You may have seen this without knowing what you were watching.
The Ford Shelby GT500 Mustang is the be all end all of high-performance production Mustangs, with a supercharged 5.2-liter V8 pumping out 760 horsepower, facilitating some unfathomably quick acceleration figures. In ideal conditions, zero-to-sixty passes in a brief 3.3 seconds, Ford says, and the new GT500 flies down the quarter-mile in a scant 10.7 seconds.
But if there's one limited-run Mustang out there that can bring the fight to the Shelby GT500, it might be the Jack Roush Edition Mustang. Imbued with 775 horsepower, courtesy of an in-house-designed supercharger and an otherwise stock 5.0L Coyote V8, the Roush Edition actually outpowers the new GT500 by a skosh. Better, it can be had with a manual transmission.
And, it turns out, the Jack Roush Edition Mustang might be able to hang with the 2020 Ford Shelby GT500 Mustang at the dragstrip.
Roush Performance recently re-posted a video from earlier in the year showing a bright green Ford Mustang GT launching hard and scooting down the dragstrip. But "[w]hat we didn't mention then is that this engineering vehicle is an undercover version of the 775hp Jack Roush Edition Mustang equipped with the competition package," Roush said on its Facebook page.
"It put down a 10.7s 1/4 mile time and a 3.4 0-60."
Naturally, those figures are for the factory ten-speed automatic transmission, and they're so nearly identical to the GT500's manufacturer-claimed acceleration figures the difference is immaterial. That's significant because remember: the GT500 has a specially designed dual-clutch automatic transmission, for the quickest possible shifts.
Just seventy examples of the 2020 Jack Roush Edition Mustang will be built, each at a price of $87,720. That's significantly more than the GT500's base price, but a few grand less than a 2020 Shelby GT500 Mustang. Which is the better bargain is ultimately more a matter of taste.