2020 Ford Mustang GT500 0-60Six months. It’s been six months since Ford finally showed us the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500. The dual-clutch transmission, its extreme aerodynamics and even sold off the rights to the first one. And yet it took six months for us to finally learn how much horsepower and torque it makes. Put another way, can you imagine if Dodge made us wait an extra six months after the Demon was revealed for final output?
760 horsepower and 625 pound-feet of torque.
That’s a lot of power that puts it ahead of a lot of serious competitors. That’s 110 more horsepower than the Chevy Camaro ZL1; 53 more horsepower than a Dodge Challenger Hellcat; and even 5 more horsepower than the Chevy Corvette ZR1. Even against exotic cars it’s impressive, with 70 more horsepower than a Porsche 911 GT2 RS, 50 more than a Ferrari F8 Tributo, and 1 more than the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ. But, as Mopar fans already know, the Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye’s 797 horsepower and the Demon’s 840 horsepower still surpass the new Shelby.
2020 Ford Mustang GT500 0-60 Exterior
By contrast, the profile of the GT500 remains very familiar. Except for mild revisions to the side skirts and mirror caps and for the new thin-spoke wheels, the GT500 looks identical to the Mustang. Of course, the rear wing adds a race-spec look that moves the GT500 closer to the track-only Mustang GT4.
Around back, the GT500 looks like a GT350 with a wing. The latter was taken from the GT4 race car and provides the GT500 with the downforce it needs to go fast around corners. The diffuser isn’t entirely identical to the GT350 though. The exhaust pipes are slightly bigger, while the triangular outlets around the center light are more angular. The rear fascia also features a new cobra logo.
The GT500 comes in the same colors as the Mustang, but Ford introduced three new colors for the GT500: Red Hot, Twister Orange, and Iconic Silver. Just like the GT350, you can order twin stripes that run over the engine hood, roof, trunk lid, and bumpers.
As explained above, our rendering artist fed the GT350 a bowl of steroids and turned it into the sexiest and most aggressive sixth-generation Mustang yet. The front fascia is highlighted by the honeycomb mesh in the main and lower grilles, carbon-fiber splitter with massive winglets at each corner, and a beefed-up, vented engine hood. The latter is obviously bigger in the official teaser, which makes the design much more aggressive. The unique wheels with red brake calipers, the “GT500” badges on the front fenders, large side skirts, and the carbon-fiber wing complete the picture.
2020 Ford Mustang GT500 0-60 Interior
The instrument cluster is the first all-digital display with 12-inch LCD. Which means you’re in absolute control of everything you see. Customize colors. Choose your gauge layout. Tailor each Selectable Drive Mode to capitalize on your driving background. It’s easy to view, fast and responsive, and absolutely beautiful.
Much like the Shelby GT350, Ford Performance added a few small touches to set the new GT500 apart from the rest of the Mustang lineup. First and foremost, the signature Shelby snake lives right at home on the center section of the steering wheel. The GT500 also includes feel-good touches like alcantara on the steering wheel, a carbon fiber instrument panel, black toggle switches near the start-stop button and most importantly, beautiful optional two-tone Recaro seats with that Shelby snake stitched right in the back of the seat!
Perhaps the most perplexing interior change would go to the gear shifter. Obviously, the dual-clutch transmission is derived from the Ford GT, but you would expect to see a gear shifter similar to past automatic Mustangs. Not with the GT500! You’ll actually see a gear selector dial in its place similar to what Ford has placed on the newer Fusion, Edge and Explorer. Some may not like this change, and it will take some getting used to, but this could have been a necessary change in order to utilize the new DCT. A trade-off that is well worth it in my book!
2020 Ford Mustang GT500 0-60 Engine
Featuring a supercharged 5.2-liter V-8 that makes an eye-watering 760 horsepower and 625 lb-ft of torque and mates to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, Ford says the GT500 will be able to hit 60 mph and turn the quarter-mile in less than eleven seconds. A carbon-fiber driveshaft routes all that thrust to the rear wheels; the dual-clutch transmission is capable of changing gears in less than 100 milliseconds. When it comes to ride, handling, and braking, the GT500 boasts adaptive dampers along with sticky Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires with unique compound and tread. Brembo provided Stopping power, with 16.5-inch rotors and six-piston calipers. There are two performance-oriented options: the Handling package includes adjustable strut top mounts and a spoiler with a Gurney flap; the Carbon Fiber Track package features exposed 20-inch carbon-fiber wheels shod with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, an adjustable carbon-fiber track wing, and splitter wickers with an integrated dive plane. The rear seat is deleted to save weight.
2020 Ford Mustang GT500 0-60 Price and Release Date
The 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 will start at $70,300, but a $1,095 destination fee and $2,600 gas guzzler tax will put the actual base price at $73,995. The Mustang6G forum first leaked this info from a Ford dealer pricing sheet, and spokesperson Jiyan Cadiz confirmed the figures to Motor1.com.