The 2013 Shelby GT500 actually has a top speed of 202 MPH

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Say what? Yes, the 2013 Shelby GT500 has reportedly topped out at 202 mph on Italy's Nardò test track. If true, it means the 650-hp hellhorse is as fast as a Lamborghini LP 570-4 Superleggera. That's kind of a big deal.

According to MustangsDaily, SVT boss engineer Jamal Hameedi said the GT500 achieved that big number by way of the supercharged 5.8-liter V8's copious power (an extra 100 hp since 2012) and the car's improved aerodynamic profile.

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No Nürburgring time yet, but maybe SVT will make an exception to its enduring 'Ring shyness — just this once.

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boxerfanatic
BoxerFanatic, troublesome iconoclast.

It is an amazing achievement, but I have to ask...

Does one really want to go 200+ miles per hour in a chassis built to a 20K price point?

The car itself may cost more, but the unibody structure of the vehicle is designed and built to be sold as a base-line V6. I would say that about any of the cars in that class.

Just because you can propel something to to that speed with a BIG drivetrain and humongously powerful engine... doesn't mean the "bones" of the car are designed to survive that speed, or what can go wrong at that speed.