When Ford announced the return of the Mustang Shelby GT500, it was clear that the new pony car would be the manufacturer’s entry in the reignited horsepower wars. With a supercharged 5.2-liter V8 engine under the hood producing 760 horsepower and 625 pound feet of torque, the GT500 has come out swinging. While this new Shelby is the most powerful Mustang yet, the GT500 weight just might also make it the heaviest.
According to Mustang6g.com, a S550 generation Mustang forum, the Shelby GT500 has an approximate base curb weight of 4,225 pounds. This information allegedly comes from an 86-page reference guide that Ford dealers and sales staff will use to familiarize themselves with the Shelby as it hits showroom floors. While Ford has yet to confirm this figure, we have no reason to believe it is inaccurate.
With a 4,225 pound curb weight, the GT500 outweighs the Shelby GT350 by over 400 pounds, and the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 by 335 pounds respectively. Despite its obvious heft, the GT500 is still lighter than the rotund Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat’s beefy 4,450 pounds of muscle. Ford has said that they benchmarked this new Shelby against both the ZL1 and the Hellcat, specifically for the Chevrolet’s handling ability and the Dodge’s straight line speed. Perhaps then it is no surprise that the GT500’s curb weight slots right in the middle of its main competitors.
While big power helps to mitigate some of the Mustang GT500 weight on the drag strip, as shown by its 10.6 second 0-100-0 mph run, but various handling attributes are still a mystery. According to the same eSourceBook referenced by Mustang6g.com, 56 percent of the Shelby’s weight sits towards the front axle, and that’s essentially all that’s known outside of the Mustang GT500 development team. What this means for the GT500’s ability in the twisties won’t be known until we get our hands on one. Both of these weight figures are meant to represent a base car, and will likely improve with the optional Carbon Fiber Track Package.
Despite being the heaviest Mustang yet, the Shelby GT500 is undeniably the quickest Ford has ever produced. With a 760 horsepower heart, the top-of-the-line Mustang could be faster than a Camaro ZL1 1LE in a straight line, but with all that mass over the front axle, this new pony could behave more like a Hellcat.