2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 arrives with 700hp+

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Ford has revealed the Mustang Shelby GT500, the fastest Ford ever built.

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Powering the GT500 is a version of the 5.2-litre cross-plane-crank V8 from the GT350, which is now fitted with a 2.65-litre Eaton supercharger. Ford claims it produces upwards of 700 horsepower (522kW) – a final output hasn’t been provided, as the company’s engineers are still fine-tuning the engine. It can sprint from 0-60mph in the “mid 3 second range”, and can complete the quarter mile in under 11 seconds.

All that power is channeled exclusively to the rear wheels through a new seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox designed by Tremec. That’s right, there’s no manual – this is due to the sheer speed of modern dual clutch transmissions, as the one in the new GT500 can swap cogs in less than 100 milliseconds.

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It rides on 20-inch wheels wrapped in 295mm front and 305mm rear Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres, which house six-piston Brembo brakes measuing 420mm in diameter.

A number of optional packages are available to GT500 buyers. A Handling Package adds adjustable strut mounts and a Gurney flap, while a Carbon-Fibre Track Package adds exposed carbon-fibre alloy wheels, wider rear wheels, 10mm wider Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 track tyres, adjustable aero parts and a rear seat delete.

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Visually, the GT500 adopts a much bolder appearance compared to the standard Mustang GT. There’s a new rear bumper with large grille openings and an improved bonnet (with a 79cm by 71cm vent), which altogether improve airflow by 50 per cent. Other features include larger exhaust tips and a big rear spoiler.

Inside, the Shelby’s interior largely matches that of the facelifted Mustang, with a 12-inch digital instrument cluster, 8.0-inch Sync 3 infotainment touchscreen, and carbon-fbre and suede trim pieces around the cabin. Interior options include Recaro bucket sports seats, a 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system and electric seats.

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The 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 goes on sale in the US from the third quarter of 2019. Sadly, it’s left-hand-drive only.

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