2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 To Have 600 Horses?

According to reports, the 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 could put out as much as 600 horsepower, besting the new Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and the Dodge Challenger SRT8.

The 2013 Ford Mustang GT500 is just around the bend, meaning rumors galore will begin pouring out of every automotive outlet across the great United States, but unlike before, these rumors will actually mean something, as for once, the GT500 has some serious competition from its Detroit rivals.

The Mustang GT500 has long been the king of the American sports car scene, but that reign is just about over. Chevrolet has introduced the new Camaro ZL1 with a 6.2-liter LSA V8 with around 500 horsepower and 550 pound-feet of torque. Dodge comes to play with the Challenger and its 6.4-liter V8. Needless to say, Ford needs some more Shelby magic if it’s going to stay ahead of the curb.

Car and Driver is reporting that the 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 will boast as much as 620 horsepower, a massive number that rivals the Italians and their immensely powerful machines. That power will come from a supercharged V8, but instead of the classic 5.4-liter, Ford will enlarge the engine to around 5.8-liters. While that’s still the smallest V8 in the muscle car segment when compared to the Camaro and Challenger, Ford’s voodoo magicians will make sure that their V8 will pack the most ponies.

Car and Driver, using their math skills, estimate that the new 2013 GT500 could complete the quarter mile in just 12.0 seconds and that a top speed as high as 190 mph could be reached. Yet, that speed might be limited to just 155 mph, like the current Mustang.

What’s the price going to be for all this power and performance? According to the website, around $60,000, making the 2013 Mustang GT500 the bargain of the century, considering that much power isn’t even offered on the Chevrolet Corvette, which has a much higher price tag.

[Car and Driver]

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