2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Is A 760-HP Thrill Ride
Ford's ultimate pony car is a finely honed blast on racetracks, drag strips, and back roads.
The Chevrolet Corvette team may have moved on, but the engineers at Ford Performance still have unfinished business with the front-engine, rear-wheel-drive architecture of the new-for-2020 Mustang Shelby GT500. The Blue Oval's last mother of all Mustangs, the 662-hp 2013 Shelby GT500, couldn't outrun its live rear axle on a demanding road course or the best back roads, and the pursuit of a 200-mph top speed made that car a one-straight-line-trick pony. The latest GT500 is redemption and then some.
Packing 760 horsepower, a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, adaptive magnetorheological dampers, and optional Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 racetrack-focused tires, Ford says the new Shelby is the quickest factory Mustang ever, both in a straight line and around a racetrack. In a reversal from the last-gen car, this GT500 is at its best when the pavement curves. It changes directions with sports-car precision, improving on the excellence of the Shelby GT350 with its even-wilder capabilities.