2019 Auto Show Highlights

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience
2020 Ford Shelby GT500 — Detroit
With more than 700 horsepower on tap, the all-new Shelby GT500 is not only the most powerful street-legal Mustang the Blue Oval has ever produced, it also boasts more power than any other Ford product — including the mighty GT supercar. Aero and cooling are both important for such a vehicle, so much of the design is functional — that includes the louvered hood as well as the integrated rear spoiler. The double front grille opening improves airflow for better cooling and contributes more downforce as well. At the heart of the new GT500 lurks a 5.2-liter supercharged V8 engine generates a massive 760 horsepower and 625 lb-ft of torque. All that power gets directed to rear wheels via a carbon fiber driveshaft. Surprisingly, Ford will not offer the GT500 with a manual gearbox; the big V8 gets teamed with a TREMEC 7-speed dual-clutch transmission that is capable of shifting gears in less than 100 milliseconds. Performance figures are as impressive as anticipated — the Shelby GT500 will sprint to 60 mph in 3.3 seconds and complete a quarter mile in 10.7 seconds. Starting price for the GT500 is a relatively reasonable $70,300.

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