If you’re wondering how the upcoming 2020 Ford Shelby Mustang GT500 might perform on a hillclimb course, Ford Performance has got you covered.
Making its UK debut, the 2020 Mustang GT500 has appeared at the Goodwood Festival of Speed for the first time. Shown wearing the Carbon Fiber Track Pack and painted Grabber Lime, this GT500 is driven by Ford’s own Vaughn Gittin Jr., who just can’t help but spin his tires off the line.
Obviously not going for a record in its class, Gittin Jr. instead showboats for the crowd with a few controlled drifts off the line, leaving a plume of white tire smoke. Afterward, Gittin Jr. seems to put the theatrics aside to show what the GT500 can really do, scooting up Goodwood’s hill without drama or fuss. Only the throaty roar of the GT500’s supercharged V8 seems to add any degree of excitement. Well, that and the car itself.
We’re also given a great look inside the GT500’s cabin to see how the Carbon Fiber pack changes the interior. You can see bare carbon throughout the dashboard and an Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel, which Gittin Jr. uses to expertly maneuver around Goodwood’s many curves.
Ford gave us the GT500's power figures just a few short weeks ago, surprising us all with 760 horsepower and 625 lb-ft of torque. That beats the Dodge Hellcat but doesn't quite reach the Demon's 840 hp. But then again, the GT500 is said to be just over 4,000 lbs, so power-to-weight is a factor there.
A 7-speed dual-clutch transmission will direct power to carbon fiber rear wheels equipped with 16.5-inch brake discs to provide superb stopping power, while magnetic adaptive suspension will ensure superb handling.
Thanks to leaked order guides, we know the GT500 will start at around $74,000, but the Carbon Fiber Track Pack will add another $18,500 to that price. We’re sure Ford won’t have any trouble selling these cars, though.