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2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 First Look

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It's the biggest snake yet. Literally. When the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 goes on sale in the fall, you won't miss it. The satin-finish snake up front, on the back, and on the sides has grown substantially. It's fitting for the new GT500, which promises to be the quickest and best-handling to date.

Under the hood is a hand-built, supercharged 5.2-liter cross-plane V-8 as opposed to the naturally aspirated flat-plane-crank 526-hp, 429-lb-ft 5.2-liter in the GT350 about to hit showrooms. In addition to forced induction supercharging, the GT500 has a new Tremec twin-clutch seven-speed automatic transmission—no manual for 2020-and a new rotary gearshift.

Engineers tell us the GT500 will easily exceed 700 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque. Ford is not releasing exact numbers yet. The car does not go on sale until fall, and engineers will continue to work on squeezing out every bit of power. In the past they have released specs early and had to revise them when they coaxed more from the powertrain. They fully expect better numbers with this one, as well, by fall.

The car will do 0-60 mph in about 3.5 seconds and the quarter mile in less than 11 seconds. It is so much quicker than the GT350 that it needs hood pins to keep the massively vented composite hood locked down, chief Mustang engineer Carl Widmann said. The front fenders are also made of composite and are widened considerably to accommodate the wider tires, but the rear quarters are unchanged, which allows the tires to peek out a bit (one of many things that make it impossible to homologate the GT500 for Europe or Japan).

The engine had to be lighter and more compact to avoid a huge dome in the hood impeding the driver's vision.

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