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Report: Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 May Lack Manual Gearbox

Report: Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 May Lack Manual Gearbox

By now most folks are aware Ford is planning to revive the Mustang Shelby GT500. While the beastly Pony is expected to pack a ton of power, a new report suggests the hottest Mustang may lack a manual transmission option entirely.

Frankly, removing manual gearboxes from the options list is becoming a trend in performance cars; for better or worse. So, this report from Jalopnik does not come as a huge shock. Citing unnamed sources familiar with Ford’s internal plans, the report says Ford will offer only a DCT automatic transmission in the Shelby.

Common sense would suggest Ford’s new 10-speed automatic found in the lesser Mustang models and F-150 would be a logical choice, but the report actually suggests it will offer a seven-speed DCT unit. A likely contender is the Tremec TR9007, which is already found in the GT350.

Recent spy videos have also displayed lightning fast shifts, casting further evidence the car will offer a quick-shifting automatic gearbox.

Aside from transmission selection, rumors surrounding the next Shelby GT500 are vast. The car is rumored to offer in excess of 700 horsepower thanks to a blown version of Ford’s 5.2-liter V-8; making the car the most powerful production Mustang ever.

Unfortunately, we’ll likely have to wait awhile for official specs on the 2020 Shelby. The car is likely to arrive sometime next year, meaning a reveal probably won’t happen until early next year.


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AutoVerdict Senior Editor Nick Saporito began writing about cars at age 13. Nick ran a couple of automotive enthusiast sites for several years, before taking some time off to focus on his career and education. By day he's a marketing executive in the telecom world and by night he hangs out here at AV. You'll find him focusing on tech, design and the industry's future.
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  1. Tone
    If one of the goals of the GT500 is straight line speed, this makes sense. A DCT can shift faster and more consistently and offers pretty idiot-proof launch control. Given the Hellcat, one guesses Ford is aiming for a 10-second car with the GT500!
    Same/similar 7 speed DCT that's in the Ford GT?
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