2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 review: King of the hill

Nancy J. Delong

The new Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is a unique animal than its predecessor. If you would’ve requested me to choose the past model to a street system, I might have been leery. That car was made for straight-line top rated pace operates above all. But speedy ahead to right now […]

The new Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is a unique animal than its predecessor. If you would’ve requested me to choose the past model to a street system, I might have been leery. That car was made for straight-line top rated pace operates above all. But speedy ahead to right now and it is really a unique tale. The new GT500 is nonetheless a drag-strip stunner, but provides a encouraging of apex-looking prowess to its bag of functionality methods.


  • Muscular supercharged ability
  • Surprising handling harmony
  • Suggest appears and appears

Will not Like

  • Dear Carbon Fiber Monitor Package
  • Transmission occasional hunts for gears
  • Flimsy plastic paddle shifters

Supercharged brute

The massive portion of what tends to make the GT500 a GT500 is its hulking five.2-liter supercharged V8. With the help of an Eaton supercharger pushing twelve psi into the cylinders, the hand-crafted motor churns out a hearty 760 horsepower and 623 pound-feet of torque. Channeling ability to the rear wheels is a Tremec-sourced seven-pace dual-clutch transmission. With each other the drivetrain pairing receives the coupe to sixty mph in three.three seconds and makes it possible for it to include the quarter mile in ten.7 seconds, on to an electronically constrained top rated pace of one hundred eighty mph.

To help the Shelby obtain people amazing straight-line final results, the GT500 has an integrated line-lock purpose for professional-stage burnouts (or for warming the rear tires), a reconfigurable launch handle and a DCT that shifts gears in just 80 milliseconds. I know, there is certainly a massive contingent of handbook gearbox purists out there cringing at the reality that a adhere isn’t offered, but there is certainly no denying the advantage a very well-tuned DCT delivers to the table — rapid shifts means more rapidly acceleration.

The DCT pays dividends on street classes, way too. Close to the 2.2-mile, eleven-switch GingerMan Raceway in western Michigan, the Shelby’s gearbox is a rapid-shifting marvel, letting me in its place focus on positioning the car exactly where it requirements to be. The paddle shifters aren’t Ferrari-responsive to commands, but the Shelby is darn fantastic, to the stage exactly where I do not actually miss having a common handbook transmission.

The GT500 rockets out of corners with authority, with ability offered at each individual stage in the rev-vary — while the motor is specially muscular concerning five,five hundred and 7,five hundred rpm. The noise that will come out of the lively exhaust method is phenomenal, to boot. Having a fantastic run out of Convert 10B onto GingerMan’s longest straightaway means surpassing a hundred and forty mph isn’t a dilemma just before digging into the brakes. In the interest of self-preservation, I strike 136 mph just before lifting, supplying myself generous area to make it safely all over the 90-degree ideal hander at Convert eleven onto the front straight.

New handling methods

It really is well worth noting that my Shelby check car is optimally established up to torch a street system. It really is geared up with the optional $eighteen,five hundred Carbon Fiber Monitor Package that ups aerodynamics with front splitter wickers and a GT4 rear wing. This GT500 also wears twenty-inch carbon fiber wheels wrapped with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires and the adjustable strut top rated mounts have a Ford General performance-recommended keep track of alignment. The other massive factor to mention is that this car is outfitted with a rear hoop, which ups structural rigidity.

Carbon fiber wheels, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires and splitter wickers occur with the GT500’s optional Carbon Fiber Monitor Package.

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With that out of the way, this 4,081-pound GT500 has me questioning logic at the close of every of my 15-minute keep track of sessions. From the soar, the Shelby eagerly obeys almost everything I request, with the Brembos confidently slowing in brake zones, turning in straight away when cranking the Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel and hunkering down with tons of grip via sharp corners with controlled human body roll. Off the racing line a minimal? No dilemma — the GT500 has adequate front-close grip to make mid-corner corrections to get again on the proper trajectory. With the exception of the brake pedal obtaining a touch for a longer period at the close of operates, the significant Mustang barely suffers any functionality falloff lap just after lap, which is doubly amazing on a scorching and humid 88-degree day.

The Shelby’s steering is weighty and communicative, the Michelins carry out magnificently about extended operates and the stability handle does its function nearly invisibly powering the scenes. The GT500 transfers weight aspect-to-aspect with aplomb, it is really comfortable at large-speeds and composed beneath braking. It really is hard to obtain a lot of dynamic faults with this car on keep track of — which tends to make me speculate just how substantially greater it could be if Ford engineers put a much larger focus on cutting down weight.

On keep track of, the Recaro’s additional aspect bolstering occur in actual useful.

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Tame on street

As hardcore as this Shelby appears and performs on a keep track of, it has a softer aspect suited for normal street driving. Connect with up the car’s Typical location and you’ll soften the adaptive dampers, lighten steering and silent the exhaust. This tends to make freeway cruises comfortable adequate, the cabin remaining semi-silent and the Recaro seats delivering support in all the ideal regions. The dampers supply adequate give, smoothing out most impacts, but if you occur across rutted roads the meaty tires will lead to the GT500 to tramline.

The drivetrain returns an EPA-estimated twelve miles per gallon in the town and eighteen mpg on the freeway, which match the figures I noticed. Regrettably, people numbers are very low adequate for the GT500 to be slapped with a $2,600 fuel guzzler tax.

The GT500 packs loads of street existence with an intense, hunkered stance thanks to the massive front air intakes, vented hood, carbon wheels and massive wing. As with all Mustangs, cabin construct high quality is on par with competition like Chevrolet Camaro and Dodge Challenger, that means it is really fantastic, but not terrific. My Shelby tester does have a minimal additional fashion with carbon fiber dash trim that I want extended to the middle console. As is, there is certainly a massive piece of plastic topping the console that doesn’t look bad but would certainly look substantially cooler in carbon and much more sizeable paddle shifters in its place of the flimsy plastic ones are on my want checklist, way too.

Ford’s experimented with-and-correct Sync three method handles infotainment features in the hottest Shelby Mustang.

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Infotainment tech falls to Ford’s acquainted Sync three method with an eight-inch touchscreen controlling a 9-speaker sound method, satellite radio, Wi-Fi hotspot, Apple CarPlay and Android Automobile. Individuals hunting for some much more goodies can spring for an optional Technological know-how Package for a twelve-speaker B&O audio set up, navigation and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-targeted visitors inform. In addition to BSM, other lively protection methods aren’t supplied on the hottest Shelby.

How I might spec it

Setting up my suitable Shelby GT500 is straightforward. Make mine Ford General performance Blue and I would only test a single solution box: the very expensive $eighteen,five hundred Carbon Fiber Monitor Package. For me, while, this a single is well worth it — I might do as a lot of keep track of times as I could. That delivers the rate tag of my correctly spec’d car to $92,595, which is slightly less expensive than my $93,385 check car.

Make my GT500 a Carbon Fiber Monitor Package car, you should.

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Undisputed Mustang king

The 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 commences at $74,095, together with $1,195 for destination and the aforementioned fuel guzzler tax. Which is fairly a bit much more than Chevrolet’s individual fire-respiration supercharged Camaro ZL1, which begins at $65,695 with destination and guzzler taxes. 3-pedal purists can get a 6-pace handbook in the Chevy, way too, but it is outgunned by the Ford, the Chevy only developing 650 hp.

Provided the alternative concerning the two, I might give the nod to the Shelby. It really is an emotional car that is straightforward to appreciate. It really is got intense appears, a riveting soundtrack, all the punch you’ll at any time need to have and it can now bust and shift all over a racetrack with the best of them. It really is a finish Mustang package that doesn’t have to make any apologies.

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