If you’re a Mustang fan, the GT500 is one of those cars that you’ve been waiting for with bated breath. Powered by a 5.2-liter supercharged V8 with a whopping 760 horsepower and 625 lb-ft of torque, the GT500 is still an insanely powered beast. It wasn’t just the top of the model range that got a big engine boost either, with Ford tuning the Ford Focus RS’s EcoBoost engine and fitting it to the Mustang with the new High Performance Package.
While styling for the 2020 Mustang remains the same, Ford has tuned the Ford Focus RS’s brilliant EcoBoost engine to roar its way to the top of the rankings as the most powerful four-cylinder engine ever fitted to a Mustang with the new High Performance Package. Increased engine outputs, due to a larger twin-scroll turbo compressor, updated engine calibration, and a larger radiator, now number 330 hp and 350 lb-ft, with 90 percent of the available torque available from as low as 3,000 rpm right up to the redline. Additionally, a new EcoBoost Handling package throws in active dampers, a 3.55 limited-slip differential, 19-inch wheels, an active valve performance exhaust, and tires capable of handling all the enthusiasm a street-racer can legally dole out. The FordPass App is also now standard across the range, allowing remote connection to your vehicle, Roadside Assistance and numerous rewards and benefits.
The GT350 and GT350R start at $60,440 and $73,435, respectively, and each is intended to provide the owner with an exhilarating driving experience on the daily commute and the track. The saucily-named 5.2-liter Voodoo V8 develops 526 horsepower and 429 lb-ft of torque in the GT350, with the R variant gaining one hp and losing a lot of weight. The flat-plane crank in this driver’s car is the cause of that high-pitched howl, but the real trick bits are in the suspension and on the body. A six-speed manual and rear-wheel drive are the only options, as they should be, ensuring that posers and the lazy avoid this enthusiasts’ machine.
On the surface, the changes are tough to spot unless one of the new paint options – Twister Orange, Grabber Lime, Iconic Silver, or Rapid Red – is selected. FordPass Connect, with its internet browser, Wi-Fi hotspot, and live traffic updates, is now standard, while the GT350R gets revised steering geometry, adding to its precision and helping prevent the car from chasing ruts in the road. The brake discs have also been swapped from drilled rotors to solid discs, thus improving pad life and minimizing fade. We don’t usually discuss incremental price increases here, but in this case, the increase for a 2020 GT350R is $5,000 over 2019’s list price – we’re heading towards the dark side of 80 grand now. A brand new Heritage package has also just been released in honor of Ken Miles, the Le Mans-winning racecar driver who steered Carroll Shelby’s team to greatness against Ferrari in ’66. He also had a decorated career behind the wheel of Fastbacks and has finally been recognized for his service to the brand.
The Shelby GT500 hasn’t been seen since the first half of the decade, with the nameplate last utilized in 2014. That car had a live rear axle and a claimed top speed of 200 mph. For 2020, the GT500 nameplate is revived, a supercharged 5.2-liter V8 shoved under the hood, the independent rear suspension of the current Mustang is carried over, and the limiter is reduced to 180 mph – a sign that the new GT500 is intended to be capable in the corners rather than just a straight-line one-trick pony. Like its GT350 sibling, it uses pre-facelift ‘Stang headlights, as the designers felt this worked better with the more aggressive body lines. In order to make it as fast as possible, the GT500 is equipped exclusively with an all-new seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox, which allows for 0-60 times below 3.5 seconds.
Special Edition Models & Variants
EcoBoost High Performance Package
Reminiscent of development of the original Mustang in 1964, the car began as a five-person skunkworks project in the Ford Performance garage. Following an experiment with a Focus RS engine swap, the Mustang team leveraged Ford’s quickening product development times to accelerate and complete the design-to-approval process for the 2.3L High Performance Package in under 10 months. The new 2.3L High Performance Package for the entry-level Mustang EcoBoost® creates the most powerful four-cylinder sports car offered by an American automaker. This is the result of a unique EcoBoost engine powered by Ford Performance and upgraded handling components from the Mustang GT Performance Package.
Not many updates happened of the 2020 model year GT thanks largely to the big investment Ford made in improvements for the 2018 model year. 2018 say a host of improvements including new technology and design changes that gave owners ways to customize Ford Mustang to their preferences. 2018 saw better performance from more powerful engines and new MagneRide™ suspension technology improvements which all stuck for the 2020 model year GT.
The 2020 California Special is back again is the package everybody loves. It is an option for the GT premium and adds 19″ x 8.5″ machined-face aluminum wheels with high-gloss Ebony Black-painted pockets, unique grille with tri-bar Pony badge, GT Performance Package front air splitter, pedestal-style decklid spoiler, mid-body side stripes, side scoops, carbon Hex aluminum instrument panel trim, Miko door-trim panel inserts with red stitching, ebony leather-trimmed seats with Miko inserts and red stitching, premium carpeted front floor mats with California Special script and red stitching, and unique California Special badging.
Starting at $47,705 the Bullitt Mustang is our pick for best Mustang for 2020 even though the $1200 price increase gets you nothing new for 2020. The 5.0-liter Coyote engine still produces 480 horsepower and the chassis keeps the hard earned improvements from the 2019 Bullitt model. Feature-wise, the Bullitt shares a lot with the GT Premium but also gets exclusive details like a white cue ball shifter, green stitching on the seats, and the unique option of a Highland Green paint job to match the original.
The Mustang 55 is a special 55th anniversary package for the 5.0L and EcoBoost Mustang but only for Europe. It has unique exterior styling including distinctive bonnet and side-stripes, badging, and optional rear spoiler, and a high-specification interior.
2020 Shelby GT350 carries over previous updates, including the latest advances in tire, aerodynamics and chassis technology. GT350 shares some new Mustang colors and new driver technologies. Grabber Lime and Twister Orange are two bright, new heritage feature colors that trace back to the 1970s, while new Iconic Silver and Red Hot Metallic provide some classic hues to the lineup. For 2020, Ford is producing a limited run of Heritage Edition fastbacks finished in classic Wimbledon White with Guardsman Blue side and over-the-top race stripes in a nod to the 1965 GT350 competition model developed by Carroll Shelby.
The 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R picks up new performance tech and colors from its stablemates to make it more fun to drive on the track and off. Enhancing handling and steering responsiveness, Shelby GT350R refinements for 2020 include redesigned front suspension geometry with a redesigned high-trail steering knuckle leveraged from the all-new Shelby GT500. To elevate driver confidence and steering precision, a new steering rack and recalibrated electric power steering control is also added.
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. 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. It is the most powerful Ford production car ever.
2020 production numbers haven’t been published yet as the year is not over.
Options and Pricing
The base 2020 Mustang continued to be great value at $26,670. The GT Fastback was also still the bang for your buck king with the base GT coming in at $35,630. The limited edition Bullitt was $47,705. The priciest Mustangs are the 2020 Shelby GT500 and GT350R, both coming in at over $72,000. For more detailed options and pricing please check out our 2020 pricing and options research.
2 Door EcoBoost Fastback
2 Door EcoBoost Fastback Premium
2 Door EcoBoost Convertible
2 Door EcoBoost Convertible Premium
2 Door GT Fastback
2 Door GT Fastback Premium
2 Door GT Convertible Premium
2 Door GT Bullitt
2 Door Shelby GT350 Fastback
2 Door Shelby GT350R Fastback
2 Door Shelby GT500 Fastback
Exterior & Interior Colors
A total of 12 colors were available for the 2020 Mustang model year. For detailed colors, color palettes, codes and interior colors please check out our in depth 2020 colors information post.
The base car once again has the 2.3-liter turbocharged inline four making 310 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque. The EcoBoost High Performance Package gives the 2.3 liter more power, adding 20 horsepower to the mix. The GT continued to be powered by the 5.0-liter V8 with its 460 hp @ 7000 RPM and 420 lb/ft @ 4600 RPM. The Bullitt gets the same lump with some improvements that jack power up to 480 hp @ 7000 RPM and the same torque as the GT. The Shelby GT350 continued with the same Voodoo V8 with its 529 hp and 429 lb/ft of torque. The top dog this year is obviously the Shelby GT500, with its 5.2 liter Ford Predator V8 760 hp @ 7,300 rpm and 625 lb/ft torque @ 5,000 rpm.
There were no major changes to the dimension and weight of the main models.
Exterior Height - Fastback
Exterior Height - Convertible
Width excluding mirrors
Trunk Capacity - Fastback
13.5 cubic feet
Trunk Capacity - Convertible
11.4 cubic feet
Below we have 0-60 mph, top speed and quarter mile times for the 2020 Mustang range where they are available. One look at the straight line numbers for the Shelby GT350 and GT350R shows that they are definitely the top dogs of the 2020 Mustang range, up until you see the insane numbers of the GT500, which blows them all out of the water.
0-60 mph (sec)
0-100 mph (sec)
2020 Ford Mustang GT (with Performance Pack)
2020 Ford Mustang EcoBoost (with Performance Pack)
2020 Ford Mustang GT w/ Performance Pack (Manual)
2020 Ford Mustang GT w/ Performance Pack II (Manual)