Since Ford Mustangs introduction in 1964, they have been beating heart behind Ford’s all-encompassing lineup. Ford is not focusing on particular market segment, instead it takes the American muscle car global. With a half-century’s worth of attainable speed under the belt, here is a short list of Ford’s pride and joy cars: the fastest, street legal, factory Mustangs ever produced:
1971 Ford Mustang Boss 351
Drivers of the Boss weren’t disappointed in its 351-cubic-inch V8, which cranked out 330 horsepower and 370 pound-feet of torque. The car felt more like a street one rather that the track star. Even though not many were happy with its new look, the performance of the car was really amazing.
1993 SVT Mustang Cobra R
You can’t call it the most muscular looking Mustang ever, but the fleet, final installment of the third-generation Mustang had some zip in the SVT Mustang Cobra R trim. the 1993 Cobra R made the zero to 60 sprint in 5.7 seconds and ran the quarter-mile in 14.3 seconds at 99 miles per hour using 235 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. There were only 107 models ever produced with such a speedster.
2003 Mustang Mach 1
This model was inspired by retro style. However, it could launch from zero to 60 in 5.6 seconds, and run the quarter-mile in 13.88 seconds at 101.9 miles per hour according to Motor Trend.
2001 Mustang Bullitt
The Highland Green Mustang GT, made its show off in the 1968 movie – Bullit, and in order to celebrate one of the most iconic Mustangs of all-time, Ford launched the Mustang Bullitt in 2001. Featuring an upgraded 4.6-liter V8 (265 horsepower and 305 pound-feet of torque), the 2001 Bullitt Ford debuted running zero to 60 in 5.6 seconds, and the quarter-mile in 14.0 seconds at 97.9 miles per hour (both figures per Motor Trend).
1969 Mach 1 Cobra Jet
There are many arguments going on over an actual output and performance of the earliest Mustangs, but Gary Wizenburg put together the most comprehensive rundown in Mustang! According to Wizenburg’s extensive research, the hairiest of the early models was the 1969 Mach 1 Cobra Jet, a Mustang with a 7.0-liter, 428 cubic-inch V8 capable of 335 horsepower and 440 pound-feet of torque.
1995 Mustang SVT Cobra R
Once rolling, the long-stroke 5.8-liter V-8 had pretty good thrust to offer, feeling responsive and lively and pulling up to a peak velocity of 151 mph. It didn’t do so real quietly, though. The Ford guys assured us the mid-rpm rattle was “air cavitation in the intake manifold.” Sounded more like nickels in a Folger’s can to us.
2012 Mustang V6 Premium
2012 Ford Mustang line-up delivers a lot of choices. Any of the current Mustangs is quieter, better built, better equipped and more refined than ever, but still visually engaging and good fun to drive. However 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.
2008 Mustang Bullitt
The fans of Steve McQueen and retro Mustangs were begging for a new Bullitt model to go with fifth-generation car’s retro looks, and the wish was granted in 2008. 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.
2003 SVT Mustang Cobra
The latest SVT Cobra model produced in 2003 made it obvious, 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.
2000 Mustang SVT Cobra R
This Mustang is a muscle car model, built in model years 1993 through 2004 .The SVT Cobra was a high-performance version of the Ford Mustang, considered as top-of-the-line as it was positioned above the Mustang GT and Mach 1 models during its era of production .
2011 GT California Special
The model became one of the fast Mustangs ever produced with a ferocious new DOHC V8 capable of 412 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque.
2007 Shelby GT500
This is he first Mustang that ended up wearing 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.
2012 Mustang Boss 302
The Boss 302 reappeared in 2012 with a 5.0-liter V8 that made 444 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque . 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.
2016 Shelby GT350R
The R keeps all the components that make the GT350 great and throws out pretty much everything else not required by law or structural integrity, all in the interest of destroying road courses. So the flat-crank 5.2-liter V-8 stays, still eclipsing both 500 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque.
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.