Ford surprised visitors at the 2019 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, Michigan when it introduced the all-new 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, which it touts as the most powerful street-legal Ford so far. The Mustang Shelby GT500 will arrive in Fall 2019, with prices to be announced close to launch date.
Basically a Mustang without a pony logo but with a cobra badge, the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 will be powered by a 5.2-liter V8 engine with Eaton 2.65-liter Supercharger. This mill is mated to a segment-first dual-clutch transmission, a Tremec 7-speed dual clutch transmission that is capable of shifts in under 100 milliseconds.
Ford didn’t disclose the exact output numbers for the 5.2-liter V8 engine, but said that this mill is capable of deliver more than 700 of whooping horsepower. According to Ford, this should allow the new Mustang Shelby GT500 can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in mid-three seconds and reach a quarter mile in sub-11 seconds.
More than power, the new 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 boasts of having the best track times among Mustangs. Likewise, the Mustang Shelby GT500 boasts of having the best cornering and the largest brakes among domestic sports coupes.
These feats are made possible by tech transfer from Ford GT and Mustang GT4 racing programs, as dialed into the Mustang Shelby GT500 by Ford Performance. For instance, the new Mustang Shelby GT500 makes use a new electronic power steering unit, revised suspension geometry, next-generation active MagneRide suspension as well as the latest in advanced drive mode technologies from Ford Performance.
Stopping power comes courtesy of large 16-5-inch (420-mm) two-piece rotors, as well as larger, stiffer Brembo six-piston calipers. The new the new 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 rides on custom Ford Performance-spec Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires or Pilot Sport Cup 2 rubbers.
Customers may avail of any of the two handling packages for the all-new 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500. One of this is the Handling Package that includes adjustable strut top mounts and spoiler with Gurney flap. Also available is the Carbon Fiber Track Package that includes adjustable exposed carbon fiber GT4 track wing and splitter wickers with integrated dive plane as well as exposed 20-inch carbon fiber wheels with 11.5-inch rear wheels, and custom Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires. The package also entail deletion of the rear seat further reduce weight.
Inside, the cockpit of the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 makes use of race-inspired premium materials, unique finishes and a 12-inch full-color LCD instrument cluster. Available are exposed carbon fiber instrument panel appliqué, door panel inserts in Dark Slate Miko suede and Recaro racing seats with firm side bolstering, as well as a 12-speaker B&O Play premium audio system.
Customers may have their 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 finished in colors like Red Hot, Twister Orange and Iconic Silver. Painted stripes are also available.