We now have some performance specs for the upcoming Ford Shelby Mustang GT500, and it is looking pretty sweet.
Last January, Ford did a partial reveal of the hotly anticipated Mustang GT500. We found out that the 5.2-L supercharged V8 would produce over 700 horsepower as previous leaks had said, and that it would have the same 7-speed dual-clutch transmission as found in the Ford GT.
Sadly, Ford didn’t really give us much else to go on. No performance statistics or even specific power figures were provided. A tantalizing glimpse at what the GT500 would offer and some of its high-tech features, but that’s it.
However, it seems that some of the GT500’s performance stats have been leaked. Ford has been getting the GT500 tested at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and DragTimes managed to get his hands on Road & Track’s track test data. No idea how he managed that feat, but the guy is connected in the automotive world, so we’re inclined to believe him.
Before we start tossing out numbers, it’s important to note that these could be preliminary figures and not the ones that Road & Track will eventually report on. Also, Las Vegas is pretty hot this time of year and high up in terms of altitude, which makes for less than favorable conditions for a performance test.
Also, we don’t know if this test is for the Carbon Fiber Track Package version of the GT500, the Handling Package, or just the base GT500. We’re going to assume the stock version until we hear otherwise.
As per the test data, zero to sixty takes 3.4 seconds. Zero to 100 mph takes 6.8 seconds. Braking from 60 mph to zero takes 96 feet. Skidpad testing reveals a constant force of 1.2 Gs. Quarter-mile time was measured at 11.1 seconds at 132.5 mph. Total weight is just over 4,000 lbs.
DragTimes did a little math and also found the GT500s 60-130 time of 7.3 seconds and a 100-150 time of 8.1 seconds. Those figures are comparable to a Dodge Demon off of the drag strip, which DragTimes goes into in the video above.
We’re still waiting on the GT500’s detailed debut, but that should be happening later this summer.