Author: Jack
POSTED ON 30 Jun 2019

A Fully Spec’d Mustang Shelby GT500 Could Set You Back Six Figures

When Ford debut the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, Ford was admit about letting the world know that it would have more power than the Hellcats, and outperform the ZL1 in terms of handling.

The blown 5.2-liter V8 engine produces 760 horsepower – which is indeed is 53 more than the Hellcat. The ZL1 is nearly 100 horsepower down on the Mustang, but post closer numbers to the Mustang in terms of torque. Only the ZR1 stands above the new Shelby GT500 in terms of power and torque, but starting at a base price of  $112,000 USD ( nearly $40,000 more than the Ford) it had better be.

Since we are on the subject of pricing, the base price for the Shelby GT500 starts at $73,995 USD – which is a lot of money for a Mustang. This does include the gas-guzzler tax ($2,600 USD) and of course 760 horsepower and 625-lb-ft of torque of blown V8 goodness. On second thought, $74,000 isn’t so far off after all for what you’re getting.

Where things start to get out of hand is when you start to spec the Shelby – add the Carbon Fiber track pack to the basket and your already at $90,000 USD. The package includes carbon-fiber wheels warped in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2, adjustable carbon-fiber wing, rear-seat delete (because light weight), and canards up front.

Other options include a handling package (adjustable strut top mounts, removable splitter end plates, Gurney flap) for $1,500 USD, and a technology package (upgraded audio system, blind-spot warning, rain-sensing wipers, navigation, and puddle lamps that project a Cobra logo – all things you truly don’t  need in a 760 horsepower track monster) for $3,000 USD. If you were to check all of the boxes that we currently know of, that’s more than $95,000 USD.

With the online configuration calculators coming soon, don’t be surprise when you start to hear about fully loaded Shelby’s costing over six figures – getting dangerously close to ZR1 price territory.