Some things are just over the top. That's the only explanation for the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500. With 760 horsepower and 625 pound-feet of torque, this is most powerful Mustang ever made. The new GT500 can hit 60 MPH in about 3.3 seconds under ideal conditions, or about 3.5 seconds any time. That's just crazy for a street car. My guilty confession is this: I loved it.
The GT500 is much more than a big engine on wheels. The 5.2-liter supercharged V8 is the beating heart, but this car has legs and a brain, too. The GT500 carries a Tremec seven-speed dual clutch transmission, which takes about a tenth of a second to shift gears. You can use the paddle shifters to select when that happens, or just run the car in automatic mode. Honestly, the Mustang will make better gear choices than you or me, and it will make those choices faster than we can move our fingers.
The other thing about the Mustang is its updated suspension and brakes. The GT500 has stopping power to match its acceleration and cornering. This car comes with massive 16.5-inch two-piece front brake rotors wrapped with Brembo six-piston calipers.
Mustangs used to be a little bit crude in the corners, but that's ancient history now. The GT500 sticks like it's painted onto the pavement. Every GT500 comes with MagneRide, which uses electrically controlled shock absorbers to respond instantly to any road conditions. The payoff is the highest-ever lateral grip from a Mustang for better handling and driver control.
There are two optional handling packages. The basic handling pack comes with adjustable strut top mounts and a rear spoiler. For the truly hardcore, an available carbon fiber track package adds 20-inch carbon fiber wheels plus an adjustable exposed carbon fiber GT4 track wing and splitter. That package deletes the rear seat to reduce weight.
The GT500 comes with navigation and all the usual interior stuff. To tell the truth, I didn't pay much attention to that. You can get a set of Recaro sport seats if you want them, but do test-fit yourself in them first. If you're on the larger side, they may not be comfortable.
The point of the GT500 is driving. We took it for a Sunday drive in the mountains outside Los Angeles and this Mustang is a screaming hot rod. The dual-clutch transmission was always in the right gear, and the MagneRide kept the car planted. I don't think we ever gave the GT500 full throttle. In truth, there aren't many places outside a race track where you'd get the chance to do that. Bottom line: if you want a breathtaking muscle car, go get a Shelby GT500.
2020 Ford Mustang GT500
Base price: $72,900
Price as tested: $72,900
Type: Sport coupe
Engine: 5.2-liter supercharged V8 (760 hp, 625 lbs-ft)
Transmissions: 7-speed dual-clutch automatic
EPA estimated mileage: 12/18
Overall length: 190.2 inches
Curb weight: 4,225 pounds
Final assembly: Dearborn, Michigan
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