Official: 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 Is The Most Powerful Street-Legal Ford Ever With 760HP

Ford may be a bit late to the extreme muscle car party, but the wait was well worth it, as the 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 is the brand’s most powerful road-legal car ever.

According to the official numbers released by the Dearborn automaker, the 5.2-liter, supercharged V8 produces a whopping 760 horsepower and 625 pound-feet (847 Nm) of torque on premium fuel. As a result, it’s also “the most power- and torque-dense supercharged production V8 in the world”, according to Ford.

Watch A Dodge Challenger Hellcat Get Smoked By A 10 Year Old Shelby GT500

In terms of power alone, the 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 slots between the 707 hp Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and 791 hp Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye. It also has 110 horsepower more than the 2019 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. However, the bowtie brand’s model has an extra 25 lb-ft (34 Nm) of torque. For comparison, one of the most coveted modern supercars, the McLaren 720S, has 710 hp and 568 lb-ft (770 Nm) of torque produced by the 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V8.

When it comes to acceleration numbers, Ford remains tight lipped. Nonetheless, it was previously reported that top speed will be electronically limited to 180 mph (290 km/h). That’s because the company is thought to have focused on a model that can easily get to the 180 mph mark, spending the rest of the money on things that matter more, like improving the aerodynamics, making it corner better than its predecessor and fitting it with a fast-shifting dual-clutch automatic transmission.

In all likelihood, we’re looking at the new drag racing star, something that’ll have to put out the fire left from the now-discontinued Demon.


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  • wow

  • Nobody

    Let the price gouging begin.

    • javier

      right , the whole thing is so stupid, add $3ok

  • Knotmyrealname

    It’s nice to see a bit of a character change up front and some nice styling enhancements elsewhere, but why, oh why, the ‘home depot’ style wing supports at the rear!? It just looks like they ran out of money and cobbled up some old shelf brackets.

  • ErnieB

    I have a healthy kidney for sale.. Just saying.. its a really efficient kidney.

  • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

    This thing is going to be an absolute monster.

  • LJ

    Remember when 320 horsepower was considered a lot?

    • brn

      It still is

      • LJ

        Sure, for a family sedan.

      • Cobrajet

        For a four cylinder.

  • Bo Hanan

    Ford just needs to make sure it can go around corners and stay glued to the asphalt.

    • Mr. EP9

      They can, it’s just the drivers who can’t seem to keep it under control. Too much testosterone and too little skill.

  • Mr. EP9

    Ford should make this available as a crate engine sometime in the future. Also, this kind of puts the Ford GT to shame. Ford should do something about that.

  • Blanka Li

    Even more spectacular Mustang crash videos in 3, 2, 1 . . .

  • Alexandro Pietro

    Really stunning,but my doubt is:What else happen with those big size Mustangs of the past?

  • eb110americana

    While the Demon is a purpose-built drag car, even it has had trouble reaching sub-10 second 1/4 mile times in all but the most perfect of situations. The GT500 is significantly lighter, and has a rapid shifting dual-clutch transmission. With the right tires, I’m guessing either car could take the win. I guess we’ll have to wait for Dragtimes to make the video.

    • Ben

      I don’t think the Demon had issues reaching those times, but rather the drivers. The main benefit of supercars in the early 00’s was launch control. You could launch a Ferrari, Porsche and Lamborghini at the same speed as a reasoned race car driver repeatedly. That’s what technology did for supercars back then. Now, we have the same technology in a $25k GOLF GTI. However, its not that cut and dry with a Demon. Drag Racing, as a sport, is really focused on the driver’s launching ability and reaction time.

      What I’m saying is, we’ve gotten spoiled and the ability to launch a car properly at the dragstrip (or anywhere else for that matter) is a lost art. Hell, I don’t even watch these YouTube reviewers test a car’s 0-60 anymore. There are a few owners that post to YouTube and forums that have verifiable and repeated about sub 10 second times. But its all about launching your car correctly.

      Half of these YouTubers or 1st owners don’t spend that much time with the car. They get it, make tons of instragram post, pick up Starbucks in it for about 3 months and its on to the next one. Taking time with you machine doesn’t exist anymore. Its a popularity game.

  • Bash

    Not enough power. 🙂

  • Kyle Newberry

    Weight > HP

    • Ben

      Weight transfer > Lightweight

      • Kyle Newberry

        Alright Takumi lol

  • I’ve driven the Old GT500, Roush Stangs, and was just at track event with GT350 and Hellcat Redeye. They’re all fun. The torque of the Redeye on track is so laugh inducing fun and can quickly get up to high speeds in short shoots on track. So much fun.

  • Yep, that Redeye on track is so much fun. I’ll likely do another track run with it at a different (very good) track in July. Pure joy.

  • wtvlol

    We will find out on the next car & coffee curb.

  • Ben

    Has a lot of curb appeal.

  • donald seymour

    It’s the most powerful Ford engine.

  • Nick099

    I’ll save the accolades till I see the price tag.

  • Roshun Eppenger

    I can’t wait to see this against a gtr. That will be a nice comparison but I still hate the dial shift.

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