Ford did it again! Carroll Shelby would be proud of what the Ford team has accomplished with the next-gen GT500…
2020 Shelby GT500
Congrats to the Ford performance team for the creation of yet another track monster with the release of the Shelby GT500 Mustang! I suspect Ford was growing tired of the hype surrounding Dodge and all their Hellcat variants. The horsepower race continues with the 760 HP supercharged 5.2L V8 powered GT500, all new for 2020.
Killer New Look
Admittedly, the new GT500 has an identical look to the GT350 or other modern Mustang models. However, functional venting, massive splitters and wings paired with updated agressive styling more than sets this car apart from its stock counterparts. The GT500 brings the muscle back to this pony car giving it a heftier appearance while somehow maintaining a modern sporty look. There was nothing wrong with the design of the current Mustang and this was a much welcomed face lift in my opinion. Well done.
Go Big or Go Home
I’m not even going to hype it up. 5.2L SUPERCHARGED V8 760+ HP and 625 lb-ft of torque. Not hype enough for you? How about a 0-100 mph time of around 6.7 seconds!!! Not 0-60 in 6.7 seconds more like 0-60 in 3.5 seconds. If you manage to get this beast to hook after mashing the throttle, you will be traveling at 100 mph in 6.7 seconds. This is just beyond me. From 0 to 100 mph and back to 0 mph 10.6 seconds. Another amazing feature of this engine setup is the heat management of the supercharger. Usually in a track set up you’d be better off with a centrifugal supercharger or turbos. The after cooler for the blower is the magic behind this setup, which cools the air from the intake before it reaches the blower. Truly initiative.
Manuals Are Dead, Get over it
Mated to the supercharged power plant of the 2020 Shelby GT500 is a TREMEC 7-speed, paddle shifted, true dual clutch transmission. I hope no one actually expected there to be a manual option. This is a dead horse I refuse to continue to beat.
An auto trans will always be faster and more efficient than a human. At least you still have some say in gear changes with the paddles behind the steering wheel.
Major Stopping Power
Behind the exposed carbon fiber wheels are a set of 6.5-inch two-piece steel rotors with six-piston calipers up front and 14.6-inch rotors with four-piston calipers out back. Hence the quick stop from 100 mph. Speaking of the carbon wheels, these 20 inch beauties weigh in at around 18 pounds each! Big nasty brakes, light-weight carbon fiber wheels, wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires are a much needed combination to keep the 2020 GT500 planted. Surely this also inspires confidence in the driver that he or she can bring it stop.
I am not personally a huge Mustang fanboy. However, I know brilliance when I see it. And frankly, Dodges power novelty has gotten old in my eyes. Chevy has been on a mission to shrink the grille of the Camaro and fussing about where to put the bow tie. Meanwhile Ford may have just created the perfect combination of track performance and American muscle. Very well done.
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