2012 Ford
Mustang Shelby GT500
vs. 2012 McLaren
MP4-12C

2012 McLaren MP4-12C

10.0

starting from

$231,400

Reasons to buy the McLaren MP4-12C

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Blazingly fast top speed
205 mph
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Blindingly fast 1/4 mile time
10.9 s @ 135 mph
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Lightning fast 0-60 time
3.3 seconds
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Quite powerful
592 HP @ 7,000 RPM
2012 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

9.6

starting from

$49,605
"A street-legal racer that’s just looking for some action."
mustangs.about.com | talking about the Mustang's engine
"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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CD player
Standard
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Very inexpensive
$49,605
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Power locks
Standard
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Folding rear seats
Standard
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 9.6
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  • Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the MP4-12C
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  • Very powerful
  • Both have an air compressor, quite rare for this class of vehicle
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  • Both have power outlets
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  • Neither offers an entertainment system
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  • The MP4-12C 's 1/4 mile time is blazingly fast, and the Mustang Shelby GT500 is pretty good, too
  • The MP4-12C has lightning fast acceleration, and the Mustang Shelby GT500 isn't bad, either
  • The MP4-12C has extraordinary brakes, and the Mustang Shelby GT500 is pretty good, too
Overall 10.0 vs 9.6

Luxury Features

McLaren
MP4-12C
2012 McLaren MP4-12C
2012 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Ford
Mustang Shelby GT500
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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 Standard vs Optional Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the MP4-12C

Crash Test Ratings

McLaren
MP4-12C
2012 McLaren MP4-12C
2012 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Ford
Mustang Shelby GT500
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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

Cost

McLaren
MP4-12C
2012 McLaren MP4-12C
2012 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Ford
Mustang Shelby GT500
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MSRP $231,400 vs $49,605 The Mustang Shelby GT500 has a reasonable price, while the MP4-12C is very expensive
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In-city gas mileage Unknown vs 15 mpg
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basic warranty miles 50,000 mile vs 36,000 mile The MP4-12C 's %s warranty covers lots of miles, but the Mustang Shelby GT500's doesn't cover many
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basic warranty years 4 year vs 3 year The MP4-12C 's basic warranty is long lasting, but the Mustang Shelby GT500's is very short

Safety Features

McLaren
MP4-12C
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2012 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Ford
Mustang Shelby GT500
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Unknown vs Yes
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Airbags 4 vs 3 The MP4-12C has an OK number of airbags while the Mustang Shelby GT500 has very few (missing Head / Curtain, Knee)
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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

Performance

McLaren
MP4-12C
2012 McLaren MP4-12C
2012 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Ford
Mustang Shelby GT500
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Horsepower 592 HP @ 7,000 RPM vs 550 HP @ 6,200 RPM Very powerful
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Number of gears 7 vs 6 The MP4-12C has an extraordinary amount of gears, and the Mustang Shelby GT500 is OK, too
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Manual transmission The MP4-12C 's automatic transmission is convenient for stop-and-go traffic
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paddle shifters Unknown vs Not Available
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Air compressor Twin turbocharger vs Supercharger Both have an air compressor, quite rare for this class of vehicle
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Power-to-weight ratio Unknown vs 6.9 lb/hp
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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 Unknown vs 37.0 ft

Practicality

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MP4-12C
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2012 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Ford
Mustang Shelby GT500
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Passengers 2 vs 4 The Mustang Shelby GT500 has the usual number of seats, while the MP4-12C has very few
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Highway driving range Unknown vs 368 miles
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Cargo space Unknown vs 13.4 ft3
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front seats Unknown vs 52.2 ft3
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folding rear seats Not Available vs Standard The Mustang Shelby GT500's standard folding rear seat will get you extra cargo room; not available on the MP4-12C
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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 Unknown vs 2
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

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MP4-12C
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2012 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Ford
Mustang Shelby GT500
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Number of speakers Unknown vs 8
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Has speed sensitive volume Unknown vs No
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CD player Not Available vs Standard Rock on in the Mustang Shelby GT500; but prepare to settle for the local radio station in the MP4-12C
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premium radio Not Available vs Standard 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 Unknown vs Yes
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Has subwoofer Unknown vs No
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Road Tests

McLaren
MP4-12C
2012 McLaren MP4-12C
2012 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Ford
Mustang Shelby GT500
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0-60 mph 3.3 seconds vs 4.7 seconds The MP4-12C has lightning fast acceleration, and the Mustang Shelby GT500 isn't bad, either
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Braking distance at 60mph 100 ft vs 104 ft The MP4-12C has extraordinary brakes, and the Mustang Shelby GT500 is pretty good, too
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1/4 mile 10.9 s @ 135 mph vs 13.0 s @ 112 mph The MP4-12C 's 1/4 mile time is blazingly fast, and the Mustang Shelby GT500 is pretty good, too
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs 0.88 g
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Top speed 205 mph vs 155 mph The MP4-12C can hit an extraordinarily high top speed, but the Mustang Shelby GT500 is just OK

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