Everyone on the web is pitching the new Hennessey Mustang against the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, perhaps because they have no other frame of reference. Fortunately, we can see beyond the horsepower to the potential for other aspects of the Mustang’s performance.
Of course, that horsepower is nothing to scoff at: 717 horsepower at 6,600 rpm and 632 pound-feet of torque and 4,000 rpm, according to Hennessey. That results in 0-60 mph performance of 3.6 seconds, and helps it run a quarter-mile in 11.2 at 131 mph--those are figures are just about even with the Hellcat's, but the real magic will lie in the Mustang's greater ability to handle the corners--even though the Hellcat is no slouch itself.
How does Hennessey get there with the new 2015 Ford Mustang 5.0? With a Roots-style supercharger, a throttle body upgrade, a stainless steel exhaust system, and a host of other upgrades, including:
• Upgraded Fuel Injectors
• Upgraded Fuel Pump
• All Necessary Gaskets & Fluids
• Professional Installation
• HPE Engine Management Calibration
• Dyno Tuning & Road Testing
• Hennessey Exterior Badging
• HPE700 Exterior Badging
• Supercharged Exterior Badging
• Hennessey Premium Floormats
• Serial-Numbered Dash & Engine Plaques
• 3 Year / 36,000 Mile Limited Warranty
• CarbonAero Carbon Fiber Bodywork
• CarbonAero Front Splitter
• CarbonAero Side Sills
• CarbonAero Rear Diffuser
• CarbonAero Rear Lip Spoiler
• Hennessey H10 Lightweight 20-inch wheels
• Michelin Pilot Super Sport 2 tires
There will be only 500 of the 2015 Ford Mustang HPE700s sold for the upcoming model year, so if you’re interested, you’d better put your money where your mouth is.