Seven Hundred and Sixty Ponies

Finally. Ford has just given us the horsepower figures for the 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500. More than a year after the car was first announced. And when they said before that it would be more than 700, they weren’t kidding. It absolutely smashes that figure. Along with just about everybody else.

Seven hundred and sixty. Horses. That’s what the GT500’s supercharged 5.2L V8 will produce. That gives it more than Hellcat. More than Corvette ZR1. More than any of the competition bar the Redeye. Ford calls it the most powerful street-legal car that the company has ever built because it even eclipses the Ford GT supercar.

With 625 lb-ft of torque along for the party, this hand-built engine makes more power and torque per litre than any other supercharged production V8 in the world. Which is why when automakers can spend 500 words telling us about a new door hinge or the crease in the headliner, Ford has used fewer than 50 to tell us just how much go the 2020 GT500 will get.

If all that power has made you forget the rest of the 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500’s specs, then we’ll refresh your memory.

It’s going to get a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission that can swap gears in under 100 milliseconds and comes with drag and track modes plus line-lock and adjustable launch control. It gets the “largest front brake rotors ever available on an American sports coupe.” The 2.65L roots-type blower is joined by larger forged rods, revised lubrication and cooling passages, and a structural oil pan with active baffling to help keep the engine performing longer.

At the corners, new Ford Performance-spec Michelin tires have a special tread compound for the car. There’s a new generation of MagneRide with a new power steering unit and light-weight coil springs.

the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 arrives at dealers this fall.

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