2020 Ford Shelby GT500 Offers 760-Horsepower, 0-to-100-to-0 in 10.6 seconds

2020  Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
As Ford promised, the new 2020 Ford Shelby Mustang GT500 will in fact be the most powerful street-legal Ford ever built. Ford’s just released power numbers prove it. Its V8 engine coupled with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission makes 760-horsepower and 625 lb-ft of torque. Ford says its race-bred control strategies and advanced drive modes will deliver a car that performs unlike any other domestic sports coupe.

V8 Engine

Ford says the 760-horsepower 5.2-liter V8 engine is the most power- and torque-dense supercharged V8 in the world. With 625 ft.-lb. of torque funneled through a Tremec TR-9070 DCT 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, the Shelby GT500 achieves a 0- to100 -and back to 0 in 10.6 seconds, thanks also to the largest front brakes of any domestic sports coupe (16.5-inch rotors) and available carbon fiber wheels, each wrapped in a Ford Performance-spec Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tire.

Beyond the power and ultra-fast shifts, advanced control systems optimize the capabilities of the chassis and powertrain to create distinct drive modes – or personalities – to get the maximum performance from every aspect of the Shelby GT500 performance hardware.

Applying 625 ft.-lb. of torque to the pavement effectively requires a transmission and driveline that can do more than just handle a massive amount of power. Ford Performance engineers collaborated with Tremec to design a gearbox that offers maximum driver control with stunningly fast shifting and greater performance across a wide spectrum of driving environments. The team’s “and” solution is the Tremec TR-9070 DCT 7-speed dual-clutch transmission.
2020  Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
The Shelby GT500's 760-horsepower 5.2-liter V8 engine is the most power- and torque-dense supercharged V8 in the world. Credit: Ford

2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Fast Facts

  • 5.2-liter V8
  • 760-horsepower
  • 625 ft.-lb. torque
  • 0-100-0 in 10.6 seconds
  • 7-speed dual-clutch transmission can upshift as quick as 80 milliseconds
  • 16.5-inch front brake rotors
  • Available carbon fiber wheels

7-Speed Dual Clutch Transmission

Ford says to firmly and smoothly deliver torque, the TR-9070 DCT dual-clutch transmission has a wet clutch system with five friction plates in the odd-gear pack for a total of 155 square inches of surface area. In the even-gear pack, six friction plates provide 136 square inches of surface area. Transmission fluid is applied to the clutch surfaces only during thermal events for optimal cooling and minimal parasitic loss. Seven non-sequential helical forward gears with advanced triple cone synchros are carefully matched to the engine’s torque curve and are pre-selected by an electrohydraulic shift mechanism using energy-efficient low-leak solenoids that can execute shifts as quick as 80 milliseconds in sport mode.
2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. Credit: Ford

Inside the control system, shift points and clutch modulation are orchestrated by a computer-controlled mechatronics system. Ford says it simultaneously reads dozens of vehicle and environmental factors – including engine and transmission rpm, driver input and gforces, and clutch and shift fork positions – to pre-select and engage the optimum shift for every driving situation. Steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters are direct-wired to the transmission to avoid CAN-bus vehicle communication system delays and initiate shifts as fast as 130 milliseconds, further enhancing responsiveness and connected feel.

Drive Modes

The 2020 Shelby GT500 has five drive modes that change the car’s personality from a moderated “normal” car to a “track” master with more aggressive throttle responsiveness and gear selections. The system changes nearly every aspect of the car’s behavior, including ride dampening, stability control, antilock brake modulation and steering feel – even the sound and instrument panel change. Inside the TR-9070 DCT dual-clutch transmission, drive modes influence transmission shift points and feel.

Normal mode is for moderated, everyday driving and seamless shifting. In sport mode, shift character changes, slicing shift timing by roughly 20 percent while throttle tip-in is more responsive and rpm ranges extend longer into the maximum torque curve.

Selecting track or drag mode further changes the shift characteristics to pure performance. For maximum straight-line quickness, gear changes use “over-torque” shifts for uninterrupted power delivery, similar to powershifts that give an extra torque hit in between upshifts. Take the Shelby GT500 into a turn, however, and the transmission immediately adapts with smooth, quick and seamless shifts to ensure maximum lateral g cornering by minimizing driveline disturbances.

Electronic Line Lock

Drive modes aside, an rpm-selectable launch control and electronic line lock through Track Apps enable synchronous powertrain strategies that deliver optimum quarter-mile runs, while an always-on pseudo launch control enables spirited launches at any time without having to select a drive mode.

Power output is transmitted to the 3.73:1 Torsen limited-slip independent rear suspension via a carbon fiber driveshaft for reduced rotational mass and torsional distortion, plus larger halfshafts and a redesigned rear suspension hub for added strength.

Price and Availability

The 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 will be available this fall. It will reportedly start from just over $70,000.
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