New GT500 Details & Specs

New GT500 Details & Specs

Last Updated April 5, 2019 | Chris Cervenka
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The new 2020 Shelby GT500 is nothing short of amazing from front to rear. From its aggressive front fascia to its venom-powered supercharged 5.2L V8 under the hood, the new GT500 will surely be a crowd pleaser once it hits dealer floors later this year. Ford and Ford Performance definitely kept the enthusiast base on their toes for the past year and a half up until the unveil at the 2019 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), but here we are. And boy, was it worth the wait!

For a little history, think back to 2012 with the unveil of the 2013 Shelby GT500. SVT/Ford Racing and Shelby did it right with 662 horsepower under the hood. Needless to say, they outdid themselves again with the unveil of this car featuring a slew of awesome track-inspired features and a supercharged cross-plane crank 5.2L V8 derived from the GT350, tweaked and upgraded for big power. Let’s dive in, shall we?

2020 Shelby GT500 Official

2020 GT500 Exterior

Surprisingly enough, the new Shelby GT500 is much like what was leaked a few months back. With that said, it’s quite clear that the GT500 is largely based off the GT350 platform that’s been around for a few years now. Many people have said they were hoping for the new 2018+ Mustang headlights on the ‘500, but the fact of the matter is that the development of this new snake has been wrapped around the superior GT350 platform. Hence the older-style headlights. And, you know what? We’re totally okay with that -- because this new front fascia looks sinister!

2020 Shelby GT500 Official

With the wider, almost Raptor-like, notches outside the headlights, revised fenders and revised hood, if this Mustang is coming up in anyone’s rearview mirror, they’ll surely get out of the way quick. The area of the bumper cover in front of the crash support is an interesting place to black-out. This was something that GM tried with the 2019 Camaro that wasn’t that well received, but I think that Ford has done a better job of incorporating this look into the rest of the front fascia. It nicely compliments the massive functional hood vent, aggressive splitter and black wire-mesh upper and lower grilles.

Perhaps some of the not-so-obvious changes are why the front fascia is so aggressive. Well, it's not all for looks! Ford has reported thanks to the brand-new front cooling pack chock full with six heat exchangers providing cooling for the engine, supercharger, engine oil and dual-clutch transmission, will increase airflow by 50% in comparison to the Shelby GT350. And will extract up to 230 kilowatts of engine heat at wide-open throttle; which is enough to heat 12 homes!

2020 Shelby GT500 Aerodynamics

Additionally, you can expect to see numerous GT500-defining features including the 20” flow-formed gloss black wheels (or optional 20” carbon fiber wheels), unique rear spoiler, revised rear fascia, larger exhaust tips, signature GT500 badging on the front fascia and more.

2020 GT500 Exterior Highlights:

  • Aggressive front splitter and fascia
  • Functional hood vent with removable rain tray and self-locating hood pins
  • Exclusive rear splitter
  • Standard 20” Gloss Black Flow-Formed Wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 4S Tires
  • Optional Over-The-Top Stripe Packages: Vinyl or Painted
  • Optional Carbon Fiber Instrument Panel

2020 GT500 New Colors:

  • Grabber Lime
  • Iconic Silver
  • Red Hot Metallic Tinted Clearcoat
  • Twister Orange Metallic Tinted Clearcoat

2020 Shelby GT500 in Grabber Lime

2020 GT500 Interior

Much like the Shelby GT350, Ford Performance added a few small touches to set the new GT500 apart from the rest of the Mustang lineup. First and foremost, the signature Shelby snake lives right at home on the center section of the steering wheel. The GT500 also includes feel-good touches like alcantara on the steering wheel, a carbon fiber instrument panel, black toggle switches near the start-stop button and most importantly, beautiful optional two-tone Recaro seats with that Shelby snake stitched right in the back of the seat!

2020 Shelby GT500 Official Seats

Perhaps the most perplexing interior change would go to the gear shifter. Obviously, the dual-clutch transmission is derived from the Ford GT, but you would expect to see a gear shifter similar to past automatic Mustangs. Not with the GT500! You’ll actually see a gear selector dial in its place similar to what Ford has placed on the newer Fusion, Edge and Explorer. Some may not like this change, and it will take some getting used to, but this could have been a necessary change in order to utilize the new DCT. A trade-off that is well worth it in my book!

2020 Shelby GT500 Official

2020 GT500 Technology Package:

  • B&O Sound System by Bang & Olufsen (12 speakers)
  • Voice-activated touchscreen Navigation
  • Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) with cross-traffic alert
  • 3-Setting Memory Seat Feature (when ordered with power seats)
  • Mirrors - heated, memory, turn signal and Cobra puddle lamps

2020 GT500 Engine & Performance

Where to start… the GT500's rumor mill has been churning for at least a couple years now. Even without a specific horsepower number from Ford Performance, the facts speak for themselves on this one. Equipped with a 5.2L supercharged cross-plane crank V8 and a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission derived from the Ford GT, this Mustang is equipped to put insane power to the ground… Ford pulled out all the stops with this car to truly make it the most impressive and capable Mustang ever created.

And don't even get us started on that exhaust note! That 5.2L supercharged monster under the hood sounds angry -- pair that with the active exhaust option that Ford has thrown into the mix and you can make this Shelby as quiet or as obnoxiously loud as you want! A big thanks to our friends at Road & Track for capturing this killer video of this venmous snake's exhaust note!

Equipped with all the proper engine oil, transmission fluid and differential coolers to keep this venomous snake cool on track, Ford Performance also threw in some insane Brembo stopping power with 16.5” front brakes and 14.5” rear brakes. Additionally, you can expect to get under the car and see a composite carbon-fiber driveshaft and a slew of other advancements over other Mustangs that we are used to on the road today.

Without seeing this car in action, it’s difficult for us to clue you in on how it will perform. But we can confidently say that this machine will take on pretty much anything that’s thrown at it whether it’s on the street or on the track!

2020 Shelby GT500 Official

...Which brings us to the killer specs of the GT500 Carbon Fiber Track Pack:

  • 20-inch exposed carbon fiber wheels
  • Adjustable strut top mounts
  • Exposed carbon fiber instrument panel
  • Exposed carbon fiber GT4 track wing
  • Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 Tires - 305/30R20 front, 315/30R20 rear
  • Rear seat delete
  • RECARO leather-trimmed seats with Miko sueded inserts
  • Splitter wickers
  • Wheel locking kit
Trio of 2020 GT500 Mustangs
Three 2020 GT500 Mustangs from the rear
2020 GT500 Rear Side View
2020 GT500 Grabber Lime Side view
2020 GT500 Mustang Transmission Dial
2020 GT500 Mustang Spoiler
2020 GT500 Mustang Seats
2020 GT500 Mustang Rear Side shot
2020 GT500 Mustang Hood Exposed
2020 GT500 Mustang Hood Cover Vent
2020 GT500 Mustang Digital Dash Panel
2020 GT500 Mustang Hood Pin
2020 GT500 Mustang Wheel
Three 2020 GT500 Mustangs doing a burnout
Three 2020 GT500 Mustangs facing forward
2020 GT500 Mustang Dual Clutch Transmission
2020 GT500 Mustang Engine
2020 Shelby GT500 Specs
Highlight 2020 Shelby GT500
Vehicle Base Price (MSRP) TBA
Engine 5.2L Supercharged cross-plane crank V8
Transmission TREMEC 7-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT)
Horsepower 700+ HP (TBA)
Torque TBA
Compression Ratio TBA
Bore and Stroke TBA
Fuel Delivery TBA
Ford-Estimated MPG TBA
Front Brakes 6-piston red painted Brembo brake calipers - 420mm (16.5-inch) two-piece, smooth, ventilated brake rotors
Rear Brakes 4-piston red painted Brembo brake calipers - 370mm (14.5-inch) two-piece, smooth, ventilated brake rotors
Base Curb Weight TBA
Fuel Capacity TBA
0-60 MPH ~3.5 sec (est.)
Top Speed 180 MPH (gov.)
1/4 Mile <11 seconds (est.)

Past GT500 Updates

It’s been a long road leading up until the ultimate GT500 reveal at the North American International Auto Show! Since the strong rumors started in late 2017 of a new Shelby GT500, the enthusiast base has been eagerly awaiting the blue oval’s latest venomous pony to the stable.

2020 GT500 Camoflauge

VIN #001 To Be Auctioned Off At Barrett-Jackson (12/17/2018)

As the inevitable January 14th date gets closer and closer, more and more info is slowly coming out on the GT500's release. The latest, of which, is that Ford will be auctioning off VIN #001 of the 2020 Shelby GT500 at the Barrett-Jackson event on January 18, 2019 in Scottsdale, Arizona. The best part about this is that all the proceeds will go towards Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation research to find a cure for the disease. This will add to the $2M that Ford contributes towards JDRF annually making a total of over $60M during their 35 years of partnership. This is just four days after the planned unveil date of January 14, 2019 for Ford's latest snake.

Ford's doing everything they can to keep the details of the car a secret until January. Needless to say, the excitement of the automotive community is through the roof and we can't wait to see what's to come of this new supercharged beast from the folks at Ford and Ford Performance!

Barrett-Jackson Car Auction Scottsdale Arizona

3D Printed Brake Parts To Come On 2020 GT500 (12/6/2018)

This past week, Ford hosted a big holiday party at their brand new $45M Advanced Manufacturing Center where many influencers and friends in the industry were invited to check out the new facility. Through the tours, it came out that there will be two 3D-printed parts from this facility that are used in the braking system of the new 2020 GT500!

We don't have much more information other than that, but this high-dollar facility features a ton of really cool robotics, artificial intelligence, augmented and virtual reality, and much more. Just like Henry Ford streamlined the assembly line in the early 1900s, Ford is looking to change the game again with the latest and greatest technology!

Ford Advanced Manufacturing Center Robots

Ford Advanced Manufacturing Center Sign

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2020 Shelby GT500 Release Date Announced! (11/28/2018)

Thanks to our friend Mike Levine (@mrlevine) on Instagram, we're able to see the set release date for the 2020 Shelby GT500! The new 2020 GT500 is set to release on January 14, 2019. We can only assume that this will happen at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, as that happens to be the same time that auto show is running. This also matches the many rumors leading up to this point bout the GT500's release.

Needless to say, utter excitement is an understatement for us here at CJ's. We cannot wait to see the car looks like in the flesh -- and eventually out on the streets! Ford and Ford Performance: we're ready!

2020 Shelby GT500 Release Date

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2020 GT500 Details & Specs

Back in late 2012 when the 2013 Shelby GT500 was released, it was a sight and sound to be held. Being the most powerful production V8 in existence was no small feat from the joint forces of Ford Racing, SVT and Carroll Shelby himself. 662 horses of insane power just pleading to be put to the asphalt. Since then, we’ve seen the Camaro’s ZL1 and Mopar’s Hellcat seriously give the 2013-2014 GT500 a run for its money. Now, Ford Performance is answering back with the 2020 GT500.