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2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500: Affordable and Purpose-Built to Embarrass Supercars

January 14, 2019 Cars By
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Engine: supercharged 5.2-liter V8
Transmission: seven-speed dual-clutch automatic
Horsepower: 700 (est.)
0-60 mph: 3.5 seconds (est.)
Quarter mile: sub-11 seconds (est.)
On sale: fall 2019
Pricing: TBA

Ford was sick and tired of those Dodge Hellcats and Camaro ZL1’s swaggering around with their big engines. The company unveiled the 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 at NAIAS 2019. With a supercharged 5.2L V8 that will generate more than 700hp, the Shelby GT500 is the most powerful street-legal Mustang ever.

Ford did not give out exact times for the new pony car, but the company claims the Shelby GT500 will accelerate from 0-60mph in the mid-three-second range and do the quarter-mile in under 11 seconds. Ford promises that it will “embarrass supercars at a Ford price.”

The Shelby GT500 will have the quickest transmission ever put into a Mustang – and not a particularly-adept driver rowing his or her own gears. The seven-speed dual clutch Tremec transmission will shift gears in less than 100ms. The performance may be better, though one wonders just how “visceral” the “swagger” will be without a stick. Though, one wonders how it will affect the experience derived from a car that is dependent on “visceral swagger” to being with.

Other sporty as all heck details include a carbon fiber driveshaft, a carbon fiber track wing, Brembo brakes, carbon fiber wheels and a four-setting – normal, quiet, sport, track – fully-active exhaust system. In case you were unaware you were buying the hottest factory made Mustang, it will be available in colors such as “Red Hot” and “Twister Orange” to emphasize that point.

Ford will attempt ecological penance for this car’s fuel economy with its suite of mobility technologies.

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Tyler Duffy

Tyler Duffy is Gear Patrol's Motoring Staff Writer. He used to write about sports for The Big Lead and The Athletic. He has a black belt in toddler wrangling. He's based outside Detroit.

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