Venom Strikes for 2020 with the New Shelby GT500
Ford announced the 2020 Shelby GT500 at the start of 2019 making claims that it would be pushing over 700 horsepower. Today, June 19th, they released the performance stats for the latest reincarnation of their race horse.
“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.
I love when a company is genuinely excited about a new product, especially when said product turns air and gasoline into tire smoke. Ford estimates the 2020 Shelby GT500 will be able to 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 fallback about the GT500 not having a manual transmission. Mostly because it is a firm step forward into getting rid of it completely from modern muscle cars in a 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? Keeping both hands on the wheel of 700+ horsepower, rear wheel drive, car is much safer with an automatic, but a muscle car without a manual transmission just feels a little hollow. Hopefully insane amounts of power and torque will fill the void (I think it will).
Chevrolet will definitely need to pull out all the stops on their top dog Camaro ZL1, because their current 650hp power plant is starting to look a little small in comparison. After all, what is a horsepower war but a dick measuring contest with quarter mile times? A fight to see who has the biggest numbers.