The 2020 Ford Shelby Mustang GT500 will reportedly not be heading to Europe due to the continent’s stricter safety and emissions regulations.
When we saw the new Mustang GT500 strolling up the hill at Goodwood Festival of Speed (and by “strolling”, we mean blasting away at top speed), we took that to mean the GT500 would certainly be sold on the old continent. Perhaps not to the same volume as it sells in North America, but still widely available through an authorized Ford dealer.
Apparently, we were wrong.
According to a new report from Muscle Cars & Trucks, the GT500 will not be sold in Europe at all. Ford Performance Marketing Manager Jim Ownes spoke to the publication and confirmed that the GT500 will be sold in North America, the Middle East, and Mexico, but not Europe.
At issue appears to be the GT500’s emissions. As befits a vehicle with a 5.2-L supercharged V8 engine, it does a great job of turning liquified dinosaur remains into noise, power, and greenhouse gases. Europe doesn’t have a problem with the power, but definitely has a problem with the noise, and most certainly has a problem with the CO2.
We don’t have the emissions numbers on the GT500, but with 760 horsepower from a supercharged V8, they can’t be good, and European laws surrounding CO2 and cars are getting stricter every year. If the GT500 is under those limits now, it likely won’t remain that way for long, and Ford has probably decided it’s not worth their time exporting the car if they’re only going to get a year or two of sales.
One thing is for certain: Europe definitely likes the Mustang. Sales are up 27% for the first quarter, with roughly 2,300 Mustangs moved. Europe contributed almost 10,000 Mustang sales last year, and they even got a 55th-anniversary edition Mustang55 to celebrate earlier this summer.
You’ll likely be able to import the Mustang GT500 yourself if you’re willing to pay a ton extra, but Ford won’t have one at any of their dealers.