The snake is back and it’s nothing less than the most powerful street-legal Ford vehicle ever made!
Ford cranked up the heat at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show and impressed everyone with the unveiling of the all-new, 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500.
As the company’s answer to the Dodge Challenger Hellcat and Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, the new Mustang Shelby GT500 is powered by a supercharged, 5.2L V8 that produces “more than 700 horsepower,” all of which is sent to the rear wheels via a seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmissions. Sadly for drivers who prefer to do all the shifting themselves, there is no option for a manual gearbox.
For some perspective on just how powerful the new Mustang Shelby GT500 is, consider that the Mustang GT350 — previously the most powerful street-legal Ford — is propelled by a naturally-aspirated 5.2L flat-plane crankshaft V8 that puts out 526 horsepower and 429 lb-ft of torque. The GT350 comes with a six-speed manual transmission, so that’s a benefit.
Ford’s engineers also gave the Shelby GT500 bigger brakes, more specifically 16.5-inch, two-piece rotors that put the Challenger Hellcat’s massive brakes to shame; a cooling system that enables 50 percent more airflow over the engine; revised aerodynamics that improve downforce; and a re-tuned suspension with standard MagneRide.
Buyers can further enhance the performance of their car with an available Handling Package that includes adjustable strut top mounts and a spoiler with an integrated Gurney flap, as well as a Carbon Fiber Track Pack that, as you would imagine, adds many carbon fiber components inside and out and replaces the standard Michelin Pilot Sport 4S with more track-ready Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires.
With all standard and optional performance goodies equipped, the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in the “mid-3-second” range and complete the quarter mile in under 11 seconds.
In the looks department, the Mustang Shelby GT 500 sets itself apart from the lesser GT350 with a wider front grille, a more muscular hood, wider front and rear fenders, a new rear spoiler, and updated composite materials in the rear diffuser.
Notable interior touches include Recaro seats, a 12-speaker B&O Play audio system are available, and unique Shelby badging.
The new Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is a force to be reckoned with, but would you choose it over the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 or Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat? Let us know in the comments below, stating your reasons why.