2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Leaks With Supercharged 5.2L V8, Seven-Speed DCT

If you just can’t wait until opening day of the North American International Auto Show to see the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, you may be in luck.

Images of an apparent brochure have surfaced on Facebook before spreading to forums like Mustang6G and sites like Jalopnik. We can’t confirm the brochure’s authenticity, but it looks like the real deal as the pictures match up with previous images that leaked from a dealer presentation last year.

While we already knew the range-topping Mustang would have a supercharged V8 that produces more than 700 hp (522 kW / 709 PS), the pamphlet reveals the engine is a 5.2-liter cross-plane crank.  This could be a modified version of the Shelby GT350’s 5.2-liter flat-plane crank V8.

The only gearbox mentioned is a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT) from Tremec which drives the rear wheels. Speaking of which, the GT500 will ride on 20-inch aluminum wheels wrapped in specially-developed Michelin Pilot 4S tires.  The wheels are backed up by a high-performance Brembo braking system with six-piston calipers and 420mm discs up front, while four-piston calipers and 370mm discs are found out back.

That’s just the tip of the performance iceberg as the brochure suggests the GT500 will also have a MagneRide adaptive damping system, a carbon composite driveshaft and a lightweight magnesium strut tower brace.  Buyers will also find engine, transmission and differential oil coolers as well as a “high trail knuckle for improved steering response.”

The performance upgrades are also visible on the outside as the GT500 has an aggressive front splitter with prominent Shelby badging.  Designers also installed a modified front fascia, mesh grille inserts and a massive rear wing.  Other notable highlights a unique diffuser and a ventilated hood with a removable rain tray.

Buyers looking for something more aggressive will reportedly be able to order a Carbon Fiber Track Pack that appears to include 20-inch carbon fiber wheels, a carbon fiber rear wing and carbon fiber interior trim.  The package also features leather and suede Recaro front seats and the removal of the rear seats.

Speaking of the cabin, drivers can expect to a 12-inch digital instrument cluster and a familiar SYNC 3 infotainment system.  There could also be a Technology Package which adds a 12-speaker Bang and Olufsen premium audio system, GPS navigation and a blind spot information system with rear cross traffic alert.

The brochure goes onto say buyers will receive a complimentary “Track Attack high-performance driving school session.”  Designed to teach owners how to get the most out of their car, the session will include classroom learning and on-track instruction.

The 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 will be unveiled tomorrow, so stay tuned for full details.

Thanks to Jason for the tip!

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  • Six_Tymes

    3.73:1 rear-axle ratio with DCT, DAMN this thing is going be FAST. Looking forward to seeing a full video review of this beast

  • FordMopar

    Boring AF!! I absolutely HATE the 2015 headlights on a fkin’ 2020 model! This looks like a well-known performance company took a 2015 Mustang in the shop and created that! Love the power and everything else. Just a big NO on 2015 body style!

    • Zandit75

      Do you understand the reasoning why they went way?

      • Navy Pier Morroccan ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ


        • Zandit75

          They were trying to cap costs by not having to design a new hood, front bumper and front fenders.
          As it is, they were able to keep the general overall design outline of the hood, and the only real change is to the front bumper

          • Navy Pier Morroccan ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            Um … okay

          • Zandit75

            I didn’t say it was a good excuse, that’s just the one Ford gave!!! 😛

          • ChicagoBlah

            Yeah and they realized it looked better

      • FordMopar

        Yes I read about that before. It’s just lame to avoid that. Just like Toyota that won’t add turbo or more power in 86 sport car cuz it’ll mess up the dynamics and whatnots. It’s just soooo stupid. There are engineers that can make anything work!

    • LJ

      Relax dude. Remember your blood pressure.

    • ErnieB

      Go crap on Toyota’s parade .. it’s that other article .. leave this beauty alone..

      • FordMopar

        What’s wrong with the supra? I fkin’ hate all boring Toyota cars/crossovers. Supra is one thing that they got it right. And yea, this GT500 is a beauty. Just not the front end. Can you imagine this one with 2018 facelift? 3x much more meaner looking!

        • ChicagoBlah

          New one looks like a catfish, 2015 lights look better

          • FordMopar

            Too Fusion-like with the 2015 headlights.

          • ChicagoBlah

            The good thing is the fusion wont even exist anymore soon!

        • ErnieB

          You think so? I don’t know.. I found the pre face lift a bit meaner looking. I think it would have also looked nice with the new front though.. Anyhow.. I just can’t wait to see all three top end muscle cars go at it in a comparo!!

          • FordMopar

            I actually think the 2015 headlights are too “happy” looking, too much like a Fusion face. 2018 shark nose looking face is so much better and meaner looking. Ehh, to each his own…

    • TheAmerican

      Um the 2015 body style is the same as the 2019…

  • Knuckle Buck

    the only thing faster is the dealers marking them up…sad

    • ErnieB

      Yup.. this thing will be over $100k .. sucks.

    • SpeedDemon

      Buy it in Canada and ship it home (or drive it). By law, the dealers cannot sell a car higher than MSRP. Add in the 25% saving in the weak Canadian dollar and you’ve got a bargain.
      I know someone who’ll sell you one if you’re interested.

  • Rocket

    Not my thing, but it’s difficult not to appreciate how far the original pony car has come.

  • Blade t

    A mustang with even more power to spin out and crash..

  • ErnieB

    They forgot an option.. Cars and Coffee Pedestrian Avoidance System (CC-PAS) ..

    • Zandit75

      No they didn’t, they purposefully designed the grille to better accommodate the bodies!!

      • ErnieB


  • Stigasawuswrecks

    Coming to a light pole or curb near you.

    • Ariza Ariza Mclaren 720S

      Cool Babe GT500 Snake-Mustang, 760 horse power XD, NAIAS Concept-Car 4X4 of 2020 Bronco?, please my god. please. and Concept Car Land rover Defender 20202.??.

    • Benjamin B.

      Ironically Carol Shelby would roll over in his grave if he saw this fancy European sports coupe with a 7-speed dual clutch automatic and IRS.

      • Stigasawuswrecks

        Actually, he would love it. All of his personal car were automatic. His twin supercharged 427 Cobra had a 3 speed automatic.

  • Karl

    Ultimate Mustang,about time Ford..

  • Bash

    Some says, they took it for test and max out the speed and horsepower in the empty salt desert, there was only the driver and no one else, but somehow it managed to hit the crowd.

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