The 2020 Shelby GT500 Pushes The S550 To The Next Level
Get to know the new 2020 GT500.
It might be hard to believe, but the S550 is headed for its fifth birthday, and Ford Performance is celebrating that milestone in style. Marking the occasion in the 2020 model year is the 700-plus-horsepower Shelby GT500. The Blue Oval’s latest halo-performance pony car brings with it a whole host of improvements, many of which were borrowed from the Mustang GT4 road-racing program.
“With its supercar-level powertrain, the all-new Shelby GT500 takes the sixth-generation Mustang to a performance level once reserved only for exotics,” Hermann Salenbauch, global director, Ford Performance vehicle programs, said. “As a Mustang, it has to be attainable and punch above its weight. To that end, we’ve set a new standard among American performance cars with our most powerful street-legal V8 engine to date, plus the quickest-shifting transmission ever in a Mustang for all-out precision and speed.”
Helping this top-dog GT500 beat up on far more expensive supercars is a TVS-supercharged, 5.2-liter engine, but the real game-changer is a departure from a manual transmission in favor of a TREMEC seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Not only does this high-tech gearbox bang off shifts in as little as 100 milliseconds, but it also enables integration of several drive modes — normal, slippery, sport, drag and track — as well as performance options, like a line-lock and rpm-selectable launch control.
To harness that performance, engineers pushed the S550 platform even further with aerodynamics developed to improve its high-speed stability, and a second-generation MagneRide suspension that engineers improved to put this car’s impressive torque and horsepower to the ground. Even in comparison to the Shelby GT350R, this car takes the volume and turns it up to 11!
The 2020 Shelby GT500 will definitely be an impressive machine right off the dealer lot, as it has the potential to run 10-second quarter mile elapsed times in factory form. However, rest assured that Steeda will offer a series of upgrades that will maximize Ford’s most powerful Mustang yet.
“Since the release of the 2015 Mustang, Steeda has been at the forefront of engineering the highest-quality, American-made upgrades for the S550 platform,” Dario Orlando, President of Steeda, said. “Our team is already hard at work developing a number of upgrades to amplify the performance of the 2020 GT500.”
For all your GT500 and 1979 & Up Mustang needs, head to Steeda.com or give us a call to speak with a performance expert today at (800) 950-0774.
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