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:
- C7 Corvette ZR1: 755 horsepower
- Dodge Challenger Hellcat: 707 horsepower
- Dodge Charger Hellcat: 707 horsepower
- S-197 Shelby GT500: 662 horsepower
- C7 Corvette Z06: 650 horsepower
- Dodge Viper ACR: 645 horsepower
- Gen III Cadillac CTS-V: 640 horsepower
- C6 Corvette ZR1: 638 horsepower
- Nissan GT-R NISMO: 600 horsepower
- 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.