The 2020 Shelby GT 500 offers both looks and performance. Visually, this years Shelby comes in four new exterior colors; Grabber Lime, Iconic Silver, Red Hot Metallic Clearcoat and Twister Orange Metallic Tinted Clearcoat. The exterior colors are accented by either painted or vinyl over the top stripes, and/or vinyl side stripes. The body has an aggressive styled front splitter, and fascia with wire mesh grilles. There is a black rear splitter as well. The hood is equipped with self centering hood pins, a wide centered functional hood vent designed to extract hot engine compartment air and trap rain that enters. Tires are 20 inch Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires mounted on 20″ high gloss black aluminum wheels.
The interior has a 12 in LCD cluster and is blessed with MyColor lighting. The foot pedals are aluminum, not just black rubber. The center console is wrapped and has accent stitching. The sport front seats are Miko Suede with leather trim, and have built in heat/cooling capabilities. Recaro leather seats are available. For your traveling comfort the Shelby has s a dual-zone electronic controlled heating/AC unit. The steering wheel is leather/Alcantara wrapped with paddle shifters.
Power wise, the Shelby comes with a 5.2 Liter supercharged cross-plane crank V-8 engine with. over 700 horsepower. Behind the engine you will find a TREMEC 7 speed dual clutch manual transmission. The drive shaft is carbon fiber and connects to an independent rear suspension and a 3.73:1 rear axel. The whole purpose of the preceding equipment is to drive the wheels. But if you want to stop, that is achieved through the use of 6 piston Brembo brake calipers and two piece 420 mm smooth ventilated brake rotors on the front and 4 piston Brembo brake calipers and two piece 370 mm smooth ventilated brake rotors on the rear.
The all-new Shelby GT500 – the pinnacle of any pony car ever engineered by Ford Performance – delivers on its heritage with more than 700 horsepower for the quickest street-legal acceleration and most high-performance technology to date ever offered in a Ford Mustang.
“Carroll was always working on the next faster Shelby, I think he would love this Mustang more than any other,” said Jim Farley, Ford president, global markets. “A takedown artist, the new Shelby GT500 will surprise supercar owners with its Ford Performance racing tech, supercharged engine and visceral swagger.”
Arriving this fall to join its Shelby GT350 stablemate, Shelby GT500 is engineered to attack on all fronts. At the drag strip, it’s set to produce a projected 700-plus horsepower via its first-in-class dual-clutch transmission. At the track, performance improves even more thanks to its race-bred chassis, custom Michelin tires and the largest front brake rotors ever available on an American sports coupe. On the street, its menacing aerodynamic design and Ford Performance driver control technologies make every moment behind the wheel even more exhilarating.
Most Powerful Ford Ever
In the process of making the all-new Shelby GT500 the quickest street-legal Mustang ever, Ford Performance created an exclusive powertrain to deliver new levels of power and torque.
“With its supercar-level powertrain, the all-new Shelby GT500 takes the sixth-generation Mustang to a performance level once reserved only for exotics,” said Hermann Salenbauch, global director, Ford Performance vehicle programs. “As a Mustang, it has to be attainable and punch above its weight. To that end, we’ve set a new standard among American performance cars with our most powerful street-legal V8 engine to date, plus the quickest-shifting transmission ever in a Mustang for all-out precision and speed.”
Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 starts with a supercharged 5.2-liter aluminum alloy engine built by hand. To keep the intake air cooler and deliver a lower center of gravity, the team inverted a 2.65-liter roots-type supercharger with air-to-liquid intercooler tucked neatly in the V8 engine valley.
Like Shelby GT350, the aluminum alloy block features weight-saving wire-arc cylinder liners and high-flow aluminum cylinder heads, plus larger forged connecting rods, improved lubrication and cooling passages. Beneath that, a structural oil pan adds strength, reduces vibration, and features a patented active baffle system to keep oil where it’s needed.
To channel power and torque to the unique carbon fiber driveshaft, Ford Performance leveraged learnings from the tuning of its Ford GT supercar’s dual-clutch transmission. The team selected a TREMEC® 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, which is capable of shifts in under 100 milliseconds – markedly faster than any manual gearbox. This dual-clutch transmission is designed for a number of drive modes, including normal, weather, sport, drag and track, and activates features like line-lock and launch control through selectable Track Apps.
Next-evolution Mustang Performance
To harness the power and torque of the most powerful Mustang ever made for the street requires cutting-edge active chassis technology, track-bred Michelin tires and Brembo® brakes – all dialed in by Ford Performance.
Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 takes advantage of revised suspension geometry, a new electronic power steering unit and lighter-weight coil springs front and rear. Next-generation active MagneRide™ suspension is baked-in, along with the latest in advanced drive mode technologies from Ford Performance. The payoff is the highest-ever lateral acceleration from a Mustang for greater track performance and driver control.
Putting all this chassis hardware to the pavement, custom Ford Performance-spec Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires and more aggressive Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires feature unique compounds and tread. To provide track-ready stopping power, massive 16-5-inch (420-millimeter) two-piece rotors are added – the largest of any domestic sports coupe – plus larger, stiffer Brembo six-piston calipers. With 20 percent more swept area than the Shelby GT350’s, these brakes have more than 30 percent additional thermal mass in the front corners.
Two handling packages with increasing levels capability are offered for the all-new Shelby GT500. An available Handling Package includes adjustable strut top mounts and spoiler with Gurney flap. For the truly hardcore, an available Carbon Fiber Track Package features exposed 20-inch carbon fiber wheels with 0.5-inch-wider rear wheels (11.5-inch), custom Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, adjustable exposed carbon fiber GT4 track wing and splitter wickers with integrated dive plane. The rear seat is deleted to reduce weight.
Menacing Design Tuned with Ford Performance
Thanks to a cross-functional team of designers, Ford Performance engineers and motorsports collaborators, the 2020 Shelby GT500 has functional track-hero looks to match its performance capabilities.
“With a double front grille opening and 50 percent more cooling pack airflow versus the Shelby GT350, along with the most advanced aero components and downforce we’ve ever offered, every millimeter of Shelby GT500’s fastback design is aimed at improving performance,” said Melvin Betancourt, Ford design manager.
Those large angular grille openings and muscular hood combine for a menacing, aerodynamic-led design inspired by modern fighter jet aircraft. The car’s wider front fenders and stance housing Shelby GT500-specific 20×11-inch wheels proportionally align to its rear fenders that hug up to 20×11.5-inch wheels. A standard new rear spoiler and updated composite materials in the rear diffuser result in added thermal management.
The team leveraged Ford’s motorsports technical center in North Carolina and its windshear rolling wind tunnel – where top-tier racing teams test – to perfect the design of the Shelby GT500. Front fascia openings are more than doubled versus the Shelby GT350, while six heat exchangers are stuffed in to increase cooling pack airflow by more than 50 percent. A massive 31×28-inch louvered hood vent features a removable aluminum rain tray for better air extraction and increased downforce.
Craftsmanship, Tech & Comfort
Ford Mustang Shelby GT500’s purpose-built cockpit boasts race-inspired premium materials and unique finishes worthy of its world-class power. Premium touchpoints include an available exposed carbon fiber instrument panel appliqué and new door panel inserts in Dark Slate Miko® suede with accent stitching. Available Recaro racing seats with firm side bolstering and pass-throughs for safety harnesses offer the highest level of performance. For those looking for even greater comfort, power-adjustable seating with Miko suede inserts is offered.
The all-new Shelby GT500 picks up a 12-inch full-color LCD instrument cluster, while a high-performance custom-tuned 12-speaker B&O® Play premium audio system is available. All of this is controlled via an 8-inch SYNC® 3 touch screen featuring SiriusXM and FordPass Connect™.
New colors for 2020 include Red Hot, Twister Orange and Iconic Silver. Painted stripes are available for the all-new Shelby GT500 too.
Legacy of Shelby performance
With a reputation for transforming Ford Mustang into dominant road racing machines, Carroll Shelby, American racer and entrepreneur, took his legendary Mustang GT350 model further in 1967 to craft the first-generation Shelby GT500 with a modified 428-cubic-inch V8 inspired by his team’s 1-2-3 finish at Le Mans.
Carroll Shelby called the original Shelby GT500 “the first real car I’m really proud of.” Now, that legacy continues with the third-generation 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 – the most powerful and most advanced Mustang ever.
The 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is the most powerful and expensive Mustang to date. The car features a 5.2-liter V8 that puts out 760 hp and 625 lb-ft of torque. The car can do a 0-60 mph time of just 3.5 seconds and can do a quarter-mile in under 11 seconds. The power from that massive engine goes to the rear wheels through a seven-speed automatic transmission. The transmission is made by Tremec, and is a dual-clutch unit. According to the various reviews, it does a fantastic job sorting the power and choosing the right gear.
It’s clear that the new GT500 is an impressive and amazing machine. The car might not be as quick and expensive as some other amazing supercars and hypercars, but it is one of the coolest high-performance cars of 2020. Ford recently had a bunch of journalists out to drive the new Mustang GT500. They were some of the biggest names in the business, and everyone seemed to be pretty impressed with the car.
We’ve rounded up five of the best video reviews of the Mustang GT500 below:
2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 – Jay Leno’s Garage
Ford’s New GT500 Is The Ultimate Mustang – Roadshow
2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 – KBB
Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Is Much Better Than You Think – TFLCar
2020 Shelby GT500 – Doug DeMuro
Features & Options
Power and Handling
3.73 TORSEN® limited-slip rear axle
5.2L Supercharged Cross Plane Crank V8
Dual Exhaust with Electronic Valves and quad tips
TREMEC® 7- Speed Dual Clutch Transmission
Red-Painted Brembo™ Brake Calipers
Electronic Line-Lock (track use only)
Independent Rear Suspension
Integrated Driver Control System
Launch Control (track use only)
Selectable Drive Modes
Selectable-effort Electric Power-Assist Steering (EPAS)
MagneRide® Damping System
Wheels & Tires
20″ Flow-formed High-Gloss Black Aluminum
Four-piston Brembo® rear brake calipers and 15″ two-piece iron discs mounted to aluminum hats
Six-piston Brembo® front brake calipers and 15.5″ two-piece iron discs mounted to aluminum hats
Tire Inflator and Sealant kit
420 mm (15.5”) front brake rotors with 6- piston Brembo™ Calipers
20″ Exposed Carbon Fiber included in Carbon Fiber Track Package
50/50 split-bench folding rear seat
6-way power driver’s seat with power lumbar control
6-way power front-passenger seat
Leather/Alcantara® -wrapped with paddle shifters
Leather-trimmed Miko® Suede Sport Seats
4-way adjustable front head restraints
4-way manual driver seat
RECARO® Leather-trimmed Seats
Cabin Particulate Air Filter
Dual-Zone Electronic Automatic Temperature Control
9-speaker sound system with amplifier
Two smart-charging USB ports
B&O Sound System by Bang and Olufsen with 12 speakers including CD player, HD Radio™ , and subwoofer in trunk
Voice-Activated Navigation System with pinch-to-zoom capability
Comfort and Convenience
Aluminum foot pedals
12″ LCD Digital Instrument Cluster with MyColor®
Auto-dimming rearview mirror
Autolights (automatic on/off headlights) with wiper activation
Center console with full armrest
Center high-mounted dome lamp
Floor mats – carpeted, front
Illuminated glove box with lockable door and dedicated space for owner’s manual
Intelligent Access with push-button start
Interior trunk release
Windows, Power – Front one-touch up/down with Global Open
Powerpoints – 2
Soft Door Rollover
Rear view camera
Dual Illuminated Visor Vanity Mirrors
Universal Garage Door Opener
Exposed carbon Fiber Instrument appliqué
Remote Start System (included when ordered with 10-speed automatic transmission – except 100A)
Instrument Cluster – grey accent gauge cluster and register vents
Premium door trim – Miko® Suede
Ford Performance scuff plates
Dual Exhaust with Electronic Valves and quad tips
Easy Fuel® capless fuel filler
Daytime running lights
HID Headlights with LED Signature Lighting
LED sequential taillights
Mirrors – Power glass, manual folding with integrated Blind Spot Mirror and Gloss Black Cap
Blind Spot Information System (BLIS® ) with Cross-Traffic Alert
Exposed Carbon Fiber GT4 Track Wing
Vinyl Over-the-top Racing Stripe
Painted Black Roof
Windows & Glass
3-point safety belt restraint system for all seating positions
Glove-Box-Door-Integrated Knee Airbag
AdvanceTrac® with Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
Belt-Minder® front safety belt reminder
Driver’s knee airbag
Dual front airbags
Front-seat side-impact airbags
LATCH Lower Anchors and Tether Anchors for Children
Personal Safety System™ for driver and front passenger
Safety Canopy® side-curtain airbags
SOS Post-Crash Alert System
Individual Tire Pressure Monitoring System
Remote keyless entry
SecuriLock® Passive Anti-Theft System
Carbon Fiber Track Pack
Shelby GT500 (in)
Width – Excluding Mirrors
Width – Including Mirrors
Width – Mirrors Folded
Shelby GT500 (in)
Head Room – Front
Head Room – Rear
Leg Room – Front
Leg Room – Rear
Hip Room – Front
Hip Room – Rear
Shoulder Room – Front
Shoulder Room – Rear
Shelby GT500 (cu.ft.)
Curb Weights (lbs) – GT (manual/auto)
Maximum Seating Capacity
5.2L Supercharged V-8 Engine
5.2L (315 cu.In.)
Horsepower (SAE net @ RPM)
760 @ 7,300 (93-octane fuel)
Torque (lb.-ft. @ RPM)
625 @ 5,000
Bore and Stroke
94.0 x 93.0 mm
Port Fuel Injection (PFI)
Dual Exhaust with Quad Tips
Fuel Economy (Manual)
Fuel Economy (Auto)
Transmission Type (Manual)
TREMEC® 7-speed Dual Clutch
Transmission Type (Auto)
Engine block material
Cylinder head material
Double-ball-joint MacPherson strut and tubular stabilizer bar with MagneRide™ damping system
Integral-link independent with coil springs, tubular stabilizer bar with MagneRide™ damping system
Rear Suspension More
Independent integral-link rear suspension
MagneRide™ Damping system
Shocks Absorbers (available)
Four-wheel power discs with four-sensor, four-channel antilock braking system and AdvanceTrac® electronic stability control 420mmx 40 mm Aluminum hat, floating-type vented discs, Brembo® six-piston fixed aluminum calipers
AdvanceTrac® with unique ABS, ESC, EPAS
Three-mode Electric Power Assisted rack-and-pinion steering (EPAS)