Man I hate to admit it but...
It would be a very, very close race to be sure. The handling is incredible on this little monster (SVTf). I've not yet really laid into it as she's just crossed 150 miles on the odometer but my feelings are that this car would be very close in a straight line with the Stang. Once they hit a corner, the SVT would annihilate the Pony. Hands down. In fact, last time I was at Seabring with my club (www.chinmotorsports.com
) there was a guy there running circles around me in his stock 3 door SVTf.
I'm very happy with the SVTf for fit, and comfort. The Ford guys take a rash of heat about their interiors but SVT sure raises the bar in their vehicles. They've rubber coated all of the radio and other dash knobs, put in leather seats, kick arse sun roof and of course, the kickin' Audiophile system, ect, ect.
My father worked for Ford for nearly 35 years so I get what they call the A-Plan purchase option. Basically less than dealer cost PLUS any incentives (rebates) PLUS no dealer fees.
The SVTf was $21k and I ended up getting it for $17k. The Mustang was originally $26k and I got it for $18,500. They have more profit built into the Ponies as you can see.
Next for me (or my wife probably) will be the '05 Stang or a Lightning. She's not hip on the F150 but I could pass her my '03 Stang and I think the deal would be sealed.