State-of-the-Art Dual-Clutch Gearbox Corrals Shelby GT500’s 760 Wild Horses
We already know that the all-new 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 boasts a 5.2-liter supercharged V8 that delivers an astounding 760 horsepower and 625 lb-ft of torque — making it Ford’s most powerful street-legal vehicle ever. Now, Ford has revealed even more details about this one-of-a-kind supercar.
Touted by Ford as “the most power- and torque-dense supercharged V8 in the world,” the GT500’s engine is mated to a Tremec seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. This computer-controlled transmission is designed to effortlessly channel the GT500’s fearsome abilities with precise control and optimally timed shifts.
Equipped with this powertrain (and ultra-capable brakes), the GT500 can blast from 0 to 100 mph and back to 0 again in just 10.6 seconds.
“In many ways, this is like having two transmissions in one,” said Pat Morgan, the powertrain manager for Ford Performance. “On one hand, it enables performance at the outer reaches of straight-line quickness with minimal torque interruption, yet provides an incredible amount of finesse and control in track environments for maximum stability and predictability at the limits of lateral acceleration.”
Mustang’s Advanced Tech: This sports car offers more than just high performance
The Shelby GT500 also features five advanced drive modes for a wide range of performance customization options. These modes alter the car’s throttle response, shift points, steering, stability control, and ride dampening for different scenarios, from everyday driving to track sessions.
“Every aspect of the Shelby GT500 driving experience changes with the mode — be that the throttle responsiveness and snap of the shifts you feel in the seat of your pants, or the ‘pop and burble’ of the exhaust in performance modes. It’s a full multisensory visceral experience,” Morgan said.
So when will this beast finally be available for purchase? Fortunately, the wait is almost over — the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 will start showing up at dealerships sometime this fall.