2020 Shelby GT500 first drive: 760 hp from a factory Mustang

A seven-speed dual-clutch transmission sends power to the GT500’s rear wheels. That combination is good for 760 hp at 7,300 rpm, just ducking under the 7,500-rpm redline and 625 lb-ft of torque at 5,000 rpm. And those figures are good for some other impressive ones. Namely, a 3.3-second sprint to 60 mph, a 10.7-second quarter mile (I did 11.3) and a 0-100-0 mph in 10.6 seconds—it has huge, 16.53-inch two-piece brakes in front. That’s what a modern Mustang can do—that, and 180 mph flat out. The new one is down from the last GT500’s 200-plus-mph top speed, but that car was a true dinosaur—not a good one like my GT, but a big, dumb, clumsy one like an apatosaurus or diplodocus (my kid’s into dinosaurs, gimme a break).
The Shelby GT500 gets its own suspension tuning on Ford’s MagneRide shocks, new power steering tuning and new ABS tuning that adjusts depending on the drive mode you’re in (slippery, normal, sport, track and drag). As for options, the Handling Package ($1,500) adds an oil catch can, Gurney flap and other aero treatments. The Carbon Fiber Track Package ($18,500) gives you the catch can, 20-inch exposed carbon fiber wheels, Michelin Cup 2 tires (the base car gets Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires), adjustable exposed carbon fiber track wing, additional aero and rear seat delete. Finally for options—there are a few others like the stripes, leather Recaro seats, etc.—you have the Tech Package ($3,000) that includes navigation, premium sound, blind spot indicators, Shelby puddle lights and driver setting memory.
The base price is $70,300. Add the gas guzzler tax and destination and we’re at $73,995 before any other checked boxes. There were about 20 cars to test on the track and road at this event. They ranged from about $81,000 to about $95,000. That’s certainly expensive for any sort of Mustang (though the GT350R has a higher base price), but if you look at the numbers, model unknown, you might be more convinced. Or just get in the driver’s seat.