Ford Focus RS Versus Shelby GT350 Mustang Drag Race Almost Too Close to Call

The Focus RS managed to hold the GT350 off at the line, but it couldn’t quite keep that up all the way.

byAaron Brown|
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The current-generation Ford Focus RS and the Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 are two of the most impressive performance cars to ever come off Ford dealership lots. They're both quick, agile, and fun to drive in plenty of ways, but they are also both completely different cars with almost polar-opposite spirits. If you were to line the two of them up at a drag strip—like they did in the video shown below—you might not be able to tell much of that, except for how evenly quick both cars are.

A clip shared on YouTube Wednesday shows a GT350 and a Focus RS facing off at a "Racewars" event at Island Dragway in New Jersey. Though the Mustang comes packed with a 526-horsepower, 5.2-liter V8 engine from the factory, and the Focus RS has just a 2.3-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder with 350 hp, the result of a drag race between the two cars is close as hell. 

The track-side screens in the video read that the GT350 won the race—just barely—by hitting 106 miles per hour in 13.17 seconds by the end of the strip, while the Focus RS recorded a run that ended at 104 mph in 13.41 seconds. Though it appears the RS got the jump off the line thanks to its all-wheel-drive system, it couldn't hold its lead over the GT350.

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