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2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Horsepower Leapfrogs Hellcat, Others

The Range-Topping Mustang’s Output Is Closer To 800 HP Than 700 HP

We were told that the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 would make “at least” 700 horsepower. That statement remains true, but it turns out Ford was also being coy. Because it would have been more accurate for them to say output would be around at least “750” horsepower, but clearly didn’t want to show their hand too early. Even the so-called “leaks” depicting “720 hp” were both untrue and highly underestimated what Ford had up its sleeve. We have to tip our hats towards the automaker for keeping things under wraps.

Without further ado, the official 2020 Shelby GT500 horsepower and torque figures are in, and it’s unequivocally the most powerful street-legal Ford ever built. At an SAE-rated 760 horsepower and 625 lb-ft of torque from its supercharged 5.2L V8, it’s also the most power dense production V8 engine ever built, it terms of displacement.

By comparison, the new Snake is more powerful than the legendary Ford GT supercar by 113 horsepower, and squeezes out its main rival, the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, by 110 horsepower. Escalation can be wonderful sometimes.

Enough said? Here are 10 other vehicles the 2020 Shelby GT500 outmuscles:

  1. C7 Corvette ZR1: 755 horsepower
  2. Dodge Challenger Hellcat: 707 horsepower
  3. Dodge Charger Hellcat: 707 horsepower
  4. S-197 Shelby GT500: 662 horsepower
  5. C7 Corvette Z06: 650 horsepower
  6. Dodge Viper ACR: 645 horsepower
  7. Gen III Cadillac CTS-V: 640 horsepower
  8. C6 Corvette ZR1: 638 horsepower
  9. Nissan GT-R NISMO: 600 horsepower
  10. Gen 5 Camaro ZL1: 580 horsepower

That being said, the 2020 Shelby GT500 is still not the most powerful road-legal muscle car of all time. For now, Dodge still lays claim to the top two spots, with the 840 horsepower Demon and 797 horsepower Hellcat Redeye. In a drag race, we could watch these demonic Dodges and the Shelby Mustang duke it out all day, as all three vehicles run sub-11-second quarter mile times.

Meanwhile, Chevrolet seems to be focusing on electric cars.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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