Spy photographers have caught images of the next generation 2013 Ford Mustang GT500 rumbling around on public roads.
According to our sources, the next Mustang GT500 could have between 600-625 bhp – though this seems a tall order with the current engine.
This prototype runs on GT500 wheels and Pirelli P Zero tires.
Despite not having the race-car-inspired looks of the Laguna Seca, the base Ford Mustang Boss 302 is potent. The same engine is mated to the same gearbox, only the base model has a quieter ride with room for four.
1962 Ford Mustang Concept
The Boss 302 is the best-handling production Mustang ever, but the most impressive thing about it was its durability—it lapped Laguna Seca for two straight days. Most other production cars wouldn’t have lasted five laps. Its lap time of 1:39.5 sec. should make Porsche 911 GT3 and Nissan GT-R drivers take notice.
Aside from a well-sorted suspension, the Shelby GT350’s free-revving Whipple-charged 5.0-liter V-8 delivers all the power desired for the track and twice as much as is necessary for the street. It’s a car whose talents match its visual presence—both of which are never tiring.
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The supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 does its part as well, sending 624 bhp to the rear wheels via a short-throw 6-speed manual. Vents on its hood and front fascia are also functional, the latter helping cool the GT350’s slotted and drilled 6-piston brakes.
One shouldn’t judge a muscle car by its stripes.
Beneath the blue and white nostalgia resides modern mechanicals with fuel injection, 6-speed transmissions, traction control and ABS. The newest Dodge Challenger SRT8, an inaugural edition 392 model, rivals the performance of its present-day peers. The Shelby GT350 aims to repeat history, not on the track, but by raising a Mustang’s performance to the level of a sports car.
This 444-bhp pony dances with Porsches.
With sincere apologies to Chevrolet and Dodge aficionados across the country, the undisputed boss of the pony car ranks is the Ford Mustang.
The production run of the original Boss 302 was short, lasting only a couple of years, but after winning the 1970 Trans-Am championship, it became a national icon.
Now 42 years later, the folks at Ford have decided to resurrect the nameplate, creating the most agile Mustang ever, one that can go head to head with the best sports cars in the world, and that includes the likes of the BMW M3 and Porsche 911.