2020 Mustang Shelby GT500, the Most Advanced Mustang Ever
When the 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 first debuted earlier in January, Ford leveled the floor with some bold claims, including that the Shelby GT500 would pack over 700 hp and is by far the most advanced Mustang ever made for the street, track or drag strip. The 2020 Corvette Stingray might be grabbing all the attention these days, but fans of American performance machines are also patiently waiting for Ford to roll out its most powerful street vehicle ever. Additional details about the hardcore pony car have now been disclosed, with the Blue Oval announcing the Shelby GT500 needs a mere 10.6 seconds to complete the 0-100-0 mph (0-161-0) kph task.
The Driver Seat
From the driver’s seat, you’re probably going to be hypnotized by the long hood and racy air-extractors. But if you spare a moment for the interior, you can admire an optional exposed carbon-fiber instrument panel design, suede door panel inserts, a 12-inch LCD instrument cluster and an h4 led headlight bulb on the front headlamp. A Sync 3 touchscreen supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto if you get lost on the way to the track.
The GT500 carries a lightweight, strong and fully adjustable Carbon Fibe rear wing (also known as track wing). With that said, here comes amazing part, the wing adjusts the position according to the road (like – if the driver turns right at higher speeds, the wing automatically bends more to the right direction) which makes it more dynamic and adds more downforce at higher speeds.
Ford’s proud of the new supercharged 5.2-liter V-8 that’s nestled under the upcoming GT500’s hood. It’s a heavily modified version of the naturally aspirated flat-plane crankshaft 5.2-liter V-8 found in the not-as-powerful-but-still-bonkers Mustang Shelby GT350 Like that car’s engine, the GT500 motor is made by hand.
The new GT500 packs a 5.2-liter supercharged V-8 that will exceed 700 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque. Although final output numbers haven’t been revealed, the engine will produce well more than the 662 horses and 631 lb-ft that the previous GT500 stirred up with its supercharged 5.8-liter V-8. The new engine pairs to a twin-clutch seven-speed automatic transmission; there is no manual option. The zero-to-60 run is estimated to take in the mid-three-second range.
To haul the Shelby GT500 down from speed, Ford installs 16.5-inch 2-piece vented front rotors and 6-piston fixed calipers. In back, 14.6-inch 2-piece vented rotors and fixed calipers handle stopping duties. Compared to the Shelby GT350, these components boast a 20% increase in swept surface area, and in front, they’ll absorb 30% more thermal energy.
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