Can the GT500 really do 200mph?


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Ford has already backed up their claim that they 2013 Shelby GT500 can surpass the 200 mph mark by reaching 202 mph during pre-production testing at the Nardo Ring in Italy last summer. They guys over at Motor Trend wanted to see the high performance of the 2013 GT500 for themselves, though, and decided to do their own top speed test in a quest for the double century mark. Enlisting the help of professional driver Randy Pobst, the Motor Trend crew drove the new Shelby out to the five mile oval track at Chrysler's Arizona Proving Grounds - one of the few places in the United States that a car can reach speeds of 200 mph.

So how fast did the 2013 GT500 go? Unfortunately Motor Trend could only push the Shelby to a top speed of 196 mph after two days of testing. Regardless, both Pobst and Motor Trend believe that the car can achieve 200 mph given the right circumstances. "At this point, I think it's just a matter of a longer straightaway or lower elevation," Pobst said post-test. After looking over the data Motor Trend's Kim Reynolds agreed, saying it "seems certain it would've [reached 200 mph] at a lower elevation with denser air -- despite the greater air resistance."

Want to see more from Motor Trend's top speed test of the 2013 Shelby GT500? Check out the photos from the test below.

Mark Dellacqua (Wed, 30 May 2012 12:09:06 -0700): The other issue is the 100 degree track tempatures. Let's take a car out for a top end run of 200mph and let's do it at high elevation and triple digit tempatures. Maybe you should load up the trunk with 50lb bags of cement, that should help. One thing of interest is that this car ran an 11.60et in this weather so it begs the question what will it run on a cool fall night @ 300ft ASL at 68 degrees with a mild tailwind. Do you think it will run 11.60's then?
Bill Heim (Tue, 05 Jun 2012 15:26:16 -0700): I bet Chrysler was thrilled to see it on their track.
Chris Webb (Tue, 05 Jun 2012 16:04:26 -0700): Nice segment. All in all, an amazing car especially for the money. I don't doubt that it could hit 200mph under better conditions. What got my attention was 500lb ft torque from 2000 to 5000 rpm.
Tammy Lobato (Tue, 05 Jun 2012 16:11:53 -0700): Now that's a chevy eater!
Robert Nugent (Tue, 05 Jun 2012 17:17:22 -0700): Yeah, that's silly powerful. My f150 with the 300 i6 only makes something like 275 lb-ft at 2000rpm peak, and will still roast big meater tires starting off in second gear. I can't imagine what 500 lb-ft. feels like at such a low rpm, and then still keep making near-peak power and torque up through 7000 rpm. Absolutely insane. Gotta love variable timing.
(Tue, 05 Jun 2012 17:25:44 -0700): I have to echo Mr. Dellacqua's observations. This is the kind of brain power at the helm of Motor Trend? Really? Hell, why not stuff the car with groceries... all frozen roasts... and make it REALLY impossible to do what Ford did in Italy? Maybe you could have found a higher track. Maybe you could have waited until the hottest week of the year. Sheeeeee-it, I happen to know an airbase at Balad, Iraq, very, very well... lots of pavement there... plenty of heat... now and then, the occasional mortar... come on, you brains at Motor Trend, take it to Iraq in JULY or AUGUST, wait until 1400 hours, THEN do your stupid "test." You guys are amazing... in a mentally-challenged, "slowest kid in class" type of way.
Anne-Marie Stowe (Tue, 05 Jun 2012 20:06:22 -0700): Crazy fast!!! Love it!!!
Michael Hadzicki (Wed, 06 Jun 2012 00:01:25 -0700): Chrysler was sending out like negative ions and shit.
Allen Larson (Thu, 07 Jun 2012 14:07:53 -0700): Woulda, coulda, shoulda, It's funny reading the comments of all the cry babies here, the car didn't hit 200, if you have a GT500, and have proof of it going 200+, then post the proof, otherwise let me get you a hankie.
(Tue, 12 Jun 2012 21:07:37 -0700): The last attempt was early in the morning just after the sun broke the horizon so heat should not have been a major factor to use as an excuse to not hitting the claimed 200mph.It fell short at 196mph,...not bat for a Ford.On the other hand,...a 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 hit 200.9 mph in March of 2012 at the Texas Mile event,...haha!Not only does the new Challenger have the best retro muscle car look, has that good ol' Hemi power to kick ass.
Mark Dellacqua (Tue, 12 Jun 2012 21:52:14 -0700): Let me bring you back to reality, not only was the heat an issue but at 2000ft ASL the air is rather thin. If the GT 500 ran a 196mph under those conditions what would be the top speed of a factory SRT8 Challenger, less than 185mph which is as good as the ZL1 can get, and trust me , the ZL1 has more balls than the SRT8. In fact the challenger is the slowest of the 3 factory muscle cars, Camaro, Challenger, Mustang. At over 4000lbs the challenger is a pig. Whatever challenger ran 200mph in Texas, one thing is for sure if it really happened, it wasn't a stock factory car. It was modified, it would have to be when it's making about 180 less HP and weighs 300lbs heavier than the GT 500. Simply put, your math doesen't add up. Have you been following the ADRL series this summer, the Challenger Drag Pak has been getting it's ass handed to them every week so far by the Cobra Jet Mustangs. Oh, and how about that GT 500 running an 11.6et/124mph in a 1/4 mile run. Last I heard the SRT8 Challengers are finally running in the high 12's after years running low 13's. The stock GT 5.0 Mustang runs high 12's and for about 8K dollars less than the challenger. The Boss 302 Mustang costs about the same as the optioned out SRT8 challenger and outperforms the challenger so badly they put them in different classes. I would suggest famaliarizing yourself better with Ford and Mopar performance cars so that when you enter a forum such as this we can have an intelligent conversation because you will actually know what your talking about. It's obvious at this point that you don't even know your own car by insuating that a stock SRT8 challenger is capable of running 200mph. Can't be done, not even downhill.


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