The 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 has a base price of $ 73,995, which can be inflated to more than $ 95,000 for a fully loaded model with the few options on offer. The $ 1,500 Handling Package adds adjustable strut top mounts, an oil collector can, a Gurney fin on the rear wing, and splitter wicks with dip planes integrated into the front fascia. The most expensive purchase is the $ 18,500 Carbon Fiber Track package, which is aimed at anyone planning to roll their Shelby on the track. Ditch the rear seats and add carbon fiber wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 track tires, Recaro seats, a larger rear spoiler, carbon fiber interior trim, and the same oil collection can, splitter wicks and top brackets. adjustable struts. as in the Handling package.

Engine, transmission, and performance
The Shelby GT500’s single powertrain, a 760-hp supercharged 5.2-liter V-8 that accelerates to 7,500 rpm with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, is designed for speed, but try to put all the power out of the engine. just through the rear tires means this Shelby isn’t as fast as you’d expect. Cars with significantly less power but a more rear grip, like the mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette, will easily beat that time from zero to 60 mph.

Of course, it’s not just about linear performance. On a race track, the GT500 makes garish changes and sounds as menacing as it is. Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires are standard, but it’s the optional Cup 2 tires that transform the GT500 into a vertex-seeking machine. We wish the brake pedal was firmer, but the huge Brembo brakes hold up well to track abuse, with no evidence of fading.

Infotainment and connectivity

The standard configuration also includes SiriusXM satellite radio, a CD player, two USB ports, and nine speakers. Each GT500 has the ability to lock and unlock from the FordPass phone app and to function as an access point. 4G LTE Wi-Fi with a data subscription.

Driver assistance and safety features

Ford offers several active safety and driver assistance features on smaller Mustangs that are not available on the GT500. A backup camera is standard (required by law), while blind-spot monitoring is included in the $ 3,000 technology package. Key safety features include:

Standard rearview camera
Blind-spot monitoring available

Interior, comfort and cargo
The Mustang Shelby GT500 is palatial compared to the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. But if you want to get comfortable with your burned tires and quarter-mile pitches, you can’t do better than the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. The GT500’s cabin is tighter than the Dodge’s and its suspension is firmer. That said, the Mustang is surprisingly livable for its laser focus on performance. Magneto-rheological dampers keep the body under tight control and still eliminate the impact of strong impacts. The optional Recaro seats ($ 1595 as a standalone option or as part of the Track package) will hold you tight at all times, so avoid them if you have personal space issues. The rear seats of the Shelby are crowded even for small children, especially if they will be sitting behind even a moderately tall adult. If you really plan on using the back seat, it’s the Dodge you want.

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