Ford has just revealed the highly-anticipated Mustang Shelby GT500 to an audience at the 2019 Detroit auto show. Joining the already impressive GT350, the GT500 turns all the dials up. Under the hood, Ford has placed a 5.2-liter supercharged V-8 engine, powering the GT500’s rear wheels with 700-hp, by way of a carbon fiber driveshaft. Speaking of carbon fiber, it’s deployed all throughout the GT500, most noticeably the 20-inch wheels, which are apart of the optional Carbon Fiber Track Package.
Crediting lessons learned during the development of the Ford GT supercar, the GT500’s 7-speed dual-clutch transmission is capable of snapping shifts in under 100 milliseconds, helping to generate a 0-60 time in the mid-threes, and a sub-11-second 1/4-mile time. For the purists looking for a stick shift and a clutch pedal, you won’t find them in the new GT500.
Upon first approach, the new Shelby has a distinct and aggressive presence, with a wide, blacked-out grille providing increased airflow to feed and cool its powerful engine. Heat exchangers and active aero send air where it needs to go for increased downforce, while a next-generation MagneRide™ suspension and either the specially-designed Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires, or the track pack’s optional Pilot Sport Cup 2s, help the GT500 hug the tarmac. Massive Brembo brakes provide stopping power, placing six-piston calipers up front and four-piston calipers in the back. Atop the Shelby’s trunk lid is a large carbon fiber spoiler, further aiding the effort to keep this car glued to the ground.
Sitting in the highly-bolstered Recaro driver’s seat, suede and exposed carbon fiber accents decorate the Shelby’s interior. A thick-rimmed steering wheel features a pair of paddle shifters that are comfortably placed right at your finger tips. In place of the Mustang’s traditional analog instrument cluster, the GT500 features a 12-inch digital display. Noticeably absent from the center console is a shift lever—the GT500 doesn’t have one. Where you’d expect to find the shifter, you’ll find a large dial that has controls for the dual-clutch transmission as well as a number of distinct drive modes—normal, weather, sport, drag and track. The tire-torturing line-lock and launch control features can be achieved when accessing the Track Apps page from the Shelby’s 8-inch SYNC 3 infotainment display, and a 12 speaker audio system by B&O is optional.
Like the last generation GT500, the all-new model follows a formula that offers customers all the power without sacrificing comfort, making it the most capable and premium Mustang to date. While pricing for the GT500 has not yet been announced, expect the most powerful Mustang ever to also be the most expensive one.