Surely a full-blown V8-powered muscle car such as the Ford Mustang would have no trouble beating a stock front-wheel drive hot hatch like the old Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR in a quarter-mile drag race, right?
Normally, that would a predictable outcome, especially since the Mustang’s 5.0-liter mill was tuned by RTR and boasts 625 hp (634 PS / 466 kW) and 595 lb-ft (807 Nm) of torque, according to South Africa’s CarMag.
Meanwhile, the German hatchback uses the stock 286 HP (290 PS / 213 kW) and 280 lb-ft (380 Nm) turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Hooked up to a seven-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission, it helps the car do the 0 to 62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 5.6 seconds, with a 155 mph (250 km/h) top speed, or 162 mph (260 km/h) as an option.
However, having a huge amount of thrust available via the right pedal is one thing, and laying it down properly is a completely different story, as the pony car’s driver found out. As a result, it was closer than anyone would have thought, as the two vehicles stayed neck-and-neck for longer than we would have anticipated.
Still, since there could only be one winner at the end of the quarter-mile sprint, and one of them completed the run 1 second quicker than the other, at 13.46 seconds. Think you can guess the winner?