2013 Ford Shelby GT500 doesn’t come with 650 hp… it produces 662 hp!

Article by Christian Andrei, on April 30, 2012

The Society of Automotive Engineers officially settled a heated debate once and for all. They determined that the 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 produces 662hp, higher than that of the Ferrari 599 GTO by just one more. In a previous report, it was claimed that the 2013 Shelby GT500 would offer around 650hp and could reach 200 miles an hour.

The Shelby was then sent to the dyno and Ford found that the car produces 662hp and 631 pound-feet of torque. Because of this impressive figure, Shelby easily gets the title of the most powerful series production V-8 in the world. Of course, it’s no secret that the 2013 GT500 is one of the most powerful production cars in the world, full stop.

After surveying the production hypercars in the world, it came out that just five units are more powerful than the GT500. These are the Pagani Huayra, Lamborghini Aventador, Bugatti Veyron, SSC Ultimate Aero, and the Koenigsegg Agera. Of these five cars, the lowest priced one is the Aventador, which has a starting price of about $394,000.

Meanwhile, the GT500 costs around $55,000. Ford asserted that the 2013 Shelby GT500, with a rating of 15 mpg city, 24 mpg highway, is at least more conscious about the environment than the others.

It offers a full five mpg more than the GT500′s closest rival, the 2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. This car also comes with enhanced aerodynamics so that the car stays on the road even at tremendous speeds. Ford said that the revised front fascia and splitter offers 33% more downforce.

The car also has six-piston Brembo brakes at all four corners to bring it to a stop quickly. But then, the 662hp Ford doesn’t mean that cars like the Ferrari 599 don’t have buyers anymore. There is more to a car than horsepower so Ferrari is always assured of a steady market.

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