: Holy crap...

05-02-12, 02:19 PM
Unlike many who have a hard on for specific manufacturers, I'm a fan of just about all high-performance cars. This car looks really sweet.

New Shelby GT500 boasts most powerful production V-8

Ford certified the supercharged engine in the 2013 Shelby GT500, at 662 horsepower, as the most powerful V-8 in a production car.

The 2013 Ford Shelby GT500, based on the Mustang, goes on sale later this year.

(Credit: Ford)

As new city cars (http://reviews.cnet.com/car-tech/) come out with less than 100 horsepower, you might have thought the horsepower wars were over. But there's still a corner of the great American garage where gearhead engineers build and tune engines to dump massive amounts of power out through driveshafts to wheels.

The team bearing Ford's blue oval on their coveralls get to wear the garage king crown for their efforts with the new Shelby GT500, which was certified to produce 662 horsepower and 631 pound-feet of torque. That makes the 2013 GT500 more powerful than the Ferrari 458 Italia (http://cnettv.cnet.com/9742-1_53-50111630.html) -- lot more powerful.

http://asset0.cbsistatic.com/cnwk.1d/i/tim/2012/05/01/13ShelbyGT500_13_270x202.jpg (http://i.i.com.com/cnwk.1d/i/tim/2012/05/01/13ShelbyGT500_13.jpg)
The new supercharger in the Shelby GT500 displaces 2.3 liters.

(Credit: Ford)

How did Ford get that much power under the hood of the Mustang-based Shelby GT500? Displacement and forced induction. The block is a 5.8-liter V-8 with dual overhead camshafts and four valves per cylinder. Ford stuck with port injection for this beast, instead of going with the more efficient direct injection, which could be a lost opportunity or a future improvement.

On top of this engine is a new supercharger, a 2.3-liter forced induction unit powered by the engine to shovel air through the intakes. Ford says that the engine produces 395 pound-feet of torque at idle, then generates the peak 631 pound-feet from 2,000 to 5,800 rpm. The peak horsepower hits at 6,500 rpm, with redline at 7,000.

Ford has not published full performance numbers for the 2013 Shelby GT500 yet, but confidently suggests it will go over 200 mph.

Even as this newly engineered engine makes 112 horsepower more than the 2012 model, the 2013 car gets 1 mpg better fuel economy. The EPA estimates for the new Shelby come in at 15 mpg city and 24 mpg highway. Let's hear it for modern automotive engineering.

Of course, the EPA tests do not include impromptu drag races, track days, or just letting the revs climb to broadcast a sonorous exhaust note. Anyone averaging 20 mpg in the 2013 Shelby GT500 just isn't driving it right

05-02-12, 02:29 PM
They're also releasing a Cobra 1000HP version later this year as well.

Ford is kicking everyone's a$$ in the HP department. They completely trumped Chevy's ZL1 580HP release w/the 650HP Shelby.

And I thought the economy & fuel efficiency regs would kill projects like this...thankfully not yet!

05-02-12, 03:52 PM
660 hp AND 20mpg combined? 400 lb/ft at IDLE? Wow. Suddenly my brand new LSA motor doesn't look so "new" anymore. Very impressive Ford.

05-02-12, 05:56 PM
It's still a mustang.

05-02-12, 05:59 PM
It doesn't matter if it's got 2,000 horsepower. What good is a 15.2 @ 156 MPH? Not a damn thing. Impressive numbers, yes, but let's see how it actually runs.

05-02-12, 07:56 PM
One Love: GM, Ford, and Chrysler!!!

I have one vehicle from each of the Big Three and can appreciate the Mustang, Camaro, and Challenger in all their various forms.

05-02-12, 08:23 PM
It doesn't matter if it's got 2,000 horsepower. What good is a 15.2 @ 156 MPH? Not a damn thing. Impressive numbers, yes, but let's see how it actually runs.

Terribly ironic from a guy with a forum name of Trapspeed. Thems just jokes bro :)

05-02-12, 11:21 PM
I still dont think I could buy one. The V is just one in its own

05-03-12, 12:16 AM
that engine output is definitely very impressive... but, it won't turn as well or stop as well without a Baer brake upgrade (yeah, its got brembo's but it needs some help) and a Griggs Racing suspension. If it does manage acceptable magazine performance numbers for slalom times, it will be with one hell of a driver to keep that composed and not the expected performance level to expect at the hands of relative novices.

I'm not bashing on it at all... love the car...would love one in my garage...have the V for a reason.

I'm going to miss it when the manufacturers get squeezed to the point where they can no longer put out these
engines anymore. It's coming soon... maybe calculated cylinder shutdown will save it so we get 45mpg on hwy
and only get 5mpg when we are on the gas.

05-03-12, 10:02 AM
It's still a mustang.
So true. That's why I said my motor and not my car. I don't think I would give up the rest of the car's features and capabilities for the motor upgrade alone.

05-03-12, 11:05 AM
It's an awesome drivetrain on an old platform.

05-03-12, 11:52 AM
So this is, what, the 2nd GT500 thread on this forum alone? And 3rd or 4th on the CF?

Hooray for Ford. And I'd get one of these over a ZL1. But I don't really care about reading about it here...

05-04-12, 01:06 PM
Terribly ironic from a guy with a forum name of Trapspeed. Thems just jokes bro :)

"Touché, pu$$ycat!! Good call bro. :thumbsup: