The 2011 GT California Special had a new look and a ferocious new DOHC V8 capable of 412 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque, making it one of the fastest Mustangs ever produced. Like the models sharing the same engine, the GT CS made the zero to 60 sprint in 4.3 seconds while covering the quarter-mile run in 12.8 seconds at 110.8 miles per hour (Motor Trend). Standard GT Premium models delivered the same exceptional performance without the limited-edition price tag.
4. 2007 Shelby GT500
Conceived as the next SVT Mustang Cobra, the 2007 Shelby GT500 ended up being the first Mustang to wear the Shelby name in nearly 40 years. With a 500-horse supercharged 5.4-liter V8, it cranked out a maximum 480 pound-feet of torque. The GT500 looked every bit the vintage muscle monster and backed it up with performance, running a quarter-mile in 12.7 seconds at 116 miles per hour, according to Motor Trend. It made the zero to 60 sprint in 4.5 seconds.
3. 2012 Mustang Boss 302
Thankfully, Ford’s line of throwback Mustangs doesn’t seem to be a passing fad. The Boss 302 reappeared in 2012 with a 5.0-liter V8 that made 444 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque. How bad was the latest Boss Ford? In Motor Trend tests, it took its 3,621 pounds and went flying from zero to 60 in 3.97 seconds, running the quarter-mile in 12.3 seconds at 115.8 miles per hour. It was the Boss Mustang fans had been wanting for decades, and one which Motor Trend declared the greatest ‘Stang of all time.
2. 2016 Shelby GT350R
The lightweight Shelby GT350R isn’t just one of the best Mustangs ever, it’s also one of the best performance cars in the world. With its innovative flat-plane crank V8 and a healthy dose of carbon fiber, and other lightweight bits, the track-focused GT350R went from zero to 60 in 3.9 seconds during independent Motor Trend tests. It would go on to hit 119.6 miles per hour in just 12.1 seconds, all courtesy of the 471 horsepower being sent to the rear wheels.
1. 2013 Shelby GT500
With the arrival of the 2013 Shelby GT500, Ford debuted a V8 with the most horsepower ever produced in North America. The 5.8-liter, 32-valve supercharged aluminum beast produced 662 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 631 pound-feet of torque at 4000 rpm, which was enough to intimidate the majority of the world’s land vehicles.
The performance tests did not disappoint in the slightest either. The Shelby blasted from zero to 60 in 3.5 seconds. In the quarter-mile run, the GT500 ran 11.6 seconds at 125.7 miles per hour in Motor Trend tests.
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