Do you see that view? Well, you should get used to it! Because if you happen to drive a Dodge Hellcat, Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, Toyota Supra, Chevrolet Corvette, or anyone of dozens of models from Porsche to Ferrari to Lamborghini, then that's all you're going to see for awhile - the ... big ... phat ... beautiful ... rearend of the marauding Mustang. Check out how she stacks up to the all-time quickest road cars through the quarter-mile for yourself.
Ford and Shelby's most renowned stead in the stable, the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, has finally returned and she just laid down a monstrous quarter mile time. See the official Ford video below.
Other outlets have managed an even loftier quarter mile time of 10.614 seconds at 133 mph! Lord knows what she'll do with just a pair of slicks! And I can't even imagine what aftermarket tuners have in store for her. Can anyone say Hennessey?
I suppose it really wasn't that much of a surprise. Ever since the specs were released for the car, it seemed a fait accompli that the mysterious colt would smash records left and right. This is just the beginning. Sporting a supercharged 5.2 liter cross-plane crank V-8 engine based on the GT350 Voodoo motor and churning out 760 hp and 625 lb-ft of torque through a Tremec 7-speed dual-clutch transmission and Torsen differential with 3.73 gears, it doesn't lack the requisite parts to put the power down and motivate the pony through the traps. Giddy up!
So, yes, it can perform in a straight-line. The only real question I was left with was road manners. A common gripe among owners of earlier GT500 models was the somewhat coarse driving feel, a lack of approachability for the novice, and sub-par driving dynamics. Early reports indicate that the 2020 model finally gets it right. Ford somehow found a balance between blistering straight-line performance, canyon-carving prowess, and everyday road manners. That's not an easy task to pull off and a testament to Ford design and development efforts.
Watch Jay Leno and Dave Pericak, Ford Director of Icons (whatever that is), give her a walkaround, chat up some details, and take a quick spin in the latest installment of Jay Leno's Garage. Buckle up.