With the imminent arrival of the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 to our streets, I thought I'd visit Ford's handy dandy car configurator and design and build a car of my own. You should check it out; it's a lot of fun!
Given it's a purpose built performance machine, some features are fixed such as the engine, transmission, and rearend, to name a few, as they are unique to the model. However, you can still order a host of components and stylistic tweaks to personalize the vehicle to your liking. And there are a lot of choices to make.
So let's get started. At the top of the configurator is the color option menu and a host of stripe packages. And Ford's palette is wide and deep. As I'm going through a blue phase right now, and I've already determined that my next ride will be a blue car, I went with Ford Performance Blue. I'm not really a fan of Kona blue as it subtly borders on a Crayola color. I opted against the vinyl side stripes and instead selected the $10,000 Painted Oxford White Racing Stripes right up the middle. I know, $10,000 for stripes?!?! Hey, it's my build! You can make your own!
As mentioned above, in the powertrain department, there aren't any options. So you're stuck with the 760 hp 5.2 liter blown "Predator" motor, 7-speed Tremec dual-clutch transmission, and a 3.73 geared TORSEN rear axle. I can live with that.
Moving on to packages, I selected the $18,500 Carbon Fiber Track Package which includes 20 inch carbon fiber wheels, Michelin Pilot Cup Sport 2 sneakers, rear seat delete, carbon fiber instrument panel, carbon finer GT4 track wing and wickers, adjustable struts, and leather Recaro seats. Inside there's the Technology package which is a bargain at $3,000. With that you get a Bang and Olufsen sound system, Blind Spot Information System (BLIS), heated mirrors, integrated turn signals, voice-activated navigation, and power seats. That's the perfect combination of luxury and performance, if you ask me. Why suffer on track day after all?
She is a looker, ain't she? Whaddaya think? For more, head on over to the Ford configurator and check out what Jay Leno has to say below. Buckle up.