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2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 Hits 170 MPH On Autobahn: Video

For many Americans, the Autobahn represents an alluring fantasy: a highway where drivers can just hop on and go as fast as they want. In reality, the German highway system does have speed limit restrictions in certain areas. That said, drivers can and do push their cars to the limit where it is legal to do so, and automotive outlets often get in on the action too, which is why we now have video of a Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 going quite fast on the famed highway.

There really is no ambiguity as to what happened in this video. A helmet cam got attached to the driver, who walked around the Mustang Shelby GT350 before getting in and driving right onto the highway, making one attempt at a top speed run before trying again, with the second result likely yielding the desired results. On this particular section of the Autobahn, there is apparently no speed restriction in place, and fortunately for the driver, traffic seemed pretty light.

Either way, the S550 Mustang Shelby GT350, discontinued after the 2020 model year, was powered by the Ford 5.2L Voodoo V8 engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission. Output stands at 526 horsepower and 429 pound-feet, though the video curiously claims a 533 horsepower output.

In any event, the Mustang Shelby GT350 eventually gets up to an impressive speed, topping out at around 170 mph. That’s very close to its upper limit, as publications like Car And Driver have taken the track-focused Shelby up to 180 mph, making this run on the Autobahn a pretty successful outing.

The whole thing reminds us of Ford’s awesome ad for the last-gen Shelby GT500, which was set in Germany. Either way, watch the video for yourself just below.

We’ll have more cool videos like this to share soon, so subscribe to Ford Authority for the latest Ford Mustang news, Mustang Shelby GT350 news, and ongoing Ford news coverage.

Ed owns a 1986 Ford Taurus LX, and he routinely daydreams about buying another one, a fantasy that may someday become a reality.

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  1. Roy Chile’s

    Impressive and sounds great doing it

  2. JimL

    Glad to see it being used as intended.

  3. Dave Mathers

    I have driven the Autobahn but NOT at a buck 70 MPH (270 K), closer to 220 K. The drivers there understand that, unlike North American drivers, they use the fast lane to pass and then get right over. It still caused a little heart bump going past somebody at that speed. LOL

  4. Rob

    I’m not a Ford guy but that’s pretty impressive for a Ford, 🤣 I’ve had a stock SS Camaro up to those speeds without much trouble 🤷

  5. Rich

    Seems like it could do better. My 2020 GT (5.0/MT82 6 speed) reaches the limiter of 157 with ease in 4th gear. I imagine with the limiter removed it would eclipse that easy. My top speed attempt(s) were as close to ideal as you can get. Almost sea level on about a 40°f.

    Really am looking forward to trying again with a tuner and the limiter removed.

  6. Jeremy

    How utterly amazing would it be to trust that some idiot isn’t going to be loitering in the left lane or pull out in front of you? We can dream, can’t we?

  7. Mr.Gary.

    I agree about the limiter. That stang could and should be able to get abit more speed.But I’m always amazed how the Chevy boys always can do better. HUMMM?

  8. hyracer

    Not a Mustang, but I’ve had my 2016 Focus RS to 168.3 MPH on a Mojave closed course. This was a timed event with accurate equipment to record the speed. 6th gear in the RS is very similar to 6th gear in the GT350, took the last half mile of a 1.5 mile runway to gain 6 MPH. Only mods to the RS was a tune and an intake.


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