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.