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As far as muscle cars go, the 2013 Ford Shelby Mustang GT500 is a special breed. In the segment of muscle cars horsepower is king. Therefore if you create a supercharged 5.8-liter V8 engine with a mind blowing 662 horsepower and 631 lb-ft of torque that has more power than any other series production V8 in the world you would have essentially created an icon. Ford has done just that with this year’s GT and they have taken progress one step further. Not only have they boosted the insane performance metrics but they have also improved on the fuel economy as well (more on that later).

Although there is much talk over the GT500’s engine this is not simply a Mustang with a beefed up engine. Ford has been working on taking the GT500 to a new status as an all around performance machine.

“Our goal is to create outstanding all-around performance cars, not just stoplight-to-stoplight sprinters,” said Jamal Hameedi, SVT chief engineer. “We’ve backed up this amazing powerplant with a more refined chassis tuning that helps keep the rubber on the pavement without punishing the driver’s spine and six-pot Brembo brakes that dissipate speed with ease stop after stop.”

Another point to the GT’s added power is the fact that it will be available to drivers at nearly any point during the rev cycle. With 395 lb-ft of torque ready to use at a paltry 1,000 rpm, drivers will never feel the need to over rev the GT to get great speed.

Another aspect that makes the 2013 Ford GT500 incredible is the EPA estimated 24 mpg highway. Yes, that is correct. A vehicle that makes nearly 700 horses can also get reasonable fuel economy. When comparing numbers to the Chevy Camaro ZL1, the GT500 gains 5 mpg better on the highway and still has an extra 82 horses and 75 lb-ft of torque to play with. Now that is some incredible engineering!