Our world is speeding up every day. We are constantly surrounded by new innovations and exciting technology brought on since the early 2000s. What this technological renaissance has also given us is the fastest Mustangs ever. Mustangs don’t usually crack the list of the fastest cars in the world. However, they still can zip pretty quickly. They are also a whole lot more affordable than a Bugatti or Koenigsegg, causing them to land in the range of “most realistic dream car” to many. You can get several of the ones on this list for less than $25,000. Compare that to a $2M Bugatti and you’ve got yourself quite a deal.
These are pure, modern-day machines made by a company that knows how to build a proper muscle car. None of the Mustangs from the ‘90s are on this list, as that era is one that fans of the car might want to forget. To save some hollering, we’re only going to keep it at production models, but feel free to look up crazy Mustang videos after you’re finished drooling here.
#10 – Mustang Bullitt
Who could ever forget the original Steve McQueen film? It features one of the most iconic movie car chases of all time – the dark green ’68 Stang rocketing through the streets of San Francisco. It was such a great chase that nobody minds that somehow eight hubcaps flew off of one car. Ford obviously has a fondness for this film, because its 2008 Bullitt definitely brought some more nostalgic attention to the car. This car instantly became incredibly popular with fans of the original film, and it had some speed to back it up.
Its V8 packs 315 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. Motor Trend reported a 0-60 time of 5 seconds flat. That’s impressive even today. Echoing the true spirit of the movie, the Bullitt features no badges or spoilers. Only the fake gas cap on the back hints at the identity of this mysterious pony. That’s just the way Bullitt fans like it.
#9 – 2003 SVT Cobra
Back in 2003, power wasn’t exactly on everyone’s mind. It just wasn’t a big deal like it is today. Cars of today push out incredible horsepower, even sedans and trucks. The SVT Cobra was up there with some of the highest-performing Ferraris, at 390 horsepower. That can be strange to think about, since these days, the fastest cars have horsepower in the thousands. However, in just 4.8 seconds, it could hit 60 mph from a standstill.
This car revolutionized what it meant to own a street car in the early ‘00s. While its styling signaled the end of the Cobra generation, it was and still is a bang for the buck and full of character. This was shortly after the Fast and the Furious movies were coming out, which re-energized a group of car fans into becoming obsessed with speed.
#8 – 2000 SVT Cobra R
Car and Driver emphasized this car as a bare-bones, no-nonsense Mustang, and they were right. As they put it, the only thing the Cobra R was built for was to go, turn and stop fast. It didn’t need anything more than that. No fancy styling, no updated technology, just a pure ‘stang. If it didn’t make the car go any faster, it more than likely wasn’t included in the car.
It runs 0-60 in 4.4 seconds and makes equal 385 horsepower. When it comes to the basic amenities, like air conditioning, rear seats and a stereo, you’re gonna have to save the comfort for your other car. This is a car that’s best use is at a track, and not one you’d want to have as your daily driver. Unless you live in a place that never gets too hot or cold.
#7 – 2011 GT
We all know who the Mustang’s bitter rival is. The Mustang and Camaro have been battling for years and years. This one shaped up to be leaner and meaner than the Camaro of that same year, and people ate it up: 410 horsepower at a price that couldn’t be beat. The car was also outfitted with the brand new 5.0-liter V8 that made 390 pound-feet of torque.
It runs from 0-60 in 4.3 seconds and sprints the quarter mile in 13.2 seconds, practically matching the Camaro SS. It’s tough to cause a Camaro fan to switch to Mustangs, but this one had many at least giving it the respect it deserved.
#6 – 2015 GT
2015 was the year we saw the Mustang restyled into the beautiful machine that sits before us today. Not that it wasn’t magnificent before, it’s just that this one almost takes on a life of its own. Unlike some Mustangs of years past, this one just screams modern muscle, doesn’t it? It has those angry headlights and sleek body that looks like it’s out to take on the world.
Not only that, but it’s much nicer to drive. The handling is better and it drives like a car that costs twice as much. In fact, it’s been awarded the performance car of the year over cars 3 or 4 times the price. It has a 5.0-liter V8 making 435 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque, making it one of the most impressive Mustangs of recent memory.
#5 – 2007 Shelby GT 500
While this Mustang’s ability to hang in with the other big boys of its era is questionable, it still crunched some solid numbers. It has a supercharged V8 that cranked out 500 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque. It hits 60 in 4.5 seconds. It’s the first on this list to break the 500 hp mark, so it needed to be included even if it wasn’t as popular as some of the others.
Though the racing stripes can’t say much more than bold, this car is a perfect solution for the low-key hot rodders that just want to have a relaxing drive. It’s another that doesn’t have the most impressive interior or features, but the pure speed makes up for it.
#4 – 2012 Boss 302
The day the Boss came back is an important day for many Mustang fans across the globe. Not only is it an important car in American history, but it also played a huge part in paving the way for the Mustang rule in the muscle car market. It originally came out in 1969 and 1970, and helped start the rivalry with the Camaro.
2012 was the first time we saw the Boss since 2012, so of course it had some serious power behind it. Its 5.0-liter V8 produces 444 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque. It sticks the 0-60 in 4.3 seconds and runs a quarter mile in 12.8 seconds. Pretty good after a 40+ year absence.
#3 – 2013 Boss 302 Laguna Seca
Heading back to nostalgic times has been a theme for Ford lately. We’re not complaining. This Ford harkens back to that legendary moment Parnelli Jones won the first Trans-Am race of Laguna Seca. Although most of us won’t remember it, we’re glad that it could spawn the rebirth of this sweet car.
It delivers a smooth, cohesive performance all around and has great looks to boot. It really doesn’t look like many other ponies out there. The slanted down the side helps it stand out from the rest. What’s even better are the tweaks: a 4.2 second 0-60 time and a 32 valve V8 making 444 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque.
#2 – 2016 Shelby GT 350
If you’re looking for a new Mustang, now is the time to get one. The new 2016 GT 350 is just amazing. It basically rips a page out of the Boss 302’s book and makes its own legend. It received numerous awards throughout the year, and has the stats to show. It also has some of the best looks of any Mustang ever made.
526 horsepower and 429 pound-feet of torque. A 0-60 time of 4.3 seconds. The 5.2-liter V8 engine. The stunning decelerating capability. This is the future of Mustang as we know it. If you want even more fun, upgrade to the racing inspired GT350R.
#1 – 2013 Shelby GT 500 Super Snake
How much horsepower is too much? Is there such a thing as too fast? Well, when it comes to Mustangs, that question is null. The fastest production Mustang to this day houses a 5.8-liter V8 that produces 662 horsepower, takes only 3.6 seconds to reach 60, and dashed through the quarter mile in only 11.5 seconds.
It’s basically only one step away from a stock car. It’s amazing that the engineers at Ford didn’t leave it up to some of the Mustang customizers out there to make a car like this one. The downside is that it can be difficult to drive, especially on the street. Still, that’s a small price to pay to say that you have the fastest Mustang available.
Which one is your favorite? Let us know in the comments!