The 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 will be the first 200 mph American muscle car.
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.
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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.