Mustang GT struggles to catch up even a basic Tesla Model 3 SR+ in a random street race challenge
Random street race challenges are fun when done safely, this time a confident Ford Mustang GT owner thought of challenging a Tesla Model 3 owner for a straight-line run, the result was embarrassing for the internal combustion engine (ICE) car.
The Mustang GT took two attempts on the Tesla Model 3 and lost both times, interestingly the Model 3 variant that was involved in this challenge was the base variant i.e. Standard Range Plus — looking at the video for the first time I thought it was a Model 3 Performance.
Although on paper (specs comparison below), the Ford Mustang GT Coupe seems more powerful and has a better 0-60 mph time but still the Tesla won on both tries.
Price-wise both cars are comparable and in a segment, however, the Tesla Model 3 is a 4-door compact sedan vs. the GT being a 2-door coupe — the other major difference? CO 2 Emissions! the Mustang GT emits an estimated 9.8 tons of CO 2 / year per car, that’s freaking horrible.
Now losing on the performance side as well, Ford was right in making a huge investment in the EV startup ‘Rivian Automotive’, that might save the day for them.
Tesla Model 3 SR+ vs. Ford Mustang GT specs summary
|Options / Features||Model 3 Standard Range Plus||Mustang GT Coupe|
|Starting price (MSRP)||$39,490||$40,450|
|Drivetrain||Rear Wheel Drive (RWD)||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Power||283 hp (211 kW)||460 bhp (343 kW)|
|Torque||TBA (Instant)||420 lb-ft|
|Curb Weight||1,645 kg (3,627 lbs)||1,680.5 kg (3,705 lbs)|
|0-60 mph||5.3 secs||4.2 secs (source: Motor Trend)|
|Top Speed||140 mph (225 km/h)||155 mph (249 km/h)|
|Transmission||Single-speed||6-speed manual transmission|
|CO 2 Emissions (tons/year)||Zero||9.8 (Est)|
SR+ Model 3— T3SLA Life of Deeenchik (@dollarn9ne) November 6, 2019
Recently a Model 3 owner converted an ICE owner in a similar street race, the Toyota Camry owner stopped by after the race finished and asked for what Tesla model was the car, the Tesla owner proudly told him it was a Model 3 and starts as low as $35k.
So many people do not move to Tesla because of them being treehuggers but because electric vehicles and especially Teslas provide a new level of driving performance and pleasure.
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