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At this point, you know all about the Mustang Shelby GT500. You also know all about the Mustang Mach-E GT Performance. Both cars wear Mustang badges, but each represents a completely different approach to performance. How does that shake out in a real-world showdown? We're about to find out.

It's time for a drag race, and this Mustang matchup comes from Edmunds. They had occasion to line up Ford's range-topping performance Mustangs, and yes we mean that plural because despite sharing a name, the GT500 is a muscular two-door pony car while the Mach-E is a four-door electric crossover. Those are two different segments, and these vehicles represent the pinnacle of each segment at Ford.

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On paper, the Shelby GT500 wins easily. With 760 horsepower (567 kilowatts) from its supercharged 5.2-liter V8, it far exceeds the 480 hp (358 kW) in the Mach-E GT Performance. It's also lighter, but the electric 'Stang isn't without some mojo. It has a bit more torque than the GT500 – 634 pound-feet (860 Newton-meters) versus 625 lb-ft (847 Nm) – and that torque hits instantly.

Gallery: 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500: Review

The Mach-E also sends power to all four wheels, helping it to reach 60 mph in 3.5 seconds. The GT500 is a bit quicker at 3.3 seconds, provided the rear-wheel-drive muscle car gets traction. And as we learned in our own GT500 drag race experience, traction doesn't come easy. However, a drag race is more than just a sprint to 60 mph, and the Mach-E GT's electric powertrain can only hold maximum power for five seconds. So each vehicle holds advantages and disadvantages in this showdown.

That's made abundantly clear in the first race from a standstill, as the Mach-E GT Performance absolutely destroys the GT500 off the line. By the time the Shelby gains traction, the Mach-E pulls a silent lead of several car lengths. And just as suddenly, the advantage shifts back to the supercharged V8 and its 280-hp advantage, closing the gap with jaw-dropping speed before crossing the finish line just ahead of the Mach-E.

Gallery: 2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E GT Performance Edition

Two more races follow, including another dig race followed by a roll race. The Mach-E driver tries a different technique on the start to conserve that five-second power boost, but to no avail. And without the all-wheel-drive starting-line advantage, the crossover has no hope of winning from a rolling start.

So breathe easy, Shelby fans. Internal combustion still rules the Mustang roost. Will that change when a Shelby version of the Mach-E eventually arrives? Only time will tell.

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