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New Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 – plus, supercar-beating muscle cars!

The long-awaited return of the legendary GT500 nameplate has finally arrived! Well, kind of. The car’s not on sale just yet, but some pictures and bits of juicy info have been released by Ford. It’ll be powered by a 700bhp 5.2-litre supercharged V8 and do 0-60mph in around 3.5 seconds – excited yet?

However, what you might not get excited about is the fact that it’s an auto only. Though, it must be said that, due to fan outcry, there are reports that the GT500 could now get a manual. All we can do is keep our fingers crossed…

Oh, and it sounds amazing!

So, with 700bhp and such crazy performance on tap, it’s safe to say the new Shelby GT500 is going to be giving some supercars nightmares. Here are some other stupidly fast muscle cars that like to give exotics night terrors…

Chevrolet Camaro Zl1 1LE

 

Like the GT500, the performance figures are impressive to say the least – 650bhp from a supercharged V8 and a 0-60mph time of just 3.5 seconds. Actually, looking back at those specs, they’re all very close to the GT500’s – both cars even share a mid-three second 0-60mph time. What’s more, with the ZL1 fitted with the optional 1LE track pack, they’re both circuit-hungry machines. An on-track comparison of these two could prove very interesting…

Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

You could argue the ZR1 is a supercar, but as it’s American, rear-wheel drive, front-engined, and extremely powerful, we’re going to call it a muscle car for now. So, what is the ZR1? To put it briefly, a rocket ship. If you thought the ZL1’s specs were shocking, get ready for a heart attack. The Corvette ZR1 has 750bhp, can do 0-60mph in under three seconds and go on ‘til 212mph. That’s enough to scare a McLaren 720S – a car twice the price of the ZR1!

Dodge Challenger SRT Demon

If you did happen to have a heart attack when reading about the Corvette ZR1, don’t read on – the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon will give you a worse one. Okay, you’ve been warned.

The Demon has 840bhp – yes, that’s right, 840bhp from the factory. It’ll do 0-60mph in 2.3 seconds and cross the quarter mile in just under 10 seconds at just over 140mph. The reason the quarter mile time is being mentioned here is because the drag strip is the Demon’s home. It was built to outrun any other production car there and, well, it does.

Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R

The GT350R is more of a honourable mention here, as it’s inevitably outmatched by all the cars above. At this point, with all the massive figures you’ve been reading, it seems like the word ‘only’ has to be applied before the GT350R’s. Right, here we go – the Shelby GT350R produces only 526bhp from only a 5.2-litre V8. It must be said, however, that it does do 0-60mph in 3.5 seconds, putting it on a par with the ZL1 in that respect. Plus, the GT350R is still a track-honed driver’s car with a knack for making a Maserati GranTurismo look like a Toyota Prius on the racetrack.

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