Ford’s Shelby GT500 Mustang is back with a Hellcat-difficult 760 horsepower and 625 pound-feet of torque—and seems to match. 

Jay Leno, a self-described worshiper of Carroll Shelby, is a fan of Cobra Mustangs. The GT500 in his garage this time close to is the very first he is witnessed, and Ford’s own Dave Pericak joins him for a stroll-close to, a discussion of the GT500’s historical past, and yes, some wheel time. 

Pericak goes in excess of the modifications that make the GT500 tick, from the supercharged and beefed-up five.two-liter cross-plane crank V-eight (as opposed to the GT350’s flat-plane crank layout) to the extensively revised and adjustable aerodynamics developed to assist hold the massive Shelby planted and in a single piece, which Leno admires as a perform-in excess of-type addition to the massive Mustang.

“Folks have no thought, particularly right here in L.A., I see individuals place wings [on]. There is a actual artwork and science to obtaining a wing precisely appropriate and when you get it incorrect, it truly is really worse [than stock].”

The GT500 also boasts sixteen.five-inch front rotors—the biggest on any coupe on the industry— and like the hopped-up GT350R, the GT500 provides carbon-fiber wheels for lowered excess weight. Below the hood, the strut tower brace is manufactured from magnesium, and the layout incorporates reduce-outs to optimize its excess weight and a curve to match in excess of the supercharger.

On the street, Leno admires the GT500’s energy, poise and maybe most notably, its sound. 

“It is a good driving auto…you just want to go someplace in this point,” Leno says behind the wheel. “I feel we have reached the stage in which authentic products is as excellent as it will get. There is absolutely nothing truly an aftermarket man can do to this to make it quicker than what it is now, without having breaking emissions principles or one thing of that nature.”

The GT500 sounds extraordinary on the street, and that alone is really worth the observe. Check out it out in the video over.