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This is a discussion on mustang gt's within the Comparison: WRX vs World forums, part of the Community - Meet other Enthusiasts category; What a lot of mustang drivers dont know is that you have to launch these things(2000+ mustangs) pretty high. I ...

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    What a lot of mustang drivers dont know is that you have to launch these things(2000+ mustangs) pretty high. I didn't know myself untill an article in muscle mustangs and fast fords. They had a 2000 mustang and could not get anything lower than 14.1XX. After playing with launch rpms they settled with 4000 rpm and feathering clutch(ouch!). They were able to run a 13.8XXX on stock mustang gt. Since then I have been lauching anywhere from 3500 to 4500 rpm. Big diff. and I only blew my clutch up once in a year(these thing need aftermarket clutches as soon as you buy one,if you race) I now consistently get the jump on camaros and hold them of for about 1/8 mile, from there it's all camaro tail lights(damn ls1). But launching like this I can stay within 1/2 car lenght of my "buddies" wrx> although he is far from the best driver, dude is scared of his own car.
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    The question depends a lot on the year of the Mustang GT. A stock WRX will cream any stock Fox-body Mustang GT right up to 1998. "Lightly modded" leaves a lot of wiggle room with the 5.0s since they could be made pretty damn fast without a whole lot of work.

    If we're talking 99+ and manual trannys, like many folks say, it's a driver's race; though if the Mustang driver knows how to get consistently good launches, he'll post consistently lower ET's, esp. at a treated track. "Lightly modded" should probably put him out of your reach unless he spins his tires all day at the launch.
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    Well here's something I actually know about...I've raced tons of Mustangs in my WRX since I have 3 of them and that's what all my friends have. Keep in mind my WRX is bone stock.
    '89 5.0 GT 5 spd. very minor mods: Raced up to 100 mph, beat it

    My '90 5.0 LX (3.73 gears, full exhaust, auto w/ shift kit, cold air, etc) with my girl friend driving it: Beat it off the line but by 100 mph it was dead even

    My '00 GT with my best friend driving(5 spd. K&N, x-pipe, flowmasters, short shifter, every suspension mod known to man): Beat it off the line but by 60mph he had passed me & kept going

    My '66 fastback (i dropped in a 5.0 and converted it back to carburation but its still slow) contest, WRX was all over it

    My friends '96 cobra (stock except for 4.11's)...same with the '00, beat him off the line but he passed me pretty good by 60mph

    Some guy in a '95 GT 5 spd...probably stock except for flowmasters....beat it by a car length at 100 mph

    And just for good measure, my WRX vs. my best friends WS6 trans am (his back tires are 315's)...this was embarrasing, I got my a$$ handed to me left and right

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