2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Revs and Prowls the Streets of Las Vegas: Video
Making its big public debut at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is an absolutely beastly machine. Rocking a hyper-aggressive aero package with a plus-sized front intake and GT-style rear wing, a carbon fiber and suede interior, and a supercharged 5.2-liter V-8 blown to produce well over 700 horsepower, there’s no denying the appeal of this modern muscle car. Now we’re getting a listen to its exhaust note and a look at it on the streets of Las Vegas thanks to this recent post from YouTube user Speed Phenom.
Shot at a private event put on by FoMoCo, the video features a few nice glory shots of the GT500, as well as loads of info from a Shelby rep addressing the attending guests. Cutting through the PR talk, there are a few things that standout during the speech, including the assertion that the Shelby team is still working to pin down the GT500’s final horsepower figure “until the bitter end” (hence the “700+” number currently making the rounds), as well as a few performance numbers like a “sub-11” quarter mile and “mid-3’s” for the sprint to 60 mph. The video ends with a romp across the streets of Las Vegas.
If you’re hungry for anything and everything 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, then this is the video for you.
Can an Amateur Push the 2017 Ford GT to It’s Rated Top Speed?
The 2017 Ford GT is a car so exclusive it’s not even built by Ford. It’s also the most expensive new car you can buy that proudly wears the Blue Oval on it with an MSRP of $453,000. Also, it can reach 210.5 mph in less than three miles from a standing start. Impressive, even for a car with 647 horsepower and 550 pound-feet of torque at its disposal.
The second-generation Ford GT is one of the most hyped cars to come out of the U.S. in the past decade or so. That’s because it shares its name with one of the most illustrious sports cars ever made and because everyone was keen to see how Ford would reinvent the GT again after doing the same thing 2003. The result is a car that stays true to the original in styling but also adds plenty of modern cues to turn heads almost anywhere it appears. But, this time, we’re not talking about looks because what matters is raw speed and the GT delivers in that department compellingly.
Now that Ford has decided to kill off its entire lineup of cars in the United States, aside from the Ford Mustang, of course, the Focus ST is destined to become to enthusiasts what the Honda Civic Type R once was – a car that fills our every desire but is somehow just out of reach. It’s more powerful brethren, the Focus RS, will also suffer the same fate, never landing on U.S. shores again, but for now, the new ST has been announced, and it already has fanboys up in arms. It’s not surprising really since the new ST comes complete with a 2.3-liter EcoBoost that’s good for 276 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque – 24 ponies and 40 pound-feet more than the last model we were lucky enough to see. And, it comes with a striking new look and the reminder that the next-gen Focus RS will be that much better too. We know you’re sad that you can’t get your hands on the new ST, so we’ve decided to make it our wallpaper of the day. At the very least, you can plaster it on your desktop and show it some love from afar.
Lego Offers Classic 1967 Ford Mustang Kit to Fulfill Your Pony Car Dreams
We love all things automotive, especially when we can build it ourselves and display it on a shelf. And that’s why we adore Lego’s various car builder kits, the latest of which is a throwback to the Golden Age of muscle cars. Say hello to the 1967 Ford Mustang, now Lego’d!
Ford Has Launched the 2020 Focus ST and it Trumps the Outgoing Model in Every Respect
Ford Performance has finally unveiled the all-new Ford Focus ST. Although it does not feature a lot of exterior and interior changes, the hatch is pumped up on the inside. Under the hood sit’s as much as 276 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque just waiting to be unleashed. On paper, the 2020 Ford Focus ST seems very promising. Does it have enough to take on the Volkswagen Golf GTI/GTD?
The 2020 Ford Mustang EcoBoost Might be Offered in Two States of Tune
Back in 2017, Ford axed the V-6 engine option for its iconic Mustang muscle car, leaving a rather sizable gap in terms of price and power between the base trim-level four-cylinder and the upgraded V-8 GT. Now, it’s looking like the Blue Oval might change that with the upcoming 2020 model year update.
Watch a 2018 Ford GT and a 2018 Ferrari 488 Spider Duke it Out Over the Half Mile
If you’ve spent any time at all trolling the wild, rugged landscape that is an online performance enthusiast forum, you’ll know that bench racing is pretty much par for the course. Quoted performance numbers and test session lap times are ammunition for these sorts of debates, but all that ends the second you step into the real world. This is where it really matters, as documented in the following 11-minute, 10-second video from our friends at DragTimes. Hit play, and you’ll bear witness to the second-generation Ford GT running head-to-head with the Ferrari 488 Spider in an all-out acceleration test down a half-mile strip of blacktop.
The Curious Case of John Cena’s Ford GT
The Ford GT that once belonged to John Cena is back in the news again for the same reason it’s appeared in the news so many times before. As improbable — maybe even impossible — as it sounds, the Liquid Blue Metallic Ford GT is back up for auction for the third time in the last two years. This time, the GT will once again go through Mecum Auctions, which, coincidentally, handled the supercar the last time it went up for auction at its Dallas event…four months ago. Say what you will about the Ford GT’s appeal, but it’s hard to imagine what kind of jinx this GT is carrying that’s turned it into the supercar equivalent of a hot potato.
The Superformance GR-1 Could be the Six-Speed Shleby GT500 You Really Want
The news that Superformance will pick up the nearly ancient Shelby GR-1 Concept and actually put it into production got us all excited. Now, we’re hearing that, while the engine might come straight from the Shelby GT500, the gearbox will be a manual, not the seven-speed dual-clutch unit in the new Super ’Stang.
The Shelby GR-1, a modern day tribute to the glorious Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe of the ’60s, could be the car to have if you want the punch of a 2020 Shelby GT500 but can’t swallow the automatic transmission, the only one available on the new model. Superformance, the company that will build the car, hopes to offer it with either an automatic or manual transmission and even an electric version is on the cards.
2018 Ford Mustang RTR
Part of the Ford Mustang’s appeal lies in its ability to be easily customized. We’ve seen so many versions of the ‘Stang over the years, and there are a handful of them that are head and shoulders above the rest, including the Ford Mustang RTR. Created by Ford in partnership with Pro Formula Drift driver Vaughn Gittin Jr., the Mustang RTR stands tall as one of the sickest interpretations of the iconic muscle car. It’s essentially a Mustang on steroids, accomplished in part because Ford is always looking for ways to improve the car’s status as one of the best pony machines in the market today.
Those of you who are familiar with the RTR badge will know that it’s become somewhat of a tradition for Ford and Gittin Jr. to collaborate on this specific kind of creation. In fact, the past decade has given birth to a good number of Mustang RTRs, ranging from the subtle to the over-the-top. Hard to think of the 2014 Mustang RTR as anything but outlandish, but that’s the whole point on why the RTR badge has become synonymous with Ford’s legendary muscle car. This year, a new version of the Mustang RTR is set to make its debut at the 2017 SEMA Show, and really, where else would it do it? Ford and Gittin Jr.’s aftermarket firm are once again heavily involved in its creation, and the result is nothing short of our expectations. Improved looks, more power, and a seal of approval from one of the best race drifters in the world. This is what awaits us when we get a hold of the latest version of the Mustang RTR.
Updated 01/29/2019: We added a new set of images taken during the 2019 Detroit Auto Show.
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2019 Ford GT Heritage Edition
As if the Ford GT isn’t awesome enough in its own right, Ford is adding to the supercar’s appeal with the launch of a new Heritage Edition showcase, one where the GT gets dressed up in the iconic light blue and orange Gulf Oil livery. The new Heritage Edition model is a fitting follow-up to the red Ford GT Heritage Edition that Ford introduced earlier this month. The Gulf Oil livery isn’t the only unique feature of this new special edition GT; it also comes with a number of exclusive touches, all added to ensure that this special edition model upholds the exclusivity attached to the Gulf Oil livery.
Update 1/29/2019: We’ve updated this review with images we took at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show. Enjoy!
Will the Hybrid Mustang Feature a V-8 Paired with an Electric Motor?
Ford Manages to Ban Mecum from Selling the 2017 Ford GT Without Permission
The Superformance GR-1 May Borrow the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500’s Power V-8 Engine
Superformance had signed a deal with Ford and Shelby in the last decade to recreate the magic known as the GR-1. The GR-1 was unveiled to the world 14 years back as a working prototype, but the car never made it to Superformance’s line up. Fast forward to 2019, and the project is about to be resurrected, but what’s more important now is what will give it motivation. When asked about the drivetrain, the tuning company’s CEO has hinted that the GR-1 could use 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500’s V-8 engine!
2005 Ford Shelby GR-1
Ford rebooted two of the cars that brought about some of its biggest victories ever scored on the world’s road courses. First, in 2004, Ford introduced the Shelby Cobra Concept, a modern reinterpretation of the mythical AC Cobra and, one year later, the Cobra Daytona Coupe was reborn through the GR-1 prototype.
It was 14 years ago that Ford released the S197 fifth-generation Mustang. Its old-school styling proved to be a hit among customers young and old, but the Mustang was only the tip of the iceberg, the model that made it through all the board meetings. Ford, in fact, built a number of old school-looking concepts in the early ’00s besides the Mustang and the GT that eventually got the green light. There was the 2001 Forty-Nine which harkened back to the smooth lines of the late ’40s Ford Custom, the F150 Lightning Rod and, then, there was the GR-1. Clearly, nostalgia was trendy a decade and a half ago.
This car, like the open-top Shelby Cobra Concept, is underpinned by a modified Ford GT platform made to suit the front engine layout. It went from a sketch on a drawing board to a full-size clay model displayed at the 2004 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in virtually no time and was then built as a fully-functional prototype in time for the 2005 North-American International Auto Show. Then, it all went silent. The suits didn’t approve another high-performance supercar right after the GT and only recently have we heard of plans to revive this special one-off.
In an effort to move ahead and push the boundaries of what the pony car can do, Ford introduced the 2020 Shelby GT500 at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show. It is the most powerful Ford ever. It is the fastest Mustang ever. It has the biggest vent ever fitted to a production Ford. It is basically a race car you can use on the road as well. And this is a tale about the 2020 Shelby GT500’s most amazing facts and quirks. It’s a winner, this one. For sure.
2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
Dating back to the late 1960s, the Shelby GT500 returned in 2019 after a five-year hiatus. The first iteration of the sixth-gen Mustang to sport a supercharged V-8 engine, this GT500 is also the most powerful street-legal Ford, even when compared to the Ford GT supercar. The GT500 also borrows some tech from the GT, as well as from the race-spec Mustang GT4. The first GT500 in five years is aimed at the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. And, although final specs aren’t yet available, it seems that it will have enough power to compete with both. Arguably the biggest news is that the supercharged V-8 delivers in excess of 700 horsepower, but enthusiasts also have to cope with the fact that Ford doesn’t offer a manual gearbox. Let’s find out more about that in the review below.
First 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Sold For $1.1 Million
Did you want to be the first person to pick up the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500? Well, you’re too late. The first production model of the muscle car has been sold at an auction for $1.1 million! The lucky (and wealthy) buyer is the Chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson - a man that basically won the auction in his own back yard!
Anyone Who Actually Buys the 2020 Ford Mustang GT500 Won’t Want a Clutch Pedal
Listen - I’ll let you have my stick shift when you can pry it from my cold, dead hands. I’m a dyed-in-the-wool performance lover when it comes to my automotive predilections, and as for my personal driving nirvana, nothing beats the right road, the right car, and a row-your-own, snap-it-into-place, drop-a-gear-and-disappear manual transmission. It’s something I’ll probably never outgrow. That said, I think going auto-only with the 2020 Ford Mustang GT500 is the right move. Wait, hear me out.
Quick Comparison: 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 vs. 2016 Ford Mustang GT4
We’ve already seen the new Shelby GT500 for a while now, ever since those images from a Ford dealer meeting got leaked, but it’s always nice when everything is official including those ludicrous figures: over 700 horsepower from a 5.2-liter supercharged V-8 and a 0 to 62 mph time of just 3.5 seconds. Is it enough to topple the race-going Mustang GT4 based on the lesser GT350?
Ford stepped back in the GT4 arena late in 2016 with the Multimatic-built Mustang GT4 that was ready for the 2017 season. It sports everything you’d expect to see on a race car of its kind: a bigger splitter, canards around the corners of the nose, a bigger wing, lighter body parts, a race-tuned engine, and a stripped-out interior. The result is a championship-winning car, but it may get a run for its money from the freshly-unveiled GT500, the fastest road-going Mustang ever.