2020 Ford Shelby GT500
2020 Ford Shelby GT500MSRP: $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
- 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
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.
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?
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.
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2020 Ford Shelby GT500 videosBest 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]
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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.
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.
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.
Is the Ford Shelby GT500 a good car?
What's new in the 2020 Ford Shelby GT500?
According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2020 Ford Shelby GT500:
- 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
Is the Ford Shelby GT500 reliable?
Is the 2020 Ford Shelby GT500 a good car?
How much should I pay for a 2020 Ford Shelby GT500?
The least-expensive 2020 Ford Shelby GT500 is the 2020 Ford Shelby GT500 2dr Coupe (5.2L 8cyl S/C 7AM). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $70,300.
Other versions include:
- 2dr Coupe (5.2L 8cyl S/C 7AM) which starts at $70,300
What are the different models of Ford Shelby GT500?
More about the 2020 Ford Shelby GT500
2020 Ford Shelby GT500 Overview
The 2020 Ford Shelby GT500 is offered in the following submodels: Shelby GT500 Coupe. Available styles include 2dr Coupe (5.2L 8cyl S/C 7AM).
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