One of the biggest Mustang legends is Steve McQueen’s Highland Green 1968 Fastback. It became famous from Bullitt, a cop movie from 1969. The movie itself became famous for its chase scene. And for decades, this car represented one of the coolest Mustangs in the world. Because Ford couldn’t resist using it for special versions and released three Bullitt Mustangs. They presented the first one was in 2003, the second in 2008, and the third in 2018 as a 2019 model.
Ford has based all three Bullitt special versions on the GT V8 model. They all feature special green paint and dark wheels. Also, all three are highly collectible and desirable cars and big parts of Mustang history. The latest one is the 480 HP street fighter dressed in the recognizable dark green color. Best of all, it delivers sub-four-second 0 to 60 mph times.
Ever since the first retro Mustangs appeared in showrooms across America, Ford fans have asked for the return of the Boss 302. For those who don’t know, Ford first presented the Boss 302 in 1969 as a racing car homologation special they intended for Trans-Am races. With the 5.0-liter V8 engine, close-ratio gearbox, and low weight, the Boss 302 was a fast car. It was only available for two years in 1969 and 1970 before it roared into muscle car history.
A full 43 years later, Ford revived the Boss 302 with a new 5.0-liter Coyote V8 that delivered 444 HP and 380 lb-ft of torque. Again, this was almost a pure racing car with no back seats, a factory-installed roll cage, and a host of other external and internal modifications. As most people would expect, the performance was better than the regular Mustang GT. The 2012 Boss 302 could accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 3.97 seconds and topped 155 mph. Until there is another version of the Boss 302, car enthusiasts consider the 2012 model one of the best Mustangs of all-time.
The new, sixth-generation Ford Mustang brought a new Shelby in the form of GT 350. Ford introduced its even more extreme version, the GT 350 R, in late 2014 as a 2015 model. Even though they based the Shelby on the Mustang GT. However, much of the car’s suspension, design, aero package, and engine was new. The biggest single difference was the fantastic Voodoo engine, which had a 5.2-liter displacement, 526 HP, and 429 lb-ft of torque. The main feature of this high-revving powerplant is the flat-plane crank technology that allowed the big V8 to scream to almost 9,000 rpm. It is the same technology exotic manufacturers like Ferrari use, but this is the first time a muscle car has had such an advanced engine.
Ford’s investment in the Shelby GT 350 R paid off because the performance is mind-boggling. It goes from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.9. But the numbers don’t do justice to this car since the Shelby GT 350 R is a pure sports car that delivers fantastic driving dynamics to the driver. It’s much closer to the Porsche GT3 in precision driving and cornering speeds than those humble Mustangs of yesterday. This car is not only one of the fastest Mustangs ever, it’s also one of the best sports cars Ford has made in recent years.
The swan song of the SVT supercharged Mustangs is the 2013 Shelby GT 500. This glorious muscle car had a 5.8-liter supercharged V8 that pumped 662 HP and 631 lb-ft of torque. At the time, it was the most powerful American-made V8 engine. Ford installed it in the rear-wheel-drive (RWD). With a live axle platform, it was a tire smoke generator. But besides its burnout and show potential, it was also a serious performance machine.
A 0 to 60 mph sprint took only 3.5 seconds, so the $50,000 Mustang could embarrass a $250,000 Ferrari at any stoplight drag race. Buyers loved this overpowered Mustang then and they still do today. Even though Ford discontinued it, it’s still is king of the hill among Mustang fans.
After all the talk about electric Mustangs, muscle fans are finally getting the most powerful, quickest, and most expensive Mustang ever – the mighty and glorious Shelby GT500. Drivers have waited a long time for the absolute pinnacle of Mustang performance and this is it. The 2020 Shelby GT500 has a 5.2-liter supercharged V8, which delivers 760 hp and is designed to go against its main rivals, the Dodge Challenger Hellcat and Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. Results are impressive, as the GT500 can reach 60 mph in 3.5 seconds and quarter-mile in 11.0 seconds straight from the box.
However, with an over $70k MSRP and over $18k for the Carbon Fiber Track Package (optional trim level), the new Shelby GT500 is dangerously close to the magical $100,000 figure. Even though the performance and driving dynamics of the 2020 Shelby GT500 is close to exotic cars, we’re not sure the market is ready for this Mustang with the price of an exotic. If you want to own a Mustang, but don’t know which one to buy, this list should be of great help to you. All of these Mustangs deliver the best performance Ford has to offer car fans.