The supercharged 5.8-liter engine in Ford’s newly-updated Shelby GT500 has officially been certified by the Society of Automotive Engineers as the world’s most powerful series production V-8.
The big powerplant, used in Ford’s top-end Mustang, will make 662 horsepower and 631 pound-feet of torque. That works out to just over 114 horsepower per liter – and it’s enough to propel the pony car to a top speed of 200 miles per hour, putting it into the rarified atmosphere normally reserved for such European exotics as the Ferrari 458 Italia or Lamborghini Aventador.
But what’s equally impressive, the maker boasts, is the fact that the 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 will get 24 mile per gallon on the highway, a 1 mpg boost over the 2012 model, which made “just” 550 horsepower. The city mileage is up 1 mpg, as well, at 15, with a combined rating of 18 mpg. That’s enough for Ford to avoid the unwanted gas guzzler premium that often scares potential buyers away.