Here the sweet, dulcet tones of the upcoming 2020 Ford Shelby Mustang GT500’s active exhaust.
Ever since the GT500’s big reveal at the Detroit Auto Show last month, we’ve learned quite a few things about the upcoming Mustang. We know it will have 700 horsepower thanks to a 5.2-L V8 and a 2.65-L supercharger. We know that it will have a proper 7-speed dual-clutch transmission for the first time. We know that it will have Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires and 6-piston Brembo brake calipers. And we know it will go from zero to sixty in around 3 seconds.
We also found out that the GT500 would come with an active exhaust system that will change its tune to the driver’s preference. But we didn’t know just how it would sound.
Thanks to Road and Track, we have our first public unveiling of the GT500’s four active exhaust modes: Normal, Sport, Track, and Quiet. Each has its own unique spin on the classic V8 sound.
Normal mode can be considered a good baseline--the exhaust is making a compromise between airflow and noise to be relatively reasonable on both. Quiet mode is like Normal mode, only quieter (duh). Sport mode brings things up a notch, noticeably louder and with little puffs of unburned gasoline making their way through. Track mode is loudest of all, with the tell-tale crackling notes of an engine working as hard as it can with an exhaust doing as little as possible to stand in its way.
This particular model seems to also have the available Carbon Fiber Track Package, which includes an adjustable carbon fiber rear wing, 20-inch carbon fiber wheels, and a carbon fiber front splitter with integrated dive plane. The rear seats are also deleted in order to save weight.
We don’t know when the GT500 will be released or how much it will cost, but it seems a safe bet that the answer to both will be later this year and a lot.