Hint: It's more than the Hellcat
Ford Finally Reveals How Much Power the 2020 Shelby GT500 Makes
Seven hundred and sixty.
That, it turns out, is how much horsepower comes pumping out of the new 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500‘s supercharged 5.2-liter V8: 760 SAE-certified horses.
That, as Ford is happy to point out, is enough power to make the new Shelby GT500 the most potent street-legal car ever to come out of Dearborn. And as Ford is too polite to point out — at least, they were too polite to do so in the press release packing the figures, which ran all of 44 words long and ended with the words “Enough said” — that’s more power than the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and the Dodge Challenger Hellcat, at least when the latter is presented in non-Redeye form.
But muscle cars are as much about torque as they are ponies, and the new engine in the top-dawg Mustang also dials out plenty of that: 625 pound-feet of it, to be precise. Now, no doubt some Mopar fanboys will jump on the fact that said figure is 25 pound-feet less than the Hellcat — to which Blue Oval lovers will surely rebut that their super-‘Stang is significantly lighter than the porcine Challenger. Those Ford fanatics will then presumably grumble amongst themselves about how unfortunate it is that Ford couldn’t squeeze another seven pound-feet from the engine to beat the old 5.8-liter supercharged V8 found in the last Shelby GT500, but at a volume the other muscle car fans can’t hear.
If you feel a little wistful now that the final major mystery of the GT500’s powerplant has been revealed, though, take heart: Ford still has yet to reveal the actual 0-60 mile-per-hour time or quarter-mile stats for the car. So there’s still plenty to look forward to discovering before the car goes on sale this fall.