With a supercharged 5.2L V8 developing a whopping 760 horsepower and 625 pound-feet of torque, the 2020 Shelby Mustang GT500 is, without question, one of the meanest muscle cars that Detroit has ever produced. But while the latest Mustang GT500 ranks among the most powerful American cars ever built, it still has quite a bit of weight to lug around compared to smaller, less powerful supercars and sports cars.
Take the 2020 Corvette C8, for example. While the eight-generation Corvette produces 495 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque from its 6.2L LT2 V8, its relatively low curb weight, aerodynamic efficiency and advanced electronics should, in theory, allow it to punch well above its weight class.
Hennessey Performance Engineering decided to put this hypothesis to the test by pitting a factory-fresh 2020 Corvette C8 against a bone-stock 2020 Ford Mustang GT500 in a drag race. The Texas-based tuning shop raced the two against each other both from a dig and a roll, allowing them to demonstrate the superior traction of the Corvette and impressive power of the Mustang GT500.
The Mustang may have the advantage in this race due to its massive amount of power, but we think General Motors fans will be proud that the tamest Corvette C8 model can hang with the most powerful Ford ever built. Remember, GM is still working on the performance-focused Z06 and ZR1 model variants for the Corvette C8, so there’s still lots to come from this new mid-engine Corvette platform.
For now, see how the 2020 Corvette C8 fared against the 2020 Mustang GT500 in the video embedded below.