First Look: 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500

First Look: 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500

The infamous Shelby GT500 returns with a supercharged, hand-built V8.

The GT500 nameplate is backed by a long heritage. Making its return for the 2020 model year, the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 joins the GT350 as a stablemate. It debuts with a more powerful motor, improved aerodynamics and race-inspired technology.DSC09152_2_C1

Under the hood of the 2020 Shelby GT500 sits a 700 horsepower, hand-built, supercharged 5.2-litre V8. This motor delivers supercar levels of performance demonstrated by a 0-100km/h figure in the mid-three seconds – making it the most powerful street legal Ford in the company’s history. The acceleration figures are aided by the standard Michelin Pilot Sport 4S or optional Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires. To put down the power and reduce shift times, a 7-speed dual clutch transmission is leveraged which was fine-tuned using insights from the Ford GT development. A revised suspension geometry featuring lighter front and rear coil springs as well as a new generation of Ford’s magnetic suspension gives the driver flexibility to adjust suspension stiffness for different driving scenarios. To help bring the GT500 to a stop are large 420-mm two piece rotors with Brembo calipers.DSC00502_driving_silver_C1

For the more serious driver, two handling packages are offered. The Handling Package includes adjustable top strut mounts and a spoiler fitted with a gurney flap, while the Carbon Fiber Track Package features 20-inch carbon fiber wheels fitted with Cup 2 tires, and exposed carbon fiber aerodynamic components.  Helping reduce the weight, the Carbon Fiber Package also deletes the rear seats.  DSC05832_2

The GT500’s exterior design takes an aero-led approach which is both functional and attractive. Although the rear fascia remains largely unchanged from the GT350, the front fascia is what sets this model apart. A larger, more aggressive front grille increases airflow into the engine by 50 percent more than the GT350. A wider stance thanks to larger wheels and flared fenders also helps keep the vehicle planted.DSC09756_2

The inside is outfitted with similar materials as the GT350. What differentiates the GT500, however, is 12-inch LCD instrument cluster and optional Recaro racing seats which offer safety harness pass-throughs and a more snug fit.

The Shelby GT500 launches fall 2019.

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