Audi SQ5 vs Mustang GT – 50 to 150 Street Hits

March 26th, 2024

There is no way that a compact SUV can run with a modified muscle car, right? No way that a grocery getter can hang in there with a hard-charging V8 sports car that has a stripped-out cockpit. It ain’t happening, correct? A decade ago, the answer would have been a resounding “yes”. Fortunately, today’s SUV will not be denied the chance to shine.

The SUV in question is the 2020 Audi SQ5 with Quattro all-wheel drive. In factory condition, the SQ5 is not terribly impressive from a performance standpoint. However, the all-wheel drivetrain and turbocharged V6 offer a firm foundation upon which a capable street machine can be built. Mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission, the stock intercooled and turbocharged motor is capable of producing just 349hp. Upgraded with a TTE 810 billet compressor turbocharger (and all the supporting mods), this SUV has a big dog feel. He’s also running E60 race fuel. That’s good enough to claim 690hp to the wheels. The Audi is a bit heavy at approximately 4,300-pounds (interior removed).

In the opposite lane is the 2016 Ford Mustang GT with a 5.0-liter V8. The pony car has been modified with performance ground camshafts and ported cylinder heads. He’s burning E85 fuel and has a manual transmission. The rims are Weld beadlocks and the tires are slicks out back. This car sounds like a beast.

This should be a close contest from 50 to 150 mph on the street (in Mexico).