Ford famously claimed that the 2013 Shelby GT500 was good for 200 mph in a straight line. That car had 662 supercharged horsepower, so you might think that the 2020 GT500, with its 700- hp could go even faster, but that won't be the case. Our colleagues at that Ford has decided to limit the new GT500 to 180 mph.
Why? Well, it costs a lot to engineer a car to do 200 mph, and Ford thought it'd be wiser to engineer a new dual-clutch transmission and develop a high-downforce aero package for the car. Ford Performance wants the new GT500 to dominate at the drag strip and on a road course, and for that, exceeding 180 mph apparently isn't necessary.
A 180-mph top speed, while probably fast enough, does put the GT500 behind its two biggest rivals. The Camaro ZL1 has been demonstrated to do 200 mph, while a Challenger Hellcat Redeye is good for a claimed 203 mph. We're still waiting on exact 0-60 mph and quarter-mile times to get a clearer picture of how the GT500 stacks up, and we're curious to see what it'll do on a road course, too. There, the GT500 should dispatch the Hellcat easily, and it could give the ZL1 a real headache.
While Ford hasn't the performance or horsepower/torque figures we so desire, it's sharing a lot about the GT500's aerodynamics and cooling systems. that when equipped with the Carbon Fiber Track package, the GT500 can generate up to 550 pounds of downforce, and that it borrows a thermostat from the Super Duty since the engine develops so much heat.
The 2020 Shelby GT500 should be on sale this summer, and hopefully, we'll drive it in the coming months. We can't wait to put it through its paces.