2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 To Be Capped At 180 MPH (290km/h)

Ford has confirmed that the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500’s top speed will be capped at 180 mph (289 km/h).

The previous-generation Shelby GT500 had a claimed top speed of 200 mph (320 km/h) and with even more power, one would have assumed the new GT500 would be faster. However, Ford had other priorities when designing and developing its range-topping pony car.

According to Car and Driver, Ford decided that instead of developing a car capable of 200 mph (320km/h), it would rather build one that hits 180 mph (290km/h) and spend the left-over money on the vehicle’s dual-clutch transmission, its aggressive aerodynamics package, and track performance.

In addition, Ford saw no real need in developing a Mustang that can hit 200 mph because during physical testing and virtual simulations, it found that there are very few tracks in the United States where the Shelby GT500 can even exceed 180 mph. Ford also told Jalopnik that the GT500 needs to flatter the novice while also rewarding the most skilled drivers

While Mustang Shelby GT500 drivers won’t be able to win bragging rights with owners of the 200-mph Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, there’s a chance they will enjoy greater on-track performance. In fact, the Mustang’s optional Carbon Fiber Track package delivers 550 lbs (250 kg) of max downforce, enough to give the hardcore Camaro ZL1 1LE a run for its money.

Interestingly, Ford is still remaining mum about certain aspects of the new GT500, most notably its engine. We know that the car features a supercharged 5.2-liter V8 engine but the Dearborn brand has only confirmed that it pumps out in excess of 700 hp.

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  • Bo Hanan

    Can’t think of a better way to say “we are not able to design a *safe & reliable* 200 MPH car so were capping it’s top speed at 180 MPH.”
    Why not tack on an extra $5K to it’s price and delay it’s intro by a few months and “get it right.”

    • LJ

      200+ mph is what the GT is for. No one cares about top speed in a muscle car.

      • Mr. EP9

        Not everyone has the money to buy a GT. It doesn’t matter, though, it won’t take long for people to bypass or disable the limiter.

        • LJ

          Hell, most people won’t have the money to buy this.

  • Jason Miller

    The aftermarket always finds a way. Won’t take long.

  • Mr. EP9

    Meh. People will just bypass the limiter. If they can do it for the Demon than it will work for the GT500.

  • Skitz

    Please DO NOT show up at any car shows, WE DO NOT want to see dozens of people run over!!! Still a POS!!!!!!!

    • rodriguez256

      How is it a POS? Can you give further details?

  • SteersUright

    But why is it sooooo ugly. This is supposed to be the penultimate Mustang and its not remotely as clean or pretty looking as the GT350.

    • Jay

      By ugly you mean gorgeous right? This thing is a beaut!

      • Bo Hanan

        I agree!

    • john1168

      I think it’s a form follows function thing. It may not be the prettiest car in the world but I’m guessing all that styling is functional.

  • Alduin

    Thats a good thing atleast Mustang drivers wont have to go 200+ MPH while they try to mow down pedestrians. How nice of Ford to limit them by 20 MPH.

    • john1168

      Perhaps I’m wrong but I just got a blip on my sarcasm detector:) What should a 700+hp powered car be limited to, speed wise?

      • Alduin


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    • Emoto

      …says every Camaro owner. 🙂

  • Alexandro Pietro

    The Mustang should not be the best car in the world?

  • john1168

    I’m sure there will be a mod to get rid of the speed limiter.

  • brn

    Now we know why the song isn’t about a Mustang.

    “My Mustang Maserati does 185.”

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