Detroit Motor Show - Try to describe the Mustang Shelby GT500 and you’re going to end up with a mouthful of superlatives.
For starters, it’s the most powerful street-legal Ford as well as the most advanced Mustang ever, and it also claims to be the most agile American muscle car on the block, while also having the largest brakes.
So how potent is is really?
Ford is only talking projected numbers for now, but its hand-built 5.2-litre V8, boosted by a 2.65-liter roots-type supercharger, is said to produce “more than” 700 horsepower (522kW), and Ford is also boasting about a sub-11-second quarter mile and a 0-60mph (96km/h) time around the 3.5 second mark.
Thankfully Ford also did away with the Mustang’s lazy torque converter autobox, the GT500 instead getting a Tremec seven-speed dual-clutch unit, which shifts power to the rear wheels through a bespoke carbon fibre driveshaft. The ‘box has multiple driver-selectable modes as well as line-lock and rpm-selectable launch control.