Now re-run that race from a 2nd gear roll, which represents 99.9% of races. Or better yet from the apex of a corner out. The blown 3v car will SMASH the 5.0 with a CAI and exhaust. I have a 2012 5.0. Yeah, it’s pretty fast. But the “second coming” it is not. And most people do not take into account that the 5.0’s MT-82 transmission is geared super short. Fifth gear in the 5.0 is the same as fourth in the 3v. Driving the 5.0 is like a 3v with at least 4.10’s, if not 4.30’s. This is a major ingredient in why the 5.0 has such good 1/4mi times. And the taller the tire used (drag tires) the better that short gearing works. Gearing is HUGE at the strip. In “real life” gearing doesn’t make as much of a difference. The downside to the 5.0’s super short gear spacing is that it’s not ideal for going around corners. I went for a hard back road drive in the 5.0 last Saturday and found myself running out of gear mid corner a lot more than I would have liked. Keeping the car balanced on the edge of adhesion mid corner is hard enough without adding a shift to the mix. I have a friend with a 430hp GT500 that runs 9.90’s. I have another friend who has a 780hp GT500 that runs 10.80’s. Guess which one is a LOT more fun to drive on the street (and simply a better street car)? 1/4mi times are only part of the story. And a very small part if you aren’t going to the strip all the time. Now for the original question. It pretty much comes down to math. How much can the 3v be sold for? How much to buy a 5.0? What’s the difference? My guess is about $15,000+ How much stuff can you buy for the 3v with the “difference”? If it’s $15,000 you can buy a WHOLE BUNCH OF STUFF! What would make you happier? A 5.0 or a 3v with a whole bunch of stuff? Go for a ride or if you can swing it drive a 5.0 and a 450hp PD blown 3v. The choice will be an easy one.
I love my '07 GT. I love it. That being said, the 2011 is much better platform for mods down the road. I have put this clip on another thread here before, but just so you know what you're seeing.
The person filming this was acutally filming the Evolution Performance car that I'm racing during a qualifying round. It was the first 2011 on the NMRA circuit that year. He was running; same driveshaft, same shocks/ struts and he had a bigs and skinnies setup that I was not running yet. I was running ET Streets on the rear, though. The only mod under the hood of the 2011 was a CAI and tune.
You can look at my sig and see my mods. I am faster now, but I beat him 11.63 to 11.65 on this pass.