Lexus LC500 Vs. Ford Mustang Bullitt: Can Japanese Muscle Beat American Iron?

There is nothing better than a good old drag race to help settle the differences between two (or more) cars.

In this case, the Lexus LC500 went against the Ford Mustang Bullitt in a series of challenges that started with two standing quarter-mile races. Both of them were then subjected to another two races, this time from a rolling start, and everything concluded with a brake test.

Driven: 2019 Lexus LC500 Limited Edition Is A Master Of All Trades

The LC500 uses a naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8 that delivers 471 horsepower and 398 pound-feet (539 Nm) of torque and is coupled to a 10-speed automatic transmission. Lexus claims that it can hit 60 mph (96 km/h) in just 4.4 seconds and reach a 168 mph (270 km/h) top speed.

Weighing a bit less than its Japanese challenger, the Mustang Bullitt also uses a naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8, although in this case, it pumps out 452 HP and 387 lb-ft (526 Nm) of torque in European spec. It is hooked up to a six-speed manual transmission, with the 0 to 60 mph (0-96 km/h) sprint taking around 4.5 seconds while flat-out, the muscle car, which pays tribute to the Bullitt movie starring Steve McQueen and slots in the Mustang lineup between the GT and the Shelby GT350, will do 162 mph (260 km/h).

 

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