Before Ford officially launches the next-generation Mustang, likely to be called the S650, we need to analyze the current Mustang S550; what makes it so special, as well as its position compared to other modern sports cars. So let’s talk about what the current Mustang offers: the base model Mustang costs $28,600, is powered by a 2.3-liter turbocharged inline-four Ecoboost engine similar to that of the latest Ford Focus RS, and it’s actually quite impressive with 310 hp, but we’re all real fans of the Mustang GT, the real modern muscle car. The GT that costs $39,000 has a horrendous naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8 under its 450-hp hood and is available with a manual transmission to increase its appeal to motorists around the world. Of course, if you had the extra cash, you could always upgrade to a Shelby Mustang.
But let’s say you feel like the Mustang is almost too cliché and you want to get behind the wheel of another sports car, one that’s a bit more unique than the average American pony car. There are endless options to choose from, ranging from sports cars built in Italy, Germany and some American alternatives. Let’s take a look at some 2022 sports cars we’d prefer the Mustang and a few where the GT reigns supreme.
ten Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat (we wouldn’t)
The Dodge Demon was a huge leap forward in terms of what road-legal production cars can accomplish in terms of straight-line speed, but these days, Demons sell well beyond their MSRPso if you had to choose a direct rival to the Mustang GT, there is no other choice than the Challenger Hellcat.
It’s certainly more powerful than the Mustang with its supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine spitting out 717 hp and 656 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels alone, but that of course comes at a price – $67,000 to be exact. For those who love looking for traction and have a death wish, we recommend paying the extra dough for a Hellcat, but from a purely objective standpoint, the Hellcat isn’t worth the extra money.
9 Mercedes-AMG SL 43 (we wouldn’t)
After a long period of waiting, Mercedes has finally revealed that it will put the new SL 43 on sale at the end of 2022. It will not be equipped with a V8 Biturbo engine, nor with six cylinders; the SL 43 will use a turbocharged four-cylinder good for 376 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque, but an electric motor will help alongside the ICE to pack a little more punch. So it will be quite powerful and it looks a lot more extravagant than a Mustang, but why would we buy a Mustang over the SL 43 then?
You see, in addition to not having the perfect sound of a V8, buying a sports car from a prestigious brand like Mercedes comes at a price. At this time we have no confirmation from Mercedes itself on the cost of an SL 43, but the SL 55 will cost around $135,000, so we can only imagine it will cost twice as much as the Mustang.
8 BMW Z4 M40i (we wouldn’t)
Let’s talk about the elephant in the room straight away, the BMW Z4 M40i and the MK5 Toyota Supra are two completely different cars that use the same engine and suspension setup, no jokes or abuse will be made. The BMW Supra has a beefy 3.0-liter twin-turbo straight-six under its hood that produces 382 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque, and it has a 0-60 time of under 4 seconds, it’s so quite fast.
But again, the Z4 and SL 43 look very similar and both cost over $50,000. With that huge price gap between it and the Mustang, we can’t quite justify spending all that extra cash just for a little more luxury.
seven Jaguar F-Type (we wouldn’t)
If we were to compare the current Mustang GT with the previous generation Jaguar F-Type, this entry might have looked a bit different, but the new F-Type has lost some of its passion through evolution and has strongly increased its MSRP. A new P450 F-Type will set you back over $70,000, and in return you’ll also get a 5.0-liter V8 engine, but only the British cat has a supercharger, too.
But even with the supercharger, the Jag only produces 444 hp, which is 6 ponies less than the Mustang. If you ask us, not only is the Mustang more powerful and more affordable, but it also looks better. Credit should be given where credit is due, and in between, the growl of the F-Type is certainly more intoxicating than the whine of the Mustang.
6 Lexus RC-F (we wouldn’t)
Some cars stay on the market too long with only minor updates like the Nissan GT-R, but Lexus’ RC-F is getting too old now, and in 2022 die-hard Lexus fans are hungry for a successor.
The latest RC-F has a 5.0-liter V8 engine that puts out 472 hp and 395 lb-ft of torque, and judging by how things look on paper, it looks like a worthy Japanese rival. of the Mustang, but like all good things are, there are some flaws. The RC-F costs $68,000, not to mention the Fuji Speedway Edition which costs north of six figures, but worst of all, the RC-F doesn’t come with a standard drivetrain at all.
5 Nissan Z (we would)
We’re now approaching the second half of our list, the cars we’d choose over a Mustang GT. First up, we have probably the most talked about sports car of the year, and the only reason the 6-speed manual Toyota Supra exists, Nissan’s new Z.
It’s called the Z, just that, and it encapsulates a gorgeous, twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 that produces 400 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque that are all sent to the rear wheels. The Z’s main features are its respectable retro design and, of course, its optional 6-speed shifter, but best of all, it’s only $41,000, and we think it’s worth every penny.
4 BMW M240i (we would)
We get it, we were busy bashing overpriced sports cars earlier in this list, but BMW’s newest M240i is well worth its money.
The new M240i features BMW’s rear-biased xDrive system which will handle the 382bhp of the 3.0-litre turbocharged inline-six to ensure a 0-60 time of as little as 3.6 seconds without stopping you from doing drag the tail into turns if desired. do this. This BMW costs $50,000, but despite its price, we still recommend saving up and buying one instead of a Mustang GT.
3 Chevrolet Corvette C8 (we would)
When Chevy unveiled that its new Corvette would have its engine placed in the middle of its frame rather than under its hood like all previous iterations, gearheads were stunned, but as time has shown, the risk was worth it. The new C8 Corvette has a listed MSRP of around $63,000, but dealers are marking these baby supercars up, so when you’re looking for one, be sure not to get ripped off.
Why do we call it a baby supercar, you might ask? Let’s throw some statistics. The 2022 Corvette comes with a mid-mounted naturally aspirated 6.2-liter V8 engine that develops 495 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels only. As a result, the C8 has a sub-3 second 0-60 time and a top speed of almost 185 mph. Imagine how ridiculous the Z06 is going to be.
2 Porsche 911 (we would)
The 911 is by far the most expensive entry on our list at just over $100,000 for a base Carrera model, but even then, it’s a phenomenal car that’s worth all the money spent. A base Carrera model comes with a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter flat-six engine that produces 379 hp and 371 lb-ft of rear-wheel torque, and if you pay a little more for the Carrera S, a 7-speed stickshift is also available.
Despite being the cheapest 911, it can still hit 60 mph from a standstill in 4 dead seconds, and will forever be more special than any brutal American car like a Shelby GT500. And of course, if you have over $200,000 lying around, we definitely recommend the 911 Turbo S.
1 Alpine A110S (we would)
And finally, we have something French to complete our Alpine-built list, the A110S. This little beauty is the reincarnation of the classic rally car built by Renault and has a personality similar to that of a Porsche Cayman, but it has a bit more pizzazz.
The A110S weighs less than 2,500 pounds, and because it’s so light, not only does it corner like a sharp knife would a stick of butter, it doesn’t need more power than a lawn mower to excel in terms of performance. Still, the A110’s turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder produces overwhelming power for such a small car – 288 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque. It may not have the battle cry of a Mustang 5.0, but it certainly has more than enough charisma to give drivers an endless amount of fun.