Ford may be a bit late to the extreme muscle car party, but the wait was well worth it, as the 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 is the brand’s most powerful road-legal car ever.
According to the official numbers released by the Dearborn automaker, the 5.2-liter, supercharged V8 produces a whopping 760 horsepower and 625 pound-feet (847 Nm) of torque on premium fuel. As a result, it’s also “the most power- and torque-dense supercharged production V8 in the world”, according to Ford.
In terms of power alone, the 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 slots between the 707 hp Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and 791 hp Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye. It also has 110 horsepower more than the 2019 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. However, the bowtie brand’s model has an extra 25 lb-ft (34 Nm) of torque. For comparison, one of the most coveted modern supercars, the McLaren 720S, has 710 hp and 568 lb-ft (770 Nm) of torque produced by the 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V8.
When it comes to acceleration numbers, Ford remains tight lipped. Nonetheless, it was previously reported that top speed will be electronically limited to 180 mph (290 km/h). That’s because the company is thought to have focused on a model that can easily get to the 180 mph mark, spending the rest of the money on things that matter more, like improving the aerodynamics, making it corner better than its predecessor and fitting it with a fast-shifting dual-clutch automatic transmission.
In all likelihood, we’re looking at the new drag racing star, something that’ll have to put out the fire left from the now-discontinued Demon.