Remember when the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 was unveiled in January at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit? Remember how we didn’t have power figures for its supercharged 5.2-liter V-8 but expected something “around 700 hp” to rival or outdo the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat? Well, we got that. Ford has just reported that the GT500 will put out 760 hp and 625 pounds-feet of torque.
We got something else, too.
The GT500’s 760 hp beats the base Hellcat by 43 horses, but trails the Hellcat Redeye by 37. (It also tops the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1’s 650 ponies by 110). That’s OK, because 760 is still a lot! It’s more than nearly all of the cars!
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But Ford wanted to make sure GT500 owners have something to brag about when someone in a Hellcat Redeye rolls up, so it labeled the GT500’s supercharged V-8 the “world’s most power-dense supercharged production V-8 engine.” (The Hellcat Redeye’s supercharged V-8 displaces 6.2 liters compared with the GT500’s 5.2). That’s an impressive engineering feat to be sure, but that boast is going to sound a little hollow — assuming anyone can hear it over the all the engine noise.
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