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!