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How We'd Spec It: 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

Car and Driver logo Car and Driver 6 days ago Mihir Maddireddy

a car parked in a parking lot: It had to happen. You didn’t think Ford was going to sit around in Dearborn, Michigan, gnawing on chicken shawarma sandwiches while its competitors built Hellcats and ZL1s, did you? Carmakers might be dumping increasingly large loads of money into ride-sharing schemes and electric cars, but meanwhile the big-boy pony cars are playing with 700-plus horsepower. Seven-hundred-plus horsepower. Think about that for a second. The Le Mans–class-winning, half-million-dollar Ford GT makes 647 horsepower. A $300,000 McLaren 720S only just crests the 700-hp summit. And the Porsche 911 Turbo S produces a paltry 580.
The 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 configurator is finally up and running. We were looking forward to learning how much it would cost to buy our preferred spec of the most powerful Mustang ever, so we headed over to Ford's website to build and price our own GT500.

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a green car parked on the side of a road: Would we pass $100,000 in the quest to live our best Shelby Mustang life? What do you think?© Ford Would we pass $100,000 in the quest to live our best Shelby Mustang life? What do you think?

The 760-hp fire breather from Dearborn starts at $73,995 and comes standard with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission paired to a 5.2-liter supercharged V-8 that's derived from the magnificent Voodoo engine found on the GT350 and GT350R. The standard features list includes Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires, 20-inch aluminum wheels, active exhaust, launch control, and a 12-inch customizable driver display. But this is the no-frills variant we're talking about here, which is less expensive than the 2020 GT350R from the perspective of base price.

a car parked in a parking lot: How We'd Spec It: 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500© Ford How We'd Spec It: 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

Model We’d Choose

  • GT500

In our spec, we’d add the $18,500 Carbon Fiber Track Pack, a semester of college tuition worth of go-fast goodies. The package includes 20-inch exposed carbon fiber wheels, wheel locks, Michelin Sport Cup 2 tires, exposed carbon fiber GT4 rear wing, exposed carbon fiber instrument panel, splitter wickers, a rear seat delete, and Recaro leather-trimmed seats. The upgraded hardware will help the GT500 lose weight and set some blistering lap times and run even quicker at the drag strip, so they are essentials. Sure we get rid of rear seats, but who needs them?

The other package we would add on is the $3000 Technology package, which tacks on a 12-speaker system with a subwoofer by Bang and Olufsen, a CD player and HD radio, blind-spot monitoring with cross-traffic alert, heated exterior mirrors with integrated turn signals, and LED door-projector courtesy puddle lamps (in the shape of the Shelby Cobra), voice-activated touchscreen navigation, SiriusXM satellite radio with Travel Link, and a three-setting memory seat, but only if you don’t have the Carbon Fiber Track Pack. This package is great because of the creature comforts that come with it, like the blind-spot monitoring and hands-free voice-activated navigation. We probably won't use the speaker system, though, and we'll let the tailpipes serenade us instead.

a green car parked on the side of a road: 2020 Ford Shelby Mustang GT500© Ford 2020 Ford Shelby Mustang GT500 As far as color choices go, we’d pick the Grabber Lime, for the sake of making sure no one misses us as we fly past. It’s also a no-cost option, unlike the Twister Orange color, which costs an extra $495. We’ll save that money for gas, thank you very much. The other paint option we’d go for is the $10,000 Absolute Black painted racing stripes, which complement the green quite nicely.

Options We’d Pick

  • Carbon Fiber Track Pack ($18,500)
  • Technology Pack ($3000)
  • Grabber Lime ($0)
  • Absolute Black Painted Racing Stripes ($10,000)

So equipped, our car comes to $105,495. Is this a bit much? Perhaps, but just take a look at the car: it looks like it eats commuters for breakfast, racetracks for lunch, and drag strips for dinner. We can’t wait to get behind the wheel of the GT500 and see if it lives up to the hype.

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