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Five Supercars with Less Horsepower than the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

The 2020 Shelby GT500 Mustang is a force to be reckoned with—it is the most powerful production car Ford has ever made, boasting more raw power than even the Ford GT. In fact, the GT500’s supercharged V8 makes an impressive 760 hp and 625 lb-ft of torque. Even Dodge’s Hellcat twins and the Chevrolet Corvette ZR2 fall short of that power figure.

In 2013, the GT500 only made 662 hp, and Ford still decided to introduce automated launch control as a stock feature so less experienced drivers could take off like professionals. And with that kind of power going only to the rear wheels, it would have been almost impossible to do so otherwise. Now, the GT500 almost has another 100 hp. 

We’ve put together five famous supercars that have less horsepower than this snappy cobra. The GT350‘s big brother, GT500 promises performance formerly reserved for those with hundreds of thousands of dollars to spend or time and money to modify their car.

Ferrari F8 Tributo

The F8 Tributo bears strong drivetrain similarity for the 488 Pista with its 3.9-liter twin-turbo V8, although this time around, it makes 710 hp and 568 lb-ft of torque. The cost of the 2020 Tributo still hasn’t been announced, but with a predicted price of around $300,000, it will definitely cost more than the 2020 GT500. Ferrari has made its name with luxury design and branding, to which this “tribute” falls perfectly in line, taking the place of the 488GTB.

Aston Martin DBS Superleggera

This silver-winged beast packs a 5.2-liter twin-turbo V12 under the hood with 710 horsepower out of the gate. By using carbon fiber and other ultra-light materials, Aston Martin has created a “lightweight” supercar which offers drivers a multitude of interior design options, ranging from open-pore ash wood to satin-finish chrome. The Superleggera flies from a dead stop to over 60 MPH in just under 3 seconds.

Audi R8

A mid-mounted, naturally aspirated V10 cranks out just over 600 horsepower at the rear wheels, and the magnetic suspension can be adjusted on the fly. The R8 comes standard with variable power distribution, meaning that it acts like a RWD car most of the time, but up to 100 percent of torque can be pushed to the front axle. Unlike many other supercars, the R8 is also comfortable enough to drive daily while still ripping off a 3.1-second zero-to-60 time.

Porsche 911 GT2 RS

From 0 to 60 in 2.7 seconds, the 700 horsepower 991 GT2 RS is a quarter-million dollar investment in the quarter mile. The GT2 can make a full quarter mile pass in just 9.42 seconds. Surprisingly, this monster of a car has less horsepower than the 2020 Shelby GT500, but costs over three times more than the 2020 release, though it will probably still beat the Mustang on the track.  

Lamborghini Aventador S

The final car on our list is the iconic Lamborghini Aventador S, a 740-hp car that defined an era of exotic supercars. It uses a naturally aspirated V12 engine to pump out its 700 horses and 500 lb-ft of torque. Compared to the 911 GT2, it’s just as powerful, but its quarter-mile is a bit behind at 10.5 seconds. If power is all you care about, the GT500 is poised to upset this supercar, with its own sub-ten second quarter mile runs from the factory. It is likely that the pony will outperform the bull, this year.

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