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There’s A Fake 2020 Ford Mustang GT500 Test Sheet On The Internet

Nobody Outside Ford Has Driven The New Shelby, So Don’t Believe It

Mustang Shelby GT500

If anything, somebody with a sense of intuition drafted these numbers together. But to really get the attention of the people, it seems as though they thought it wise to forge a 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 road test sheet from Road & Track Magazine. Sad.

The outlet caught wind of the fake news, and has put the kibosh on these claims. Though they’re definitely not bad guesses; 0-60 acceleration in 3.4 seconds, and 60-0 braking in 96 feet. That said, official estimates claim a “mid-three-second” 0-60 mph for the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, which the fake test sheet suggests. Ford also officially claims that the new GT500 will hit sub-11-second quarter-mile times. A top speed is limited to 180 miles per hour (and generates 550 lbs of downforce at that speed), but this snake is more about slithering around twists and turns, anyway.

On a road course, the 700+ horsepower 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 will eclipse the already amazing Mustang Shelby GT350 in terms of track time thanks to the largest brakes of any domestic sports coupe on the market, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, tech transfer from Ford GT and Mustang GT4 racing programs, and a segment-first dual-clutch transmission sourced from Tremec. Fun fact: Tremec is also working on the dual-clutch gearbox for the mid-engined 2020 C8 Corvette.

The new Shelby GT500 starts with the same 5.2L V8 engine block as the Mustang GT350, which is built by hand. Unlike the GT350, however, the GT500 does not feature a flat-plane crankshaft, but instead adds a 2.65-liter roots-type supercharger with air-to-liquid intercooler tucked into the engine valley.

For the most hardcore track rat (or perhaps for the most affluent collector), the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 will feature two levels of handling packages. The first level integrates adjustable strut top mounts and spoiler with Gurney flap. Then there’s the Carbon Fiber Track Package, which adds super light 20-inch carbon fiber wheels with 0.5-inch-wider rear wheels (11.5-inch), the previously mentioned Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, adjustable exposed carbon fiber GT4 track wing and splitter wickers with an integrated dive plane. Lastly, the rear seat is deleted to reduce weight.

The new Shelby GT500 will go on sale this fall. Final performance numbers and pricing remain unannounced.

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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