Limited Mustang GT vs Impreza WRX STI Limited
2012 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 2012 Nissan GT-R Black Edition Mustang Shelby GT500 vs GT-R Black Edition

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