“Carmakers might be dumping increasingly large loads of money into ride-sharing schemes and electric cars, but meanwhile, the big-boy pony cars are playing with 700-plus horsepower. Seven-hundred-plus horsepower. Think about that for a second. The Le Mans–class-winning, half-million-dollar Ford GT makes 647 horsepower. A $300,000 McLaren 720S only just crests the 700-hp summit. And the Porsche 911 Turbo S produces a paltry 580.” Ford has launched the latest salvo in the power war with the 2020 Shelby GT500. It is what longtime Mustang designer Melvin Betancourt describes as the model line’s “holy shit” car. It promises 700-plus horsepower from a supercharged 5.2-liter V-8, but there’s no manual transmission. It is the most powerful street-legal Ford ever.

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