The 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 produces an impressive 760 horsepower (567 kilowatts) and 625-pound-feet (847 Newton-meters) of torque. The figures certainly match the Blue Oval’s promise of the new muscle car packing “700++ horsepower. “The new GT500’s engine reportedly uses GT350’s 5.2-liter V8 as a starting point. For this application, a supercharger boosts the mill, and there is not going to be a flat-plane crankshaft. The power plant runs through a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. In terms of performance, the automaker says the muscle car can score a sub-11-second quarter-mile time, and the firm limits the top speed to 180 miles per hour (289.6 kilometers per hour). The 60-mph acceleration time is a mystery. In addition to the power plant, we know that Ford’s engineers are paying lots of attention to the GT500’s aerodynamics. Standard elements like a revised front fascia boost the drivetrain cooling capacity by 50 percent. The optional Carbon Fiber Track Package adds a much larger rear wing that makes 500 pounds (227 kilograms) of down force at 180 mph, plus carbon fiber wheels and thick-bolstered Recaro seats on the inside.
A carbon-fiber driveshaft routes all that thrust to the rear wheels; the dual-clutch transmission is capable of changing gears in less than 100 milliseconds. When it comes to ride, handling, and braking, the GT500 boasts adaptive dampers with sticky Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires with unique compound and tread. Stopping power is provided by Brembo, with 16.5-inch rotors and six-piston calipers. There are two performance-oriented options: the handling package includes adjustable strut top mounts and a spoiler with a gurney flap; The Carbon Fiber Track package features exposed 20-inch carbon-fiber wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, an adjustable carbon-fiber track wing, and splitter wickers with an integrated dive plane. The rear seat is deleted to save weight.
On the interior, the cockpit features an available exposed carbon-fiber instrument-panel appliqué and door panels in faux suede with accent stitching. Optional Recaro racing seats with ample side bolsters and pass-through for safety harnesses offer maximum grip To top it all off, there is a 12-inch full-color LCD instrument cluster as well as an optional 12-speaker B & O audio system with a 8.0-inch touchscreen powered by Sync 3.
Things get really cool a Ford representative pops the hood the process involves unlocking it from the cabin and pressing the two buttons that look like the hood pins. Stang Mode is incredibly happy to see that there is now a strut keeping it open, rather than a prop.
According to the Blue Oval rep, the hood vents are semi-functional. With the hood open, owners can remove a panel underneath the fins, so that they are allowed to exit the engine bay. Leaving the cover in place prevents rain from falling inside.
The 2020 Shelby GT500 goes on sale this summer, but Ford does not talk about the price yet. The figure is sure to be higher than the GT350’s starting cost of $ 60,235, though.