Europe’s stricter emissions regulations and future ban of all ICE-powered vehicles in some countries as early as 2030 has had a huge impact on the automotive world. Carmakers have responded by using downsized engines or adopting some sort of electrification to cope with that. However, that’s not always possible.
So, where does that put the 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500? In as few words as possible, out of reach of European customers.
MuscleCarsAndTrucks had the chance to briefly speak to Ford Performance Marketing Manager, Jim Ownes, asking him where the most powerful street legal model ever made by the Blue Oval will be sold. His answer? North America, Mexico and the Middle East – period.
Europe and other parts of the world are not on the list, so customers looking for an agile version of the pony car will have to limit their choice to the Mustang GT or Bullit, with the latter adding a few extra horses to the 5.0-liter, naturally aspirated V8, and a specific makeover along with more gear. The 2.3-liter, turbocharged four is still available in the entry-level grade and remains the most popular version of the ‘Stang yet.
Speaking of which, the American muscle car owns the title of the world’s best-selling sports coupe for four years in a row. In the first 6 months of 2019 alone, Ford shifted 5,612 units in Europe, whereas last year, they delivered 9,851 examples, according to CarSalesBase. Naturally, the Mustang did way better in the United States, with 75,842 units sold in 2018 and 38,542 in the first half of 2019.