The official power figures for the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 are out, and just as we expected, they’re big. Of course, we should have known they’d be in the stratosphere, as the Blue Oval had previously said it would have “over 700 horsepower.” Now, we know just how over that lofty figure they are: 760 horsepower and 625 pound-feet of torque.
Previously, we’ve reported that top speed will be limited to 180 miles per hour, which might seem like a silly — or irrelevant — place to slap a governor. But in our opinion, that’s just prove that this machine isn’t designed to be a drag strip rocket, like Ma Mopar’s 797-horsepower Challenger Redeye, but rather a track terror that’ll handle the curvy bits, thanks to its downforce-inducing bodywork. Another indication? The only transmission will be a seven-speed dual clutch.
At this point, there are no firm performance specs. But we’ve been told to expect that 60 mph will arrive in the mid-three second range, and that it’ll run the quarter mile in about 11 seconds. For those keeping score at home, that’s not quite as fast as say, a Ferrari 488 GTB, which clocks 2.7 to 60 mph and 10.6 seconds in the quarter.
But given the initial cost difference, and the fact that drivers will be able to flog the GT500 with abandon and not worrying about it breaking, it looks like a performance bargain. We can’t wait to see how it does in independent tests.
Look for the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 to arrive at your local AutoNation Ford dealer this fall. And if you want to get one of the first examples? We’d recommend getting on a list now, as most of these vicious snakes will probably be spoken for before they leave the assembly line.