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.


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

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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.