2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500: What's It Like to Live With?
It's service time for our Shelby. And through no fault of the car, we get to pay an extra $1,100 dollars!
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Latest Highlights (updated 05/06/21)
- Oil changes are expensive.
- But not as expensive as removing the supercharger to replace a wiring harness.
- This car gets poor fuel economy. Deal with it.
2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500: Performance
We already know the GT500 is fast. Like, fast, fast. But not everybody on our staff is accustomed this kind of performance, so how easy is it to manage the Shelby's tremedous capabilities? Check back with us to see how everyone gets to grips (get it?) with our GT500 as well as updates from the track and/or the drag strip. Hey — we're gonna use it!
"I like the shift programming of the GT500's seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Specifically, I dig the rapid automatic downshifting when you quickly get on the brakes. Let's say you're cruising around town and the car in front of you suddenly slows down. If you dab the brakes on the GT500 it will quickly downshift out of whatever cruising gear it was in (6th or 7th, presumably) down to like 3rd or 4th to get you primed for acceleration in case you need it. It's nicely done." — Brent Romans, senior editor, written content
"What's it like when you mat the GT500's gas pedal? Well, try this: load yourself up in a giant, 15-foot wide human bungee slingshot; stretch it all the way back; lash a $4,000 Magnolia bookshelf speaker to each side of your head; put a metal trash can over the top half of your body, with just a mailslot-sized cutout so you can see; and have a chimpanzee sit on top of the trash can. Then, all at once, release the slingshot and crank Metallica's "Disposable Heroes" at full volume over the speakers while you fly through the air and have the chimp screech and jump up and down on the trash can.
So, yeah, it's kind of like that. Outrageous? Yep. Silly? Yep. Possibly dangerous? Have you met a chimpanzee who you made stand on top of a trashcan-wearing human while launched through the air by a giant bungee? You know he's gonna be pissed. But above all, it's an utterly memorable experience." — Brent Romans, senior editor, written content
"Ride is noticeably firmer than the GT500 CF Track Pack. Those carbon fiber wheels make as much of a difference in handling as they do in ride quality. It's by no means rough, but there is more head toss and the impacts are somewhat sharper." — Carlos Lago, manager, feature content
2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500: Comfort
It's great going fast but if you're not comfortable while doing so, it stops being fun. How comfortable will our 760 horsepower GT500 actually be on a day to day basis? Adjustable suspension can go a long way, but what about those aggressive Recaro seats? Other factors you're likely to hear about in this section range from road noise to climate control.
"So, our GT500's Recaro driver's seat — how comfortable is it? I do think that it is, for the most part, comfortable. At least it's comfortable for me. But I'm pretty skinny. I could see that people with a wider body type would find the seat confining. (See my coworker Travis Langness' comments about it in article's Road Trip section.) I've done a few stints in our GT500 now that ended up being about 4-5 hours long each. Each time I was pretty comfy for the first few hours but got antsy near the end. I think that's where the seats' lack of adjustability came into play.
I suspect that the GT500's available power-adjustable front seats would be more comfortable for long-distance driving. But this isn't a car you buy for coast-to-coast drives (or, at least you shouldn't get it to do that...). For daily driver and track-day purposes, the Recaros seem about right." — Brent Romans, senior editor, written content
"I'm still giddy over the fact that we have a long-term GT500. That said driving this home and back in temperate 70 degree weather, the seats lack breathability. They fit me like a glove and I love the support they offer especially at the lats and thighs, but they are warm even with the AC running. I think they would be downright swampy in hotter climates. I also wish the seats were easier to adjust incrementally. The manual levers don't allow for fine enough control. Would love some electric adjustments even if they added some weight." — Jonathan Elfalan, senior manager, test team
"With 13.5 cu-ft of cargo capacity and a fairly wide trunk opening, the GT500 is just as practical as any other Mustang. So you can go grocery shopping it in, right? Well, yeah, but unless you're filling up the entire trunk with bags, most of your food is going to make a break for it before you get home. There's just no place to secure multiple bags - unless of course you lift up the trunk floor. Where you'd usually find a spare tire, there's an air pump for fixing a flat tire and a styrofoam housing that doubles as a grocery bag holder! I've put more than just two bags in here, but this photo illustrates what a perfect size these spaces are for paper bags. You're welcome." — Kurt Niebuhr, vehicle test editor