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.