On Monday morning, the second-worst-ke[t secret in Detroit lastly acquired its official reveal. I’m in fact referring to the latest, quickest, and biggest-grilled (that is a phrase) Ford Mustang ever, the Shelby GT500. (Number one is clearly the mid-engined Corvette C8.) Under its now-bulging hood is a supercharged model of the 5.2L V8 that sounded so good within the Shelby GT350. [Originally I wrote that was the “flat-crank” engine from the GT350—in truth, the crankshaft is definitely now a extra standard cross-plane association like the remainder of Ford’s line up. Apologies.]
The addition of some pressured air will give the GT500 “more than 700 horsepower” (522kW), in line with the spec sheet—full figures must wait till nearer to the automotive’s showroom arrival later this 12 months. To cope, it will get a brand new dual-clutch transmission from Tremec; sorry stick shift followers, there isn’t a three-pedal possibility this time.
The remainder of the automotive takes this similar method: begin with the GT350 and switch all the pieces as much as 12 (as a result of 11 is passe). The scoops and vents are greater as a result of the extra highly effective engine and stronger transmission want extra cooling. So, too, do the brakes, equally supersized—the entrance rotors now measure 16.5in (420mm) which is a hefty improve in thermal mass. It’s the entrance that dominates the GT500’s look. Ford says the entrance has double the open space of the GT350—a stat we do not doubt—and that cooling airflow is 50 p.c greater.
There’s revised suspension geometry to deal with all this extra, and just like the Mustang GT we tried driving final 12 months, there is a full suite of track-biased digital trickery on provide from the MagnaRide suspension and the powertrain. If you go for the Handling Pack, you get some extra goodies, together with adjustable strut high mounts and a spoiler with a Gurney flap. Or you possibly can go for the Carbon Fiber monitor bundle, which incorporates carbon fiber wheels (barely wider on the rear), ultra-sticky Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires from Michelin, the adjustable wing and splitter from the GT4 Mustang race automotive, and no again seats.
Obviously, Ford Performance cannot go to all this bother after which launch a automotive that is gradual round a monitor or drag strip. Full efficiency figures, like the remainder of the stats, stay intently guarded for now, however the firm says 0-60mph ought to occur in across the mid-three second mark, with the quarter mile taking lower than 11 seconds. And with that a lot aero and grip—plus a gearbox that may swap ratios in 100 milliseconds—I think about the GT500 would be the quickest monitor automotive to put on a blue oval apart from the mid-engined, carbon chassis Ford GT. I doubt I’ll be the one to seek out out, although, given the way in which Mother Nature intrudes at any time when I get invited to a Ford monitor day…
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