Why the 2020 Shelby GT500 is the all-time ultimate Mustang


Ford’s 2020 Shelby GT500 has over 700 horsepower. Let that sink in. Beneath a fiberglass hood, replete with standard hood pins, lurks a 5.2-liter aluminum engine force-fed by an Eaton roots-type supercharger. Codenamed the Predator, this powerplant comes standard in Ford’s new GT500 and stakes the claim as the Blue Oval’s most powerful engine, ever. There are even rumors the final horsepower figure is well over 750.

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2019/01/14/2020-shelby-gt500-ultimate-mustang


That looks like a car I would want to drive. I wish it had a shift lever in the console, though. You’re going to need deep pockets to put one in your garage. Those are the kind of cars Ford wants to build - high margin.


Ya, I’m a chevy guy. Actually I’m an odd mix… Classic Chevy, new Ford including the mustang. They did a tremendous job with the styling, it’s a sexy car and adding the performance is awesome. First real update of a mustang that made me say “HEY!!”. But ya if they were asking $75K or something for the GT350R, which could be taken “in a straight line” by most supercharged standard mustangs at half the price. This thing is going to be a collector car , which will cause Dealers to ask really large sums over MSRP (which will be questionable to start). But I love it, nice job Ford. If you can find it in your heart to see one in my driveway that would be great. But I want green!! :slight_smile:


The 2020 GT500 looks great except that does not have a manual transmission available. DCT’s are faster however I enjoy the feel and involvement of a manual.


They seem to neglect to tell you how much over 4000 lbs. it weighs. The Corvette ZR-1 is over 500 lbs. less.


4 words: No manual. I’m out.


Currently, I own a 2017 GT350 and love it. I thought long and hard about getting the GT500 but decided to keep my GT350. My reasons for not going for the GT500: 1. No Manual (Stick) 2. HP with Supercharger not high enough compared to the wide body hellcat of 797 3. Price – I had to fight like mad to get my GT350 near MSRP. My local dealers in Seattle charge from $20K plus on the Shelby cars 4. Looks-- The side fender vents and front splitter on the GT350 are wicked. I am sure the GT500 will be popular just not in my garage…


Totally agree on the stick. I get bored very fast thus a manual is a must for me…


I’ve heard $70K to $80K MSRP plus ADM dealer markup thus near or over $100K in the Seattle area. The GT350R were selling around $120K plus last year…


BUT,have they fixed all the issues the Mustangs have been having with motors and transmissions. Once a Ford ,always a Fix Or Repair Daily, just my opinion.

I do know many people at the car shows have had issues with there’s, and most of those cars aren’t beaten to death either, but they still fail.

You can have my share of them to be honest.


One thing the author got wrong is about the 427FE.
Perhaps one of the most reliable and durable racing engines of all time. Even using much oil more than the usual amount of a race engine is not any different then any other type either.


Interesting to see Ford putting a dual-clutch in such a visible product after another dual-clutch got such a bad reputation in the Fiesta and Focus. I owned one, and it wasn’t that bad, but a lot of people hated it. The fatal flaw with the Fiesta’s DCT was reportedly it’s “dry” clutch design. The unit in this Mustang is a “Highly efficient, ‘virtually dry’ wet dual clutch”. I figured the DCT was going to be one of those engineering items that looks great on paper but dosen’t work out in real life, but it’s interesting to see Ford giving it another go. Hopefully it will work out better this time.


No stick? Heretics! Shelby is turning over in his grave.


Im with you echarnbo I drive the car the car doesn’t drive me that why I will never have a adaptive cruise control either all that radar junk and beeping forget it


@delfium - I would counter with Shelby was about building fast cars. The automatic transmissions of his time were not up to holding the power of the engine he was swapping in, thus manuals in most Shelby marketed cars.

Modern automatics like this dual-clutch 7-speed are nothing like the Turbo 350 and C4s of old. I wouldn’t judge one till you drive it.


@tab622009 - You say not enough horsepower, but no one (outside of Ford at least) knows the horsepower number. Ford has not been able to get the engine through the rating process yet which is why all outlets (including Hagerty) are simply saying 700+ horsepower. Ford won’t release anything else.


A few of my gear head friends did some mathematical calculations based on the type and size of the SC plus the 5.2 engine and came up with 720-730 HP. This is a great car that can do a very good quarter mile (10’s) and okay on 0-60 (3.5) plus can track! It will compete very well with the current ZL1 and Z06s for sure!


and wait to the EV pony comes out lol!


I will never buy a vehicle with an automatic transmission and if that means I never buy another new one so be it. I’ll just spend the money rebuilding my stick shift cars and trucks. For example, my 2011 Ranger has 135,000 miles and when it has 250 I’ll just put in a new crate engine and rebuild the 5 speed and clutch, etc. Ditto my '86 Ranger, '85 Mustang LX 5.0, 2000 BMW Z3, 2017 Fiat 124 Spider, etc. But I’m afraid my '91 Escort wagon with 312,000 miles will be junked IF it ever dies.


Sigh…I’m 59 soon and have owned a '69 GT convertible for about 40 years…my biggest heartbreak is at 17 years old I looked at a '67 GT500, 428, 4 speed, etc…identical to the green one in the article…took it for a test drive on a dark rainy night, pretty conservative driving. The seller then said “let me show you how to drive this car” and took me on one of the craziest drives ever…and the damn car held the wet curvy country road. But at the “exorbitant” asking price of $2,700 I had to walk away…ended up buying a '69 coupe, wrecked it on the same country road a couple of years later, used the parts on the GT convertible. I agree on manual trans for fun, but for handling today’s torque loads it is usually an auto that gets mated to the engine. I have a '15 Ram, Cummins HO mated to the Aisin auto - it’s the only trans that can handled the torque. Same for the new '19 Ram with 1,000 ft. lbs torque - only the auto Aisin as an option.