Ford revealed its new Mustang GT500 way back in January, but we’re only just learning the power output. Was it worth the wait? We’d say so.
It’s at last been confirmed that the 5.2-litre supercharged V8 develops 750bhp (760hp) and 625lb ft of torque. This makes it “the most powerful street-legal Ford ever - with the most power- and torque-dense supercharged production V8 engine in the world…Enough said.”
Enough said? Well, we’d also like to know exactly where that power and torque is developed, Ford, and how quickly the GT500 accelerates. On the latter point, we can expect it to hit the benchmark 60mph mark in about three and a half seconds, even if we don’t have a precise figure yet. The Blue Oval has at least revealed that the GT500 will be limited to 180mph.
That’s awfully fast, but a lot slower than many of the GT500’s rivals. The justification is that Ford’s engineers have focused on on-track capability rather than outright bragging rights. After all, what’s the point in a top speed that owners won’t be able to reach on the vast majority of the world’s circuits?
Speaking of on-track capability, that should be the GT500’s forte. It’s been given a specific set of MagneRide dampers, adjustable camber plates, and giant Brembo brakes. The aero is getting on for FIA GT4-spec, and the optional carbonfibre wheels come wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 semi-slicks.
You want one, don’t you?