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2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is Most Powerful Street-Legal Ford Ever

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“…the all-new Shelby GT500 takes the sixth-generation Mustang to a performance level once reserved only for exotics.”Hermann Salenbauch, Global Director, Ford Performance Vehicle Programs
Ford has unveiled all-new Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 at the 2019 North American International Auto Show. Arriving this fall, the 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 is the most powerful street-legal Ford ever offered to the public. It is powered by a supercharged 5.2-litre V8 the generates more than 700 horsepower. It will accelerate from 0-60 mph in about 3.5 seconds. And to bring all of that speed to a halt, it is equipped with the largest brakes of any domestic sports coupe thanks to tech transfer from Ford GT and Mustang GT4 racing cars. It is also equipped with a segment-first dual-clutch transmission.

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“Carroll was always working on the next faster Shelby, I think he would love this Mustang more than any other,” said Jim Farley, Ford president, global markets. “A takedown artist, the new Shelby GT500 will surprise supercar owners with its Ford Performance racing tech, supercharged engine and visceral swagger.”

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The Shelby GT500’s aero-led design increases downforce and thermal management, while Ford Performance race-tuned active chassis drive modes make this the most advanced performance Mustang ever. At the track, performance improves even more thanks to its race-bred chassis, custom Michelin tires and the largest front brake rotors ever available on an American sports coupe.

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“With its supercar-level powertrain, the all-new Shelby GT500 takes the sixth-generation Mustang to a performance level once reserved only for exotics,” said Hermann Salenbauch, global director, Ford Performance vehicle programs. “As a Mustang, it has to be attainable and punch above its weight. To that end, we’ve set a new standard among American performance cars with our most powerful street-legal V8 engine to date, plus the quickest-shifting transmission ever in a Mustang for all-out precision and speed.”

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The Shelby GT500 is powered by a handbuilt supercharged 5.2-litre aluminum alloy engine. To keep the intake air cooler and deliver a lower center of gravity, the 2.65-litre roots-type supercharger with air-to-liquid intercooler was inverted and tucked in the V8 engine valley. Like the Shelby GT350, the aluminum alloy block features weight-saving wire-arc cylinder liners and high-flow aluminum cylinder heads, plus larger forged connecting rods, improved lubrication and cooling passages. A structural oil pan adds strength, reduces vibration, and features a patented active baffle system to keep oil where it is needed. The Tremec 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, which is capable of shifts in under 100 milliseconds, offers a number of drive modes, including normal, weather, sport, drag and track, and activates features like line-lock and launch control through selectable Track Apps.

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Shelby GT500 takes advantage of revised suspension geometry, a new electronic power steering unit and lighter-weight coil springs front and rear. Next-generation active MagneRide™ suspension is baked-in, along with the latest in advanced drive mode technologies from Ford Performance. The payoff is the highest-ever lateral acceleration from a Mustang for greater track performance and driver control.

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Putting all this chassis hardware to the pavement, custom Ford Performance-spec Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires and more aggressive Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires feature unique compounds and tread. To provide track-ready stopping power, 16-5-inch (420-millimeter) two-piece rotors are added – the largest of any domestic sports coupe – plus larger, stiffer Brembo six-piston calipers. With 20 per cent more swept area than the Shelby GT350’s, these brakes have more than 30 per cent additional thermal mass in the front corners.

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Two handling packages with increasing levels capability are offered for the all-new Shelby GT500. An available Handling Package includes splitter wickers with integrated dive plane, adjustable adjustable strut top mounts and spoiler with Gurney flap. For the truly hardcore, an available Carbon Fiber Track Package features exposed 20-inch carbon fiber wheels with 0.5-inch-wider rear wheels (11.5-inch), custom Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, adjustable exposed carbon fiber GT4 track wing and splitter wickers with integrated dive plane. The rear seat is deleted to reduce weight.

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“With a double front grille opening and 50 per cent more cooling pack airflow versus the Shelby GT350, along with the most advanced aero components and downforce we’ve ever offered, every millimeter of Shelby GT500’s fastback design is aimed at improving performance,” said Melvin Betancourt, Ford design manager.

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Shelby GT500’s purpose-built cockpit boasts race-inspired premium materials and unique finishes worthy of its world-class power. Premium touchpoints include an available exposed carbon fiber instrument panel appliqué and new door panel inserts in Dark Slate Miko suede with accent stitching. Available Recaro racing seats with firm side bolstering and pass-throughs for safety harnesses offer the highest level of performance. For those looking for even greater comfort, power-adjustable seating with Miko suede inserts is offered.
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New colours for 2020 include Red Hot, Twister Orange and Iconic Silver. Painted stripes are also available.

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