The 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 finally made its debut. Ford has promised to make the supercharged 5.2-liter V8 hit over 700 horsepower. Ford has not released exact numbers yet on the GT350 based engines output. The GT500 has a stronger aluminum block and heads. The structural oil pan features active baffles to help prevent oil depletion. The big change in the GT500 is going from a flat-plane crank to a more traditional cross-plane crank. It will redline a little under 7,500 rpm.
The Shelby GT500 has one option, the unique seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Power goes through a carbon fiber driveshaft to bigger halfshafts. The GT500 also has chassis and aerodynamic upgrades. It has lighter springs, standard magnetorheological shocks and the suspension geometry is reversed. Six-piston calipers grip the two-piece 16.5-inch rotors with four-piston calipers in the rear. The front end has wider fenders and a grille increasing airflow by fifty percent. The fiberglass hood has fully operational vents for extra cooling and reducing lift. The rear has a modest lip spoiler.
The Handling Package adds camber adjustment plates and a Gurney flap for the spoiler. The Carbon Fiber Track Pack features 20-inch carbon fiber wheels, an aggressive front splitter, and GT4 Mustang inspired canards and wing. The package deletes the rear seat and adds Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires. This package gives the GT500 more downforce than the Ford GT supercar.
The biggest Cobra badge Ford has ever delivered is plastered on the front fascia. Side skirt extensions compliment the deep spoiler front and large rear diffuser. Four five-inch exhaust tips complete the design. Ford offers painted racing stripes and side stickers. Interior upgrades available are the Recaro racing seats or power sport seats, along with carbon fiber trim pieces and Miko suede door panels.
Pricing has not been announced yet. Final information is expected closer to when the 2020 GT500 is available for sale this fall.
Written by: Andee Oehm
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