The Shelby Mustangs are the legendary muscle cars known for their brute power and straight-line performance. However, more than fifty years since it first appeared, GT500 has grown into an amazingly competent supercar slayer packed with modern technology, materials, and frightening power. No more lazy V8 engines, live axles, and skinny rear tires. Meet the 2021 GT500 with more power than the Ferrari and technology to match it.
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Under the long hood of the newest Ford’s fighter lies a 5.2-liter, supercharged V8 with 760 hp and 625 lb-ft. The so-called “Predator” engine is a hand-built, all-aluminum monster that can launch this muscle car royalty to 60 mph in just 3.3 seconds and push it all the way to 180 mph. In order to keep things under control, Ford decided to offer only 7-speed dual-clutch transmission as the only option, providing the GT500 drivers with the unique sensation of driving the muscle car that shifts like an exotic machine.
That is precisely the biggest surprise about the GT500: From the outside, it is a full-blown muscle car with the soundtrack to match. But when you start driving it hard on the track, it displays an impressive level of refinement, performance, and control, making it a true competitor to the finest European brands. The sheer numbers aside, the newest Shelby GT500 is so good that it will introduce you to another dimension of driving experience you never knew existed.