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The Most Expensive GT500 Costs Over $107,000

The number in the subheading is not a typo. One could theoretically build a 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 with over $30,000 in options and accessories to tip the scales above an MSRP of $107,000. $107,080 to be exact. Keep in mind, the 776 horsepower GT500 starts at $73,995, which is a couple grand more than the 797 horsepower Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye, and well beyond the 650 horsepower Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.

Indeed, the GT500 pushes the envelope of what a muscle car is in just about every category, especially in the pricing department, but with that MSRP comes a lot of cutting-edge performance technology. It’s so radical that it can’t be directly sold in Europe, in fact.

The people at Ford will admit that the range-topping Mustang isn’t exactly a budget car, but for what it will do, they claim that the GT500 can still be considered a performance bargain. And now, potential buyers and dreamers alike can hop on the official 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 configurator and create a digital mock-up of their own on Ford’s official consumer website.


But let’s say they wanted to configure the most expensive factory Mustang known to mankind. To do that, simply start by adding on the premium $495 Twister Orange paint job, then select the $695 black roof. And do no forget to select the $10,000 racing stripes, which are maticulously painted on, rather than simply slapping a line of vinyl over the sheetmetal. But that’s not even the most expensive option. Because $18,500 unlocked the Carbon Fiber Track Pack, which adds a monster of a carbon fiber wing, dive planes (canards), 20-inch carbon fiber wheels, adjustable strut mounts, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, Recaro seats, a carbon fiber IP, and rear seat delete. Add the $395 car cover and the $3,000 Technology package, and there you go.

The standalone powertrain is a supercharged 5.2L V8 engine coupled to a Tremec seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. The DCT represents a first in the muscle car/pony car segment, and the absolute first from an American performance car.

Along with more affordable yet incredibly powerful pony car options on the market, there remains a mid-engined elephant in the room, which begs the question: in a world with $60,000 C8 Corvettes – is a $100,000+ Ford Mustang the wise investment? Both are icons in their own right, but how will the market take to them? Soon, we’ll know the answer.

Lastly, a fun fact: the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 has a slightly smaller starting MSRP than the 2020 Mustang Shelby GT350R, which comes in at $74,530. It’s just that the Shelby can be built up to a much higher price point.

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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