559kW/847Nm 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is the most potent road-legal Ford

After a long-winded teaser campaign, Ford has finally released details of the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, which the company claims is the most advanced Mustang ever built for the street, track or drag strip.

Powered by a hand-built 5.2-litre supercharged V8 that churns out 559kW of power and 847Nm of torque (based on SAE J1349 standards), it is the most powerful street-legal Ford ever, as well as being the most power- and torque- rich supercharged production V8 engine in the world.

Connected to a Tremec seven-speed dual-clutch transmission that is said to be able to shift smoothly in less than 100 milliseconds, the GT500 is capable of dashing from 0-60mph (98km/h) in less than 3.5 seconds – all without an all-wheel drive system.

Power is channeled to the rear wheels via a carbon-fibre driveshaft and the car comes with a number of drive modes, including Normal, Slippery, Sport, Drag and Track. Like the regular Mustang, it also has line-lock and a rpm-selectable launch control through Track Apps.

Besides a thumping heart, the GT500 features tweaked suspension geometry, a new electric power steering, track-bred Michelin tyres and large Brembo brakes. It sits on a set of lightweight coil springs and next-generation active MagneRide suspension, which Ford says provides the highest-ever lateral acceleration from a Mustang.

Customers can also opt for the Carbon-Fibre Track Package which brings 20-inch unpainted carbon-fibre wheels, adjustable exposed carbon-fibre GT4 track wing, splitter wickers with integrated dive plane and rear seat deletion, while the Handling Package comes with adjustable strut top mounts and spoiler with Gurney flap.

On the styling front, the Shelby 500 features a double front grille opening to provide 50% more cool airflow compare to the Shelby GT350 along with a range of Ford’s most advanced aero components and downforce ever offered on the Mustang.

Inside, the interior gets race-inspired materials and bespoke trims, including unpainted carbon-fibre applique and new Dark Slate Miko suede finish door panel inserts with contrast stitching.

Those intending on tracking their cars can opt for the Recaro racing seats with chunkier side bolsters and pass-throughs for safety harnesses.

The Shelby GT500 will go on sale in September in the US.

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