No catchy title to this post is needed. It’s the Ford Shelby GT500 and it will go on sale this summer as both a coupe and convertible. The supercharged 5.4L V8 has been officially rated by Ford at 475 hp. While not the 500 hp for which some were hoping (don’t want to get too close to the GT now, eh?), it’s still an impressive amount of thrust and enough to make this car the most powerful Mustang ever.
The GT500 does get some hand-me-down performance parts from the Ford GT, including aluminum, four-valve cylinder heads, piston rings and bearings. It also received proven components from Ford’s racing Mustang FR500C, which absolutely dominated last season’s Grand-Am Cup Series, including a heavy-duty six-speed manual. This Mustang’s stoppers are bigger than the Lazy Susan on my mom’s kitchen table, with vented rotors measuring 14 inches up front and 11.8 inches in the rear, all four of which are clamped by Brembo 4-piston calipers.
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