Saturday, 28 April 2012


Official word from Ford says the next edition of the Shelby GT500 will be well-endowed. In fact so endowed will the mad Mustang that it will come fitted with “the most powerful series production V8 in the world”, according to a statement from Ford North America. Quite a dare this is.

So what exactly are we working with here? Well, as the brochure will clearly state, this is a 5.8-litre supercharged V8 engine pulling out 494kW of thrust and 855Nm of raw torque.  There are no performance figures but we reckon such numbers suggest a 0 – 100km/h dash well within the 3 seconds.

Jamal Hameedi, Chief Engineer at Ford’s Special Vehicle Team (SVT) Division had this to say about the beast: “Our goal is to create outstanding all-around performance cars, not just stoplight-to-stoplight sprinters. We've backed up this amazing powerplant with a more refined chassis tuning that helps keep the rubber on the pavement without punishing the driver's spine and six-pot Brembo brakes that dissipate speed with ease stop after stop.”

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