Ford Is Still Holding Out On 0-60 Times, However

Mustang Shelby GT500

While the automaker remains quiet on the all-important 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 0-60 time, a more extreme 0-100-0 mph time has been revealed: a screaming 10.6 seconds. Main contributors to this number are the super sticky Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, the new Tremec TR-9070 DCT 7-speed dual-clutch transmission that can shift in 80 milliseconds, 16.5 inch front rotors (the largest of any muscle car currently on sale), and of course, 760 crank horsepower and 625 lb-ft of torque from the GT500’s awesome 5.2L supercharged V8 engine.

After making its way through the DCT, the engine’s output is transmitted to the 3.73:1 Torsen limited-slip independent rear suspension via a super lightweight carbon fiber driveshaft. The 2020 GT500 also features larger halfshafts and a redesigned rear suspension hub to handle all of that power.

2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 7-Speed DCT Cutaway.

The Tremec TR-9070 is the first-ever dual-clutch transmission in a production Ford Mustang. The seven-speed unit features a wet clutch system with five friction plates in the odd-gear pack for a total of 155 square inches of surface area. In the even-gear pack, six friction plates provide 136 square inches of surface area. Transmission fluid is applied to the clutch surfaces only during thermal events for optimal cooling and minimal parasitic loss. Seven non-sequential helical forward gears with advanced triple cone synchros are carefully matched to the engine’s torque curve and are pre-selected by an electro-hydraulic shift mechanism using low-leak solenoids. In sport mode, full-throttle upshifts are as quick as 80 milliseconds.

Like all modern performance vehicles, shift points and clutch modulation are optimized by lines and lines of computer code. The system in the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 simultaneously reads dozens of vehicle and environmental factors – including engine and transmission rpm, current driver input and g forces, and clutch and shift fork positions – to pre-select and engage the optimum shift for every driving situation. Steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters are direct-wired to the transmission to avoid CAN-bus vehicle communication system delays and initiate shifts as fast as 130 milliseconds, further enhancing responsiveness and connected feel.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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