2018 Ford Mustang GT500: Could Corvette ZR1 Keep Up?

Ford Performance has been on a rampage with the 2016 Ford Focus RS and 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor, but it’s far from done. There would be an even more powerful Ford Focus RS500, accompanied by a Ford Mustang GT500 that promise some pretty insane figures.

Blue Oval is believed to be preparing more than 400hp for its hotter hot hatch, but more impressive is the Mustang GT500. Some reports claim that Ford is attempting to exceed the 707hp Dodge Challenger Hellcat with up to 740hp.

That would be an interesting retaliation against the Hellcat, given that Dodge pushed the output of its high-performance pony from 600hp to 707hp due to the launch of the 600hp Mustang GT500 back then.

Besides knocking aside the Hellcat, the GT500 would be ahead of the 650hp Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. The only equivalent to the hottest Shelby would be the upcoming Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, which is rumored to have a minimum of 700hp.

The Corvette would typically be a rival to the Dodge Viper ACR and Porsche 911 GT3 RS, but Ford has raised a challenge that would definitely be welcomed by the GM super car. Would it put up a good fight?

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  • I own a 2015 Z51 Stingray. It can do 0 to 60mph in about 3.8 seconds and has a top speed pushing 200mph. It is, by far, the fastest and most capable sports car I have ever driven, and it only has paltry 460 horsepower. Back in the 70’s and 80’s these performance numbers were unheard of in production cars. Even 15yrs ago these numbers would have been considered incredible.

    Today the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport has 1,200bhp, and the top speed is limited (the production road car) to 257mph to protect the tires.

    TranStar’s Dagger GT-LS is supposed to have 2,500bhp and will, theoretically, be capable of reaching a speed of 300mph, however it will apparently run out of fuel in 6 minutes at this speed.

    I know we should never say never, but I think we are nearing the performance limits of what production cars can realistically do while still being useable on the road. If there are increases in speed beyond about the 300mph mark, then aerodynamically it will make more sense to add wings and just leave the ground.

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