2020 GT500 May Cost You Close to $100,000 if You Go All-out
Leaked MSRP sheet from Car & Driver reveals America’s premier pony just got a whole lot pricier, but do the ends justify the means?
What are you willing to pay for the fastest performance Mustang Ford has ever offered? The 2020 Shelby GT500 will be offering 760 horses on tap and 625 lb-ft of torque, which is by far the fastest Mustang ever offered. This is thanks to a new 5.2L supercharged V8, which offers over 100 more HP than the Camaro ZL1 at 650 HP. Ford mentioned this GT500 will be able to run sub-10 second quarter-mile times, which means get ready to get kicked out of a lot of drag strips after your first good run.
According to this leaked MSRP sheet via Car and Driver, we finally know the pricing options for the new 2020 GT500.
Including the gas-guzzler tax, this puts introductory pricing for the Shelby at around $74,000. That’s a lot of money for any car and definitely a lot of money for a Mustang. The GT500 has almost a $15,000 price premium over its little brother the GT350. However, checking the right boxes, the price of this vehicle can shoot up into exotic numbers.
The $18,500 Carbon Fiber Track Pack makes the GT500 price out at just over $90,000, excluding other options. If this was to be the track beast its intended to, we would definitely add the $1,800 Handling Package as well the $1,600 RECARO seats. Add California tax and your Mustang is officially over 100 grand. This makes it by far, the most expensive Mustang Ford has ever offered.
Now, is the price worth what you are paying for? The Handling Pack unlocks adjustable suspension as well as aerodynamic modifications. We think that if you are trying to keep this car factory, it’s worth the money. However, what about the near $20,000 Carbon Fiber Track Pack? You must consider that this package comes with ridiculously expensive carbon fiber wheels similar to those offered on the GT350 with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires. In addition, a carbon wing, more front-end aero, and a rear seat delete is offered with the option.
Considering a good set of wheels completely change the handling dynamics of a car by reducing the unsprung weight of the vehicle, we aren’t sure the GT500 would feel quite as limber without them. However, 20 grand is still a lot money to pay for a set of wheels and a wing. Do you think that the GT500’s price point is justified? Let us know in the comments.
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