We now know precisely how much power the 2020 Ford Shelby Mustang GT500 will have. And it’s a lot.
760 horsepower. 625 lb-ft of torque.
That’s what you can expect from the Shelby Mustang GT500’s 5.2-L supercharged V8 engine. It took 5 months for Ford to finally get us that info, and we’re really not sure why it took them so long.
Those figures are based on the assumption you fill it up with “premium fuel per SAE J1349 standard,” which we probably would have guessed anyway. Nobody gets 760 horsepower out of an engine using regular old 89 octane.
A few other neat tidbits, according to Ford’s press release. This engine represents the most powerful street-legal motor every placed in a Ford motor vehicle. It’s also the most power and torque-dense V8 engine ever produced.
We’re going to refute that last point; the McLaren 720S has a 4.0-L twin-turbo V8 with 710 horsepower, which is a lot denser (177.5 hp per liter, compared to the GT500's 146 hp per liter), and the Ferrari 488 Pista has a 3.9-L V8 with 720 horsepower. So no, that is not the most power-dense V8 engine in the world, but nice try there Ford.
Still, 760 is a very good number. That’s 53 more horses than a Dodge Hellcat, and 5 more horses than a Corvette ZR1. It’s still less than a Dodge Demon or a Hellcat Redeye, but those are 6.2-L engines while this is a svelte 5.2-L. It also compares favorably to many supercars, such as the aforementioned McLaren 720S and Ferrari 488 Pista.
Performance data leaked earlier in the month was also impressive. Road & Track testing revealed zero to sixty to take 3.4 seconds, while zero to 100 mph took 6.8 seconds. A quarter-mile drag race took just 11.1 seconds (which finished at 132.5 mph), while skidpad testing revealed a constant 1.2 g pull.
Of course, those could be preliminary test numbers and not the final values. Hopefully, we don’t have to wait another 5 months for Ford to give us the GT500’s performance stats.