- 1 What’s New In Ford Shelby GT500 2020
- 2 What’s The Story Behind GT500?
- 3 A Quick Review – What Does Shelby GT500 Have To Offer?
- 4 Acceleration, Transmission, And More
- 5 How Does It Feel On The Road?
- 6 Ride Quality And Noise Reduction
- 7 Cooler And Fancier Than Ever
- 8 Checking Out The Cabin
- 9 Room For Upgrades
- 10 The Verdict
What’s New In Ford Shelby GT500 2020
- A Brand-New Generation Of GT500
- Fine-Tuned For The Race Track
- Improved Suspension And Aerodynamics
- A Class-Leading Powertrain
- Superb Handling/Steering/Braking
- A True American Muscle Car
- Quite Tech-Savvy For A Performance Car
- The Rear Seats Is Extremely Cramped Up
- Hasn’t Been Tested Against The Big Rivals
- Dodge Challenger SRT
- Camaro ZL1
- Chevy Camaro SS
- Dodge Viper ACR
|Starting Price: 60K USD||Number Of Seats: 4 (2 with the Carbon Fiber package)||Powertrain: 700HP, 600 pound-feet of torque||Drivetrain: FWD/AWD|
|Fuel Economy EPA: 18 miles per gallon city/25mpg hwy||Configurations: race-track-ready sedan||Warranty: 3years/36K miles||Transmission: 7-speed DCT (dual-clutch transmission)|
Overall Rating: 8.5/10
Ride Quality: 8/10
Value For Money: 7.5/10
What’s The Story Behind GT500?
Before we get to the meat and potatoes of Ford Shelby GT500 2020, it’s important to say that the very first GT500 was introduced back in 1967. That’s right: it’s been around for more than 5 decades, and people still love that roaring engine and those stylish looks. The most recent Shelby is the 2013-2014 SS (Super Snake). Back then, the engineers did a great job of switching to new, lightweight aluminum, improving performance and ride quality.
As for the 2020 edition, it was revealed this January in Detroit (at the North American Show, of course). It’s safe to say that expectations are higher than ever, as the latest Mustang proved to be quite an amazing race-car. Let us go ahead and see what the company has in stores for us this year. Hopefully, a tiny new revolution is right around the corner!
A Quick Review – What Does Shelby GT500 Have To Offer?
It’s been 6 years since we’ve seen a proper new GT500.
Company officials claim the wait is finally over, and we’ll get to witness the arrival of the new king by the end of the year. Sadly, the engineers aren’t very happy to share every single detail about the upcoming release, but, there’s enough information for us to chew on. First of all, the fans of powerful monsters will be happy to learn that there’s a brand-new V8.
It’s a turbocharged 5.2-lit engine, with a cross-plane crank (as opposed to the fancy flat-plane crank found in the 2019 GT350). The aluminum block, however, will be the same. The estimated powertrain output is 700 horses, which is more than enough to compete with Challenger SRT and Chevy’s ZL1. But, the final results might be even higher, thanks to a couple of additional tweaks.
Acceleration, Transmission, And More
As a race-track-ready muscle car, Ford Shelby GT500 2020 will be able to go from zero to 60mph in 3.5 seconds – an above-average result for this class. Interesting fact: the V8 under its hood isn’t particularly big, and in order to keep up with the rivals, the engineers installed a huge 2.6-lit supercharger (Roots-type) right between the aluminum heads.
And what about the transmission, you might ask? Well, I was surprised to learn that it’s not a 6-speed manual as in the sibling, GT350. Inside the new GT500, you’ll find a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, which was specifically designed for this car. According to the several tests, it takes the DCT ~100 milliseconds to switch gears. For making your buddies jealous or impressing a girl, this is perfect!
How Does It Feel On The Road?
The owners will be able to pick one of the five driving modes, including Track, Drag, Sport, Weather, and Normal. It’s important to note that once you switch, say, from Normal to Track, steering, suspension, and even throttle response will change. This is a race-track car, no doubt about that, but, these modes will help you to better “fine-tune” it to your liking.
Just like GT350, Ford Shelby GT500 2020 is a well-equipped and highly capable vehicle. With a powerful engine under the hood, stellar steering, and a top-class suspension, you’ll always feel like you’re behind the wheel of a NASCAR car. Interesting fact: with GT350, the driver can also switch between several driving modes, but, there are only three modes available: Normal, Comfort, and Sport.
On the road, GT500 has just the right kind of aggression that a performance model certainly needs. In the corners, you’ll be surprised by its phenomenal response times. It’s almost like the steering wheel and the gas/brake pedals become a part of your body.
Ride Quality And Noise Reduction
With a powerful powertrain under the hood and the race-track orientation, you might expect this monster to be roaring non-stop. Well, it is, actually, quite a satisfying roar, but, I also have to say that noise reduction in this model will be even better than in GT350. Some people really like to hear the engine working, and they can always open the windows (or, at least, get rid of the frames).
For the rest of us, the engineers made sure to create a comfy and noise-free atmosphere in the cabin. You’ll only truly hear the mighty V8 when you push it to the limit and keep that top speed for 15-20 seconds. We already discussed the amazing ride quality partially in the previous chapter. All I have to add is that both the driver and the front-seat passenger won’t feel any bumps on the road, even when they hit the closest desert.
Cooler And Fancier Than Ever
Ok, now let’s have a quick peek at the exterior and check out the aerodynamics. It takes one glimpse at the car to instantly realize: every single exterior detail was made with one goal in mind – to go faster. The masculine front grille, the winglets that almost touch the ground and the slotted hood all do their best to keep the powertrain nice and cool. Plus, with Ford Shelby GT500 2020 sitting extremely close to the ground, that gives it an edge in acceleration.
Cooling is, basically, the same as in GT350, only it’s twice as good. The fenders are much wider to make room for the big 20-inch wheels, and the rear wing is also improving the car’s aerodynamics. Add Brembo calipers, 16.5-inch brake rotors, and high-quality Pilot Sport 4S tires (Michelin, of course), and you’ll get one of the best muscle cars of the year!
Checking Out The Cabin
On the inside, everything is minimalistic and sporty. In the cabin, you’ll find a 12-speaker (!) sound system – B&O – Sync 3 (Ford’s infotainment system), and complete Smartphone integration. You can use the phone to play your favorite music, get directions through navigation, and more. Oh, and that legendary snake logo is practically all over the interior. You’ll see it on the grille, the steering wheel, the touchscreen, and around back.
All those stylish black and white lines on the doors and the seats create just the right design for Ford’s brand-new model.
In many ways, the insides of GT500 feel like that of the classic Mustang, and that’s great news.
The Recaro seats are highly adjustable, and folks of all shapes and sizes will be able to find a comfortable height.
Room For Upgrades
Sadly, there’s no information about the trim levels, but I can tell you right now that there will be several upgrades to pick from. For example, the Handling pack adds a cool rear spoiler and adjustable strut mounts. The Carbon Fiber package, in turn, will add even bigger and stronger wheels, a rear wing, and get rid of the back seat.
With GT350, the drivers can choose between the standard model and the R edition. The difference isn’t that big (only some additional features in the cabin and improved aerodynamics). But, honestly, I don’t really think the 500 Shelby needs more techy elements or fine-tuning for the exterior, as it’s already looking quite impressive.
That’s it for my Ford Shelby GT500 2020 review!
According to the officials, it’s coming this fall, and the starting price will be 60K.
If you’re a family man looking for a reliable (and affordable) hauler, this isn’t really your style. On the other hand, the fans of speed, grit, and total freedom on the road should start saving bucks right now.
Dodge and Camaro are busy as well: they’ve been working hard on their own muscle madness. European giants, including BMW and Porsche, will join the competition soon, and by the end of 2019, we’ll get to see which one steals the show. The expectations are very high, and GT500 has a lot to prove. Right now, I’m hyped up for Ford, but, only time will tell whether it’ll reach that finish line first or not.