The all-new 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is here. This is the most powerful production vehicle ever built by Ford. While you certainly can take this car out on the road and drive it to the envy of passersby, where you want to drive this Mustang is on the track.
Power comes from a 5.2-liter supercharged V8 with 760 horsepower and 625 lb-ft of torque that posts a mid-three-second 0-60 mph time with a sub-11-second quarter-mile. It’s paired to a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission with no option for a manual. The lack of a manual will likely have purists balking, but calm down.
Today’s dual-clutch automatics are good. Really good. They do the job far more quickly and smoothly than anything us mere mortals can pull off. This one manages shifts in as little as 80 milliseconds in sport mode. If you can beat that with a manual, please let us know which planet you hail from because it’s not this one.
We spent plenty of time with the Mustang Shelby GT500 on the road and on the track and didn’t miss the manual for a second. This transmission is crisp and smooth, anticipating what comes next before it even occurs to the driver. Whether it’s downshifts or upshifts, the street or the track, this is an automatic that won’t make you miss your good old manual.
On-road, your biggest challenge is easing up on the gas. This Mustang is fast and if you hammer the accelerator getting on the highway you’ll quickly find yourself passing everyone, wondering why, and then suddenly realizing the numbers on the speedometer should not be that high.
That’s why you need to take the Mustang Shelby GT500 to a track. There, you don’t have to worry about pesky speed limits. Instead, you need only worry about taking the next turn, which is surprisingly easy.
Any car can get away from you on a track. All it takes is some overconfidence or a moment’s inattention and suddenly there’s dirt under you wheels instead of pavement. The Mustang Shelby GT500 makes it a lot less likely that’s how your day will end.
It is incredibly composed and doesn’t get unsettled at the least little bump. There’s a sense of control that lets you push a little more with each lap, gradually gaining a feel for just how far the car and your skills can take you. And we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention that it sounds fantastic.
There are custom Ford Performance-spec Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires standard with available Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires. These feature unique compounds and treads that enhance performance. When it’s time to stop, there are 16.53-inch two-piece rotors with larger and stiffer six-piston Brembo calipers.
Its aggressive styling not only suits its performance, it enhances that performance. The larger grille opening offers 50 percent more cooling pack airflow than the Shelby GT350. It also has the most advanced aero components and downforce Ford has ever offered all in the name of performance.
The Mustang Shelby GT500 was designed in every way to be the ultimate track-ready Mustang. There are plenty of Mustang variants you can choose from, but this is the one you want if you plan to spend weekends at the track or drag strip. It delivers the performance, handling, and bold styling that are synonymous with a muscle car.
While the base Mustang starts at $26,670, the Shelby GT500 comes in with a starting price of $70,300. That’s quite a difference, but that’s because there’s a world of difference between these two cars. There are no less than 11 different versions of the Mustang catering to every buyer.
You can find convertibles, special editions like the Bullitt, and performance trims like the GT350 and GT500. The beauty of this lineup is that it ensures there’s a version of the iconic pony car that’s the perfect choice for you and your budget.
If track driving is your focus, then the Mustang Shelby GT500 is that perfect choice.