Ford Exec Confirms No Mustang Shelby GT500 for Europe
With the Ford Focus ST and RS both gone and the Fiesta ST on its way out after 2019, there’s reason enough for American performance enthusiasts to be jealous of our pals across the Atlantic. After all, Europe still gets the new Focus ST and new Fiesta ST, and there’s nothing to indicate that they’ll lose either anytime soon. One thing Europe seemingly won’t be getting that we’ll have here in the states: the 760-horsepower 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500.
Ford Performance Marketing Manager Jim Owens spoke with Muscle Cars and Trucks this month and confirmed that the mighty Shelby GT500 will be offered exclusively in North America and the Middle East. The fact that there will be no Mustang Shelby GT500 for Europe makes the fact that the Blue Oval brought its 760-horsepower pony car to the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed seem downright cruel. But then again, with Ford so eager to rub in our faces the awesomeness of the Fiesta ST and Focus ST, you can’t feel too bad for our friends in Europe.
Speaking of Goodwood: Ford brought out a new, super-limited Ford GT Mk II
The likely culprit for the 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 not coming to Europe, MC&T speculates, are the continent’s strict emissions regulations. While Ford hasn’t released fuel economy estimates for its crazy-quick Mustang and its supercharged 5.2-liter V8, it’s a fair bet that those numbers are not particularly high.
And so it goes. No Mustang Shelby GT500 for Europe (and no Bronco either, for that matter), but at least they’ll be able to run to their cool hot hatches and Focus wagons to make the pain go away.
Also Coming to America: The 2021 Ford Bronco, which promises to be off-road ready from the jump
News Source: Muscle Cars and Trucks