Both cars went zero to 60 in 5.5 seconds, with the Mach 1 making the quarter-mile run in 13.9 seconds at 103 miles per hour (as clocked by Car Life in March 1969). The 2013-2014 GT500 was a monster. 13. The new GT500, though, will be the most powerful ever produced by Ford itself. To keep things simple, we’ve omitted race-tuned cars, third-party modified vehicles, and concepts. Horsepower is an abstract number that gives you a very vague notion of how quickly a car can accelerate. When the 1971 Boss 351 debuted, Car & Driver mourned the fact that it felt like more of street car rather than a track star. With the arrival of the 2013 Shelby GT500, Ford debuted a V8 with the most horsepower ever produced in North America. As evidenced by the Hellcat twins, traction is a critical component. If they were using drag radials as Dodge itself did to record times, they could use more of their power, and would actually top this list. Not all Mustangs were fast cars, though. Only one car in the top 30—the Nissan GT-R—sells for over $100,000, and it's generally considered extremely fast for its price. But that didn’t stop the lightweight from outrunning the newer Cobra on the track. It may not have been as mean-looking as the original, but it would blow the Cobras of yore away with its 13.1-second quarter-mile run and 4.8-second zero to 60 sprint. In the 2011 V6 Premium, Ford delivered an engine producing 305 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, capable of going zero to 60 in 5.1 seconds. According to Motor Trend, it could launch from zero to 60 in 5.6 seconds, and run the quarter-mile in 13.88 seconds at 101.9 miles per hour. Standard & Poor's and S&P are registered trademarks of Standard & Poor's Financial Services LLC and Dow Jones is a registered trademark of Dow Jones Trademark Holdings LLC. That had it running zero to 60 in 5.2 seconds and the quarter-mile in 13.8 seconds at 102 miles per hour (Motor Trend). According to Road & Track times published by Ford Racing, the 1993 Cobra R made the zero to 60 sprint in 5.7 seconds and ran the quarter-mile in 14.3 seconds at 99 miles per hour using 235 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. © Copyright 2020 Endgame360 Inc. All Rights Reserved. According to Wizenburg’s extensive research, the hairiest of the early models was the 1969 Mach 1 Cobra Jet, a Mustang with a 7.0-liter, 428 cubic-inch V8 capable of 335 horsepower and 440 pound-feet of torque. The performance tests did not disappoint in the slightest either. I have a Muscle Car Review article from July of '87 which compares the individual cars as to their year, make, CID, weight, and power to weight to determine the strongest of the musclecars from the manufactures as built and represented; and according to their statistics the top four are as follows: 1> 65 Shelby Cobra 427 425HP 2529lbs 5.96:1 PTW 2> 66 Shelby Mustang 289 447 HP 2800lbs 6.26:1PTW Chicago Mercantile Association: Certain market data is the property of Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. and its licensors. Since its introduction in 1964, Mustangs have been the beating heart behind Ford’s all-encompassing lineup. Thus, it doesn't matter if a car has 10,000 hp or 100, as long as it can reach 60mph. Now, at more than 50 years old, Mustang is one of the longest-serving nameplates in the car world. The 1969 Cobra Jet matched even the 1970 Boss 302 Trans Am (built for the track) in quickness. The Complete History of America’s Pioneer Ponycar (Automobile Quarterly, 1979). The 0 to 60 mph time was 6.5 seconds, which was fast for the day. Ford's new GT500 is its most powerful car ever, Watch this production car break world speed record, Ride along in the latest Ferrari convertible, Nissan gives a glimpse of its first Z car in more than a decade, This new electric car has over 1,000 horsepower, See Maserati's first supercar in over a decade, Jeep is reviving a classic. Dow Jones: The Dow Jones branded indices are proprietary to and are calculated, distributed and marketed by DJI Opco, a subsidiary of S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC and have been licensed for use to S&P Opco, LLC and CNN. There are many discrepancies (arguments) and disagreements (brawls) over the actual output and performance of the earliest Mustangs, but Gary Wizenburg put together the most comprehensive rundown in Mustang! The 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is a future classic, and unlike its predecessors, the car is memorable for more than just going fast in a straight line. Prices for that car start at about $59,000. The Boss 302 reappeared in 2012 with a 5.0-liter V8 that made 444 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque. The 2008 Bullitt’s 24-valve V8 capable made 315 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. Since then, car enthusiasts have eagerly awaited the introduction of every Mustang generation. Where it once stayed stateside to take on rivals like GTOs, Rebels, and Grand Nationals, it’s now preaching the gospel of affordable horsepower in places like China and Germany, and doing a damn good job at it too. It wasn’t the fastest car for 1969, but it was definitely one of the most aesthetically pleasing to the muscle car crowd. Fans of Steve McQueen and the stripped-down retro Mustangs demanded a new Bullitt model to go with the fifth-generation car’s retro looks, and the company delivered in 2008. Like the models sharing the same engine, the GT CS made the zero to 60 sprint in 4.3 seconds while covering the quarter-mile run in 12.8 seconds at 110.8 miles per hour (Motor Trend). ©2020 Group Nine Media Inc. All Rights Reserved. It was the Boss Mustang fans had been wanting for decades, and one which Motor Trend declared the greatest ‘Stang of all time. Morningstar: Copyright 2018 Morningstar, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Motor Trend posed a valid question in its test of the car: “Could’ve had a V8, but why?”. Standard GT Premium models delivered the same exceptional performance without the limited-edition price tag. By Chris Isidore and Peter Valdes-Dapena, CNN Business, Updated 1935 GMT (0335 HKT) June 24, 2019. It also hit a top speed of 121 miles per hour in the Car Life tests, which made it the fastest of the early models — even faster than the Trans Am. So, buckle up and go for a fast ride through the Ford Mustang history. The new model had the chops to do some racing of its own. All rights reserved. For the record, 2.9 seconds would put the Challenger and Charger Hellcats at number one and two on this list by a considerable margin. In those days, Ford was notorious for underrating the power output of their engines and 335 HP sounded too little for a big 427. Here are 15 of the fastest cars that won’t put a huge dent in your wallet. Conceived as the next SVT Mustang Cobra, the 2007 Shelby GT500 ended up being the first Mustang to wear the Shelby name in nearly 40 years. Not everyone loved the car’s new look, but performance-wise, it delivered, running from zero to 60 in 5.8 seconds and the quarter-mile in 14.1 seconds at 100.6 miles per hour — numbers that still make it one of the fastest of all time. So to celebrate one of the most iconic Mustangs of all-time, Ford launched the Mustang Bullitt in 2001. When in doubt, the faster of the two times was used. The lightweight Shelby GT350R isn’t just one of the best Mustangs ever, it’s also one of the best performance cars in the world. Both cars went zero to 60 in 5.5 seconds, with the Mach 1 making the quarter-mile run in 13.9 seconds at 103 miles per hour (as clocked by Car Life in March 1969). Team Bigun’s High-Tech’ish Bucket “Beer Money” Still A Winner. Only one car in the top 30—the Nissan GT-R—sells for over $100,000, and it's generally considered extremely fast for its price. In the 1968 film Bullitt, Steve McQueen played a cop who went all out in pursuit of the bad guys. Disclaimer. Market indices are shown in real time, except for the DJIA, which is delayed by two minutes. The combination of cool looks, a compact size, powerful engines and affordability proved so popular that the Mustang was one of the most successful new car releases in car … The cluster of Porsches all across a wide price point of 911s and Caymans is fascinating, and would seem to imply a direct link between Porsche's pricing and acceleration. The 4.6-liter “Terminator” V8 was as fearsome as its name, with 390 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque on tap. These 15 ‘Stangs are all stock, all vicious, and all legendary. Using its 5.8-liter V8, the 1995 Cobra R produced a max of 300 horsepower and 365 pound-feet of torque. Sporting the shaker hood scoop based on the original ’60s model, the 21st century Mach 1 packed a 4.6-liter V8 capable of 305 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque, and a specially tuned exhaust setup. *NOTE: For both the Charger and Challenger Hellcat, Dodge claims a time of 2.9 seconds. You don’t need a lot of horsepower to have a good time, and as you’ll learn, there’s more to being the fastest than just power. Ford produced only 300 models of this Mustang, all of them coupes. Testing by Motor Trend put the 2000 Cobra R zero to 60 time at 4.4 seconds with a 12.9-second quarter-mile at 110.8 miles per hour. It may not have had the attitude of the original Cobras, but the 1995 SVT Cobra R had plenty of performance to compensate. "Enough said.". The 2011 GT California Special had a new look and a ferocious new DOHC V8 capable of 412 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque, making it one of the fastest Mustangs ever produced. During its long history, there were more than a couple of slow models, but the majority delivered exciting performances from V8 engines. As evidenced by the Hellcat twins, traction is a critical component. Most stock quote data provided by BATS. However, that time was set on drag radials, which provide an unfair advantage in straight line acceleration. It's based on a formula whose only inputs are 0-60 times and MSRPs. Bang for the buck is what those three have always been about. Bigger and more powerful than before, the 1967 GT 500 featured a new design, a modified front and rear end and a big 427 V8 engine with 335 HP and 420 lb-ft of torque. Ever since they introduced the first Ford Mustang in April of 1964, the car has been a legend and the U.S. car industry’s icon. Fastest depreciating cars: top 10 worst motoring money pits Almost every new car depreciates, but some shed value faster than others. With 385 horsepower and 385 pound-feet of torque, the 2000 SVT Cobra R had a larger displacement V8 (5.4 liters) than the 2003 Cobra, yet had a lower power output. In fact, there are already Shelby Mustangs, such as the Shelby-produced Super Snake, with more horsepower than any produced by Ford. What's not shown is as interesting as what is: luxury and comfort, as well as perception of brand prestige are all absent, which is how cars like the Hyundai Genesis managed to spring their surprise. Besides the design and a choice of a two-door coupe or convertible silhouette, the defining characteristic of the Ford Mustang was and still is its performance. In the quarter-mile run, the GT500 ran 11.6 seconds at 125.7 miles per hour in Motor Trend tests. The most powerful version of the Mustang Ford currently produces is the Shelby GT350 which has a 562 horsepower engine. After plugging in the data for 60 different cars, we ranked all of them to find out which rides give you the best bang for your buck. All times are ET. All content of the Dow Jones branded indices Copyright S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC 2018 and/or its affiliates.