1970 Boss 302 Mustang vs. 1965 Pontiac GTO

The 1970 Boss 302 Mustang and the 1965 Pontiac GTO are both famous muscle cars. They captured the era with their power and speed capabilities. Going head-to-head, there are some differences that stand out between the two. Here is a comparison of the two vehicles.


1970 Boss 302 Mustang

Ford_Mustang_Boss_302_1970The 1970 Boss 302 Mustang was made to compete with Chevrolet’s Camaro. It included a competition suspension and standard Hurst shifter. Disc brakes were placed in the front, and the overall design was lower than other models. Under the hood was a solid Boss 302 V8 engine. In the day, it was rated for 290 horsepower and could reach 0 to 60 mph in 6.9 seconds. Modern tests prove that the power may have been underrated and produced closer to 350 horsepower. It was easy to identify by its hockey stick stripes along the body.


1965 Pontiac GTO

1965_Pontiac_GTO_01In 1965, the Pontiac GTO was totally restyled. It contained a simulated hood scoop and increased weight. Fully loaded, this car managed to go from 0 to 60 mph in 5.8 seconds and recorded speeds of 114 mph when at the 6,000 rpm redline. Although it provided loads of power, critics disliked the slow steering and less-than-stellar brakes. Affectionately nicknamed “the Goat,” the GTO provided 335 horsepower. It seems that the GTO was best used in drag events, though its safety was called into question because brakes under-performed when a driver was flying at high speeds.

The 1960s and 1970s were considered the age of the muscle car. Both the Mustang and GTO provided impressive power and are considered two of the best cars of the era. Although the Boss was not quite as fast as the GTO, it was still a solid competitor on the road. In the end, they both burned rubber and encompassed the era of big, loud and heavy cars.