Street Race: Ford Mustang GT vs. Tesla Model 3 SR+

There's been plenty of publicity surrounding the Mach-E, Ford's new electric car under the company's highly acclaimed Mustang line. Many are wondering how it will fare against the Tesla Model Y (and 3) — especially on real world city streets.

Above: Tesla Model 3 SR+ takes on the Ford Mustang GT (Source: Tesla Inc. / Ford Motor Company)

Interestingly, a small clue may have just surfaced. Recently, the owner of a Ford Mustang GT was confident enough to challenge a Tesla Model 3 owner in a straight-line run. However, the end result of this particular street race didn't turn out so well for the Mustang owner.

Above: Ford Mustang GT in the side-view mirror/camera of the Tesla Model 3 (Image/Screenshot: T3SLA Life of Deeenchik via Iqtidar Ali)

It turns out the Mustang GT braved two attempts versus the Model 3 and lost both times. In addition, the Model 3 involved in this street race was actually the Standard Range Plus (SR+) base variant. On paper, see specs comparison below, the Ford Mustang GT Coupe appears more powerful and has a better 0-60 mph time — nevertheless the base Model 3 won on both tries.

Above: Ford Mustang GT vs. Tesla Model 3 SR+ performance specs comparison table (Source: Tesla Inc. / Ford Motor Company via X Auto)

In terms of price, both cars are comparable. However, the Tesla Model 3 is a 4-door compact sedan and the Mustang GT is a 2-door coupe. The other major difference? Well... check out the co2 emissions spewing out of the Ford's tailpipe. The Mustang GT emits an estimated 9.8 tons of co2 / year per car, yikes!

Video: Ford Mustang GT vs. Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus street legal race (Source: T3SLA Life of Deeenchik via Iqtidar Ali

To be fair, you can't extrapolate the Mustang GT's performance in this street race with what's coming via the new Mach-E. You can bet it'll boast plenty of torque too. And the Mach-E, being all-electric, has no tailpipe at all. To that end, Ford's move into the EV space is better for the planet. And it probably won't hurt in street races either.


Written by: Iqtidar Ali. An earlier version of this article was originally published on X Auto.