Meet the 200mph Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

This is the new '2013' (read 'on sale in 2012') Ford Shelby GT500. And this time around Ford is offering it with 650hp and a 200+mph top speed.

We found out a few weeks back that the new Shelby Mustang was to have an enlarged 5.8-litre motor at its heart, but we didn't know that the supercharged mill would become what Ford is calling (cue superhero cartoon narrator) 'the most powerful production V8 in the world'.

Indeed, the 650hp and 600lb ft makes the forthcoming 580hp Camaro ZL1 look rather asthmatic in comparison. In order to get such monumental power outputs, the GT500 has, as well as the extra swept capacity, a larger, more efficient supercharger, a new cross-drilled block and heads, updated camshaft profiles, a carbon fibre driveshaft. There's also an updated clutch, transmission and axle (albeit still a live one), with the final drive ratio lengthened to 3.31:1 to help cope with the huge torque on offer.

In order to help keep all that power under control, Ford has also announced a 'Performance Pack', which includes SVT-designed Bilstein adjustable dampers and a Torsen LSD. There's also an optional 'Track Package', which adds an external engine oil cooler, rear differential cooler and transmission cooler.

Sounds sensible to us. Especially considering that the previous GT500 hardly felt under-endowed, despite pushing out 'just' 540hp...

You can read the full GT500 press release here.


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  • LuS1fer 30 May 2012

    Here's the real deal...though it only hit 196mph.

  • Langweilig 11 Dec 2011

    Just as a matter of interest, Revell are releasing a 1/12 scale 2010 Mustang kit next Spring. Click the link to find out more.

    Chevvy Camaro fans? Don't feel left out. Personally, I like both. Ooh arr, oi loves Yank muscle cars, oi does!

    Edited by Langweilig on Sunday 11th December 16:47

    Edited by Langweilig on Sunday 11th December 16:47

  • Palmball 17 Nov 2011

    LuS1fer said:
    Is it just me who thought that Chrysler really doesn't look right with M3 wheels?

    (totally ignoring the window in the bonnet)

  • swerni 17 Nov 2011

    100% agree, the styling of the 2005's is spot on.

    It still hasn't been topped by the competition.

  • Marquis Rex 17 Nov 2011

    I don't think they'll ever reach the styling and engineering heights of the Mustang 2- Lee Iacoccas second masterpiece!

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