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Makes sense, though. The car is 530 lbs lighter than my 4001 lb R/T, and the tires are huge and must stick like flypaper off the lines - 255-40-19. And you know they are sticky tires though, because the car pulls nearly a full G in average cornering force. And it has almost as much horsepower in V-6 form as the standard V-8 GT.
The R/T is hands down faster above 60 mph, where traction is no longer a consideration, air-drag becomes predominant over curb weight in determining acceleration, and raw horsepower is king.
My car does 70 to 100 mph in 5.7 seconds, vs 6.4 for the V-6 'Stang, and 4.2 seconds vs 4.6 seconds 80-100 mph. Or, the R/T is 11% faster in acceleration from 70 to 100 mph.
It also looks to me like the V-6 starts to run out of acceleration at 100 mph. 0-100 mph takes 13.1 seconds. However, the trap speed at the quarter after 13.7 seconds is 102 mph. It took the car 0.6 seconds then to accelerate from 100 to 102 mph. I think above 100 mph you'd really start to see the R/T dominate the V-6 Mustang. Of course, ONLY on a racetrack - of course.
However, the V-8 will probably destroy the R-T, and the SRT8 - wasn't there a leaked dyno test of the V-8 pulling over 410 wheel horsepower? That's 50-60 more wheel horsepower than an SRT8, and the car will likely be 400-500 lbs lighter than an SRT8.