Ever since Ford introduced the first Mustang in 1964, the car has been a legendary icon of the U.S. car industry. The groundbreaking muscle car proved so popular that it was one of the most successful new car releases in car history. Since then, car enthusiasts have eagerly awaited the introduction of every Mustang generation. At more than 50 years old, the Mustang is also one of the longest-serving nameplates in the car world.
However, the defining characteristic of the Ford Mustang was and still is its performance. If you don’t know which Mustang has the best performance for your tastes, fear no more. Read on to learn about the quickest production Mustangs from 1964 to today. This list concentrates only on factory spec models that Ford offered to the public. Racing models are not on this list because Ford produced those cars for specific purposes and they were often not street-legal. Buckle up and go for a fast ride through Mustang history.
25. Ford Mustang SVO
The third generation of the Ford Mustang appeared as a 1979 model. It brought much-needed modernization to the Mustang range, not only in design but in technology as well. The new ‘Fox-body Mustang ‘was sleeker, more modern, and aerodynamic. It was also somewhat lighter and nimbler, which was reflected in its performance.
However, the biggest news was the introduction of the turbo engine, a modern device for the time. The Ford Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) department introduced a special Mustang SVO in 1984. It featured a 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 175 HP. It was quite the power output for a small engine. As a light car, the ‘84 Mustang SVO was hot at the time with 7.2 seconds to reach 60 mph.