Ford and Shelby have been making some serious noise ever since they revealed the all-new GT500. Serving as the most powerful, street-legal Mustang-based high performance model, it's no wonder the two companies have been making sure it is always being talked about.
While we already know how much power and torque it produces, (770 PS and 847 Nm to be exact), Ford has yet to announce how fast it can go from 0 – 100 km/h. To date they still haven't said just how quick it can hit the magical 100 km/h from a standstill.
But Ford decided that 0 – 100 km/h is too easy. Instead, the company said that the all-new Mustang GT500 can go from 0 – 160 km/h and back to 0 in only 10.6 seconds. We're not kidding, that is what Ford claimed about the high performance pony car. So how did the beast of a muscle car was able to do that in such a short amount of time?
For starters, it has one of the fastest-shifting dual-clutch transmissions. Built alongside gearbox specialist Tremec, the TR-9070 seven-speed dual-clutch can quickly upshift in as little as 80 miliseconds in Sport Mode, faster than a blink of an eye.
It does this by way of a wet clutch system, an electro-hydraulic shift mechanism, and a highly-advanced computer controlled system that constantly monitors the system to deliver optimal gear shifts. And should the driver use the paddle shifters, Ford claims the system can manually switch cogs in only 130 milliseconds.
But going fast means you have to stop quick too. Well thanks to a set of beefy Brembo brakes, the GT500 can easily shave off speed without too much trouble. With the front axle sporting 16.5-inch two-piece rotors, Ford claimed the GT500 has the largest front brakes in any sports coupe made in the US.
With that kind of acceleration (as well as deceleration), the Mustang Shelby GT500 is perhaps the ultimate form of the pony car to date. Set to have a sticker price of $73,995 (about Php 3,845,373), the GT500 is also quite a bargain. However, should it ever be available in the country soon, you can expect its price to go up to as high as Php 5 or 6 million. Fingers crossed Ford Philippines is able to offer it here at just the right price.