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Video: 2013 Ford Mustang GT500 reaches for 200mph (322km/h)

The just launched 2013 Ford Mustang GT500 is a serious piece of work. Not only is it the most powerful mainstream production car Ford has ever made, it’s also the most powerful mainstream V8.

Featuring a new 5.8-litre supercharged V8 engine producing a colossal 494kW of power and 855Nm of torque, the new Shelby also gets a proper six-speed manual transmission. We told you it was a serious piece of work.

Acceleration from 0-60mph (97km/h) is achievable in first gear, which means it’s simply a matter of getting traction and keeping the throttle nailed. If you get it right, the benchmark is reached in the 3.0-second range.

As you’ll see in the video below by Motor Trend in the US, in the real world, 0-60mph comes up in 3.5 seconds, while a quarter-mile is passed in just 11.6 seconds. As for the top speed, Ford claims 200mph. Click play on the video below to see if it can actually reach that speed.

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, we hope this engine somehow finds its way into a future Ford FPV GT (HO?) of some kind.

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.