U.S. automaker Ford took the cover of its new 700-plus-horsepower beast, the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, at the Detroit Auto Show on Monday (Jan 14), which the company claims is the quickest street legal Mustang ever to roll out of a Ford facility.
The monster of a car features the iconic cobra logo in all its glory and uses further development and supercharged versions of the Mustang GT350’s 5.2-liter V8 engine.
Power is delivered to the rear wheels through a carbon fiber driveshaft, and in pursuit of set and move to improve drag and lap time, the new GT500 has been given a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, perfect for those 100-millisecond gear shifts.
The different drive-modes include Normal, Weather, Sport, Drag and Track.
Unfortunately, the GT500 hundred doesn’t come in a manual transmission option but the company might just give in to public demand and introduce a manual version sometime in the future.
Ford predicts a 0 to 60mph time in the mid-three-second range and a quarter mile in under eleven seconds, which, as mentioned, makes it the fastest ever Mustang.
The Detroit carmaker has also said that it isn’t just for the quarter mile, as it will be able to handle all the corners and hammering around big road courses, too.
The new GT500 will be a lot faster around the track than the previous GT350R, although there’s no official track time, yet.
Apparently, this 2020 model is going to be more refined and more friendly; so, does that mean there’s going to be no more crowd killers? We’ll see.
As mentioned, it borrows technology from the Ford GT Supercar as well as the race-tuned Mustang GT 4.
As for changes, the all-aluminum hand-built engine requires a much larger airflow, so the grille is much larger than before.
There is also a new hood (with hood pins) covering the engine of the new GT500 and there’s also a huge vent; in fact, it’s one of the biggest vents that’s been put on a production Ford.
The large front grille and louvered bonnet vents create fifty percent more airflow than the GT350 and help generate more downforce than any of the factory Mustang.
The GT500 also features magnetic ride control and 16.5-inch front disks which Ford claims are the largest on any domestic production coupe.
The car has a set of six-piston Brembo calipers in the wheels up front and four-piston units at the back.
The GT500 gets its own unique rear diffuser with four 5-inch exhaust tips sticking out at the back.
It sits on four performance-specific Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 summer tires for the Carbon Fiber Track Pack option.
The Carbon Fiber Track Pack also includes 20-inch carbon fiber wheels and adjustable rear wing and deletes the rear seats to reduce wear.
As for the interior of the new GT500, it has only slightly changed from the GT350, including a nice carbon fiber dash, unique magnesium gear shifters for the automatic, a 12-speaker B&O Play audio system, power-adjustable seats with optional swede fabric or Recaro bucket seats that are safety harness-compatible.
The car does, however, retain the 12-inch instrument cluster and 8-inch Sync 3 touchscreen infotainment, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
The gearshift lever has been replaced with a rotary dial and instead of a regular handbrake the GT500 has an automatic electric handbrake – so, it’s just a little switch.
The GT500’s massive 700 HP engine is supposed to rival that of the 707 HP Dodge Challenger Hellcat.
To give an even better perspective, the previous 2007 GT500 model, which was revealed at the 2005 New York Auto Show, used a supercharged and Intercool modular 5.4-liter V8 engine rated at 500 HP and 480 lb-ft of torque.
The GT500 is essentially a street track car for the Mustangs.
There are claims that the new GT500 Shelby will surprise Supercar owners with its Ford performance racing track and supercharged engine.
The GT500 has been in development for over a year, now, with Ford having previously confirmed the car’s wide longitudinal body stripes in a teaser video released before the Detroit Auto Show last year.
The car will go on sale in the US later this year, replacing the GT350 as a flagship of the Mustang line-up.
The price hasn’t been announced yet.
The car will be made available in five color options, including Lime Green, Iconic Silver, Twister Orange, Red Hot.
The Blue on display at the Detroit event didn’t look any less stunning, too.