Saturday, December 28, 2013

2014 Shelby GT500: 5.8L Supercharged Snake

The Ford Mustang: a legendary car worth noting, especially when it comes equipped with the most powerful production V8 on the planet. Rated at just over 660 hp with 630 lb ft. of torque, it certainly isn't lacking in power. Not only does it have significantly more power (to the tune of an extra 112 horses), but it also gets 1 mpg greater than the previous generation GT500. Apparently that makes it the most fuel efficient car ever built with over 550hp. While I would imagine that most people who are in the market for an out-of-the-box race car don't need a particularly fuel efficient ride, I suppose that 15 in the city and 24 on the highway is pretty damned impressive for something with such earth shattering power. The massive powerplant paired with a far more refined chassis and suspension system make for quite the fun daily driver, or more appropriately, a track day beater. Jamal Hameedi, SVT Chief Engineer has this to say about the latest Shelby to come out of Flat Rock. 
"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."
It seems to me that the GT500 is the car to look out for next time you're in the market for a seriously ground-pounding rwd rocket ship. Check out this sweet walkaround and launch control test from

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