2018 Ford Mustang GT Matches Lexus LFA In Quarter Mile

When Ford revealed the figures behind the 2018 Mustang GT, we were shocked to the say the least.

The automaker claimed the pony car, thanks to its 460-horsepower 5.0-liter V8 engine and new 10-speed automatic transmission, is capable of a sub-four-second zero to 60 mph time. That, as Ford was quick to point out, made the new Mustang with the GT Performance Package quicker than a Porsche 911 Carrera.

Ford, though, never provided an official quarter-mile time for the car.

Hot Rod (via Road & Track) got their hands on a 2018 Mustang GT and decided to do some instrument testing at a drag strip in Florida. Without beating around the bush, the outlet managed to clock a time of 11.83 seconds at 119.51 mph. We don’t have to tell you that’s quick, but we will – that’s a quick time.

It’s important to point out that Hot Rod also tested a fully-loaded model with every option box ticked, so it wasn’t some stripped out featherweight. And the outlet didn’t tune the Mustang GT or manipulate it in any way. All Hot Rod did was change the tire pressures – 26 psi for the rears and 45 psi for the fronts – and launched the car at 2,000 rpm using the car’s drag mode.

To put that into perspective, Car and Driver clocked the 2012 Lexus LFA with a quarter mile time of 11.8 seconds at 124 mph. So, the new Mustang with the GT Performance Package is as quick as a bona fide supercar, which is just mind boggling. If the Mustang GT is this quick, we can’t wait to see what the upcoming GT500 that’s rumored to have a supercharged 5.2-liter V8 engine is capable of on a drag strip.

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  • ediotsavant

    Who write these dumb articles?

    • Enter Ranting

      Joel V. Patel. Says so right under the headline.

    • SteersUright



    So? And? How does it stack up to the Camaro SS or the 1LE for that matter?

    • LJ

      It’s faster.

      • LWOAP

        In a straight line or around a track?

        • LJ

          At least in a straight line. Haven’t seen any track tests.

          • chuck2
          • LJ

            Not sure what you’re point is with this street racing video, but even here, with a rolling start and without professional drivers or test equipment, the Mustang was pulling away.

          • chuck2

            >a rolling start and without professional drivers or test equipment,

            Ah, unless YOU got them, then you still are just offering an opinion/.
            Even if they were present that doesnt make it legit and this not. Its call empirical data and until there are more EXAMPLES this is all there is.. 1/4 mile times can easily be .2 one way or the other. Unless you are talking CORRECTED numbers then that is the only way to make any conclusive determinations.

            And no, the comments from the drivers basically say its within 1 car.

      • Vanquish

        according to what track or comparison test, the Camaro weighs less and has more torque the only real benefit the Mustang has over the SS is that it has 2 extra gears in the GT vs SS in the automatic….which the Camaro SS will have as well soon so saying its faster in a straight line is a HUGE assumption lol

        • Holmer_k

          I’ve never been a fan of Mustang but there is one thing not mentioned that the Mustang does better. You can actually see out of it. lol

          • Vanquish

            You can see out of a Camaro and Challenger as well really any car on the road…js….kind of like saying the Mustang is better because its more like a fusion coupe in style and visibility than an exotic sports coupe lol

          • rodriguez256

            It’s the amount of visibility you have in the Mustang compared to the Camaro is what he’s referring to. Many people are quick to point of the lousy visibility the cameo has. So while yes you can see out of it, it’s really rather poor. The Mustang has it beat in that aspect for sure.

          • Vanquish

            that was obvious hence my response, alot of sports cars, sedans and crossovers have less than perfect visibility and the mustang is really only marginally better in that regard its just the Camaro was designed with style over visibility which doesnt quite make sense but the same can be said for alot of exotics, and crossovers………sooo…

          • Six Thousand Times

            No, in comparison, the Mustang is quite a lot better. The Camaro is really deficient in this area. It was like trying to drive with a hat pulled over my face.

          • Six Thousand Times

            Definitely. I really wanted to want the Camaro. The visibility was actually remarkably poor.

          • Bob White

            That’s false.

          • Bo Hanan

            The SS I drove felt like a coffin, including its almost lying down like driving position.

          • Holmer_k

            I didn’t mind the driving position so much. But for the first time in my life I actually like the stang more than the Camero. I have friends with each now and haven’t been in either in years until recently when they got theirs so that kind of shocked me. I was a Camero fan from way back.

          • SteersUright

            Nailed it. Was SO excited after reading what an SS 1LE could do, essentially outperform an M4 and for so much less coin. Ran to the dealership and sat inside and instantly was like, wtf, who can take this car seriously?!

        • LJ

          The Camaro SS runs a quarter mile in the low 12’s according to most professional automobile publications that have run performance tests. I’m not assuming anything.

    • Six Thousand Times

      Probably competitive with the SS but the 1LE might be better tackled by the GT350.

      • SteersUright

        The 1LE comparison is pointless until the Perf Pkg 2 comes out. The GT is poised to take on the regular SS and clearly, it outmuscles it in a straight line. What it has not done and likely will not do, is take on any Camaro on the track. The Mustang simply doesn’t have the chassis. Even in GT350 guise, its absolutely massive and only the “R” model ($70k+) received all the handling accolades with nearly all noting it still felt about 110% scale for a true sports car. That said, dying to see what Perf Pkg 2 brings to the table as thats one hell of a V8 Ford is putting in the their Mustang’s today.

        • Six Thousand Times

          Weights are actually pretty close though the Mustang is longer. I’m guessing you’re right the Camaro is still track champion. On twisty roads it will lower your confidence though as it’s hard to see where you’re going.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Damn, that’s actually a really flattering photo of this new Mustang.

    • Tumbi Mtika

      “To put that into perspective, Car and Driver clocked the 2012 Lexus LFA with a quarter mile time of 11.8 seconds at 124 mph. So, the new Mustang with the GT Performance Package is as quick as a bona fide supercar”

      That was released FIVE YEARS AGO.

      • Bo Hanan

        Yeah, but the LFA had 90HP more and was 300+ lbs lighter. I agree this is very impressive. Ford done well.

        • Vanquish

          yeah and thats also makes it faster than the GT350…..by a few tenths of a second so sounds like hoopla to me

      • GT

        Are stop watches are calibrated differently now?

      • chuck2

        And it also wasn’t a drag strip time -which can be any where from .1 to .2 faster than a corrected time run in BOTH directions and standardized

    • SteersUright

      Despite its XL size, I think the current Mustang is absolutely gorgeous from some of the rear quarter angles. It almost looks like an exotic to me at times. The front…meh…they still haven’t figured out the headlight and the new bumper is just a mess.

  • Paul Webster

    Wow. Cost me thousands to get my SN95 in the 11’s and it handled poorly.

    • SteersUright

      The dear price of technological progress. Wanna know what those $1300 iPhone X’s are going to seem like in just 5 years?

      • Paul Webster

        Thinking of going flip phone. The money I save may get me into the 10s’ and/or give me some semblance of handling. Having the latest toyz is not a priority.

  • I’d still pick the LFA

    • Six Thousand Times

      Bring plenty of money.

  • It’s impressive on how car development has evolved to a point where middle model is faster than a supercar.

    • LJ

      No doubt. We are living in the golden age of performance.

    • SteersUright

      In a straight line you can make an office desk faster than an exotic with the right engine. Still, thats one hell of monster motor we’re getting in the new GT. In fact, muscle cars in general are offering the (relatively speaking) regular Joe some stunning motors these days.

      • It’s not about the fastest thing, is about how much speed and horsepower a car can offer, In 1960s this kind of stats are reserved for race car and expensive supercar. And now you can get one with relatively good price.

        • SteersUright

          I agree and I think we both appreciate the same thing about the Mustang and Camaro. I was just responding to when you said: “It’s impressive on how car development has evolved to a point where middle model is faster than a supercar.” The Mustang GT is better than ever and one of the auto industry’s gifts to enthusiasts. But faster than a supercar? Not on anything but perhaps a straight line. Most exotics are about delivering a much more complete package. Not just fast, but sound spectacular, look stunning, and can carve up a race track with aplomb. While Mustangs are certainly finally learning a few square-dance moves, real exotics can dance circles around it.

          • I think I need to be clear, I mean Supercar and even to some extent, race car of some era. Like Jaguar D-Type.

  • Nick099

    By any measure that’s quick and the Mustang is a real looker in the metal.
    Gotta give Ford credit for doing a great job.

  • Six Thousand Times

    And it’s probably pretty close around a road course, too.

  • john1168

    VERY impressive. But ultimately not suprising. I remember when 0-60 in the 5 second range was once supercar territory (today it’s almost commonplace) and the Porsche 959 was the King of the Hill at one point with 0-60 in 3.6 sec and a 1/4 mile in 12.4 @120 mph.

    • Vanquish

      makes you wonder if it will ever stop when family sedans like the Accord and Camry are hitting less 6 seconds to 60

  • Bash

    Impressive, yet its still light years behind the quality level of the LFA.

    • Bo Hanan

      Value! Look what the LFA competed with and then look at the Mustang. More with less.

      • SteersUright

        When the Mustang matches/beats an LFA’s straight line time thats one thing. When a Mustang matches its Nurburgring time you’ll find me at Ford dealer tomorrow.

  • Kagan

    More interested in side g-forces and laptimes!

    • Six Thousand Times

      But nothing like the price.

  • Craig

    Very impressive indeed.

  • nauticalone

    Great job here Ford! Hopefully Ford will soon offer matching performance rear brake calipers (2 piston) and a at least a second option wheel design on performance pack cars (such as pictured above or a nice 5 star design). I would have liked the magnetic suspension available as a stand alone option too. Otherwise very impressive!

  • Emoto

    What is the price tag on these Mustangs? The Camaro SS does very low 12s, the Camaro ZL1 does 3.5 to 60, and 11.4 in the 1/4…

  • getoffme

    And? So? You are comparing this one to something that came out 8 years ago…Plus nobody will be looking at the Mustang when the LFA is around the corner revving its V10.

  • SteersUright

    Aaaaaaaaand then the first corner showed up… Seriously, I know the Mustang is better than ever, but an LFA comparison? Shoulda flagged this article for the digital trash heap.

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