Then again, nothing about this car really is.
When the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon hit the market and filled the niche for an out-of-the-box drag race winner, the automotive world knew that it had wiped the floor with whatever horsepower figures the Mustang GT500 was going to come out with. But the GT500 is a much different car than the Demon. In fact, it laughs at the Demon’s narrow focus in the performance car world because the upcoming Mustang GT500, along with the Camaro ZL1, represents the new direction of American Muscle: building cars with silly horsepower figures but serious on-track performance.
Still, that doesn’t stop Ford from competing in the horsepower wars. Even if it was winning the sales war, the Mustang was severely lacking in power compared to its peers, with the Camaro being available with 650 horsepower, the Hellcat Redeye packing up to 797 ponies, and the most powerful Stang, the GT350, making only 526 horsepower.
But now that we know the new GT500 will make 760 horsepower, 110 more than the Camaro ZL1, 43 more than the Hellcat, and only 37 horsepower less than the Hellcat Redeye, the next area the Mustang had to beat the Camaro and Challenger in is its price. After all, muscle cars are the blue-collar performance cars, right?
Wrong. At least if you’re eyeing the new GT500. That’s because Ford has just announced pricing for the muscle car, making it clear that nobody will be able to buy one for less than $73,995, which includes the $2,600 gas-guzzler tax. But that’s just the beginning because Ford teases additional performance upgrades for the GT500. The Handling Package adds adjustable strut top mounts, removable splitter end plates, and a Gurney flap for $1,500 while the Technology Package brings an upgraded audio system, blind-spot warning, rain-sensing wipers, navigation, and Cobra logo-projecting puddle lamps for $3,000.
But the biggest package of them all is the Carbon Fiber Track Package, which adds carbon-fiber wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 track tires, an adjustable carbon-fiber wing, a rear-seat delete, and dive planes up front to keep the front axle pinned down by the wind. The combined total for that package is $18,500, or enough to buy a brand-new 2019 Fiesta ST-Line. Opt for all three packages and your GT500 could end up costing $96,995.
Thing is, these new range-topping muscle cars are all getting more expensive, meaning the base GT500 isn’t too far away from its competitors, the $64,695 Camaro ZL1 and $73,440 Challenger Hellcat Redeye. Still, considering that the Mustang GT500 has more horsepower than a $284,745 McLaren 720S, it’s not as outrageous as you might think.