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Video: Ford underrates the highly-rated horsepower figure of the 2013 Shelby GT500

Jeff Glucker May 23, 2012 All Things Hoon, Hoonivercinema 23 Comments

Ford recently held an event for the motoring press to introduce the journos to the all-new 2013 Shelby GT500. Our invitation was lost in the mail, but Steve Turner, Editor-In-Chief of 5.0 Mustangs and Super Fords, made the trek to Road Atlanta to sample the new Snake-badged beast. While everyone else was using their fists of ham to chuck the coupes around the road course, Turner idled gently away to a nearby dyno. Ford reports that the Shelby punches forth with 662 horsepower and 631 pound-feet of torque thanks to its mighty 5.8-liter supercharged V8 engine.

As automakers often do with their high-po products, Ford seems to be down rating the power figures for its strongest steed.

How does 609 horsepower and 609 pound-feet of torque at the wheels sound to you? Figuring in a 15 percent drivetrain loss, that puts the actual output at around 715 horses. We’re talking about a 200-mile-per-hour, 715-horsepower Mustang(?!) that can be had for a around $63,000 (once you figure in some options).  That is insane levels of performance from a showroom stock vehicle at that price point.

Click past the break for the video, and scroll a bit further down for the obvious inspiration for SVT engineers (NSFW – Language).

[Source: 5.0 YouTube Channel via MustangsDaily]

Apparently Ford engineers have ditched this poster for their cubicles:

With this one:

  • Scandinavian Flick

    I'll be interested to see if the customer cars match up to those numbers… It wouldn't be the first example of a slightly over-tuned ringer being sent to the press for testing. Certainly nothing to scoff at regardless, but just food for thought…

  • pj134

    I wonder what Top Gear's tire per lap equation will be on one of these…

    • Number_Six

      It's going to be annoying watching Jeremy Clarkson drive it like a total dickhead, then claim it can't go around a corner. Sometimes their comical anti-American car shite is shite; like when they love the Vauxhall Monaro VXR but piss on the ZR-1.


      • pj134

        He loves the amg c63 black but hates the gt500 because they are too similar? Then hammond will defend the gt500 for exactly the same reasons he said the amg c63 black series was shit?

        • Number_Six

          Do you also have the winning numbers for this weekend's lottery?

  • tonyola

    I guess Ford was burned enough with the Mustang Cobra horsepower controversy not to want to go through the experience again.

    • Apparently that's actually quite true. It's a cultural scar within SVT.

  • Thebloody323

    I. Love. That. Poster! Also 715bhp is kind of insane.

  • OT, but I have this poster in my cube:

    <img src="http://sale.images.woot.com/Hang_In_There_Posternx7Detail.png&quot; width=550>

  • Jesus. Christ. That is some kind of PAH! The thing I love mostest about this car, is the lack of gas guzzler tax.

  • facelvega

    Horsepower numbers do nothing for me. The Boss Laguna Seca already can outlap the old, much more powerful GT500 iterations, with the ordinary GT only marginally behind, and even the lowly V-6 not too far below that. Consider, for instance, the C&D "lightning lap" series, which if imperfect is still fairly telling for cars like these. Power is no longer a serious consideration for most performance cars used on the road. Handling, on the other hand, especially perceived handling, is quite another matter.

    • Thebloody323

      I would hope that the SVT guys threw in suspension to match.

      • Autoblog's review courtesy of Bow Man;

        "We spent a few abbreviated laps around Road Atlanta with the Shelby and found ourselves stunned at not only the machine's drivability, but its trackability. Here's a big coupe that tips the scales at over 3,800 pounds with 662 horsepower routed to two wheels. We expected to find ourselves listing port and starboard as the big boat bobbed its way around the track and plowed past apexes as it tried its best to swap ass for nose. This couldn't have been farther from the case.

        Ford worked with the suspension gurus at Bilstein to come up with a new driver-adjustable damping system. Push a button on the dash and a solenoid in each damper physically switches the valving inside. The engineers at SVT specifically focused on making the adjustable features in the GT500 as easy to access and utilize as possible, which is also why buyers don't have to fumble through a maze of menus to nix traction control or adjust the electronic power steering from comfort to sport. All very handy.

        With everything set to sport, the GT500 is remarkably sharp and poised. Come into an apex, dig deep in the brakes, set up your line, pour on the throttle and the car simply heeds your commands with surprisingly little drama. This is a car that's happy to woo you into thinking, "Yeah, I can absolutely handle the world's most powerful production V8." Ford designed the GT500 with a four-stage traction control system, from full on to full off, with Sport mode allowing a little more tail-happy shenanigans without leaving you alone in the room with all that torque. Needless to say, we preferred Sport mode, and found the system to be more than forgiving enough. When we did brush up against the electronic overlords, the gadgetry didn't fully pull the wind from the car's sails. As far as traction control goes, this setup is about as lovable as it gets.

        The vast expanse of torque from the big V8 is as addicting as it is forgiving. This car doesn't need you to know exactly which gear you need to be in for every apex. It clearly has the brawn to put our inadequacies on it shoulders and carry us to glory. First gear will bolt all the to 60 mph. Second? Well past 100. Third? Well, let's just say we never felt the need to sample fourth during our abbreviated runs around Road Atlanta even with the speedometer licking at 133 mph half-way down the back straight."

    • RegalRegalia

      I mean, yeah, you're right. But that line of thought is also boring.

    • tonyola

      "Power is no longer a serious consideration for most performance cars used on the road" – there is truth to that, but Mercedes, BMW, Audi, and other European premium makers seemingly haven't gotten the message yet.

    • JayP2112

      But it sells… some guy with a wad of cash in his pocket will be licking the showroom glass at the dealer for a chance to buy a 700hp car. This is the same guy with the Corvette… all about the show.

      OTOH- the gear heads who want usable power and something that'll take a corner might prefer the Boss.

      • Scandinavian Flick

        How is buying a Corvette all about the show? I almost bought a 'Vette, and I promise you, I couldn't care less what people think about my car selection. It's not really a comparison point in this case, since Corvettes actually handle and perform well overall, rather than just playing a numbers game.

        • facelvega

          I think we can all agree that a lot of guys who buy vettes are indeed full of it. I'm glad for them– it keeps the price of used corvettes nice and reachable.

          • HTWHLS

            I didn't take that personally because, this has a kernel of truth in it. Like many, I bought mine (2 of them), firstly, because I always lusted after one and now could afford it and secondly, it does everything well and can really handle (well, at least the C4's and newer). On the plus side, my wife has no second thoughts about driving it anywhere without thinking about how I drive it when she's not with me.

        • pj134

          Maybe things are different in California but 99% of new vettes in my area are purchased by the same group of individuals that buy harleys.

    • Deartháir

      Hm. I have a new Laguna Seca and an old GT500 sitting outside. Must find a track, let's see how they really do!

      • facelvega

        That would be the best way to do it! What's your gut feeling, knowing the cars?

  • PotbellyJoe

    This isn't rare for the SVT team to underrate HP. (Obviously discounting the Cobra in '99) The Lightnings were notoriously underrated for power based on the dyno sheets seen on the NLOC boards.

    I think the Gen1's were rated at 240-hp out of the GT40 tuned Windsor 351. Some guys were making close to that at the wheels.