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By Dave Ashton

The usual course of affairs for affording a vehicle that has 1,000HP+, is to tell the family they won’t be getting Christmas or birthday presents for the next 5 years. Hennessey, the Texas-based tuning outfit, has alleviated this problem by providing a marvelous set of upgrades for a Ford Mustang Shelby GT500. These upgrades will take the stock 5.2L V8 from 760HP and 652 lb-ft of torque to 1,204HP and 902 lb-ft of torque.

The power upgrades come in the form of a 3.8 L supercharger, billet fuel lines, higher flow induction, and upgraded fuel injectors. The upgrades also called for a heavy-duty supercharger belt, air/oil separation system, and a heavy-duty tensioner. The 7-speed dual-clutch transmission also gets a calibration upgrade by Hennessey. For an additional $4,950, Hennessy can make your vehicle look like a 1966 Daytona Ford GT40 Mark II if you like.


Only 66 versions of the upgrade are available, coming in at $59,950, not including a donor vehicle. In comparison, Shelby America’s GT500 Code Red costs $209,995 for 1,300 hp and 1,000 lb-ft of torque running on E85 fuel, with only 30 examples available.

If initial cost is the primary factor for you, then the Hennessey option is the best way forward. If money is no object, then the Shelby America version will probably hold its value longer due to higher scarcity and brand allegiance.


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