Cleveland, Ohio – Special-edition, souped up muscle cars are the automotive equivalent of peacock feathers or tribal war dances – displays of power to show dominance over one’s rivals.
Enter the supercharged 5.2L V-8 engine that Ford plans to shoehorn into is 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500.
- 625 lb-ft of torque
In declarative two-sentence press release, Ford officials called the engine, mated to a2.7L Eaton supercharger, “the most powerful street-legal Ford ever – with the most power- and torque-dense supercharged production V-8 engine in the world.”
Low-volume, special edition vehicles often serve as testbeds for new technologies and as marketing tools for automakers – giving them something to brag about and draw attention to other products.
Analysts say the Corvette, for example, makes little sense for General Motors finacially, even with a six-figure price tag for big-engined variants, because those prices barely cover the costs of materials, components, and engineering. However, the value such monsters brings to brands can’t easily be quantified.
So, for now, salute the super-fast Mustang. Just don’t expect its dominance in the numbers game to last forever. GM has a new Corvette set to go into production in Kentucky in almost exactly one month.
About the author: Robert Schoenberger is the editor of Today's Motor Vehicles and a contributor to Today's Medical Developments and Aerospace Manufacturing and Design. He has written about the automotive industry for more than 19 years at The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, Ohio; The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Kentucky; and The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Mississippi.