The Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Returns to the Fast Lane

A 2020 rework of the American classic will conquer the road again this fall

Words by LAURA BURSTEIN

 

In 1967, the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 ruled the drag strip and the hearts of American teenagers with its big-block V-8 and hard-to-beat straight-line performance. More than 50 years later, Ford is rolling out a new GT500 — the most powerful production car the company’s ever built.

With its 5.2-liter supercharged V-8 and 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox, the 2020 GT500 generates 700-plus horsepower and can run a quarter mile under 11 seconds. Available this fall, it stands apart from other Mustangs with its massive front grille and dominating power bulge; a top-of-the-line carbon fiber package adds a big rear wing and 20-inch Michelin performance tires. And thanks to refinements in the chassis and suspension, it smokes the competition just as capably in the corners as it does in the straightaway.

 

Feature image: The FORD Mustang Shelby GT500 2020 in Ford Performance Blue, Red Hot Metallic and Iconic Silver. Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company.

 

This story originally appeared in the Spring 2019 Men’s Edition of C Magazine.

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