The 5.8-liter V8 aluminum-block engine produces 650 horsepower and 600 lb.-ft. of torque, making it the most powerful production V8 in the world. The 3,850-pound car also stays exempt from the gas-guzzler tax.
Isn’t that all you need to know, right there? Ford has managed to strangle the Camaro ZL1 in its crib. While the nice folks at GM were running the Nurburgring, the GT500 was being prepared for life on the far side of Two. Hundred. Miles. Per. Hour.
What else is new? Well, there are six-piston Brembos up front, an optional Torsen diff, an integrated launch control, and Bilstein adjustable suspension. The “Track Package” offers three extra coolers (oil, rear diff, and transmission) to avoid facing heat issues while you’re hammering down the back straight at VIR. (Where, incidentally, I would expect the Shelby to see the high side of 160.)
While the Camaro is the GT500’s natural enemy, one unforeseen innocent casualty of this horsepower race may be its Boss 302 sister. The Boss, for all of its M3-whippin’ road-course focus, is unlikely to stay ahead of the GT500 at any track besides Waterford Hills.
If you take delivery in the spring, you’re still likely to be making payments when the “oil gap” we’ve been discussing recently on TTAC makes its presence completely known. If that kind of thing bothers you… well, try purchasing something a little tamer.
Like that ZL1 Camaro.