ALL THE KING’S HORSES AND ALL THE KING’S MEN
At the beginning of 2019, Ford teased the 2020 Shelby GT500, claiming it would be pushing over 700 horsepower. Last week they released the performance stats for the latest reincarnation of their racehorse.
“Venomous strike: The all-new 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 will produce 760 horsepower and 625 lb-ft of torque, making it the most powerful street-legal Ford ever – with the most power-and-torque-dense supercharged production V-8 engine in the world. Enough said.”
I love when a company is genuinely excited about a new product, especially when that product turns air and gasoline into tire smoke. Ford estimates the 2020 Shelby GT500 will sprint to 60 mph in the 3-second benchmark, and charge the quarter-mile in the mid-10s. Backing up the 760 hp supercharged 5.2-liter V8 will be a Tremec 7-speed dual clutch automatic transmission, sending that power to a mechanical limited-slip rear differential.
What about a manual? Not an option for the GT500, but it is on GT350(R) – the GT500’s little, track-happy brother. I know there will be some pushback about the GT500 not having a manual transmission, mostly because it is a firm step forward in getting rid of manuals completely from modern muscle cars in OEMs’ power hungry quest to deliver insane performance figures. If Shelby does it, what’s stopping Dodge and Chevrolet from doing the same with their 2020+ models? Chevrolet will definitely need to pull out all the stops on their top dog Camaro ZL1, because their 650 horses are starting to look a little small in comparison. And what is the muscle car war but a measuring contest with quarter-mile stats? (And everyone wants to be in the 10s…)