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.
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