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The Mustang Team Admits That The GT500 Is Just Too Much Muscle For The Old World

2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

Laws in the European market are coming to a point where emissions and safety regulations are squeezing the automobile as we know it out of existence. For example, the UK government has announced that sales of any-and-all new gasoline and diesel vehicles are to be banned by 2040, while other European countries such as Germany, Ireland, and the Netherlands have set an even more aggressive deadline of 2030 – a scant 10 years away. So, then, is it much of a surprise that at this point that the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is not to be sold in European markets? We suppose not. Like the Chevrolet Camaro SS and C7 Corvette with their 6.2L LT1 V8 engines, the Mustang GT500 and its 5.2L supercharged V8 engine are not welcome by EU regulators.

Ford Performance Marketing Manager Jim Ownes confirmed to MC&T that the GT500 will be sold in North America, Mexico, and the Middle East. But not Europe.

During the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK, Ford paraded the 2020 GT500 for attendees during the famous hillclimb event. Some considered this to be a sign that the range-topping Mustang was headed for sale there. This was never the case.

Ironically, sales demonstrate demand for the Mustang, even from European consumers. Ford sold 2,300 Mustangs in Europe in the first quarter of 2019, an increase of more than 27 per cent compared with the same period last year, and 113,066 units globally. These numbers put the Ford Mustang as the world’s best-selling sports coupe for the fourth consecutive year. Mustang sales in Europe are up more than 27 per cent as of Q1 2019. Since the debut of the sixth-generation S550 Mustang in 2105, more than 500,000 units have been sold worldwide, including more than 45,000 in Europe. The Ford Mustang also up an additional half point of global share last year to capture 15.4 percent of the segment.

The Bullitt is currently the most powerful Mustang officially sold by Ford in Europe. Like the 2020 Ford Mustang GT500, the high-revving Mustang Shelby GT350 is also barred from sale in the market. It’s still possible to get a GT350, albeit from specialty importers.

There are bunker-fuel burning ocean liners spewing clouds of black smoke as they cross oceans with containers full of cheaply made goods ordered on the internet. There’s a significant carbon footprint coming from air travel. The environmental impact of industrial farming is well documented. Yet bureaucrats in Europe are going after the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 while on their way to regulating everybody’s personal choice of transportation. A misallocation of effort? Discuss in the comments below.

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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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