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  • Shelby American has unveiled its upgraded 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Signature Edition, and only 100 will be built.
  • The supercharged 5.2-liter V-8 produces more than 800 horsepower thanks to a smaller supercharger pulley and upgraded cooling.
  • The upgrades cost an additional $29,995 on top of the GT500's $71,495 starting price.

The 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is the most powerful production Ford to date, but for some power-hungry crazies, 760 horsepower might not be enough. Good thing Shelby American exists, because it's building 100 upgraded GT500s with more than 800 horsepower. Disclaimer: we certainly didn't ask for this, but we're all for it.

To squeeze an additional 40-plus horsepower from the GT500's supercharged 5.2-liter V-8, Shelby American equipped a smaller supercharger pulley and an uprated heat exchanger and intercooler, and it runs on 93-octane pump gas. During Car and Driver testing, a stock 2020 GT500 launched to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds on its way to a 11.4-second quarter-mile at 132 mph, making it one of the quickest muscle cars we've ever tested.

The GT500SE sits a bit lower than the standard car, with new front and rear springs and anti-roll bars. Stronger axle shafts are equipped to handle the additional power. Adding to the GT500's already menacing look is a new vented carbon-fiber hood that's 30 pounds lighter than the original. A Shelby widebody kit and carbon-fiber package are both available. The car sits on 20-inch forged aluminum wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires, though sticky Cup 2 tires are optional.

Inside, the seats have been recovered with Carroll Shelby's signature stitched into the seatbacks. Remember, only 100 of these 800-plus-hp Mustangs will be built for each model year, and to make sure you know which one you have, Shelby includes both engine and dashboard plaques with the car's serial number.

The 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Signature Edition starts at $101,490—Shelby charges $29,995 for the upgrades—and is available to order now. Each sale will benefit the Carroll Shelby Foundation for children and grants membership to the Team Shelby club.

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Overview

The 2021 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 boasts 760 horses of supercharged-V-8 mayhem, but it also possesses the athleticism of smaller and lighter sports cars. Those accolades make it the most powerful production car Ford has ever built as well as the most immersive Mustang we've ever driven, which is why it's on our Editors' Choice list. At the center of the excitement is the Shelby's supercharged 5.2-liter V-8, which plays a thrilling soundtrack through its bazooka-like exhaust pipes. A manual transmission isn't available, but the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic operates damn near telepathically. The rear-drive-only coupe also accelerates so tenaciously that it should include a warranty on underwear. The GT500 feels equally thrilling when running down more exotic metal on a racetrack. Sure, it has terrible fuel economy and costs a lot for a Mustang–especially with the exorbitantly priced Carbon Fiber Track package–but the 2021 Shelby GT500 is a magnificent muscle car and a phenomenal sports car.

What's New for 2021?

With Ford ending production of the Shelby GT350, that leaves the 2021 GT500 as the only Mustang to bear the Cobra snake badge. This year, Ford has added the Carbon Fiber Handling Package to the GT500's order sheet; the $10,000 package includes 20-inch carbon-fiber wheels, adjustable strut-top mounts, and additional aero elements. Three colors join the palette: Grabber Yellow, Antimatter Blue, and Carbonized Gray Metallic.

Pricing and Which One to Buy

The 2021 Shelby GT500 isn't only the most powerful Mustang—it's also the most expensive. While its maximum performance potential is unlocked with the Carbon Fiber Track Pack (20-inch carbon-fiber wheels, aerodynamic add-ons, stickier Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, and other weight-saving measures), that package costs $18,500–roughly 25 percent of its base price. Even without all that hardware, we're still extremely impressed with the GT500, so we'd recommend only a few options. The Handling package allows front suspension adjustments and adds improved aero with splitter wickers and a Gurney flap. The available Recaro front seats don't have power adjustments or heated and cooled cushions, but they better match the car's personality and are comfortable and supportive. Likewise, the exposed carbon-fiber instrument panel trim enhances the Shelby's cabin quality.

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

The most powerful engine ever stuffed into a Ford production car lurks behind the Shelby GT500's menacing mug. Aptly called Predator, the motor is a supercharged 5.2-liter V-8 that summons 760 horsepower and 625 pound-feet of torque. That prodigious power twists the rear wheels through a clairvoyant seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (sorry, the mightiest Mustang isn't offered with a manual transmission). We've tested a GT500 with its standard summer tires as well as the ultra-sticky rubber offered with the Carbon Fiber Track package, which includes 20-inch carbon-fiber wheels. The latter was part of a comparison test with the 650-hp Chevy Camaro ZL1 1LE and 797-hp Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. While during testing the Shelby's base wheel-and-tire setup actually provided better acceleration (hitting 60 mph in 3.4 seconds versus 3.6), the upgraded rolling stock contributed to higher cornering grip (1.13 g versus 0.99) and a shorter stop from 70 mph (142 feet versus 150). Optimized for racetrack duty, the Shelby GT500 proved that modern muscle cars can post quicker lap times than more exotic machines, such as the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4­­ and Lamborghini Huracán Evo, at the most recent running of our annual Lightning Lap event. Even when the ultimate Mustang isn't blasting down drag strips or terrorizing six-figure sports cars at the track, it makes daily driving extra exciting with its soil-your-shorts acceleration and surprisingly agile handling, considering its two-ton curb weight. Despite its racy demeanor, the GT500's standard adaptive dampers provide a merciful ride quality, too.

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

The Shelby GT500's 760-hp V-8 is the antithesis of fuel efficiency. The government estimates that it'll earn a measly 12 mpg city and 18 mpg highway. That's less than the Camaro ZL1 and Challenger SRT Hellcat; they're EPA-rated at 13/21 mpg city/highway and 13/22 mpg city/highway, respectively. The GT500 did average 20 mpg on our 75-mph highway fuel-economy test, part of our extensive testing regimen. For more information about the Shelby GT500's fuel economy, visit the EPA's website.

Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

The Shelby Mustang's interior is very similar to that of its mainstream counterpart. Although they share a design and have comparable passenger and cargo space, the GT500 offers options such as carbon-fiber instrument panel trim and more-aggressive, Shelby-specific Recaro front buckets along with a roster of desirable standard features. The latter includes a configurable 12.0-inch fully digital gauge cluster, dual-zone climate control, leather-trimmed front seats with heated and cooled cushions, and a six-way power driver's seat. Shoppers who prefer a more supportive pair of front buckets, albeit without the aforementioned functions, can opt for leather-trimmed Recaros. The Shelby's standard aluminum dashboard trim can also be swapped for a piece made of exposed carbon fiber. Those looking to save extra weight can delete the rear seats, but that requires the extremely expensive Carbon Fiber Track package.

Infotainment and Connectivity

The infotainment system in the Shelby GT500 is very similar to what’s found in the regular Mustang: an 8.0-inch touchscreen that supports Ford's Sync 3 software. Along with steering-wheel control and voice commands, the stereo's volume and tuning functions can be controlled with physical knobs. Thanks, Ford. Desirable standard connectivity features include Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a subscription-based Wi-Fi hotspot. A 12-speaker B&O sound system is available for drivers who want to complement the supercharged V-8's thundering soundtrack with beats of their own.

Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

For more information about the Shelby GT500's crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Unless you count a powerful braking system and launch control as important driver-assistance technology, the mightiest Mustang offers a very short list of assists. The lone key safety feature is:

  • Available blind-spot monitoring and rear-cross-traffic alert

Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

Ford's limited and powertrain warranties are the definition of average, but they align with the periods offered by and Dodge and Chevrolet. However, in this group, only the bow-tie brand offers complimentary maintenance.

  • Limited warranty covers three years or 36,000 miles
  • Powertrain warranty covers five years or 60,000 miles
  • No complimentary scheduled maintenance

Specifications

Specifications

2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

VEHICLE TYPE
front-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 4-passenger, 2-door coupe

PRICE AS TESTED
$81,565 (base price: $74,095)

ENGINE TYPE
supercharged and intercooled DOHC 32-valve V-8, aluminum block and heads, port fuel injection
Displacement
315 in3, 5163 cm3
Power
760 hp @ 7300 rpm
Torque
625 lb-ft @ 5000 rpm

TRANSMISSION
7-speed dual-clutch automatic

CHASSIS
Suspension (F/R): struts/multilink
Brakes (F/R): 16.5-in vented disc/14.6-in vented disc
Tires: Michelin Pilot Sport 4S, F: 305/30R-20 (103Y) R: 315/30R-20 (104Y)

DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase: 107.1 in
Length: 189.5 in
Width: 76.6 in
Height: 54.3 in
Passenger volume: 85 ft3
Trunk volume: 14 ft3
Curb weight: 4171 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph: 3.4 sec
100 mph: 6.9 sec
130 mph: 11.0 sec
150 mph: 15.1 sec
170 mph: 21.7 sec
Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 3.7 sec
Top gear, 30–50 mph: 1.9 sec
Top gear, 50–70 mph: 2.2 sec
1/4 mile: 11.3 sec @ 132 mph
Top speed (mfr's claim): 180 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 150 ft
Braking, 100–0 mph: 299 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.99 g
Standing-start accel times omit 1-ft rollout of 0.2 sec.

C/D FUEL ECONOMY
Observed: 13 mpg
75-mph highway driving: 20 mpg
Highway range: 320 miles

EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/city/highway: 14/12/18 mpg

C/D TESTING EXPLAINED

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760-horsepower 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 strikes like lightning

The menacing image of a king cobra poised to strike has been synonymous with Shelby Cobra Mustangs since 1965, but the badge for Ford’s new 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 — at 760 horsepower, the most powerful street-legal Ford ever — could equally easily be a winged pillow.

It’s brutally quick — 3.3 seconds 0-60 mph, 10.7 seconds in the standing quarter mile – but not remotely punishing, simultaneously the fastest and most comfortable GT500 ever.

Thank a brand new dual-clutch seven-speed automatic transmission and Magneride adaptive shocks, plus the undivided attention of Ford Performance chief engineer Carl Widmann’s team virtually since the day the last killer Shelby, the Mustang GT350, hit the road in 2015.

The 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT 500 is the most powerful street-legal vehicle in Ford's history.

The GT350’s handling raised the stakes for the GT500. The new car answers with a straight flush: handling, straight-line speed, dramatic looks, ride comfort and a dynamite dual-clutch automatic transmission. 

Prices for the 2020 Shelby GT500 start at $70,300. It should be in dealerships any day.

Howling on the outside, quiet on the inside 

The magic starts with the engine, a supercharged 5.2L V8 that can howl like a banshee but leaves the cabin quiet enough for conversation at normal levels. There’s even a “good neighbor mode” you can program so’s not to wake somebody sleeping next door.

Floor it and the engine races to its 7,500 rpm redline, pushing occupants back like a runaway, well, mustang.

The 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT 500's supercharged 5.2L V8 generates 760 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque.

The prospect of 625 pound-feet of torque on tap should be enough to scare anybody away from hard acceleration on public streets, but sticky Michelin performance tires and unobtrusive electronics keep the GT500 from being uncomfortably edgy.

The dual-clutch transmission holds gears for maximum acceleration and delivers satisfying downshifts under braking in sport mode. The Porsche 911’s DCT was the benchmark as Ford developed the new gearbox. Sport mode delivers the quickest shifts, just 8 milliseconds — quicker than a human can press the clutch in, let alone change gears, according to Ford engineers.

Adaptive shock absorbers keep the car from squatting back on its rear wheels even with the accelerator floored. The ride is surprisingly smooth. 

Ford specified 20-inch wheels to make room for massive 16.53-inch front brake discs that deliver 25% more heat dissipation than the GT350’s brakes. Improved heat dissipation means the brakes continue to work longer under sudden extreme stops and deceleration from high speeds.

Every GT500 engine is signed by the person who built it.

How high? The carbon fiber aerodynamics package produces a maximum of 550 pounds of downforce to keep the GT500 from leaving the ground — at 180 mph.

The thick steering wheel wrapped in suede-like Alcantara sets you up for success when the white line is at 12 o’clock to let you know when wheels are aimed dead ahead, an important consideration when you could be drag-racing at wide-open throttle from a standstill.

That same steering wheel connects to a rack that’s unique to the GT500, with extra large electric motors to turn the big, sticky tires. Response is quick, but not nervous, just what you want driving around the technical street course at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Advanced controls help novices master drag racing, which requires a lot more skill than those who haven’t done it expect. You can dial in launch control and heat the tires with electronically controlled burnouts for maximum traction. I hit 111 mph in a quarter-mile run, despite accidentally short-shifting with the steering wheel-mounted paddle shifter.

The high-bolstered optional two-tone Recaro front sport seats look great, but I found the seat-bottom bolsters so high that I continually bumped my head getting in and out of the Shelby.

The rest of the interior is comfortable and easy to use, with a combination of dials, buttons, voice recognition and touch screen.

$21,495 gets you lots of options

The Shelby GT500 I drove had $21,495 in options, mostly the $18,500 carbon fiber track pack that includes 20-inch exposed carbon fiber wheels, assorted other carbon fiber pieces and leather trimmed Recaro seats. Its total price of $91,795 also included a $2,600 gas guzzler tax.

The GT500 lineup is as colorful as a bag of Skittles: bright green and orange in addition to deep metallic blue, gray, black, red and silver.

Standard features on the GT500 

1,000-watt B&O audio

Touch screen

Navigation

Apple CarPlay

Android Auto

One-piece carbon fiber drive shaft

Launch control with line lock

Driver-programmable settings for suspension, exhaust note, steering and powertrain

Drive modes for normal, sport, track, drag and wet weather

Dual zone climate control

Paddle shifters

Push button start

Driving 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT 500s in Nevada.

2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 coupe at a glance

Rear-wheel drive sport coupe

Assembled in Flat Rock, Michigan

Base price: $70,300 (excluding destination charges)

Price as driven: $91,795

Engine: 5.2L supercharged V8 engine; 760 horsepower @ 7,300 rpm; 625 pound-feet of torque @ 5,000 rpm

Transmission: Seven-speed dual-clutch automatic

EPA fuel economy rating: 12 mpg city/18 highway/14 combined. Premium gasoline.

Wheelbase: 107.1 inches

Length: 188.9 inches

Width: 75.9 inches

Height: 54.2 inches

Base curb weight: 4,171 pounds

Contact Mark Phelan at 313-222-6731 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @mark_phelan. Read more on autos and sign up for our autos newsletter.

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