Wearing one of the most prominent and celebrated names in American racing history, the Shelby GT500 is one of the most important and significant performance cars to emerge from the states. Its immense power, impressive dynamics, and classic yet intimidating sports coupe looks are a surefire formula for achieving an incredible sports car. Here's everything you need to know about the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 specs and everything that makes it a muscle car sensation.
Shelby GT500 Price
If you are interested in the most powerful Mustang ever made, the 2020 Shelby GT500 price has been set at $73,995. Having a new Shelby GT500 For Sale is now a goal for all Ford dealers. That's because it is a bargain compared to cars that make over 700 horsepower. The only other production cars with carbon fiber wheels are several times more expensive. Standard equipment also includes a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and gorgeous Recaro seats.
Shelby GT500 Review
The 6th generation Mustang has 55 years of innovation behind it. This has led to a strong unibody chassis with independent rear suspension. Curvy roads and a drag strip prove the Mustang Shelby GT500 review is not a one-trick pony. The gauges have been replaced by a 12" color display, and the systems are controlled on an 8" SYNC touchscreen.
Of course, we are sad about the missing clutch pedal. That is, until the brakes are needed. Brembo supplies massive 16.5" rotors and 6-piston calipers. If you opt for the Handling Package, the front struts have adjustable caster and camber plates. A giant rear spoiler has a Gurney flap for high-speed stability.
If that is not enough, the Carbon Fiber Track Pack includes 11.5" wide carbon fiber wheels, dive planes, the GT4 track spoiler, and no rear seats. This is the one you want. It has more downforce than any Ford before it. Thanks to countless hours at WindShear, it's aerodynamics were perfected at high speeds on the world's only full-size rolling road wind tunnel.
2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Specs
- Price: 73,995
- Engine: 5.2L Supercharged V8
- Transmission: Seven-speed dual-clutch Automatic
- Horsepower: 760 hp
- Torque: 625 lb-ft
- 0-60 mph: 3.5 seconds
- Top Speed: 180 mph
Shelby GT500 Engine
Just like the two previous generations, the 2020 Shelby GT500 engine is not shared with any other car, meaning that the incredible Ford Shelby GT500 horsepower is a unique aspect. Starting with the same block used in the GT350, engineers decided to not use the flat-plane crankshaft. That's because the high rpm would detonate the 2.7L supercharger. It has an intercooler and separate cooling circuit to keep the boost from building heat. Supercharged engines send a decent amount of heat into the oil, so Ford developed a new oil pan with several baffles. This keeps the oil sump deep in the sauce for safety. At wide-open throttle, it produces 760 horsepower. This makes it the most efficient supercharged production V8 ever built
Advances in supercharger efficiency and the cross-plane crank allow for massive torque, even at low RPM. It comes on early and peaks at 625 lb-ft. Weight is kept to a minimum by ditching iron cylinder liners. Instead, the piston rings ride against a thin layer of wire that is deposited by a CNC arc welder. In order to handle the boost, the head bolts go deeper into the skirt. The heads themselves are CNC ported. They have larger cooling passages and a taller deck for added strength.
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Shelby GT500 Transmission
This one really caught us off guard. The notion of not offering a manual transmission is a bold move by Shelby. Ford submitted an RFP to all gearbox manufacturers, and one accepted the challenge. The new Tremec seven-speed dual-clutch transmission can shift in less than 0.1 seconds.
A rotary dial has replaced the console shifter, another first for the Mustang. The 2020 Shelby GT500 transmission is rated to handle 664 lb-ft of torque. The close ratios will keep the blower spinning and boost flowing, without the hassles of rev-matching and clutch replacement.
Shelby GT500 Interior
Because this beastly Mustang has more power than any of its predecessors, the 2020 Shelby GT500 interior is breathtaking. The driver is treated to exposed carbon fiber around the 12" LCD instrument cluster. All the car's systems are integrated with SYNC3. An 8" Sync 3 touchscreen infotainment is capable of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. An optional 12-speaker B&O premium audio system is not available on lesser Mustangs. Other interior highlights include Recaro seats with 6-point harness holes. They have Dark Slate Miko suede inserts that are also found on the door panels.
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Shelby GT500 Brakes
If you need to stop in a hurry, the 2020 Shelby GT500 brakes are larger than any other domestic car. Brembo supplies 6-piston fixed calipers with 4-pistons at the rear. Thankfully they didn't go with carbon ceramic rotors. Instead, they asked SJW to develop a new 2-piece design that measures 16.5". This offers 20% more swept area than before, and the aluminum hubs will cool off quickly.
Shelby GT500 Standout Features
If you are wondering what else could set the 2020 Shelby GT500 apart, hang on. Thanks to the proven front suspension, Ford has included adjustable caster and camber plates on the shock towers. They allow the Magneride shocks to hold their angles. A carbon fiber track pack adds 20-inch carbon fiber wheels that are 1/2" wider on the rear. Considering the Shelby GT500 MSRP, it's one of the least expensive ways to get a car with high-tech and high-performance carbon fiber wheels. They are wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 summer tires. They will hold you safely at high speeds, and the Brembo brakes will put a stop to the action. You will have 6-piston calipers up front and 4-pistons on the rear.
The most obvious features are in your face. Compared to its predecessor, the 2020 Shelby GT500 has 50% more intake area on the front grilles. That is necessary because it arrives with 8 heat exchangers. The engine has two coolant radiators and an oil cooler. The supercharger has 2 heat exchangers, and the final ones are devoted to the transmission, differential, and AC condenser. This adds more weight to the nose, but it is offset by a carbon fiber driveshaft and incredible downforce from the GT4 rear spoiler.