Ford has released a statement confirming the output of its 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, as well as a claim that the GT500's engine boasts the highest specific power and torque outputs for a supercharged factory engine.
With 567kW and 847Nm, it would be not only the most powerful factory car on sale in Australia if it were offered, it's also have its closest specific-power rivals beaten by a wide margin.
Ford's short press statement also claimed the GT500 to be the most powerful Ford road car ever.
"The all-new 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 will produce 760 horsepower and 625 lb.-ft. of torque, making it the most powerful street-legal Ford ever – with the most power- and torque-dense supercharged production V8 engine in the world. Enough said."
As stated, this has the most powerful factory road car on sale in Australia, the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, beaten not only for highest specific power, but also just completely outright.
The GT500's 5.2-litre V8 makes 109kW per litre, where the Trackhawk's 522kW 6.2-litre unit makes only 84kW per litre.
In the states, the Dodge Hellcat engine is also found in 626kW form, nestled in the Dodge Challenger Demon, though even then produces just 101kW per litre.
However, the Demon also boasts a much higher 1043Nm torque figure, and its 168Nm per litre specific output is still higher than the GT500's 163Nm per litre.
While the GT500 won't make it to Australia through Ford, Mustang Motorsport says it'll be able to convert any that it gets its hands on.
“Mustang Motorsport will be importing and converting Shelby GT350s and GT500s," managing director Craig Dean told MOTOR.
"Pricing on GT350s is affordable and but the GT500 will be sold as a premium and we are predicting five or six.
“I have sent inquiries to Vehicle safety Standards to see when importation can be organised, I suspect after December 11 2019 [when new import legislation comes into effect].”