• Mar 16, 2011
The golden age of horsepower ended a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, right? Well, no. In reality, it seems that every new model year brings more and more ponies from the likes of the reborn Chevrolet Camaro and Dodge Challenger along with the stalwart Ford Mustang.

According to the internet rumormill, that pattern isn't going to change any time soon. Car and Driver reports that the 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 will boast as much as 620 horsepower. Naturally, the powerplant providing all those ponies will be a supercharged V8, in this case bored out to displace 5.8 liters instead of the 5.4 we've been seeing for the last several years.

Car and Driver's math tells us, assuming the power and weight estimates are in the ballpark, to expect a scorching 12.0-second quarter mile time from the 2013 GT500, a top speed that could be as high as 190 miles per hour and a sticker price of roughly $60,000.

For what it's worth, Chevrolet is estimating that the supercharged and intercooled 6.2-liter LSA V8 engine that will power its Camaro ZL1 – the top run (so far) of Chevy's muscle car lineup – will put out around 550 horsepower and 550 pound-feet of torque. Naturally, that's all subject to change...

[Source: Car and Driver]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm curious as to what engine they might have up their sleeve that can do 5.8L?

      I mean, if they do a tall deck version of the 5.0L (92.2mm bore diameter vs the 4.6L/5.4L's 90.2mm bore diameter) that would only give them a 5.6L engine. Therefore, in order to get 5.8L they would have to increase the stroke, which is already extremely long (I mean, the 5.4L has a diesel-like 105.8mm stroke). Even if they increase the bore to 92.2mm like the 5.0L and give it the same stroke as their 6.7L diesel (107.9mm) it still wouldn't be 5.8L!

      I just can't see them bringing out a 5.8L engine, unless they've found a way to get a significantly larger bore out of their modular engines, they're using a de-bored version of the 6.2L, or it's a completely new engine.
      • 3 Years Ago
      If you need traction control you have too much HP.
      • 3 Years Ago
      It should come with a mandatory advanced driving school. The thought og a 600HP car in the hands of an untrained driver is scary.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yea really. 600 HP will get grandpa through the supermarket windows, down the produce aisle, through several displays, and over the seafood counter.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @NightFlight I noticed on track days that driving talent is often inversely proportional to horsepower.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ speedhump

        "and over the seafood counter."

        I lol'ed.
      • 3 Years Ago
      GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR.................... Enough said, ball in.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I love this. Ball is in Ford's court like you said. Chevy unveiled the Camaro ZL1 which looks to be a better performer because of the technology packed in it (suspension wise) so now Ford is going to respond with ridiculous power. Which is cool because then chevy will respond with even more ridiculous power (LS9) then its back to Ford which can't be beat for too long without coming back with a product that absolutely rapes the competition. And this will go on until the Mustang and camaro are merely space shuttles with wheels.

        God bless America.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Wouldn't this be the 2014 Mustang Shelby GT500?

        Why carry over the new powertrain instead of unveiling it for the new model?
        • 3 Years Ago
        Ford always introduces new engines a year after new redesigns. The 2010 Mustang got a makeover but the new engines didn't come until the 2011s.
      • 3 Years Ago
      How 'bout getting that power to ground? 600 ponies is great but are they gonna update the rear bits.

      I can say I'm really curious about the 2014 Mustang (across the product line). The GT can already keep pace with the M3.The addition of an IRS, a new fresh design, and interior upgrades will make the Mustang a true competitor (for customer dollars).

      So we'll have the 2014 Stang, the Alpha platform Camaro/Z-28 as well as the ATS-V.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Driving this would make you grow a third ball, kinda like the Ferd F-Teenthousand.

      This would certainly make for one bad a$$ Mustang!
        • 3 Years Ago
        I just really started to think about this Mustangs potential.

        The Terminator Cobras were getting insane increases with just a smaller pulley, ECU, and full exhaust. What in the hell would this thing be getting at the rear wheels with the same modifications? For about $1,500 in mods this thing would likely be over 650WHP!!!!

        Goooooood GOD!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Meh. The GT500 has always been more of a straight-line warrior than anything. Not sure how they're gonna get 600 plus horses out of it, though, as the 5.4L can't be bored out very much. I can't see them putting Ti-VCT and/or DI on such a low volume engine, either. A 5.8L engine based on the Boss/Hurricane architecture was planned, but was canceled early on in the development of that program. Bolting on the TVS blower from the ZR1 would probably accomplish the 600+ hp goal, but would probably put the car back in gas guzzler tax territory. I do remember hearing rumors of a twin turbo Ecoboost 5.0L, but Ford debunked those some time ago. Traction is also going to be an issue, as the current car has trouble putting 550 horses to the pavement.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Great news(!) . . . especially for the 90% of us drivers who can barely afford the gas for our 25 to 40mpg cars. I guess the privileged really are lucky to be able not only to afford a car like this BUT the gas to run it.
        • 3 Years Ago
        buy a prius for the daily drive and a v8 - v10 - v12 for the weekends XD
        • 3 Years Ago
        Depending on how much you drive, it doesn't necessarily add up to all that much more. Going from a 4 banger to 350hp 96 Camaro cost me about an extra 30-40 bucks a month.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Frankly I have trouble understanding how someone could have one of these cars and NOT daily drive it. I don't think I'd be able to spend the bulk of my time in a Prius and only enjoy power and handling of a nice sports car on weekends. That would be torture.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I am so glad I didn't go out and buy a 2011. This is the one I have been waiting on. Thank you Ford. Life is good.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @NightFlight,

        True, I guess it'd still bug me to know that there was something better I could be driving sitting in my garage, so I'd constantly ask myself whether it was worth paying for and maintaining whatever other car I was buying. The only exception would be if my DD path was solely stop and go traffic where there was no opportunity at all for fun or if I owned some sort of exotic that was obscenely expensive to maintain. But a GT500 I don't think would fall into that category.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Haters gonna hate.

        So just because you can't afford a wild 600+ hp muscle car means that the rest of the consumer world should suffer as well?
        • 3 Years Ago
        Jealous much?

        Keep plugging away in school, and maybe one day when you grow up, you can be one of those "privileged" who can afford a car like this.

        You know what's else is nice about being "privileged"? You can afford to have more than one car, a daily driver for the rigors of rush hour traffic and a 60k garage queen.

        Feel better now?

        Remember, if you can conceive it; you can achieve it!!
        • 3 Years Ago
        emils/JohnH - I only hope that this car is at least driven on weekends/holidays. I'm afraid that it will become warehouse/collector fodder for rich old men who can brag about it at their local yacht club...

        When I'm a multi-billionaire and have my own supercar company, I'll include a clause in each sale that states that each car HAS to be driven at least 10,000 miles per year. If not, ownership is revoked and it's given to someone more appreciative, and who will actually DRIVE it and not just lock it away in the dark somewhere.

        I can dream, can't I?
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ John H

        Your DD doesn't always have to be a Prius, there are plenty of other fuel efficient FUN vehicles out there.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Mike Lee - You realize the current GT500, with 550bhp, doesn't even require the gas guzzler tax? 23mpg (highway) is not that bad at all. Efficiency is more about how you drive as opposed to what you drive... you will find this out when you get your license, idiot.
        • 3 Years Ago
        blame obama for that you should invade libia as normalize the situation and let gas prizes come down because after civil war that gadafy is current winning it wont sell any petrol to america.
        • 3 Years Ago
        This is a car thats garage kept for five days out of the week, only to be released unto the wild on the weekend and holidays. Then, she would be washed, carefully, before returning to the garage, patiently waiting for the weekend.

        This is like a race car. Who uses it as their daily driver.... really? And, of course, it a luxury item. So save your pennies, pesos, pence, or whatever you can to get this bad ass bull.

        Otherwise there is a very nice Ford Focus coming out with 40 MPG.....
        • 3 Years Ago
        Hate to say it but, my Cobra gets BETTER mileage than my DD, a '03 Lincoln Aviator. My Cobra gets me around 16/19mpg whereas the Aviator gets around 12/15mpg.
        You can't assume these cars are the worst mileage in anyone's fleet. Many of today's muscle cars get fairly decent mileage as long as you control your right foot.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Mike Lee,

        you don't deserve to ever get in one of these nice cars.

        go drive your Daewoo somewhere else.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yeah (Night Flight) that's true. But some - like my neighbor who works for Comp Cams and daily drives his Mustang, which is set-up by Comp as a test vehicle for high performance parts - drive theirs everyday. I asked him how he can afford it and he just smiles and shrugs his shoulders. We also have a restaurantier here who daily drives a Gallardo spyder. But, like I said, he's one of the privileged who can afford it. That, by the way, does NOT include me (and about 90% of the rest of the drivers in this country).
        • 3 Years Ago
        Mike Lee, why the hate brother? We are all responsible for our own destiny. You want to be able to afford fast cars and all the gas you can burn? Stay in school, get a good job and do well in that job. Or start a business and be the best at what you do. People are well off because they planned ahead for it. Yeah, sure, some get lucky, but the vast majority work for their wealth. Educate yourself, work hard and join them.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Most of the people I know with high horsepower, low MPG cars aren't daily driven. This vehicle would likely be the same.

      • 3 Years Ago
      2013 Shelby GT500 to boast over 600 horsepower paired with the prehistoric suspension design for better handling.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Hail the best "bang for the buck" to go in a straight line (warning: don't attempt making any turns - serious injuries or death may ensue).
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ MiniMe

        Honestly, all you are doing is proving your ignorance.

        Please do some research because you are making yourself sound like an idiot.
        • 3 Years Ago
        ..... that still smokes ALL of the competition, even some costing $30,000 more when comparing the Boss 302.

        GTHO of here with that garbage. I understand that you are very jealous since you likely drive a limp-wristed Mini, but It is getting old, really.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I was really hoping for a 5.0 direct injected twin turbo Ecoboost mill with about 600hp. My guess is that it would be lighter and have a more linear power delivery. Oh well, this is still good news. I hope they do more than add power, though, and actually attack some of the unnecessary weight in the suspension.
      • 3 Years Ago
      5.8 liters?

      Can anyone say "BOSS 351"?
      • 3 Years Ago
      This isn't as big a news as ones make it out to be. Ford Racing has been offering a supercharger upgrade for the GT500 that bumped up to 600hp for a while now. Its the same kit that Shelby uses in the SuperSnake program. Only difference is the Snake upgrade has all the interior and exterior mods from the GT500 KR program, AND the ability to get into the 700's provided your willing to void your warranty.

      Looks like Ford is just bringing that goodness back down to the base model GT500. All in all, the block of the GT500 is more than capable at 1000 hp applications, so 600+ is really childs play. One of the many advantages of Force Induction is horsepower on the cheap (provided you got a bottom end that can take it).
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