Only a few manufacturers still offer non-forced induction V8 engines, and Ford and Lexus are notable examples. The Fast Lane Car organized a drag race between a Ford Mustang and a Lexus IS 500 to determine which had the more powerful and quicker V8-powered sports car.
The 2014 Ford Mustang GT, representing the end of an era for high-powered retro-classic Mustangs, packs a robust 420 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque from its V-8 engine. On the other hand, the Lexus IS 500 used in the race boasts a 5.0-liter naturally aspirated engine delivering 472 horsepower and 395 pound-feet of torque, paired with an eight-speed automatic gearbox.
While the Lexus has a slight power advantage, it’s also a bit heavier at 3,900lbs compared to the Mustang’s 3,600lbs. However, the automatic gearbox in the Lexus might make a huge difference in the race as compared to manual transmission found on the Mustang.
It’s a closely matched battle, and to find out the winner, you’ll need to watch the video to see which V8-powered sports car comes out on top.