People who don’t drive for fun don’t understand the love of supercars. They don’t know that there are few things more pleasurable than pushing the pedal to the metal while you cruise down the highway. Can you picture it? Your windows are down, the radio’s blasting your favorite music, and the wind is in your hair as you fly by the slower drivers sharing the road. When your vehicle is performing perfectly, it truly feels as if you can do or be anything. Usually, this feeling is reserved for driving European vehicles. These imports are known for their great handling, superior speed, and other impressive features. But, American manufacturers are known for their ability to shove as much horsepower as they can into their vehicles as well. Surprisingly, Ford (a manufacturer known for its muscle cars) wasn’t on this list. They are hoping to change this with the upcoming release of the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500. If you’ve never heard of it, buckle up, you’re in for one wild ride.
A Brief Overview
This vehicle is a vehicular powerhouse with over 700 horses under its hood. The exact number is a mystery but, one thing’s for sure, this new Ford Mustang will hold its own again the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1s and Dodge Hellcats of the world. Thankfully, the lack of information on the actual horsepower of this vehicle is only one of a few unknowns. There’s plenty of other information available about the GT500 out there. For one, it’s the most powerful Ford ever made. In fact, it has more power than the Ford GT supercar which boasts 647 horses. Unfortunately, this power isn’t courtesy of that magnificence flat-plane crank engine, Voodoo powerplant that we know and love. What this new Mustang’s packing, however, is almost as good. It is powered by a supercharged 5.2 V8 engine. This engine is boosted by a 2.7 L supercharger that produces up to 12 PSI of forced induction in the all-aluminum block. Ford is being quiet about the official torque numbers as well. But, they promise that the GT500 will go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in about 3 seconds and 1/4 Mile in about 10 seconds.
It cannot be stressed enough – driving this vehicle is an experience that must be tried to be believed. Its powerful engine is sure to inspire straight-line shootouts against European imports when the GT500 is released to the public in the fall. But, there’s so much more to this powerhouse than that. Ford designed it with the meteorological suspension seen in the GT350. This suspension’s proven performance ensures the vehicle will not only turn, but it will also do so at top speed.
When you have a vehicle this fast, it’s important that it’s able to stop on a dime. To ensure that happens, Ford put the largest front brake rotors ever worn on an American coupe behind the 20-inch wheels of this Mustang. Furthermore, its 6-piston Brembos will bite down on those 16.5 in discs, bringing you to a stop quickly and easily.
When it comes to the transmission, the GT500 is rocking a 7-speed DCT. This Tremec rower is the only option for a car this powerful. For those who are skeptical, there’s no need to worry. The DCT produces more power than you can muster with a stick shift.
Life is all about choices
This vehicle comes with two package options, the Handling Package and the Carbon Fiber Track Pack. The Handling Package comes with a small spoiler complete with gurney flap and adjustable struts top mounts. The Carbon Fiber Track Pack comes with a huge carbon-fiber decklid wing, the same one that’s on the Mustang GT4. Also included in this package are carbon fiber wheels. They are great at handling rotational mass and unsprung weight.
The bottom line
The 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is the manufacturer’s first venture into the 700 Club. Although exact numbers are unavailable, what we know about the specs on this powerhouse are enough to set the rumors to rest. There’s no doubt that this Mustang is the most powerful that the American company has made. It’s definitely worth a drive and it’s sure to hold its own against similar competitors.