Ford has finally revealed some of the performance specs of its 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500. We also have our first look at the super muscle car’s 760-horsepower supercharged V-8.
This setup enables the monster muscle car to hit 0-62 mph in around 3.5 seconds, do the quarter-mile in less than 11 seconds, and hit a limited top speed of 180 mph. Now, Ford has confirmed the 2020 GT500 will do 0-100-0 mph in just 10.6 seconds.
In addition to the powerful V8 under the hood, the 2020 GT500’s supercar-rivaling acceleration is achieved thanks partly to Ford’s new 7-speed dual-clutch transmission developed in collaboration with Tremec, which offers lightning-fast shifting and greater performance for different driving scenarios. In sport mode, the gearbox executes shifts as quick as 80 milliseconds.
As its displacement might suggest, the GT500’s engine shares more than a little with the naturally-aspirated 5.2-liter V8 in the Shelby GT350. The GT350 makes 526 horsepower and 429 pound-feet of torque. Thanks to a 2.65-liter supercharger making 12 psi of boost, the GT500 makes 760 horsepower at 7,300 rpm and 625 pound-feet of torque from 3,000 rpm to redline. That’s more power than a Chevy Camaro ZL1, Chevy Corvette ZR1, Dodge Challenger Hellcat (but not the Demon or Redeye), Porsche 911 GT2 RS and just about every other car on the road.
The engines are hand-built in the Romeo Engine Plant alongside the engine for the GT350. Compared to the GT350’s engine, the V8 in the GT500 packs larger springs and valves, CNC-ported heads and — most notably — a cross-plane crankshaft in place of the GT350’s flat-plane crank. Ford considered turbochargers, but the parasitic loss from a supercharger was worth it to improve throttle response and power delivery. Ford engineers say the engine makes “well over 850 gross horsepower” before driveline loss. Packaging was a major issue, too. Adding a pair of turbos greatly increases the amount of plumbing needed.
Another key factor that helps the 2020 GT500 accelerate from 0-100-0 mph in 10.6 seconds is the Brembo brakes that deliver immense stopping power. Featuring 16.5-inch rotors, Ford claims the 2020 GT500 boasts the largest front brakes of any domestic sports coupe. Carbon-fiber wheels are also available wrapped in Ford Performance-spec Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires.
Deliveries for the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 will start this fall, with price starting at $73,995