2013 Shelby GT500 officially certified at 662 horsepower [update]
After reporting here yesterday the new Shelby GT500 horsepower and torque numbers, Ford has announced that the 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 has been officially SAE certified with 662 horsepower and 631 lb. ft. of torque. This makes the 5.8-liter engine the most powerful production V-8 in the world. The torque numbers are different than what we originally announced, and that is good news for Shelby GT500 fans.
The old saying in marketing and sales says, you should always under promise and over deliver when dealing with your customers. Ford must believe that saying because that is what they did with the 2013 Shelby Mustang 500. Ford and SVT announced to the automotive world that the 2013 Shelby GT500 would have an incredible 650 horsepower which would make it more powerful than any production V-8 on the planet. And Shelby GT500 fans were giddy with anticipation.
Ford said the 5.8-liter supercharged V-8 would combine all that horsepower with improved aerodynamics and lower gearing to produce a hair-raising top speed of 202 mph. The combination of horsepower and agility would put the new Shelby Mustang GT500 squarely in the sites of some of the most elite supercars in the world.
As if that weren’t impressive enough, the production Shelby GT500 has now been officially rated with more horsepower and torque when it’s released in the summer.