The folks at Motor Trend recently snagged a 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 and immediately put the most powerful mass-produced V-8 to the ultimate test.
Their time with the new ponycar started with a cross-country jaunt that began in Atlanta. Once they put the GT500 through our normal barrage of testing, it didn’t disappoint. The supercharged V-8, rated at 662 hp and 631 lb-ft of torque, produced 583 hp and 590 lb-ft at the rear wheels and rocketed from 0-60 mph in just 3.5 seconds. The quarter-mile was accomplished in 11.6 seconds at 125.7 mph.
There was, however, one number on the spec sheet they drooling over: the GT500’s claimed 200 mph top speed. Their attempt to reach that barrier at Chrysler’s Proving Grounds, in Kingman, Arizona, which now includes a 5-mile oval track. With the track combining an elevation of 2000 feet above sea level with Arizona’s unrelenting heat, we wondered if the engine would run out of air before reaching 200 mph. Race car driver Randy Pobst reached 190.73 mph in the first attempt and 196.06 in a subsequent run. Did Motor Trend reach its goal of 200 mph? Watch the video to find out.