2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Shows Its Angry Face Out In The Open

A less camouflaged prototype of the upcoming Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 was spotted doing some testing, giving us a first chance to spot the new features of the long-awaited 700+hp version.

Unlike previous sightings, the test car does away with the heavy vinyl cover, featuring  a complete body wrap that leaves little to our imagination.

Following Ford’s short teaser video, the 2020 (?) Mustang Shelby GT500 shows its revised front fascia that features a more aggressive front bumper with larger air intakes and a new bonnet, complete with a bulge in the middle that’s also louvered.

The rest of the body features wider fenders, deeper side sills and winglets, a rear diffuser as well as a massive front lip. Aerodynamics will be a crucial part of the most powerful street-legal Ford ever produced, with the finished Shelby GT500 to also get a rear wing, as seen in the aforementioned teaser video.

Under the bulging bonnet we expect a supercharged 5.2-liter V8 engine that will produce over 700hp, making the new Mustang Shelby GT500 even more powerful than the exotic GT supercar, which offers just 647hp. It’s also expected to offer a manual gearbox, which in combination with the performance on tap is something that deserves celebration from the hardcore enthusiasts.

The king of the Mustang range is also expected to feature a series of innovative track technologies and the right hardware to help it maintain its composure, whether you drive it on the track or public roads.

Ford’s Camaro ZL1 nemesis is expected to debut sometime later this year, either as a 2019MY or a 2020MY, but official details are still limited.

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  • Soob

    With the pre-facelift headlights, it looks a bit outdated.

    • SgtBeavis

      That was my thinking, but it still looks pretty damn sharp. At least it’s a helluva lot better looking than the 2019 Camaro SS.

      • Soob

        Very true.

      • SteersUright

        Camaro ZL-1, its true competitor, is a gorgeous beast, esp in black with its hugely wide fenders all around. That said, when I sat in it and realized I couldn’t see anything, I declined to even bother test driving the car. Yeah, its that bad for any serious driver.

        • SgtBeavis

          I absolutely agree that the current ZL-1 is beautiful. Frankly the current gen Camaro, in general, is a pretty sweet looking car. The refreshed RS is a sweet looking car too. It’s that refreshed SS that looks like absolute crap.

          My only concern on the ZL-1 is that the crap styling of the SS will make its way up the line to the ZL-1 at some point. Anyone that did the SS restyle should be kept FAR FAR FAR away from the ZL-1.

          Even though I’m more of a fan of the Mustang, I want the ZL-1 to continue its excellence. That kind of competition is why we’re enjoying these new track warriors. IMO it won’t be long before we see 800HP hybrid systems.

    • ErnieB

      They went retro … lol

    • GPFan

      I’m thinking this is still a test mule? Once it’s released surely it will be the updated model…

  • Wandering_Spirit

    This, the Vette and the Ford GT40 are the sole American cars i’d buy if i had a chance to. With the exception that Mustangs are the only ones that grant you a boom show when you leave a coffee and car event.

  • Would be interesting to see how it will compare to Hellcat, it seems everyone forgot that last gen GT500 had highest hp in muscle car market, because old ZL1 was what, 580hp? and Ford gave 662hp.

    • SteersUright

      No competition. The Mustang GT500 will be able to go around corners in a way the Hellcat simply could not, ever.
      In a straight line, perhaps they’d be close. But honestly, with so much torque to rear wheels and resulting wheelspin, they’re both going to be so traction limited in most random off-track acceleration runs that its of so little significance to me. I like my sports cars at least somewhat agile in the corners too.

      • Well GT500 were made for straight line performance. If you want to go corner then Ford had GT350. So in fairness GT500 should be compared to Hellcat.

        • SteersUright

          Not accurate actually. The GT500 is heavily based on the GT350, from its suspension to its flat plane V8. Given that, it indicates not only a very powerful car, but a rather agile muscle car at that, a category the Hellcat simply does not belong in.

          • Well look throughout Mustang history. We got Boss 429 and Boss 302. Same car underneath and totally a different beast. Then we move on to modern GT500 and Boss 302, you can say they are the same underneath both those two cater two different demographics. While you can have the same car, it depends on how you set it up. Otherwise it’s like saying all 911 drives exactly alike because they share same underpinning.

            Cobra Jet is destined for NHRA super stock racing, don’t mixed it up with road car.

  • LWOAP

    Even though it has the pre-facelifted headlights, I personally think it will look better because of it. Yeah, it looks dated but still, that facelift isn’t exactly an improvement.

    • SteersUright

      Exactly. Well put.

  • LJ

    My only gripe is the center mounted snake. It should be off to the left.

    Not that it matters… I’ll never be able to afford this car anyways.

  • john1168

    They’re using the old headlights?

    • rodriguez256

      Yup, believe it has to do with the carbon composite radiator they’re using from the GT-350. The new headlights with the lower grill won’t work with it. I could be wrong but that’s what I’ve read so far.

  • Brabusbus

    I think the pre-facelift headlights looks better.

  • SteersUright

    Looking gorgeous already!! Thank goodness they stuck with prior headlights, SO much nicer than the new tiny ones.

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