25 of the Most Powerful Ford Models Ever Made

Ford Performance
Ford Performance | Ford

Horsepower is an intoxicating thing. It’s hard to forget a vehicle with a lot of power under the hood, and Ford has a long history of producing models that push the envelope when it comes to speed and power. The Mustang is probably the company’s best known and most loved model, but it has produced many other vehicles that are exceptionally dynamic. From its impressive pickup trucks to its race winning supercars, the automaker puts a lot of time and resources into ensuring they have some of the most robust models on the road.

While we’re not in the horsepower wars of the late 1960s, there’s no denying that it’s still important. Here are 25 seriously powerful Ford models.

1. 2017 Mustang EcoBoost

A red 2017 Ford Mustang EcoBoost
2017 Ford Mustang EcoBoost | Ford

The four-cylinder Mustang is often thought of as the wimpy model, but there’s no denying that it’s got plenty of power coming from its EcoBoost four cylinder engine. The turbocharged mill produces 310 horsepower, which is more than enough to satisfy most people.

2. 2009 Mustang Bullitt

Ford Mustang Bullitt
Ford Mustang Bullitt | Ford

In 2001, Ford did a throwback move to the 1968 movie Bullitt by creating a special edition model that bore the same name. It featured the same dark green paint job that Steve McQueen’s car in the movie is known for. Over the years, Ford has done several Bullitt editions. The latest of which came in 2009, and that car featured a 315 horsepower 4.6-liter V8 engine.

3. 2017 Fusion Sport

Ford Fusion Sport
2017 Ford Fusion Sport | Micah Wright/Autos Cheat Sheet

The Fusion has been around since 2005, and is usually thought of as being the nice but not all that interesting family sedan. However, the 2017 Ford Fusion Sport is a downright killer. It packs a 325 horsepower 2.7-liter twin-turbo V6 engine under the hood, turning the boring old family sedan into a seriously sporty ride.

4. 2017 Focus RS

A blue 2017 Ford Focus RS
2017 Ford Focus RS | Ford

For decades, Ford RS models were forbidden fruit in the United States. Now, the Ford Focus RS is here, and it’s spectacular. The 2017 edition pushes out 350 horsepower to all four wheels, making it an insanely quick and nimble car. Pair that with the fact that there’s a number of drive modes — including a drift mode — and you’re looking at one of the most powerful and fun cars out there.

5. 2017 Expedition

2017 Ford Expedition front 3/4 running view
2017 Ford Expedition | Ford

You might be surprised to see the Expedition on this list, but it’s a list of the most powerful Fords, not the fastest. The 2017 Ford Expedition has a very respectable 365 horsepower 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine. However, the 2018 Expedition has already been announced, and it allegedly has more power than the former model.

6. 2017 Explorer

White Ford Explorer
Ford Explorer | Ford

The Expedition’s smaller stable mate is the Explorer. Unsurprisingly, this SUV has the same 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine as its larger brother, and it has the same horsepower output (365). The Explorer isn’t quite as large or as expensive as the Expedition, but that doesn’t mean that it’s any less powerful or useful on the road.

7. 2017 Taurus SHO

A red 2017 Ford Taurus SHO
2017 Ford Taurus SHO | Ford

Ford first released the Taurus SHO back in 1989. The idea was to take the family sedan that everyone loved and to turn it into a wickedly powerful sleeper car. The team behind the project succeeded, and today the Taurus SHO is loved by enthusiasts everywhere. The 2017 version of the car has a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine that produces 365 horsepower.

8. 1969 Mustang Boss 429

An olive green Ford Mustang Boss 429
Ford Mustang Boss 429 | Ford

The Mustang Boss 429 is the car that most people think of when they think of classic muscle cars. Its 7-liter V8 monster engine was at the height of the horsepower wars. It’s rated at 375 horsepower, but many people claim that number is a gross underestimation. Unfortunately, Ford only got to make this powerful speed demon from 1969 to 1970.

9. 1971 Mustang Mach 1

A red Ford Mustang Mach 1
Ford Mustang Mach 1 | Ford

After the Mustang Boss 429 went away, the Mustang Mach 1 took over. Its most powerful variant featured a 375 horsepower 7.0-liter V8 engine that made the car a rocket of a muscle car. The oil crisis of the early 1970s killed the powerful engine, though, and the car’s sales suffered as a result. The Mustang Mach 1 disappeared after 1979. It reappeared in the early 2000s as a powerful machine, but it still didn’t pack quite as much horsepower.

10. 2017 F-150

2017 Ford F-150
2017 Ford F-150 | Ford

The F-150 is often held up to be Ford’s biggest achievement. The company sells a ton of them, and the pickup truck has an extremely loyal following. The F-150 Raptor will bury any standard F-150, but even the regular truck is a powerful machine. There’s a number of engine options for the pickup, but the most impressive in terms of horsepower is the 385 horsepower 5.0-liter V8 engine. However, the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine is not far behind at 375 horsepower, and even the 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine is not too shabby with 325 horsepower.

11. 2000 SVT Mustang Cobra R

A red 2000 Ford SVT Mustang Cobra R
2000 Ford SVT Mustang Cobra R | Ford

In 2000, Ford created the fastest SVT Mustang Cobra R yet. The car had a 5.4-liter V8 engine that produced 385 horsepower. This made it a dominate force in the muscle car world. With only 300 of these Mustangs made, the Cobra R was also a stripped down car from the factory, making it a serious contender in the racing scene then and a collectors item today.

12. 2003 SVT Mustang Cobra

2003 Ford "Terminator" SVT Mustang Cobra
2003 Ford “Terminator” SVT Mustang Cobra | Ford

A few short years after the SVT Mustang Cobra R debuted as the fastest factory Mustang ever, Ford got the crazy idea to build a SVT Mustang Cobra and supercharge it. This earned the car the code name Terminator. The car came from the factory with a burly 4.6-liter V8 engine that produced 390 horsepower, placing it above its Cobra R cousin from a few years before.

13. 1964 Fairlane Thunderbolt

Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt
Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt | Ford

The Fairlane in the 1960s was nothing more than a simple two-door car. But in 1964, Ford got creative with the model. The monster that came out of their efforts was the Fairlane Thunderbolt, and it packed a shocking amount of power for the time. The car had a 7.0-liter V8 engine under the hood, and it was good for a scary 425 horsepower.

14. 1963 Ford Galaxie

1963 Ford Galaxie
1963 Ford Galaxie | Mecum

At about the same time that the Fairlane Thunderbolt happened, Ford also dropped the big V8 engine into the Galaxie. The Galaxie equipped with the 425 horsepower 7.0-liter engine was created for racing, but street versions of the car were produced as well. Aside from being an extremely powerful car, the long large two-door also serves as a beautiful reminder of the past.

15. 2017 Mustang GT

2017 Ford Mustang GT
2017 Ford Mustang GT | Ford

For many people, the typical Mustang GT is all they need. The car has been the go-to for anyone who was thinking about a Mustang but couldn’t stand the thought of driving around with a V6 engine in a muscle car. The 2017 Mustang GT is the most powerful one yet. Its 5.0-liter V8 engine churns out 435 horsepower, which is more than enough for a few thrills.

16. 2017 Super Duty Diesel

The 2017 Ford Super Duty pickup truck
The 2017 Ford Super Duty pickup truck | Micah Wright/Autos Cheat Sheet

You’ve got to love the Super Duty pickup truck from Ford. It’s a huge, powerful work truck with your option of a burly V8 gasoline or turbodiesel engine. If you have a choice, go with the turbodiesel. It makes 440 horsepower, which is nothing to sneeze at, but what’s really impressive here is the torque number. This truck’s diesel engine makes a terrifying 925 pound-feet of torque. The gasoline engine is no slouch either, forcing out 385 horsepower.

17. 2013 Mustang Boss 302

A yellow 2013 Ford Mustang Boss 302
2013 Ford Mustang Boss 302 | Ford

The original Mustang Boss 302 from the late 1960s was a seriously fast car, but the 2013 model took things to a whole new level. Ford cashed in on the car’s legendary name and produced a Mustang that blasted out 444 horsepower from its 5.0-liter V8 engine. The Boss 302 was always seen as the lesser car to its more powerful brother, the Boss 429, but the 2013 model changed that.

18. 2017 F-150 Raptor

2017 Ford F-150 Raptor
2017 Ford F-150 Raptor | Micah Wright/Autos Cheat Sheet

The 2017 F-150 Raptor is an off-road supertruck that can easily conquer nearly any terrain at speeds that don’t seem appropriate. Since Ford came out with this model, other automakers have been trying to catch up and build their own badass off-road pickups. The most recent Raptor packs a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 engine that churns out 450 horsepower. Pair that with its off-road ready suspension and tires, and you have a vehicle that’s ready for just about anything.

19. 1966 GT40

1966 Ford GT40
1966 Ford GT40 | Sotheby’s

The only car that can rival the Mustang’s fame is the GT40. This is the car that inspired the new Ford GT. The GT40 went through a number of iterations and is most well-known for winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans race three times in the late 1960s. The thing that it’s second best known for is being exceptionally powerful and quick. It had a 465 horsepower mid-engine V8 design.

20. 2015 Falcon FPV GTF

2015 Ford Falcon FPV GTF
2015 Ford Falcon FPV GTF | Ford

If this one looks odd to you, it’s because it wasn’t sold in the U.S. It’s an Australian ride. In the States, the Ford Falcon faded away in 1970. In the land down under, it stayed and became a 470 horsepower supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine muscle sedan. The Falcon’s run came to an end in 2015, but we wish Ford would bring it back and ship it stateside.

21. 2017 Mustang Shelby GT350

 2017 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350
2017 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 | Ford

The 2017 Mustang Shelby GT350 has a 5.2-liter flat-plane-crank V8 engine that can spin 8,000 revolutions per minute and produces 526 horsepower. If that sentence doesn’t excite you, then you aren’t much of a car person. The number alone should put a shiver down your spine. The massive engine is only one part of the equation, as the rest of the car is outfitted for the racetrack or a curvy road.

22. 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 | Ford

This iconic Ford model got its start in the late 1960s, and over time it has only gotten more powerful and impressive. The last Mustang Shelby GT500 packed a vicious 662 horsepower, and rumors are that the new car could have an 800 horsepower supercharged engine beneath the hood. That’s enough to put the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat down.

23. 2017 GT

2017 Ford GT
2017 Ford GT | Ford

The 2017 GT is the supercar that harkens back to Ford’s original GT40 of the 1960s. The 2017 GT in some ways looks similar to the old car, but in terms of technology and details, it’s not even close. All you have to do is look at the engine. The mid-mounted EcoBoost V6 engine has two fewer cylinders than the old car, and it still manages to produce a whopping 647 horsepower.

24. 2017 Ford Shelby F-150 Super Snake

2017 Ford Shelby F-150 Super Snake
2017 Ford Shelby F-150 Super Snake | Micah Wright/Autos Cheat Sheet

Ford loves to let Shelby American take its vehicles and make them wildly powerful. Case in point: the Shelby F-150 Super Snake. The 2017 supertruck blasts 750 horsepower from its supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine. Previous versions of the pickup have put out extremely high amounts of power as well. The 2016 model was good for 700 horsepower.

25. 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby 1000 S/C

2013 Ford Mustang Shelby 1000 S/C
2013 Ford Mustang Shelby 1000 S/C | Team Shelby

The Mustang Shelby 1000 S/C is a ridiculous car. It has a 5.8-liter V8 engine beneath its muscled hood that produces an earth-tearing 1,200 horsepower. The model first came out in 2012, but that car only made 1000 horsepower. The 2013 model upped the ante a bit. The car is based on the GT500 and is tuned to become the beast that deserves its name.