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2013 Ford Mustang GT500 makes 662hp (494kW), not 650

Ford SVT has revealed the 2013 Ford Mustang GT500 doesn’t produce 650hp (485kW), but in fact 662hp (494kW). This makes it significantly more powerful than the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 rival.

Jamal Hameedi, Ford SVT’s chief engineer, and Jim Owens, vice president of marketing at Shelby, recently revealed the certified specifications in an interview with Team Shelby Forums website. The data showed a whopping 494kW and 853Nm from the 5.8-litre supercharged V8.

Ford SVT is yet to reveal official 0-100km/h times, however, the new muscle car will apparently achieve the sprint in first gear. We can expect it to come up in the 3.0-seconds range.

During the interview, Ford revealed the production version of the GT500 won’t actually feature the grille that is seen on the initial press images. They say the engine requires lots of airflow, so the grille has been removed and revised.

The new model isn’t set to hit the market until around mid-2012. It will be the company’s most powerful Mustang ever made, competing with mighty Corvette ZR1 and its 476kW 6.2-litre supercharged V8.

Meanwhile, we’re all waiting for this stonking motor to make its way over to Australia, hopefully rekindling the GT-HO days and its 5.8-litre engine. Fingers crossed…

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.