2020 Ford Shelby GT500 Is The Fastest, Most Powerful Mustang Ever

Ever since Ford came out with the Shelby GT350 and the GT350R, fans of hardcore Mustangs knew that the real prize would be the all-new GT500 version, which is here to push the limits of what is street legal with a 5.2-liter V8 that happens to have a giant supercharger bolted to it.

Ford didn’t reveal however all the details of the new GT500, saying it produces “over 700hp”, making it capable of 0-60mph in mid-three seconds and a quarter mile score of under 11 seconds.

The supercharged 5.2-liter V8 uses the same block with the GT350 but unlike previous reports, it won’t be a flat-plane crank unit. The supercharger attached to it is simply massive, at 2.65 liters of capacity. That’s bigger than the ones found in the Hellcat and Camaro ZL1 and slightly smaller than the one in the Demon.

It’s no wonder then why Ford is claiming “the quickest street-legal acceleration and most high-performance technology to date ever offered in a Ford Mustang”.

Ford Performance opted for a Tremec seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, which sends power to the rear through a unique carbon fiber driveshaft. The gearbox itself can manage shifts in under 100 milliseconds, according to Ford, and comes with a number of modes; these include normal, sport, drag and track. Customer-favorite features like line-lock and launch control are also present.

To successfully harness the colossal power, the chassis of the new Mustang GT500 comes with revised suspension geometry, lighter coil springs, next-gen MagneRide dampers and a new electronic power steering unit. A set of massive 420mm two-piece rotors up front with six-pot Brembo calipers provide the necessary braking power.

Ford will offer the new Mustang GT500 with a choice of two handling packs: the first, simply called the Handling Package, includes adjustable strut top mounts and a spoiler with Gurney flap. The most hardcore choice is the so-called Carbon Fiber Track Package, which includes 20-inch carbon wheels that are half-an-inch wider at the back (11.5 inches), custom Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 rubber, an adjustable GT4 wing and splitter wickers with dive planes made out of carbon fiber and no rear seat.

The Ford Shelby Mustang GT500’s angry bodywork was created in collaboration with Ford Performance’s engineers, allowing the front end to suck 50 percent more air when compared to the GT350.

“With a double front grille opening and 50 percent more cooling pack airflow versus the Shelby GT350, along with the most advanced aero components and downforce we’ve ever offered, every millimeter of Shelby GT500’s fastback design is aimed at improving performance,” said Melvin Betancourt, Ford design manager.

The interior gets its own special touches, including the exposed carbon fiber instrument panel appliqué and new door panel inserts in dark suede with accent stitching. A set of Recaro racing seats is optional while Ford is also offering a more comfortable set of power-adjustable seats with suede inserts.

Sales of the new 2020 Ford Shelby Mustang GT500 will begin this fall, with Ford to reveal the final figures in the coming months.

*Article updated with live images from Detroit

 

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  • Liam Paul

    Shut up and take my Monopoly Money Ford

    • ErnieB

      I was going to say the same thing!! Lmao!

  • Jay

    I’ll give it a pass for not having the new headlights now, it’s beautiful.. and at least it has the rear end.

    • TheAmerican

      Nah the new headlights are ugly

      • Jay

        I thought so too at first but they grew on me. Same happened with the current charger.

  • TheAmerican

    It needs a manual

    • LJ

      Ok grandpa…

      • TheAmerican

        I’m probably younger than you.

        • LJ

          Well, I’m 5, so I doubt it.

          • Belthronding

            haahahaa goddamn it was good one

          • Stigasawuswrecks

            🤣🤣🤣🤣

          • TheAmerican

            Oh yeah? I’m 2 1/2, suck on that lol

          • LJ

            Age, not penis size. 😉

          • TheAmerican

            lmao

          • Tumbi Mtika

            Thread of the week.

          • SgtBeavis

            My vote for funniest thread of the day.

  • SgtBeavis

    Damm,,,, I love it. If I were to critique the design at all it would be the dial gear selector on the center console. I get that it is really practical because of all the space it frees up, but it just looks wrong from a purely aesthetic point of view. I can get over it though. I want mine in blue!

  • john1168

    AWESOME! I love it! I wonder if it will have a cross drilled/slotted or carbon ceramic brakes option? I wish they used the new headlights but this still looks great. Headlights or fog lights in the front grille along with rear brake cooling inlet ducts on the sides would have been cool too.

  • ErnieB

    Just imagine that imposing front end coming behind you—- Supra.. lol.. damn that sound just woke up my cobra..

  • KenjiK

    The only part i dislike is that rear wing.
    Edit: I take that back, didn’t read the whole new, nor notice the tiny spoiler before commenting.

    • TheAmerican

      It makes more downforce than the Ford GT, so…

  • DMax

    I’m really loving the muscle car wars going on right now! Hopefully this gets dragged on into the next gen cars for another decade or so, what with the hybrid tech coming into play we’ll reach peak muscle car. Can’t wait for the GT500 vs ZL1 1LE comparo.

  • Stigasawuswrecks

    If it’s around $65k and if I’m a good enough boy I might be able to convinces the misses to get one. If in a bad enough boy I’ll definitely have one.

    • Kagan

      Probably more. The problem is mpg. Have a bit fun or drive in city you will get way below 10 mpg.

      • Bullitt2605

        That’s not a problem it’s a choice you make when you buy something like this.

        • Kagan

          Ofcourse it is not a problem if it is not, just a fact.

      • Stigasawuswrecks

        My CTS-V already averages 13-15 mpg and that’s my daily driver so it doesn’t matter to me.

        • Kagan

          Good for you, but this one will be even lower.

          • Stigasawuswrecks

            If you buy a car like this the last thing you care about is gas mileage. If gas mileage is a concern then buy a Prius.

      • TheAmerican

        Why tf would you care about mpg when you think about buying this?

        • Kagan

          Why not? I am not into weekend cruising! You buy a car to drive it!

          • TheAmerican

            If you worry about that go buy a prius

      • James Denz

        If you can’t afford the gas, you can’t afford this Mustang. Insurance is going to cost a huge bundle of course too.

  • Emoto

    I wonder how the low end torque will be.

    • Kagan

      Ofcourse lower, that is how higher reving and hard blowed engines have.

  • Kagan

    Put a manual too, it is slower but makes driving for many people more fun!

  • Kagan

    The red one looks cooler.

  • Kagan

    Ford you own me one, want to do right for you?

  • Blade t

    Dodge already did this years ago. .

    • Six_Tymes

      yes yes we know we know, that always happens.

      • Blade t

        Yes yes I know it does

  • eb110americana

    True. But those were generally pretty one-dimensional cars. I’ll bet with that dual clutch, this one might even embarrass them at the drag strip. But I’m sure that in terms of on-road performance and in corners, the GT500 is the better car.

  • Blade t

    A new gt350 cost about 65k, so this is gonna be 100k easy..

    • ErnieB

      At least $100K

  • Zandit75

    What school did you go to?

  • ErnieB

    This is a car Shelby would drive .. he preferred to drive autos.

  • Tinky-Winky

    I would have preferred a front end more similar to GT350. This is a bit too vulgar for my taste, like a Hot Wheels toy car.

    • Andrewthecarguy

      Vulgar is what they were going for, considering the amount of power things thing makes.
      The aftermarket world is already making molds of this front end for regular ‘stangs.

      • Bo Hanan

        Holla!

      • TheAmerican

        They already have. They started making them months before the GT500 debuted

  • LJ

    What an awesome car.

  • Skitz

    That has to be the UGLIEST front end I have ever seen!!! One GIANT ugly bass fish!!! I wonder how many spectators this PIECE OF SHIT will run into leaving a car show!!! Never, and I mean NEVER drive along side of a Mustang, their drivers ( wanna be race car drivers ) will ALWAYS loose control.

    • ErnieB

      I am sure youll have fun in your Supra as well.

    • Kagan

      Then you haven’t seen much!

    • Bo Hanan

      I love that front end. And I actually giggled watching the video alone in my living room.

    • john1168

      LMAO!!! Did you just lose your first race against a Mustang???

      • Skitz

        No, just that 5 of my friends got side swiped by Mustangs, ASSHOLE!!!!!

      • James Denz

        Skitz is just pissed that his ’98 Hyundai is the best car he’s ever owned. That Mustang is beyond awesome.

  • Merc1

    I absolutely LOVE it, and a dual clutch trans in a Mustang. Between this and the Explorer ST I’m starting to feel like Ford may know what they’re doing.

    The new Cadillac XT6 does confirm that GM doesn’t.

    M

  • Six_Tymes

    WOW! and that metallic dark red looks great. I am looking forward to seeing a full video review of this, should be entertaining.

  • Ben

    1) I don’t know why they’re holding off on telling us the official horsepower numbers
    2) NOBODY likes dial gear selectors!!! If I wanted to turn a dial, I’d turn up the heat in my house!

    • nellydesign

      In an automatic transmission, does it really even matter? You really want a big old knob sticking up from the console when you’re only going to use it when starting and parking? Seems silly to me. Oh well, to each his own.

      • Patrick

        U turns my friend

    • ThatGuy

      My concern with dial gear selectors is that being electrical, there is a chance it might fail, meaning i stuck at the mall and my car wont go anywhere, a few hours later the tow-truck comes and collects the vehicle, Ford gives me a loan fiesta and not another Mustang, cause Ford…. times goes by with its battles with Ford.
      Years later it happens again it happens, only this time i am not in warranty. Bam i got Rick Rolled…………

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b465812ca513e3c7f947e298249b277e1e3c054f378995fead12781ff186c75f.png

    • Patrick

      rotary gear selectors ruin the driving experience…

    • Luconces

      What about that electronic parking brake? lol

  • Tumbi Mtika

    There it is.

    And boy am I glad to see it.

  • Skitz

    Wow, I thought I said it well. You, my friend, have said it the best!! Very well said, I agree 100%

  • Gooseman

    Wow, that front end looks brutal and menacing.. Exactly what I expect from an American car. I love it!!

  • Eagle By Singer

    Better than the supra

    • ksegg

      Herpes is better than the new Celica Z4.

      • Eagle By Singer

        The Celica doesn’t deserve that kind of respect!

        …Celica has far better history than the Supra….

    • Luconces

      Reading the comments about the Supra on Toyota’s Instagram is so funny to be honest, both the US and Canada

  • Wandering_Spirit

    Sexy. I’d love one.

  • Six Thousand Times

    Too much car for my daily use but I’d love to have a go.

  • Six Thousand Times

    Those were in the old SAE gross HP days where the number was larger but the power wasn’t.

  • SteersUright

    Stunning performance and numbers but looks like they hired the team from Honda Type R to do the styling. Talk about overdone and just terrible looking. The regular GT is far better looking, as is the GT350. What a shame. Maybe in all black it’ll hide the tuner-boy look a bit better, just as the type-R does.
    That said, who hasn’t dreamt of a muscle car with a giant V8 and a dual-clutch transmission?!?! This thing must be absolutely epic to drive.

    • Luconces

      It’s a little bit overdone indeed and by using the old front, it looks like those generic tuning bumpers Mustang owners bought back in 2016

    • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

      It is is “overdone” for aero cooling purposes.

      It takes a LOT of air to cool 700HP, ask Chevy and Ferrari.

  • Now I have to think of selling my Demon…

  • Tiago Bastos

    Angry sound!

  • Major Lee Gassole
  • ThatGuy

    Like the Mustang. This one is a bit too aggressive, but its still nice.
    I remember reading some random car site and them saying the Mustang is starting too look date…???????
    I agree maybe 1% of the car is that 1% that is that car has been out a while, that all. It still looks crisp and new.
    Wish i could own one, however, and i know people would shoot me down for this one, a five door one, cause i do have a fam and three door car become agitating in daily family moving.
    Life, nice car though

    • Luconces

      The problem is that using the old look it gives that whole Ford Fusion Coupe feeling…

      And this look actually reminds me of those tuning parts some Mustang owners used to buy.

      I have no comments on the performance though, it looks amazing! It would be perfect with a manual transmission instead of the rotary gear shifting knob, it doesn’t suit the car at all..

      • ThatGuy

        You are correct, the Fusion mod thing slipped my mind, thanks the reminder. Yeah and like we all know it would cannibalize the Fusion range if they did that. But since they cutting most of their sedans maybe a 5 door mustang is on the cards.

        Its just the fusion mods did not make the interior the same, and interior swaps and refits are way too costly and time consuming. The cockpit of the mustang is epic compared to a Fusion, thus i think a 5 door would work kind of like the M3 5 and 3 door variations, ok not then new gens since its now 3 and 4 series BMW’s.

        The thing is the mustang is iconic and even if its a five door people want them so much. Getting a fusion and modding it is time consuming and expensive. The thing is driving feel and sound is so different that its something i don’t want to compromise on and that even with the Mustang 2.3T 4 pot ecoboost engine.
        I dont want that Mustang feel to be gone, cause the fusion feels entirely different.

        I guess it really means, for me its a dream and it will stray that way cause lets face it, it is a niche that Ford will not consider since they have many projects and direction they exploring.

        That being said i understand Ford, cause cost in the current markets is becoming an issue. And if the trade war goes off, we can expect car companies to change and give what they can, like the periods of the World Wars, except in this age its a financial war.

  • ksegg

    Hot damn I’m in love. Ford is killin’ it lately.

  • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

    “A gaping hole in your car’s face is not “aero”, it is quitting the job before you start.”

    That’s because it is for cooling, you dolt.

    They’re going to sell every one they can make…

  • Six_Tymes

    they had the design right the year prior to that mess

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