Contrarian minds would love to see a Detroit pony car like the Ford Mustang blow the doors off a highly sophisticated, German-engineered Porsche 911. It seems far-fetched considering both are performance cars and one is tens of thousands of dollars more than the other. But for 2018, a 911 taking a straight-line spanking from a Mustang GT might be a thing. Ford says the 2018 Ford Mustang GT can accelerate to 60 mph in less than 4 seconds, which is faster than a Porsche 911 Carrera’s 4.4 seconds.
Ford’s assertions might not be as kooky as they sound: We backed up the brand’s zero-to-60-mph claim during our acceleration testing of the 2018 Mustang GT.
And by “backed up,” we mean by the narrowest of margins. Like, “hair-of-my-chinny-chin-chin” less-than-4 seconds. The high-horsepower V8 2018 Ford Mustang GT test car accelerated from zero-to-60 mph in 3.9 seconds (using a Racelogic Vbox II GPS data logger) — and not just 3.9 seconds, but 3.99 seconds. In our testing history, that puts the 2018 Mustang GT on par with the 2015 BMW M4’s 3.9 seconds to 60 mph (nice company to be in with that as-tested M4 at $86,200) and many ticks faster than the last Mustang GT that wore our test gear, a 2016 with a manual transmission that did the deed in 4.7 seconds — and was a pain to get there.
Perhaps most impressive is just how easy it was to coax the fastest times out of the 2018 Mustang, including an 11.9-second quarter-mile, which is seriously quick and a tenth of a second quicker than the aforementioned BMW M4.