When Ford announced that their new 3.7 liter V6 engine would make 305 horsepower, everybody was pleasantly surprised. After enduring 17 years of the humdrum 4.0 liter V6 (with just 210 horsepower and 240 ft-lbs of torque) the base Mustang finally had an engine drivers could be proud of. It even made more horsepower than many previous generation V8’s.

Need proof? Check out this YouTube video of a Mustang V6 taking on a 2003 and 1993 Mustang GT at Dorchester Dragway. Just for fun, there is a Nissan Murano thrown in the mix.

We will say at first we were a bit skeptical of this video. The often-overused Drowning Pool anthem “Bodies” drowns out any engine sounds, so it isn’t possible to confirm these are in fact V8 cars. That said, we’re pretty sure we saw dual tailpipes on the first car in the Video, the 2003 Mustang GT. Unmodified, the 2003 GT makes 260 horsepower and 302 ft-lbs of torque. While it out-torques the 2011, the V6 reels the GT in towards the end of the race.

Next up, a Nissan Murano! It never stood a chance with a 4,100 pound curb weight and just 230 horsepower, but hey, nice effort.

The final race was against the 1993 Mustang GT. This was the pinnacle of the Fox-body 5.0; the last year, when everything was just right. While the ’93 GT has less horsepower (205) and less torque (275 ft-lbs), it is also lighter (2,834 pounds versus 3,410 pounds. So we’re surprised how slow the Mustang 5.0 looked next to the V6, which had consistent runs in the 9.3 second range (this was an 1/8th mile track). If you’re still on the fence about an older Mustang GT, or a 2011 V6, maybe this video will help make up your mind.

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