New Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 unveiled at Detroit with over 700bhp
The new Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 has been unveiled at this year’s Detroit Motor Show. Fitted with a host of chassis, engine and aerodynamic upgrades, the most powerful Ford ever built will rival the Dodge Challenger Hellcat and Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.
The GT500’s engine is a hand-built all-aluminium, 5.2-litre supercharged V8 fitted with forged con-rods, a new structural engine sump and a water-to-air intercooler system. Official performance figures are yet to be announced, but Ford claims a power figure in excess of 700bhp, a 0-62mph time of around three seconds and a sub-11 second quarter-mile time.
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The engine feeds its power to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, through a carbon fibre propshaft to the rear wheels. It’s capable of shifting gear in under 100 milliseconds and has a series of drive modes tailored towards road, track and drag-strip driving.
Chassis upgrades include new lighter-weight coil springs, active dampers, revised suspension geometry, Brembo six-piston calipers and Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres.
The new GT500 will also be fitted with line-lock - a system which holds the car’s front brakes when stationary, allowing the driver to do smokey burnouts without wearing the rear pads.
To better harness the GT500’s power, Ford offers two handling packages. The less extreme version offers adjustable suspension top-mounts and a fixed rear lip-spoiler. A hardcore pack adds wider 20-inch carbon fibre wheels, an adjustable GT4 wing, a functional splitter with canards and a deleted rear bench.
Inside, the new GT500 boasts a digital gauge cluster and an eight-inch touchscreen. Optional extras include a carbon fibre dash, Recaro racing seats, race harnesses, a 12-speaker Bang and Olufsen sound system and suede door cards.
Pricing and full specifications for the new Mustang GT500 are yet to be announced but the model will not be sold in the UK.
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