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2020 Ford Mustang GT500: First Look

  • Most powerful street-legal Ford Mustang ever.
  • Capable of mid 3-second 0-to-60 mph sprints.
  • Packed with Ford Performance racing tech.
  • On sale Fall 2019.

When the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 hits showrooms later this year, it will be most powerful Ford production car ever. More powerful, even, than the current (649-horsepower) Ford GT supercar. The 2020 Ford Mustang GT500 rolls with a Dodge Hellcat-challenging 700-plus supercharged horsepower, and blew several minds at the North American International Auto Show. Ford’s given the GT500 significant differentiation from the GT350 with a unique jet-fighter-inspired front-end, a deep-set double-size grille, a functional louvered composite hood and wide-flared fenders hugging 20-in wheels. The 2020 GT500 comes just in time for an American performance car faceoff that pits the latest and greatest edition of the 10 million-strong Mustang legacy against the ascendant Dodge SRT Hellcats and an all-new midengine Chevrolet Corvette also due to hit the streets later in 2019. Tires will go up in smoke.

What’s Under The Hood?

Glad you asked. A hand-assembled, supercharged and all-aluminum 5.2-liter V8 making 700+ horsepower drives the rear wheels via a carbon-fiber driveshaft and Ford-first 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. No manual gearbox will be offered or is necessary as the dual-clutch automatic shifts quicker than any human. Trickle-down tech from the Ford GT and the Mustang GT4 program benefit the new GT500 from greatly expanded cooling capacity to a beefed-up V8 cylinder block and heads.

How About Other Hardware?

The GT500 sports lighter-weight coil springs, a magnesium cross-tower brace and magnetorheological dampers that can instantly react to changing road surfaces and driving dynamics. Huge, 16.5-in front rotors and Brembo 6-position calipers provide stopping power. Race-ready Michelin Pilot Cup 2 tires are available. Optional handling packages include a Carbon Fiber Track package with rad-looking and super-lightweight exposed carbon-fiber wheels, Cup 2 tires, and an adjustable carbon-fiber GT4 track wing and splitter wickers. Inside, Recaro racing front buckets are available, too.

Any Cool Tech?

The 2020 Ford Mustang GT500 comes with all of the driver-assist technology available on other Mustangs, but you’ll probably want to drive this baby yourself. Standard is an 8-in Sync 3 touchscreen with FordPass Connect Wi-Fi and SiriusXM. There is also a 12-in full-color LCD instrument cluster that among other things can display the car’s selectable drive modes, including sport, weather, normal, drag and track, as well as keep tabs on the launch control and line-lock features via the selectable Track Apps.

How Much and When?

Ford’s keeping a tight lid on the price of the 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500. The last GT500 in 2014 went for about the same price as today’s GT350, around $60,000. Based on the exclusive upgraded content, expect a significant price bump for the 2020 GT500. The new GT500 goes on sale this Fall.

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