The Differences Between Pony and Muscle CarsLast Updated June 2, 2020 | Meghan Drummond
People often refer to any fast American car as a ‘muscle car’ but pony cars continue to beat out American muscle in popularity. So, what is the difference between pony and muscle cars, and is the modern Mustang a muscle car or a pony car?
The all-new 2018 Mustang is here and out in the open! Packed full with all kinds of new features, technological and engineering advances, there's no doubt that the 2018 Mustang is making just as many waves as the 2015 did just a few years back. In a joint effort between Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Ford Motor Company, the all-new 2018 Mustang was officially debuted in mid-January 2017.
Some of the most simple and overlooked questions can be the hardest to find an answer to. One of those would be the simple question of what does GT stand for when us enthusiasts use the term Mustang GT? Yes, in the most general sense, it stands for Gran Touring, but for the Mustang it means so much more.
Back in late 2012 when the 2013 Shelby GT500 was released, it was a sight and sound to be held. Being the most powerful production V8 in existence was no small feat from the joint forces of Ford Racing, SVT and Carroll Shelby himself. 662 horses of insane power just pleading to be put to the asphalt. Since then, we’ve seen the Camaro’s ZL1 and Mopar’s Hellcat seriously give the 2013-2014 GT500 a run for its money. Now, Ford Performance is answering back with the 2020 GT500 and 760 horses of American fury!
With all the hype over Dodge’s new SRT Demon over recent months, it’s hard to not compare it to Ford’s upcoming GT500. With many of the details speculative and not set in stone, it’s tough to say which one will be the best option until the Shelby is officially released. However, it’s always fun to sit back, check out the specs of each and wonder who’s going to be out in front whether it’s the dragstrip or the road course. With the Demon now officially released, we know what to expect from Dodge - and that’s blistering straight-line acceleration. But what does Ford Performance have up their sleeve for the GT500?