Remember when well-meaning gearheads were convinced that emissions, fuel economy, and OBD regulations were going to kill performance cars? Go wake up your favorite baby boomer and hit 'em with this: The 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 makes 760 horsepower and 625 lb-ft of torque. Put a tombstone on the '60s, the real horsepower wars are right freakin' now.
Ford announced the stats for the new top-spec Mustang bright and early this morning. We've been hearing small news updates about the '20 GT500 for awhile now, but horsepower and torque are some of the last details to come out. Way back in January, Ford Performance manager Jim Owens told us, "our engineering men and women are actually working on the horsepower up until the time we have to finally certify it. We're going to say it's over 700. It's not 701. They're gonna push up until the absolute end to get the most horsepower that we can out of it."
Clearly, they got well over 700. The GT500 out-horses the 755-hp Corvette ZR1, our 2019 Performance Car of the Year, though the Chevy's 715 lb-ft of torque way out-flex the Mustang's 625. That's likely down to displacement: The top-shelf 'Vette makes due with 6.2 liters and a blower, Ford's supercharged V-8 displaces a full liter less.
We still don't have performance numbers, though Ford has hinted plenty about what the GT500 could be capable of. The automaker promises a mid-three-second 0-60 time, and Owens told us the new Shelby will be "the fastest Mustang we've produced, left and right," hinting at skidpad and road-course domination. Oh, and a sub-11-second quarter-mile, just for fun.
And in case you're wondering, this will be the most powerful Ford ever produced-stomping the previous GT500's 662 horses as well as the Ford GT's 627. When 600-plus horses seems paltry, you know something wild is going on in the car industry.
Want to hear what the GT500's four-mode exhaust sounds like? Learn all the drivetrain and chassis tuning that went into this monster? Figure out why on earth it's limited to a mere 180 mph top speed? Click on those links to find the answers you seek.
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