Top 10 Fastest Ford Mustangs Ever Made

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.

2013 Shelby GT500
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. (more photos: 2013 Mustang Shelby GT500)

2. 2016 Shelby GT350R
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.

3. 2012 Mustang Boss 302
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. (more: 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302)

4. 2007 Shelby GT500
2007 Shelby GT500  | Source: Ford
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.

5. 2011 GT California Special
2011 GT California Special | Source: Ford
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.

6. 2000 Mustang SVT Cobra R
2000 Mustang SVT Cobra R | Source: Ford
With 385 horsepower and 385 pound-feet of torque, the 2000 SVT Cobra R had a larger displacement V8 (5.4 liters) than the 2003 Cobra, yet had a lower power output. But that didn’t stop the lightweight from outrunning the newer Cobra on the track. Testing by Motor Trend put the 2000 Cobra R zero to 60 time at 4.4 seconds with a 12.9-second quarter-mile at 110.8 miles per hour. Ford produced only 300 models of this Mustang, all of them coupes.

7. 2003 SVT Mustang Cobra
2003 SVT Mustang Cobra
When the latest SVT Cobra appeared in 2003, it was clear that this was a whole new level of power for the Mustang. The 4.6-liter “Terminator” V8 was as fearsome as its name, with 390 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque on tap. It may not have been as mean-looking as the original, but it would blow the Cobras of yore away with its 13.1-second quarter-mile run and 4.8-second zero to 60 sprint.

8. 2008 Mustang Bullitt
2008 Mustang Bullitt
Fans of Steve McQueen and the stripped-down retro Mustangs demanded a new Bullitt model to go with the fifth-generation car’s retro looks, and the company delivered in 2008. This time, there was a lot more under the hood to help you channel some 1960s cool. The 2008 Bullitt’s 24-valve V8 capable made 315 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. That power output vaulted the car from zero to 60 in 5.0 seconds, and it ran the quarter-mile in 13.7 seconds at 102.7 miles per hour.

9. 2012 Mustang V6 Premium
2012 Mustang V6 Premium
Once the 2007 base Mustang began challenging vintage GT models with a quarter-mile run near 15 seconds, it was clear that even Ford’s entry-level ponycars had gotten serious. In the 2011 V6 Premium, Ford delivered an engine producing 305 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, capable of going zero to 60 in 5.1 seconds. It also ran the quarter-mile in 13.7 seconds at 102.0 miles per hour. Motor Trend posed a valid question in its test of the car: “Could’ve had a V8, but why?”

10. 1995 Mustang SVT Cobra R
1995 Mustang SVT Cobra R
It may not have had the attitude of the original Cobras, but the 1995 SVT Cobra R had plenty of performance to compensate. Using its 5.8-liter V8, the 1995 Cobra R produced a max of 300 horsepower and 365 pound-feet of torque. That had it running zero to 60 in 5.2 seconds and the quarter-mile in 13.8 seconds at 102 miles per hour (Motor Trend). It also began the trend of upgrading performance with each successive Cobra R model, which Ford’s Special Vehicle Team later brought to the shockingly fast Shelby GT500 models.