Update 3/13/2019: Now, speed governors aren’t something you generally think about when think about the Mustang Shelby GT500. But then again, 180 MPH isn’t something you think about when you think about speed governors. So we don’t think today’s news, as our friends at Car and Driver reported, about keeping limit a bit shy of the 200-mph mark means all that much. If anything, we think it means the Blue Oval is thinking more about wicked lap times than runway sprints. And that’s all good with us. We now return to our regularly scheduled programming…
Right now, the horsepower wars are at a fever pitch. And while we don’t know exactly how many ponies the all-new Mustang Shelby GT500 will be packing, Ford has informed the world that the number will crest the 700-horsepower mark, making it the most powerful street-legal car the Blue Oval has ever released.
That said, while it doesn’t sport the exotic flat-plane crank like its sibling, the GT350, it’ll still sound like the business.
As with the exact horsepower figure, Ford is keeping a lid on some of the other performance metrics, including the zero-to-60 mph time and quarter-mile times, saying only that they’ll be in the mid-three and 11-second range, respectively. One thing we do know for certain is that a stick shift won’t be available — at least at launch.
All the power will be routed through a seven-speed dual clutch transmission.
While there are plenty of purists certain to howl over the lack of a third pedal option, we think the Tremec gearbox is just more proof that today, Ford’s iconic Mustang has become a true sports car, rather than a muscle car that’s been tweaked to handle corners.
To that end, the Shelby GT500 has been fitted with a host of go-fast bits designed to lower lap times, including a carbon fiber spoiler, a redesigned front air dam, MagneRide shocks, and Brembo brakes with six-piston calipers and 16.5-inch rotors.
There’s also a trick carbon fiber drive shaft, to lower rotational mass, and obviously, drive modes that’ll help drivers get the best out of the car, whether they’re commuting to the office, or hurling it into the bends at their local circuit. Also? Hood pins are standard equipment. How cool is that?
We’ll have plenty more information on the 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 before it hits your local AutoNation Ford dealer this fall, so stay tuned!