2013 Mustang: world's most powerful V-8?

2013 Mustang comes with 650-horsepower production V-8 engine, beating the rival Chevy Corvette ZR-1 by 12 horsepower. Top speed for 2013 Mustang: more than 200 miles per hour. 

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    The 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is seen at the LA Auto Show in Los Angeles Nov. 16, 2011. Ford claims that it has the world's most powerful production V-8 engine.
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The Detroit muscle car horsepower race escalated Tuesday when Ford Motor Co. announced that the 2013 Shelby GT500 Mustang will have a 650-horsepower V-8 engine.

The company will unveil the GT500 and a freshened version of the regular Mustang on Tuesday night at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Ford says the Shelby version will have the most powerful production V-8 engine in the world, with a top speed of over 200 mph.

The 5.8-liter engine is mated with a six-speed automatic transmission. Ford wouldn't release the gas mileage but said it would be good enough to avoid the U.S. tax on gas guzzlers.

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The GT500 beats the most powerful model put out by rival General Motors Co. by 12 horsepower. The Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1 is rated at 638 horsepower.

Ford also will unveil the freshened 2013 Mustang, which comes with more aggressive styling and new LED lighting to give it a high-tech look, the company said.

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