Perhaps Ford wants to make sure Chevy doesn’t beat them?

Ford just unveiled the new and awesome Mustang Shelby GT500 at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, but we still don’t know how much power it delivers. The official rating is now at 700+ horsepower, but this figure will change later on, before the muscle car goes on sale.

2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
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It’s common practice for Ford to release output estimates early on, but maybe the company is waiting for the new Corvette ZR1 to arrive before it decides on the final figures?

Word has it the GT500 will hit the streets with a 755-horsepower rating, which would put it on par with the existing Corvette ZR1, rated at 755 horsepower and 715 pound-feet of torque.

The upcoming C8 Corvette is rumored to arrive with various power ratings, including version with around 800 and 1,000 horses. Ford’s new supercharged, 5.2-liter V-8 should be able to generate well in excess of 700 horsepower with a few upgrades, so maybe Ford is waiting to match the oomph of GM’s new twin-turbo, 5.5-liter V-8, rumored to crank out around 850 horses.

On the flipside, with the upcoming Corvette designed with a mid-engined layout, the Shelby GT500 might not be much of a rival performance-wise. What do you think, will the new Shelby GT500 be good enough for the range-topping version of the C8-generation Corvette?

Ford Is Holding Out on the 2020 Shelby GT500's Horsepower Specs Because the 2020 Chevy Corvette ZR1 Isn't Here Yet Exterior
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2020 Shelby GT500 specifications

Engine 5.2-liter aluminum alloy V-8
Horsepower +700 HP
Quarter mile < 11 seconds
Transmission shifts < 100 milliseconds
0 to 60 mph mid 3.0 seconds

Further Reading

Ford Is Holding Out on the 2020 Shelby GT500's Horsepower Specs Because the 2020 Chevy Corvette ZR1 Isn't Here Yet Exterior
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2020 Ford GT500 brings 700+ Horses and Dual-Clutch To Detroit

2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
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Read our full review on the 2020 Ford Shelby GT500

2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review of the 2013-2014 Ford Shelby GT500

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Zora ZR1 Exterior Spyshots
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Read our full review on the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Zora.

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