2012 Ford
Mustang Shelby GT500
vs. 2012 Nissan
GT-R Black Edition

2012 Nissan GT-R Black Edition

9.8

starting from

$96,100

Reasons to buy the Nissan GT-R Black Edition

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Better suspension
Independent
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Great cornering ability
1.05 g
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Blazingly fast top speed
193 mph
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Better drivetrain traction
all-wheel drive
2012 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

9.4

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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Quite expensive
$49,605
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Folding rear seats
Standard
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Very cramped back seats
30.9 ft3
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Average cargo space
13.4 ft3
Road Tests 10.0 vs 8.8
2012 Nissan GT-R Black Edition Winner: GT-R Black Edition
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  • The GT-R Black Edition can change direction around 20% faster, 1.05 g vs 0.88 g
  • The GT-R Black Edition can go more than 20% faster than the Mustang Shelby GT500, 193 mph vs 155 mph
  • More than 10% faster in the 1/4 mile, 11.2 s s @ 122.7 mph mph vs 13.0 s s @ 112.0 mph mph
Cost 8.9 vs 10.0
2012 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Winner: Mustang Shelby GT500
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  • The best price we've seen is $46,495 cheaper (around 50% less), $49,605 vs $96,100
Performance 10.0 vs 9.3
2012 Nissan GT-R Black Edition Winner: GT-R Black Edition
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  • Almost the same
  • The GT-R Black Edition's Semi-automatic transmission offers the best driving experience, Semi-automatic transmission vs Manual transmission
  • All-wheel drive provides better traction off-road and in poor weather, all-wheel drive vs rear-wheel drive
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 9.4
2012 Nissan GT-R Black Edition Winner: GT-R Black Edition
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  • The GT-R Black Edition's stereo compensates for road noise as you speed up
  • The GT-R Black Edition has 3 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 11 vs 8
Safety Features 10.0 vs 9.5
2012 Nissan GT-R Black Edition Winner: GT-R Black Edition
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  • The GT-R Black Edition has 1 more airbag (including Head / Curtain), 4 vs 3
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 9.6
2012 Nissan GT-R Black Edition Winner: GT-R Black Edition
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  • Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the GT-R Black Edition
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
Missing information
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Practicality - vs 10.0
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  • The {better}'s standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again; optional upgrade required on the {worse}
  • Few seats
Overall 9.8 vs 9.4

Road Tests

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GT-R Black Edition
2012 Nissan GT-R Black Edition
2012 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Ford
Mustang Shelby GT500
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0-60 mph 2.9 seconds vs 4.7 seconds The GT-R Black Edition has lightning fast acceleration, and the Mustang Shelby GT500 isn't bad, either
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Braking distance at 60mph 101 ft vs 104 ft Both cars have extraordinary braking abilities
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1/4 mile 11.2 s s @ 122.7 mph mph vs 13.0 s s @ 112.0 mph mph Both posted blazingly fast 1/4 mile times
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Lateral acceleration 1.05 g vs 0.88 g The GT-R Black Edition has phenomenal cornering abilities, and the Mustang Shelby GT500 is not bad, either
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Top speed 193 mph vs 155 mph The GT-R Black Edition can hit an extraordinarily high top speed, and the Mustang Shelby GT500 is pretty good, too

Cost

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GT-R Black Edition
2012 Nissan GT-R Black Edition
2012 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Ford
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MSRP $96,100 vs $49,605 Very expensive
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In-city gas mileage 16 mpg vs 15 mpg Very inefficient in the city
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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

Performance

Nissan
GT-R Black Edition
2012 Nissan GT-R Black Edition
2012 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Ford
Mustang Shelby GT500
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Horsepower 530 HP @ 6,400 RPM vs 550 HP @ 6,200 RPM Very powerful
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Manual transmission Both the GT-R Black Edition's semi-automatic transmission and the Mustang Shelby GT500's Manual transmission are unusual transmissions for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Standard vs Not Available The GT-R Black Edition comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the Mustang Shelby GT500
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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 7.2 lb/hp vs 6.9 lb/hp Both cars are very sporty
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs rear-wheel drive The GT-R Black Edition has a good drivetrain for driving off-road or in poor weather
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 36.6 ft vs 37.0 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Entertainment System

Nissan
GT-R Black Edition
2012 Nissan GT-R Black Edition
2012 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Ford
Mustang Shelby GT500
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Number of speakers 11 vs 8 The GT-R Black Edition has more speakers and the Mustang Shelby GT500 is OK, too
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs No The GT-R Black Edition's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the Mustang Shelby GT500 does not
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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 Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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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

Safety Features

Nissan
GT-R Black Edition
2012 Nissan GT-R Black Edition
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 Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 4 vs 3 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

Nissan
GT-R Black Edition
2012 Nissan GT-R Black Edition
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 GT-R Black Edition

Crash Test Ratings

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GT-R Black Edition
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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

Practicality

Nissan
GT-R Black Edition
2012 Nissan GT-R Black Edition
2012 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Ford
Mustang Shelby GT500
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Passengers 4 vs 4 Few seats
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Highway driving range Unknown vs 368 miles
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Cargo space 8.8 ft3 vs 13.4 ft3 The Mustang Shelby GT500 has OK cargo room, while the GT-R Black Edition has very little
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front seats 53.4 ft3 vs 52.2 ft3 Both average size front seats
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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 GT-R Black Edition
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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 Standard vs Optional The {better}'s standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again; optional upgrade required on the {worse}
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Cupholders 3 vs 2 The GT-R Black Edition has an OK number of cupholders while the Mustang Shelby GT500 has very few
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

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2012 Nissan GT-R Black Edition 2010 Ferrari 458 Italia GT-R Black Edition vs 458 Italia
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2012 Nissan GT-R Black Edition 2011 Lamborghini Gallardo LP 550-2 Bicolore GT-R Black Edition vs Gallardo LP 550-2 Bicolore
2012 Nissan GT-R Black Edition 2011 Dodge Challenger R/T GT-R Black Edition vs Challenger R/T

Comments Which car would you recommend, and why?

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firebase (5:23 PM, August 30, 2013)
And would still get smacked around so badly by the GTR. Not that the 500 is a bad car, quite the contrary, its the GTR defies physics.
 
CarGuy (8:55 PM, February 24, 2013)
Need To UpDate Shelby GT500 Because 2013 Has 662 Hp 0-60 IN 3.5 SEC 1/4 MILE 11.6 AT 125