2020 Ford Shelby GT500

2020 Ford Shelby GT500
MSRP: $70,300

  • Huge power from the supercharged V8 engine
  • Quick-shifting seven-speed dual-clutch automatic
  • High-speed handling aided by aerodynamics
  • Ride doesn't beat you up around town
  • Lackluster interior carries over from standard Mustang
  • Thick seat bolsters make for difficult entry and exit
  • Disappointing quality from standard audio system
  • Much-needed driving aids are optional
What's new
  • The GT500 returns after a six-year absence
  • Supercharged V8 good for 760 horsepower
  • Available carbon-fiber wheels
  • Part of the sixth Mustang generation introduced for 2015
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2020 Ford Shelby GT500 Review

At a distance, the 2020 Shelby GT500 looks like a Mustang that's been rushed through a speed shop with bad taste and unrestricted access to hastily made CAD files. But look closer and you'll see that the wide fenders, enormous grille and rear wing spoiler have a real purpose: to harness the speed generated by the latest über-Mustang's 760 horsepower.

The expansive fenders contain wider wheels and tires to better stick the car to the road, while the front grille sized like a New York City sidewalk grate helps cool the hard-working supercharged V8 engine. The rear spoiler and assorted lower and side winglets also aid in directing airflow to press the car to the ground.

When you're the top horse in the stable, expectations are high. And nothing short of world-beating performance is expected of the new Mustang Shelby GT500. Since Ford ended production of the previous-generation GT500 after the 2014 model year, Dodge has normalized pony-car extremes with its Challenger Hellcat variations and Chevrolet has set new records on the crucible of test tracks, Germany's Nürburgring, with its Camaro ZL1.

The GT500 is well-equipped to reassert itself. Ford and Tremec developed a new seven-speed dual-clutch transmission specifically for this engine and fitted huge 16.5-inch-diameter front brake rotors clamped upon with six-piston calipers. The adaptive suspension can adjust to various modes, including settings for track-day heroics or drag-race showdowns.

This Ford is clearly a purpose-built car that won't be content with the daily commute. Not that you couldn't use it for that, however. Inside you'll find striking two-tone leather sport seats, microsuede door panel inserts, a 12-inch LCD gauge cluster, the Sync 3 touchscreen infotainment system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and an optional Bang & Olufsen sound system. Vanquishing world-class performance-car competitors need not come at the cost of comfort and convenience.

The GT500 does come at a cost, however. Add just a few options and you're looking at a Mustang with an MSRP of more than $100,000. Yet that money buys such staggering performance, and results in such little compromise in comfort, that it's pretty easy to say it's worth every penny.

What's it like to live with the GT500?

Having 760 hp is cool, but can you actually enjoy it every day? Edmunds' editorial team purchased a 2020 Ford Shelby GT500 to find out. We're driving it for a year and 20,000 miles. We passed on the somewhat extreme Carbon Fiber Track package and went with the more practical base model and opted for the Technology package. Check out our Shelby GT500 long-term test to learn even more about this super Mustang.

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8.0 / 10
It seems like just yesterday that we extolled the virtues of the Shelby GT350, calling it the best and most compelling Mustang ever built. But now there's the GT500 and it outperforms its little brother in every measurable metric. The big brother Shelby combines unbelievable straight-line performance with impressive handling, all while managing to be fairly comfortable and as practical as any other Mustang.

How does it drive?

Monstrous. That's the easiest way to sum up the capabilities of the GT500. Straight-line performance is nothing short of shocking. Our test car ripped from 0 to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds and through the quarter-mile in only 11.3 seconds at a staggering 130.7 mph. Braking from 60 mph was also impressive with a recorded distance of only 98 feet; that's close to some supercars. Handling numbers were also highly impressive and the Shelby pulled 1.17g on our skidpad. Again, near some supercars.

The somewhat numb steering earns a minor demerit as does the Shelby's overly wide turning circle. You can expect to make plenty of three-point turns in this car. But the smoothness and quickness of the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic deserve special mention. The transmission is adaptive and responsive to the driver's input, making stop-and-go traffic or hot-lapping a total breeze.

How comfortable is it?

The GT500 is impressively comfortable considering how capable it is. Other than the considerable levels of road and exhaust noise — and they're really not out of step for this class of car — there's little to complain about. You can adjust the trick MagneRide suspension to allow for a relatively comfortable ride on the highway or switch to the Sport or Track setting for more enthusiastic driving.

The GT500's climate control system is also a strong point. It provides good temperature regulation and has plenty of vents with excellent adjustability. Some larger drivers might dislike the aggressive bolstering on the optional Recaro seats, but they do an excellent job of holding you in during quick driving.

How’s the interior?

The interior of the GT500 is fairly standard Mustang stuff. While that means it's instantly recognizable to most modern Ford owners, it also means the GT500 has the same strengths and weaknesses as any other Mustang. Buttons abound, especially on the steering wheel, and it's all too easy to press the wrong one.

Getting into the driver's seat, unless you're exceptionally tall, will probably mean having to squeeze between the bottom of the steering wheel and the thick thigh bolsters on the seat, assuming you have chosen the optional Recaro seats. Rear seats may or may not exist (the Carbon Fiber Track Pack removes the seats). In either case, the space is a cramped as in a typical Mustang.

How’s the tech?

It's with some surprise that Ford has been so stingy with seemingly basic technology in the GT500. Navigation and a decent audio system are bundled in the optional Technology package. You'll need that package to get driver aids such as blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert. A free lap timer and g-meter don't come close to making up for that.

Thankfully Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are standard and function very well, even allowing you to keep smartphone navigation up while listening to terrestrial or satellite radio. Though well sorted, the GT500's performance driver aids don't hold a candle to what's available in the Camaro ZL1.

How’s the storage?

The Shelby GT500 maintains all the usability of a standard Mustang, making it an actual candidate to be a 760-horsepower daily driver. Though the trunk opening is less than ideal, it makes the most of its capacity to hold golf bags or suitcases with ease.

The optional Carbon Fiber Track Pack is both good and bad for cargo capacity. It eliminates the rear seats and the ability to fold them to carry longer objects, but you get a second trunk of sorts with the space they used to occupy. Interior storage space is also identical to a standard Mustang's. You'll find enough room for sunglasses, a phone and drinks, and everything stays secure during spirited driving.

How economical is it?

It's highly unlikely most owners of the GT500 will keep a close eye on their fuel bills, but they should brace for the extra expense this 760-horsepower Mustang will bring. The EPA rates the GT500 at 14 mpg combined (12 city/18 highway). In our time with the GT500, we managed to match the EPA's estimate and achieved 15.1 mpg on our 115-mile evaluation route. But we also had numerous tanks in the single digits. Of course, cars of this type rarely get stellar fuel economy, but the GT500 trails everything else in the class.

Is it a good value?

The price tag can easily be left out of casual conversation because it's so easy to geek out over the GT500's capability. But with our test car's as-tested price of just over $94,000, the value of all that performance suddenly comes into question. Sure, you can build out a BMW M4 to a similar price, but if outright performance is your game, the Camaro ZL1 1LE is more than $20,000 less expensive, as is a well-equipped C8 Corvette.

Even Ford aficionados might balk at the fairly standard Mustang interior and the lack of standard navigation, blind-spot monitoring or a decent audio system. But performance like this can blind potential buyers to any minor faults. Just make sure you get a gas card with some rewards points.


Previous iterations of the GT500 always left a little something to be desired. They had power, sure, but they lacked refinement and credibility on anything but a long, straight road. But the 2020 GT500 leaves all of that behind, somehow managing to be part drag-strip star and part road racer. It really does feel like the GT350's older, and much bigger, brother.

The Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye may have more power, and the hyperfocused Camaro ZL1 1LE might have more stick and cut a faster lap time, but the GT500 does nearly everything just as well and manages to provide occupants with a fairly comfortable ride and decent practicality.

Which Shelby GT500 does Edmunds recommend?

Start with the standard Shelby GT500 first and see if that doesn't satisfy your lust for bending the laws of physics. If not, you can add the Handling package for improved aerodynamics or go even harder with the Carbon Fiber Track package that upgrades the wheels, tires and suspension. These packages aren't available together, so you'll need to choose one or the other.

Ford Shelby GT500 models

The 2020 Ford Shelby GT500 is a high-performance version of the Mustang coupe available in a single trim level. Essentially, a track-ready, street-legal Mustang, it has many performance features not available on the standard-issue car.

Standard equipment starts with a supercharged 5.2-liter V8 (760 horsepower and 625 lb-ft of torque) paired to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and rear-wheel drive. Other key performance features include three powertrain coolers (oil, differential and transmission), adaptive dampers, a Torsen rear differential (with 3.73 gearing), race-grade Brembo brakes, and Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires.

Hardcore performance doesn't limit comfort, however. Inside, the GT500 offers leather-wrapped front seats with simulated-suede inserts, a digital gauge cluster display, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and Ford's Sync 3 infotainment system with an 8-inch touchscreen and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration.

Serious enthusiasts may want to add the optional Handling or Carbon Fiber Track package. The former adds a Gurney flap to the rear spoiler for improved aerodynamic performance. The latter, meanwhile, equips the GT500 with 20-inch carbon-fiber wheels, upgraded tires and adjustable strut top mounts for fine-tuning alignment, Recaro front seats, and carbon-fiber interior trim. The Carbon Fiber Track package also removes the rear seat for weight savings.

If lap times aren't an obsession, consider the Technology package instead. It adds an upgraded Bang & Olufsen sound system, a navigation system blind-spot monitoring and driver-seat memory settings.

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    Best Muscle Cars — Chevy Camaro, Dodge Challenger and Ford Mustang, But What Else?

    Best Muscle Cars — Chevy Camaro, Dodge Challenger and Ford Mustang, But What Else?

    ELANA SCHERR: Everybody on my Instagram is posting push-up challenges right now. Don't worry. You are not going to get any exercise posts from me. But that doesn't mean I'm not interested in building muscle. I just prefer burnouts to pull-ups. Then there's going to be giant burnout. This is going to be great. [TIRES SCREECHING] The term muscle car came about in the late '60s and early '70s, but you don't have to have a classic car to flex your muscle. This is my top 10 list of modern muscle cars. [MUSIC PLAYING] Oh, we need rules. If we're doing this, we need rules, right? OK. Horsepower divided by torque with cylinders-- how many, eight? American, four doors, two doors? Could be all-wheel drive. How long a burnout versus how fast? This is hard. In the old days, a muscle car was an American car company's most powerful engine in its sportiest mid-sized car. Think GTO, Hemi Charger, Big Block Chevelle. Then there were the pony cars, which is where you'd get your Challengers, Camaros, Mustangs, AMC, AMXs. Following those rules now would mean that this entire list would be nothing but Camaro, Challenger, and Mustang in various trim levels from base V8 to top of the line-- all great cars, but kind of a boring video. So I opened up the definition to all makes and models. These are my only criteria. Number one, it's available now or it was within the last couple of years. Number two, it's one of the most powerful cars made by the company, and driving it will make you laugh. I expect this list is going to make you very angry. Heck, it made me angry, and I wrote it. Let's get to it. [MUSIC PLAYING] Number 10, Tesla Model S Performance. Are you mad yet? OK, well, half of you get to commenting about how it's totally unacceptable for Tesla to be on a muscle car list, and the other half of you get to commenting about how it's totally unacceptable for it not to be number one on the muscle car list. Let me just tell you why I picked it and put it where it is-- so freaking fast. Sure, no V8 engine, no engine at all, but the Tesla's performance is out of this world. And it has a lot of kind of trick options for showing off, which is very muscle car era. It has a 0 to 60 time of 2.4 seconds. That's half, half of what it took a classic muscle car. Modern times, modern muscle. So why isn't the Tesla higher on the list? Well, first of all, price. It's $100,000 for the fastest one. And I don't think a muscle car has to be cheap necessarily, but it should be cheaper than that. Mostly, though, it's about sound. Sound is a really important part of the muscle car experience, and the Tesla just doesn't do it for me. Sorry. [MUSIC PLAYING] Number nine, BMW M8. Did I just say that price was a factor and then pick a car that cost $133,000? Yes, yes, I did. But blame Mark Takahashi. My BMW pick was the M5, which is also a 600-horsepower bruiser, but cost about $30,000 less. Then Mark came in, and he was like, no, M8 because it's a two door. It's more muscly. And you know, I just didn't have the energy to fight with him. I think he could take me, really. Think he could kick my ass. Point is, BMW makes some monster muscle. And the all-wheel drive M8 has a rear wheel drive mode so you can kick out the back end and do those very important burnouts. [MUSIC PLAYING] Number eight, Nissan GT-R. Why is the GT-R on this list? Well, it is brutally, stupidly fast. It has a 0 to 60 time that competes with the Tesla, and it can do it all day long. Plus, it's kind of unexpected in Nissan's lineup. It's funny to look back at the early days of Pontiac and Chrysler and realize how stodgy those brands were, and then bam, GTO. The GT-R is kind of Nissan's version of that. Why is it back at number eight? Well, the price, over $100,000. And it's a V6. Yes, it's a nearly 600-horsepower V6, but still it is missing some cylinders. Got to be a V8, new rule that I just made up right now. [MUSIC PLAYING] Number seven, Mercedes AMG E63 and the Audi S8. Yep, it's a tie. It's a tie of two cars that at first glance shouldn't even be on this list, but hear me out. It's a tie because both the Mercedes and the Audi are nearly 600 horsepower. The AMG is a little bit over, and the S8's a little bit under. Both are surprisingly fast, faster than anything that big has a right to be. Why are big luxury cars on my muscle car list? Again, if we go back to the muscle car era, the big engines came out of big cars. And the Chrysler 300 and huge cube Cadillacs were surprisingly powerful. Also, a lot of the popular cars like, say, Plymouth Roadrunner were available in wagon form like the Mercedes is. So you could get a big engine in an unexpected body, and that makes it a sleeper, which everyone knows is the coolest relative of the muscle car. This is an '81 Trans Am, so it made about 200 horsepower. It's not really impressive compared to the classic muscle cars. Made about 400. But in '81, there wasn't much that was making more. So I'm going to say '81 Turbo Trans Am, still a muscle car-- just little muscle. Number six, the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. [DOG BARKS] Yeah, you heard me. [MUSIC PLAYING] The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is powered by the same engine that Dodge put in the Charger and Challenger-- 700 horsepower, 6.2-liter Hemi. So yeah, it is an SUV, but I mean, with all that horsepower and kind of a low stance, it's not really an off-roader. So if it isn't a muscle car, what is it? I'm making a new rule. Anything with a Hellcat engine is a muscle car. But nothing with four doors can be in the top three. Is that OK? Is that OK with you? Yeah? Going to be all right? He says it's OK. Number five is the Lexus RC F. It's the least horsepower on this list, with a 5 liter making 472 horses. What a world we live in when nearly 500 horsepower isn't bragworthy. The Lexus is on our list because it looks so muscly, with a long hood, and a short deck, and rear wheel drive, two doors. Plus, if you pay more, you can get a wing. And nothing is more muscly than a wing. Just ask anyone with a Plymouth Superbird. [MUSIC PLAYING] Number four Dodge Hellcat Charger. Dang those pesky rear doors. The Charger has the distinction of being the only car on our list to have been an actual muscle car by the strictest standards. Dodge introduced the Charger in 1966 and redesigned it in 1968 to the more famous Coke bottle design. In my opinion, that second-generation Charger is one of the prettiest American cars ever made. And it's also a very famous design. Seen it in movies like Bullet and Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry. It's also in a TV show. What was it called? Um-- Dukes of Hazzard? I don't know. I never heard of it. Today's Charger has too many doors to crack the top three-- see the rule that I made during number six-- but it's one of the best all-around cars on our list, impressive even in 392 trim and downright remarkable as a Hellcat. [MUSIC PLAYING] Onto the pony cars. I wish I could declare a three-way tie for the top three because each one is good in a different muscular way. At number three is the Chevy Camaro, obviously ZL1 because it's top dog with 650 horsepower. But a Camaro SS still lifts plenty of weight. The reason the Camaro isn't higher on the list is because the back seat is small, and visibility is bad. And those are sports car attributes. A proper muscle car shouldn't feel cramped. Number two is the Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye. With two doors and a couple of variants of the incredible Hellcat engine, what else could it be but the Dodge Challenger? I mean, Redeye gets the pick because 797 horses. But the 717 horse regular Hellcat is no slouch, nor for that matter is the 392, the 485 horses. The Challenger is the closest to a traditional muscle car on our list despite being based on a pony car design. It's roomy, comfortable, and happiest in a straight line rather than a corkscrew. That said, all the cars on this list are astonishing performers on a road course, as well as a drag strip. There's just no room for one-trick ponies anymore. [MUSIC PLAYING] And here we are, number one, the car that put the pony in pony cars, the Ford Mustang. For maximum muscle, we're going to go with the GT500 with its 760 horsepower and 11-second quarter mile times. But like the others in the top three, the base GT is good too, everything a muscle car needs-- horsepower, style, legacy, the ability to make you look powerful even if you've never seen the inside of a gym. That's why it's our number one. If you want more details on exactly why the top three ended up in the order that they did, watch our previous muscle car comparison from back in the days when we were all allowed to hang out together and go to race tracks. Oh my god, that was hard. I hate top 10 lists. I'm going to go online and start arguing with myself. You should too. Tell me what you'd put on your top 10 list. [REVVING]

    Edmunds' Elana Scherr lists the best muscle cars of 2020, including American muscle cars and other, more unusual choices. She also explains what makes a classic muscle car and gives her Top 10 picks for the best modern muscle cars on sale.

    Features & Specs

    2dr Coupe features & specs
    2dr Coupe
    5.2L 8cyl S/C 7AM
    MPG 12 city / 18 hwy
    SeatingSeats 4
    Transmission7-speed automated manual
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    Our experts’ favorite Shelby GT500 safety features:

    SOS Post-Crash Alert System
    Sounds the horn and flashes the emergency indicators in the event of a crash, alerting emergency workers of your location.
    Rearview Camera
    Helps you navigate into tight parking spots and avoid collisions when backing out of spots in crowded parking lots.
    Ford MyKey
    Allows the owner to set secondary-driver parameters and limits for teen and valet drivers.

    Ford Shelby GT500 vs. the competition

    Ford Shelby GT500 vs. Dodge Challenger

    The SRT Challenger Hellcat is today's most bonkers muscle car, with 717 hp in its standard configuration and 797 hp in the new Redeye variation. That's just a silly amount of power to put in a regular motorist's hands. But to quote Childish Gambino, this is America, and the only thing vaguely un-American about the Redeye is that it doesn't make 800 horsepower. The GT500 won't knock out the same power, but it's in the neighborhood, and it will undoubtedly handle itself better around a racetrack.

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    Ford Shelby GT500 vs. Chevrolet Camaro

    The GT500 (along with the "lesser" GT350) and the Camaro ZL1 are archenemies and share many of the same types of upgrades to the suspension, powertrain and brakes for better performance on the track. Like the Camaro, the GT500 uses a supercharged V8 engine, but the Shelby puts out 110 more horsepower. On paper, that looks substantial. In practice, these two will be very closely matched, with the Shelby probably having an edge at the top end of acceleration.

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    Ford Shelby GT500 vs. BMW M4

    A Mustang compared to a BMW? In days past, this matchup would've been unthinkable. But today's Shelby is no ordinary Mustang, nor is the M4 an ordinary BMW. This contest isn't fair, though; the GT500 makes about 330 hp more than the BMW. And on the track, the Shelby has wider tires to make use of all that power. The M4 is more luxurious, but the GT500's power easily makes up for any comparative lack of refinement.

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    Edmunds Tested: Mustang GT500 vs. Charger Hellcat vs. Camaro ZL1

    Carlos Lago by Carlos Lago , Senior WriterJanuary 16th, 2020

    When you have three of the most powerful and highest-performing muscle cars the world has ever seen, you do the ultimate muscle car test.

    That's exactly what the Edmunds team did in December when we had a 2019 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE, a 2019 Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye Widebody and a 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Carbon Fiber Track Pack. Total horsepower? 2,207.

    The team spent two weeks testing and evaluating these three, just like we do with every vehicle that enters our garage. We logged performance figures at our private test facility, and hosts Carlos Lago, Kurt Niebuhr and Elana Scherr lived with each car, using them for errands and Instagram postings.

    To film the drag race and comparison videos, we spent two days at a larger facility since there are precious few places to safely and legally run three cars side by side up to 130 mph.

    The specs and notes from our test team follow below.

    Technical specifications and performance data


    2019 Chevrolet
    Camaro ZL1 1LE

    2019 Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye Widebody

    2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Carbon Fiber Track Pack

    Price, base; as-tested (includes destination and gas-guzzler tax)

    $64,695; $75,485

    $79,440; $89,595

    $73,995; $94,265


    Front-engine, RWD

    Front-engine, RWD

    Front-engine, RWD


    Supercharged 6.2-liter V8

    Supercharged 6.2-liter V8

    Supercharged 5.2-liter V8


    650 hp @ 6,500 rpm, 650 lb-ft of torque @ 3,600 rpm

    797 hp @ 6,300 rpm, 707 lb-ft of torque @ 4,500 rpm

    760 hp @ 7,300 rpm, 625 lb-ft of torque @ 5,000 rpm


    6,500 rpm

    6,400 rpm

    7,500 rpm

    Fuel economy, combined (city/highway)

    16 mpg (13/21)

    16 mpg (13/22)

    14 mpg (12/18)

    Transmission, final drive, differential type

    10-speed automatic, 2.85:1, electronic limited-slip

    8-speed automatic, 3.09:1, asymmetric limited-slip

    7-speed dual-clutch automatic, 3.73:1, Torsen limited-slip

    Front suspension

    MacPherson strut, Multimatic DSSV coilover shocks, adj. camber plates, adj. strut mounts, adj. height, stabilizer bar

    Independent SLA, electronically adj. Bilstein coilover shocks, stabilizer bar

    MacPherson strut, electronically adj. MagneRide shocks, adj. strut mounts, stabilizer bar

    Rear suspension

    Independent five-link, Multimatic DSSV shocks, adj. stabilizer bar

    Independent five-link, electronically adj. Bilstein shocks, stabilizer bar

    Independent integral-link, electronically adj. MagneRide shocks, stabilizer bar

    Brakes: f;r

    15.4-in vented rotors w/ six-piston calipers; 14.4-in vented rotors w/ four-piston calipers

    15.4-in vented and slotted rotors w/ six-piston calipers;  13.8-in vented and slotted rotors with four-piston calipers

    16.5-in vented rotors w/ six-piston calipers; 14.6-in vented rotors w/ four-piston calipers

    Wheels: f; r, construction

    19 x 11-in; 19 x 12-in, forged aluminum

    20 x 11-in, forged aluminum

    20 x 11-in; 20 x 11.5-in, carbon fiber

    Tires: f; r

    Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3R305/30R19; 325/30R19

    Pirelli P Zero 305/35R20

    Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2
    305/30R20; 315/30R20,


    110.7 in

    116.2 in

    107.1 in

    L x W x H

    190.2 x 74.7 x 52.4 in

    197.5 x 78.3 x 57.5 in

    189.5 x 76.6 x 53.7 in

    Weight (f%/r%)

    3,892 lbs (54.8/45.2)

    4,527 lbs (56.9/43.1)

    4,058 lbs (56.6/43.4)





    0-45 mph

    2.8 sec

    3.1 sec

    2.8 sec

    0-60 mph

    3.9 sec

    4.2 sec

    3.8 sec

    0-60 mph (w/ 1-ft rollout)

    3.5 sec

    3.9 sec

    3.5 sec

    0-75 mph

    5.1 sec

    5.3 sec

    4.8 sec


    11.6 sec @ 122.4 mph

    11.7 sec @ 127.0 mph

    11.3 sec @ 130.7 mph

    Braking, 60-0 mph

    102 ft

    102 ft

    98 ft

    200-ft skidpad, g (avg)




    Testing notes
    Test date: December 9, 2019

    2019 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE
    Driver: Kurt Niebuhr

    Weather conditions
    Temp: 65.8 degrees
    Barometer: 30.0 inches Hg
    Humidity: 55.6%
    Wind speed: 5.4 mph
    Wind direction: Tail and cross

    Weird as it is to have a 10-speed automatic paired to a 650-hp V8, it makes a case for itself when you're really on it. Revs are nearly always at peak power and there's no real pause and following torque/power spike to upset the car and spin the tires. Key-up is fairly ferocious and traction, though ample, is limited by the cold-ish tires. Very little wheelspin to get the 1LE sideways and it gets points for stability when something like a Hellcat would be trying to jump the fence. Shifts are quick and smooth, but not snappy like a dual-clutch. That's not a complaint, just an observation.

    Launch control is through Performance Traction Management, though with the lack of traction, I went with Sport 1. You'd need to get these tires really hot on a grippy surface to use Race, and we didn't have anything approaching that level of grip. Launch control almost bogs it down off the line and you wonder if the run is blown before the Camaro just explodes down the straight. Nearly holy hell, but it's almost too quiet to be this fast. It almost takes away from the thrill to not hear more of the blower, exhaust or both.

    Good brakes in this car, but the tires need temp to have any grip. Cooldown was shortened just to keep the rubber warm-ish. No brake dive, just stopping power time after time. Great feel, great stability. Proof that Chevy can build a car that stops when it cares enough. Could do this all day. 

    Tires need heat. Sound familiar? Cooling temps and a setting sun meant most runs needed two to six warm-up laps before it felt like it wouldn't swap ends. With these tires, the 1LE is damn near dangerous when it's chilly outside. But once up to temp, damn! The aero bits might not be working at these speeds, but it's fun to imagine they're doing something.

    Takes some recalibration to get the car up to the right speed to start a skidpad run. Tires are near silent no matter what's happening, so you've gotta pay really close attention to know what's happening. ESC seems really good right off the bat. Still, 1.16 g (avg)? That's insane. Peak runs had Performance Traction Management in Sport 2, but all the way off was very close. Again, cooler temps and lack of constant temps limited the numbers. Fairly amazing, even if the car is a single purpose hot-lapper.

    2019 Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye Widebody
    Driver: Jonathan Elfalan

    Weather conditions
    Temp: 65.3 degrees
    Barometer: 30.0 inches Hg
    Humidity: 56.7%
    Wind speed: 4.9 mph
    Wind direction: Tail and cross

    Echoing Kurt's sentiments here the first time we tested. Not enough grip to even use a fraction of the power off the line. Launch control has a selectable engine speed, but it's not a very smart system. It's quicker to do things manually. Our best run came using the same approach as last time, starting in second gear and just easing into the power until you get right below the wheelspin. I kept street traction on, and it seemed to net a similar result that Kurt with it off. Acceleration is otherwordly when you actually have traction.

    Feels like I needed quite a bit of pedal pressure to reach the ABS threshold braking. Also experienced some wooden pedal moments after a few accel runs, which Kurt did not experience. Now I'm thinking the pads might be slightly glazed? Otherwise the tires do an admirable job of bringing this heavyweight down to a stop, at least from 60 mph. 102 feet? That's impressive. And consistent.

    Yeah, this is still a big, heavy muscle car not originally intended for curves. It steers and goes pretty well and has a pretty nice amount of grip, but you can feel that once you break it loose at some speed you're gonna be sliding for a while. Steering feels a bit slow and light on feedback, but it's enough to sense when the front end goes away. It pushes at the limit as long as you are patient with the throttle. The Track mode suspension setting is pretty stiff even around this skidpad area. It works well for the skidpad itself, but any of the bumps around the track make themselves known. Obviously not the right choice for a track-day weekend.

    2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Carbon Fiber Track Pack
    Driver: Kurt Niebuhr

    Weather conditions
    Temp: 67.1 degrees
    Barometer: 30.0 inches Hg
    Humidity: 54.3%
    Wind speed: 3.3 mph
    Wind direction: Tail and cross

    Ferocious is really the only word you can use. Key-up accel was very fast, even with the standard ESC setting and no real heat in the tires. Wheelspin was managed with a bit of heavy hand, but it never shut the car down — you just felt it fighting until the car finally had some traction. The Redeye, for example, lets too much wheelspin happen before clamping down too far before letting it spin up again before finally just giving up. The GT500 seems to understand things a bit better.

    The 1-2 shift spins the tires (ESC flashes but stays low-key) and the 2-3 shift chirps them. That's over 70 mph. The bottom end on this thing is impressive. With "only" 5.2 liters, there's a lot of power under 3,000 rpm. Thanks, giant blower! Above 5,000 rpm this thing just ignites. Thanks again, giant blower! Acceleration is unbelievable. It pulls very, very hard to 7,500 rpm before doing it again in the next gear unabated. 127 mph trap in key-up settings. 131.6 in the quickest. Madness. Launch control lets you tailor the launch rpm, but even down to 1,200 rpm (the lowest allowed), there was still a fair bit of spin/intervention.

    Shifts are a bit firmer, but they don't feel engineered that way — it's simply a lot of power cutting out and then coming back in. With ESC off, you need to stay sharp as the car will spin its wheels at nearly 100 mph if it's cooler or the surface is a tad dirty. Super duper impressed. Monstrous power. 5 stars. Would go full throttle again.

    I knew it had a sub-100-footer in it. Sport Cup 2s really help, but the GT500 is remarkably stable and really shows just how good the Mustang platform has become. Like other Mustangs, the pedal is firm and the brakes come in high, not far into the pedal stroke. But unlike other Mustangs, about 90% of the braking power happens immediately, making for some abrupt stops at higher speeds when you're simply trying to scrub off a bit of speed or brake at 50%. Besides that, pedal feel is excellent and you have all the confidence you need to stop from 60. Repeatedly.

    No doubt this car had a pretty aggressive alignment (the camber plates looked to be maxed-out), but these are still fairly ridiculous numbers from a Mustang. Turn-in is crisp, but still a little numb … but the steering lets you get right down to business. There's decent feel for something so big and heavy — and with so much tire — and there's a LOT of stick. Power can be metered out with some subtlety — in third gear. Body roll is minimal. Recaros do the trick.

    The Sport Cup 2s talk just a little bit as you get close to the limit where the GT500 tends to understeer away the grip. Feels pretty safe for 760 HORSEPOWER. The thing absolutely monsters the handling loop. The front tires start to fade on this short track before the end of three laps but the brakes stay with you. Spinning off into the sticks only requires turning off traction control. ESC is best left on, really. Stupid fast.

    2020 Ford Shelby GT500 First Drive

    We Let 760 HP Rip on the Racetrack and Drag Strip

    Carlos Lago by Carlos Lago , Senior WriterOctober 29th, 2019

    The Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 has never been a stranger to headlines.

    Since the model's reintroduction in 2007, the GT500 has continually reset expectations for power and performance. Consider the 2013 model, which boasted 662 horsepower and a 200-mph top speed. Those numbers were unheard of for muscle cars of the time.

    The 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 continues its regularly scheduled power climb with a supercharged 5.2-liter V8 that makes 760 hp on 93 octane. But there are two new curious attributes to its arsenal: a lower 180-mph top speed and a standard seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

    Absurd top speeds are decidedly less useful than transmissions, but both changes point to how Ford wants this new model to perform. Instead of being just a hot rod with a massive engine and a lofty top speed, the new GT500 seeks to be capable on a racetrack too.

    What's it like on the road?

    We primarily drove a GT500 equipped with the optional Carbon Fiber Track package. Its lower ride height, 20-inch carbon-fiber wheels, front splitter extensions, and adjustable wing all scream "racetrack-use only." But unless you've got a tow vehicle and trailer, you still have to drive to the track. That's what we did.

    Settling into the bucket seats reveals manual adjustments and no lumbar. The side bolsters are snug but not overly tight, and we didn't feel much discomfort during approximately 100 miles of road driving. The sole downside is that, to exit, you have to slide the seat back to make enough room between the bolsters and the steering wheel. We can live with that.

    Poke the start button and the V8 lets out a loud rasp before settling to a burly idle. The rotary shifter is an odd sight in a Mustang, but the GT500's new dual-clutch automatic is so well-behaved that you'll quickly get used to it. Twist the knob to Drive and roll onto the gas pedal and the GT500 moves off smoothly and promptly.

    The GT500 reaches highway speeds — and highway-plus-plus speeds — effortlessly. The numbers change in the digital speedometer with a brutal matter-of-factness. Aside from the blaring soundtrack from the exhaust, the GT500 is utterly stable so the only real drama is the damage potential to your driver's license. The Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 front tires (part of the Carbon Fiber Track package) are very eager to follow every groove in the road, but otherwise the GT500 takes easily to freeway traffic. Even the adaptive MagneRide shock absorbers keep the ride tolerable.

    Like the Mustang GT, the GT500 has what looks like toggle switches at the bottom of its center console that you can use to select different drive modes and change the volume of the exhaust. Unfortunately, the switches only move one way. That's fine if, for example, you make the one click from Normal to Sport mode. But if you want to get back to Normal from Sport, you have to click through Track, Drag Strip and Slippery first. It's a small yet silly annoyance.

    How does it do at the drag strip?

    Did somebody say burnout? Along with the Drag Strip mode, which prepares the transmission for quick upshifts, the GT500 also has launch control and a line lock, a drag-racing feature that holds down the front brakes but leaves the rears free for burnouts.

    While rear tire destruction is simple, activating the line lock feature is a fussy process that requires multiple brake applications and button presses. And in order to roll away from the burnout — like you would if you were doing it the old-fashioned way — you must disable traction control, which in turn disables launch control. Flipping the switch to reengage traction control is easy, assuming you remember to do so. Under the watchful eye of onlookers and the pressure of competition, it might be easy to forget.

    Launch control itself is as straightforward as mashing the brake and gas pedals. The engine shoots to a preselected rpm that you can adjust between runs. Once there, the exhaust's rhythmic thump-thump-thump sounds like a low tom drum.

    There is a slight delay from when you release the brake pedal to when the GT500 starts moving forward. Though launch control is consistent, this delay hurts your reaction time when you're facing timing lights, be they a Christmas tree at a drag strip or a stoplight.

    We have no such complaints about what happens after that delay. The GT500 simply piles on the speed. We ran a few mid-11-second passes and are convinced that Ford's 3.3-second 0-60 mph and 10.7-second quarter-mile claims are reachable with a prepared surface and better conditions.

    What about the racetrack?

    What makes the GT500 tricky to drive fast isn't the power so much as it is realizing how hard you can push it. The Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires provide unflappable stick and permit higher corner-entry speeds than you expect. The GT500 eliminates speed just as easily and effortlessly as it puts it on, too. The preposterously sized brake rotors (16.5-inch front and 14.6-inch rear) are overshadowed by the size of the gargantuan six-piston front calipers, among the largest Brembo makes for production cars.

    The GT500 welcomes trail braking, which is a technique that involves keeping slight brake pressure on while turning into a corner. Doing so allows additional adjustments to your line before you're midcorner, helping establish a better exit. That, in turn, means you can let the 760 hp loose for the next straight sooner. After every corner, you'll realize you could've applied more gas pedal.

    The transmission is ideally matched for the V8's power. During our drive, we left it in Track mode and never felt the need to grab a manual downshift — it always has the right gear because it knows where the engine makes the most power. It also adjusts shift speed in consideration of cornering.

    Still want to shift yourself? No problem. Pulling on a shift paddle results in impressively quick upshifts and downshifts. The paddles also offer two neat tricks: Holding the downshift paddle sends you to the lowest possible gear, while pulling both paddles gives you a temporary neutral so you can rev the engine whenever needed. That's important stuff for tunnels and onlookers.

    What is its closest competition?

    The BMW M4 and Mercedes-AMG C 63 sure have better-looking interiors, but in comparison to the GT500 they vanish in plumes of tire smoke when it comes to performance-per-dollar. How many dollars? The GT500 starts at $73,995 (including destination).

    The Carbon Fiber Track package has a stout price tag of $18,500. Navigation, blind-spot monitoring and power seat adjustments come in a separate $3,000 Technology package. Want real paint stripes instead of the more common add-on graphical stripes? That'll be another $10,000. Now you're looking at a Mustang that costs more than $100,000. But even without the stripes, the GT500 ends up being more expensive than top-end, track-ready versions of the Chevrolet Camaro and Dodge Challenger.

    Which one is the best of the three? A comparison is inevitable. We pity the tires.

    2020 Ford Shelby GT500 First Look

    The Shelby GT500 Is Back With Bite and Worth the Wait

    Elana Scherr by Elana Scherr , Special CorrespondentJanuary 14th, 2019

    That whooshing sound you hear is the sigh of relief from Mustang fans who have been waiting for Ford to show the new Shelby GT500. It's been half a decade since Ford has had a GT500 Mustang in its stable, but Ford says the 2020 Shelby GT500 is going to be worth the wait. There are still secrets to be revealed, but based on what we know so far, this snake is going to have some bite.

    Big Boost

    Normally we'd begin a First Look with how the car looks, but the Shelby GT500 has always been a performance car with a focus on big power numbers. So let's start off with the go-fast stuff. Under the GT500-specific bulging hood will be a supercharged 5.2-liter V8. It uses the same aluminum block as the GT350 version. But instead of going with the exotic flat-plane crank, the GT500's V8 will employ a traditional crossplane crank. The entire rotating assembly has been beefed up to handle more horsepower.

    How much more horsepower? Argh! Ford won't tell us yet! We do know that it will be more than 700 hp, which should be good for 0-60 mph in the mid-3-second range and a quarter-mile run in the high 10s. To get those numbers from a relatively small V8, the GT500 has an enormous 2.65-liter Roots-type supercharger tucked between the aluminum heads.

    The supercharged V8 is no surprise, but the transmission behind it is. Rather than the GT350's six-speed manual, the GT500 has its own gearbox, a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT) designed by Tremec specifically for the GT500 Mustang. Ford says the DCT can switch gears in less than 100 milliseconds, making shifts faster for drag racing, road courses or just impressing your friends on the way to dinner.

    The transmission is tuned to work in several different drive modes, including Normal, Weather, Sport, Drag and Track. Selecting a particular mode also triggers changes in the MagneRide suspension, steering and throttle response. While the GT500 isn't dedicated to any particular form of racing, it does offer line-lock and launch control to help you put the power to the pavement.

    Keep Your Cool

    Form and function are so tightly tied together in the GT500 that when we do finally get around to talking about the car's appearance, we're also talking about its cooling and aero. The giant front grille, slotted hood and ground-level winglets are all designed to keep the engine cool and the car pressed firmly to the ground at speed. Cooling airflow in the GT500 is double that of the GT350. The fenders are wider in the front to accommodate 20-by-11-inch wheels, and a rear wing and diffuser are standard to make sure air is managed all the way along its journey.

    Downforce and power can't do much without good rubber on the wheels, so the GT500 wears Ford Performance-spec Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires that are backed by 16.5-inch brake rotors and Brembo six-piston calipers. If you're having trouble visualizing that, imagine a large pizza — only it's made of a brake disc.

    Snake Eyes

    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 and a 12-inch LCD instrument cluster. If the supercharged V8's rumble isn't your kind of music, a 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system is available. A Sync 3 touchscreen supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto if you get lost on the way to the track. And just in case you forget that you're in a Shelby, the striking-cobra logo that adorns the front grille, both fenders and the rear tail panel is repeated on the seatbacks, steering wheel and infotainment screen. We counted 11 snakes in all, but there might still be some hiding in there.

    Upgrade Me

    If for some reason the base GT500 isn't enough, there are two upgrades available. The Handling package adds adjustable strut mounts for increased rigidity and a rear spoiler with a Gurney flap. To go all in, opt for the Carbon Fiber Track pack. It deletes the rear seat, bolts on 20-inch carbon-fiber wheels (widened in the back to 11.5 inches) with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 rubber, and adds the carbon-fiber rear wing from the GT4 Mustang racing program. An upgraded front splitter extends up the sides of the wheelwells for increased downforce.

    Pricing and Release Date

    The Ford Shelby GT500 has a serious legacy to live up to, as well as some serious competition. American rivals include hopped-up Camaros and Challengers, while European marques such as Porsche and BMW offer different takes on ultra-high-performance motoring. Ford seems confident that the new GT500 won't disappoint, and our first look has us excited to see more. Horsepower announcements are coming soon, and pricing will be available in fall 2019. We expect the car to hit showrooms shortly thereafter.


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