The Mustang is the most respected and widely renowned name in the automobile business. In the year 1064, Ford defined the pony car segment with Mustang and it has been the beating heart of the company ever since.
Here we take a look at the 20 Fastest Mustangs ever made:
1. 2013 Shelby GT500
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One of the fastest Shelby Mustangs of all times, 2013 Shelby GT500 rode on a 32-valve supercharged 5.8-litre V-8 engine that procured a massive 660 hp of power and 631 lbs-ft of torque. It was the highest horsepower engine ever produced in North America. The car had the capacity to go from 0-60 mph in just 3.5 seconds. Having a maximum speed of 125.7mph, the car could complete the quarter-mile in just 11.6 seconds. The updated head gaskets, the new supercharger, the all-forced engine rotating ability, the updated camshaft profile and the new cross-drilled blocks and heads all contributed to a superb performance. The car carried forward the true legacy of the legendary company.
2. 1993 SVT Mustang Cobra R
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Cobra R might not be the most muscular looking Mustang ever, but it surely was one of the fastest Ford Mustang ever made. The car was available only in red color and was meant for serious racers. It got its power from the 90-degree, OHV Windsor V-8 engine that delivered 235hp of power at 4600 rpm along with 280 lbs-ft of torque at 4000rpm. In just 5.7 seconds, Cobra R could accelerate from 0-60 mph. The track inspired handling of the car was a result of the heavy-duty Macpherson Struts, use of a front-strut tower brace and Koni shocks on all the four corners.
3. 2001 Mustang Bullitt
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After winning acclaim for its concept version in the year 2000, Ford launched Bullitt that featured a 4.6-litre V-8 tweaked engine offering 265 bhp of power at 5000rpm along with 305 lbs-ft of torque at 4000rpm. The engine of the vehicle was known for better airflow and power. The lowered and firmer suspension of the car made way for tight handling. The spirit of a movie car was captured by special exterior enhancements and interior touches. Other things that made this car a true collectible were the unique wheels, brushed aluminium fuel filler door, and Bullitt badging. This is one of the fastest Ford Mustang in the world, could capture 60mph mark from 0 in just 5.6 seconds.
4. 2011 Mustang V6 premium
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Soon after the 2007 V6 Mustang began to challenge the vintage GT models with a superb quarter-mile run nearing 15 seconds, the company had serious performance in mind for its base engine model. In 2011 came the Mustang V6 Premium that was equipped with an engine that delivered 305 hp of power and 280 lb-ft of torque. It was capable of hopping from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.1 seconds and thus registered itself as one of the fastest Ford Mustang. It could run the quarter-mile in 13.7 seconds at 102 mph.
5. 2012 Mustang V6 Premium
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Talk of fastest mustangs and the recent 2012 Mustang V6 premium instantly comes to mind. Challenging the vintage GT models, V6 Premium made a very stylish statement in terms of looks as well as performance. The galloping pony in the grille along with the staggered sequential LED rear turn indicators were the main attractions of the car. The 3.7-litre V6 engine of the car delivered 305hp of power and 280 lb-ft of torque, thus surpassing the output of several previous generation Mustang GTS and emerging as one of the fastest mustangs ever made. Capable handling, excellent brakes, Ford Sync system and performance customization were some of the highlights of this beauty.
6. 1965–66 Shelby GT350
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Hitting the scene in 1965, Shelby was welcomed by enthusiastic press by open arms. Equipped with suspension modifications for improved handling and powered by a 306 hp Cobra version of the 289 High Performance, this one of the fastest Shelby Mustang was more of a race car than a road car. The car offered a special brake package consisting of big drum brakes at the rear and 11 inch discs brakes up front. It was fitted with the standard Ford 289 cubic inch V8 engine that oozed out 271 hp of power. The suspension was 4-speed all-synchro unit with closed ratios.
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7. 2003 Mustang Mach 1
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After the release of 2001 Steve Mac Queen-inspired Bullitt, Ford launched 2003 Mach 1 that sported a shaker hood scoop based on the original 60s model. The semi-glossed black deck spoiler and the large wheels enhanced its looks. This car with a retro look carried a 4.6-litre V8 engine capable of delivering 305 hp of power along with 320 pound ft of torque. It came with a specially tuned exhaust set-up. This one of the fastest Mustangs could launch from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.6 seconds. It had the ability to run the quarter-mile in 13.88 seconds at 101.9 mph.
8. 1995 Mustang SVT Cobra R
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Promising plenty of performance, the 1995 Mustang SVT Cobra R was another one of the fastest Mustangs ever made. The car used a mighty 5.8-litre V8 engine to produce 300 hp of power along with 365 pound ft of torque. It could hop from 0-60 mph in just 5.4 seconds. The quarter mile slip of the car read 14.0 seconds at 99mph. The engine offered mighty thrust and the peak velocity of the car touched 151mph. A five speed Tramac manual transmission was installed in the car to handle the power torque. The racing abilities of the car were enhanced by the thick stabilizer bars, progressive rate springs and a front strut tower brace.
9. 1969 Mach 1 Cobra Jet
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Mach 1 Cobra Jet 1069 model is quite old but it remains one of the fastest Mustangs of all times. The car went from 0-60 mph in just 5.5 seconds. It was powered by a 7.0-litre, 428 cubic-inch engine that delivered 440 lb-ft of power along with 335 hp of power. It was able to run a quarter-mile in only 13.89 seconds with a top speed of 103 mph. The overall top speed of the car stood at 121 mph. It was faster than the equivalent model of Trans Am which was a hot selling racing car at that time.
10. 1970 Mach 1
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1970 Ford Mustang Mach 1 was an affordable performance Mustang that gave the feeling of a race car driver to an average person. The car was much longer than the previous models and got convex rather than concave side panels. It sported the V8 engine emitting 351 hp of power. It reached 0 to 60 mph in 8.3 seconds. The most notable update for this model was the addition of finned-aluminium rocker panels. Another new addition was the rear stabilizer for the standard heavy duty suspension. It was available in “two-door coupe”, “two door convertible” and “two door fast-track” versions.
11. 1971 Ford Mustang Boss 351
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Another car that makes it to the list of fastest Mustang ever made is the 1971 model Boss 351. Known for both speed and performance, this Ford beast was the last true muscle car produced by the company. Looking back, this car really shines as one of the fastest Ford Mustang in the world. It packed in a high-output version of the 351-cu.in Cleveland V-8 under its broad and tapered hood, Boss 351 produces 330hp of power at 5400rpm and 370 lbs-ft of torque at 4000rpm. The car got bolted up to a Hurst-shifted 4-speed manual transmission with Traction-Lok 9-inch rear end fitted with 3.91:1 gears. It covered 0-60 mph in just 5.8 seconds.
12. 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302
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2012 Boss 302 is considered as one of the best offering from the house of Ford and also one of the fastest Mustang in the world. Powered by a 5.0-litre V8 engine, the car delivered 444 hp of power that enabled it to reach the 60mph from 0 in 4 seconds flat. This supercar also happens to be one of the best looking of all Ford cars till date. It fared better than a GT because of the adjustable suspension along with the amazing optional Recaro seats. It got high performance brake pads along with vented brake lines for more control. The tight suspension and fantastic power made this car a hit among the racers and collectors alike. It covered 0-60 mph in just 4.5 seconds and ran quarter-mile in 12 seconds at 116 mph.
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13. 2013 Boss 302 Laguna Seca
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Boss 302 Laguna Seca from Ford came packed with a powerful 5.0-litre, V8 engine emitting 444 hp of power revving all the way up to 7500 rpm. The torque stood at 380 lbs-ft. This incredibly capable and spirited automobile could do the 0-60 mph sprint in just 4.2 seconds. This one of the fastest Mustangs ran the standing quarter-mile in 12.7 seconds at 114 mph. Having higher rate coil springs at all corners, large diameter rear stabilizer bar and four piston Brembos up front enhanced its performance. The car could attain a top speed of 161 mph.
14. 2011 GT California Special
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The first one of all Ford cars to come up with the new DOHC v8 engine, GT California Special was a truly special car. The engine produced 412 hp of power and 390 pound-ft of torque that was enough to propel this beast from 0-60 mph in just 4.3 seconds. The 6-speed manual transmission with a ‘short-throw’ linkage made driving more fun. Apart from high level of performance, the car was also known from its excellent fuel economy. It flaunted a unique appearance combined with a comfortable interior. The car gave intense competition to the likes of Dodge Challenger and Chevrolet Camaro SS.
15. 2000 Mustang SVT Cobra R
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SVT Cobra was the high performance version of Ford Mustang and was built in model years 1993 through 2004. It was positioned above Mustang GT AND Mach 1 models as it was considered as top-of-the-line model. The 2000 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra R has a 5.4-litre V8 engine under its hood that delivered a significant 385 hp of power and 385 pound feet of torque. The sporty chassis of the car combined with the track-oriented gear ratios made it reach from 0-60mph in just 4.4 seconds making it one of the fastest Mustangs ever made. The quarter-mile run was achieved in 12.9 seconds at 110.8 mph.
16. 2016 Shelby GT350R
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Shelby GT350R is a highly impressive Mustang that is powered by a naturally aspirated 5.2-litre V8 engine. The power output is 526 hp at 7500 rpm and the torque is rated at 429 lb-ft at 4750 rpm. The car packs in the first adaptive magneto rheological suspension for that impeccable performance. The car looks glamorous and unique. This fastest Shelby Mustang can spring from 0 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds flat. Its light clutch and the easy steering make way for a nice, heady drive. It definitely much more than a quarter-mile beast.
17. 2007 Shelby GT500
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This one was the first Mustang that got the name Shelby in nearly forty years. With a mighty 500hp supercharged 5.4-litre V8 engine, it emitted 480 pound-feet of torque at 4500 rpm. This vintage muscle monster offered amazing performance. In just 4.5 seconds, Shelby GT500 2007 could jump from 0 to 60 mph of speed. It could cover a quarter mile in 12.7 seconds at 116 miles per hour. This muscle car wonder took the world by storm with astonishing power and with classic looks. It continued the legacy of all-round performance that the brand is known for.
18. 2008 Mustang Bullitt
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2008 Mustang Bullitt captured the true essence of the Bullitt that featured in the 1968 Steve McQueen flick “Bullitt”. This 2008 model of Bullitt was in line with the fifth generation car’s retro look. The 24-valve, V8 engine of this car produced 315 hp of power and about 325 pound-feet of torque. This enabled the car to cover 0-60 mph in just 5.0 seconds and making it to the list of fastest Mustangs. It ran the quarter-mile distance in just 13.7 seconds at 102.7 mph. This classic car delivered a superb balance of power and performance. The suspension tweaks and the special chassis made this possible.
19. 2003 SVT Mustang Cobra
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Another one of fastest Mustangs produced by Ford is 2003 SVT Mustang Cobra that was blessed with a 4.6-litre V8 engine rated at 390 hp of power and 390 lb-ft of torque. The car could spring from 0-60 mph in just 4.8 seconds. It ran a quarter-mile in 13.1 seconds. It has an above average handling capacity as compared to other Ford models. The instant throttle response on pressing the gas pedal was also one of its highlights. Not only this, the model also boasted of an above average fuel economy.
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20. 2007 Mustang GT California Special
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Another one of “throwback” Mustangs was produced by Ford in the mid-2000s. 2007 Mustang GT California Special is one of the fastest Mustangs ever built. With 0-60 mph in just 5 seconds, and a quarter-mile time of 13.8 seconds at 103 mph, it comes across as a superb racing car. It contained a 24 valve, eight cylinder engine producing 320 lb-ft of torque along with 300 hp of power. The fuel efficiency rates were 17 MPG for the city and 25 MPG for the highway.
With so many fast cars in its kitty, Ford is not the one to rest on its laurels. The company has recently revealed updates on the latest Ford Mustang Mach 1. It gets 480-hp 5.0-liter V-8 engine from Shelby GT350 and is poised to take the car world by storm. This one is also believed to be one of the fastest Mustangs ever made.