2013 Mustang GT500 Can Barely Produce 650 Horsepower

Jack Baruth
by Jack Baruth

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.

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  • Moparman426W Moparman426W on Nov 15, 2011

    Mr. Norm offers Challengers with horspower ranging anywhere from 550 up to 900.

    • Mnm4ever Mnm4ever on Nov 18, 2011

      Not with a factory warranty. There are numerous Ford tuners out there that can match that HP on a Mustang, just like the others who do it for the Camaro too. And none of them remove weight or size from the Challenger, which is my only problem with it. Its just so massive, when I see one on the street by itself, it looks amazing. But when I park next to one, it looks like a rebodied full-size truck.

  • Ion Ion on Nov 15, 2011

    Can you imagine the possibilities once FRPP sells this motor in crate form? I know the 4.6l DOHC will fit in a fox I'm sure this can be shoved in their as well.

  • Dave M. Dave M. on Nov 16, 2011
    As David E. Davis used to say – far more fun to drive a slow car fast than a fast car slowly. It's not fast you go, it's how you go fast. Pounding the crap out of a GTI, Miata or a number of other pocket rockets is a blast. Not that I'd turn the GT500 down, mind you. The slight restyle is their best look yet, especially in GT convertible form. Interesting to what 2014 will bring....
  • Buckshot Buckshot on Nov 16, 2011

    200 mph in that......thing? :O It can probably reach 200 mph, but the question is: Do you live to tell?