Subaru BRZ vs Ford Mustang track test [Video]
On Motor Trends Head 2 Head, pro race driver Randy Pobst takes the 2013 Ford Mustang V-6 and the 2013 Subaru BRZ Limited out on Willow race track to see which car comes out on top with interesting results. Angus MacKenzie who hosts the program, first took both cars out on winding canyon roads to see how they perform. After carving up the corners, Angus hands the keys over to Pobst for some hot laps around the track.
Both the 2013 Subaru BRZ and the 2013 Ford Mustang are front engine rear-wheel-drive coupes, but that is where the similarities end. The first thing you notice is the large difference in horsepower and engine displacement. The Subaru BRZ has a 2.0-liter flat four engine that produces 200 horsepower. The Ford Mustang has a 3.7-liter V-6 engine with 305 horsepower under the hood. On paper it looks like it’s a no brainer which is the faster car. But that doesn’t always mean it’s the more entertaining car to drive. Let’s look at the rest of the differences before seeing what Angus MacKenzie and Randy Pobst think.
2013 Ford Mustang V-6 with the performance package
The 2013 Ford Mustang comes with the 3.7-liter V-6 engine and included the $1,995 performance package. The V-6 performance package included the 6-speed manual transmission, strut-tower brace, larger front sway bar and SVT rear sway bar, unique front springs, front and rear calipers with performance friction pads,19" aluminum wheels with performance 255/40R19 tires, stability control calibration, and a 3.31 rear-axle. As tested, the the sticker price of the V-6 Mustang was $30,830.
In independent testing, the 2013 Ford Mustang V-6 with the perfromance package went from 0- 60 mph in just 5.3 seconds and passed through the 1/4 mile in 13.9 seconds at 100 mph. The Ford Mustang has a solid rear axle and many driving enthusiasts would like to see the Mustang get an independent rear setup.
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