Return of the King: 2020 GT500 Wields 760 HP, 625 lbs-ft of Torque
Lifted from the GT350, amped-up 5.2-liter V8 delivers Ford its most powerful street-legal car ever to leave the factory.
We’ve been waiting a long time for Ford to finally spill the beans on how much power the 2020 Shelby GT500 would deliver to the pavement with a supercharged version of the 5.2-liter V8 used in the current Shelby GT350.
We no longer need to wait, for the answer has descended from Valhalla. According to Ford, the big Predator V8 makes an astounding 760 horsepower and 625 lb-ft of torque.
This pair of figures means that the 2020 GT500 is now “the most powerful street-legal Ford ever, with the most power- and torque-dense supercharged V8 engine in the world,” per the Blue Oval in a recent press statement. As our friends over at The Mustang Source say, the king of all Cobras is more powerful than the Le Mans-conquering GT and the desert-destroying F-150 Raptor straight out of the factory.
The output is up there with the likes of the Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye, Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, and the outgoing C7-era Corvette ZR1. That said, the GT500 will wipe them all based on how much output per liter its 5.2-liter supercharged V8 makes, which is 146 horses and 120 lb-ft of torque, per The Mustang Source. None of the above can come close to those figures, whether it’s the Hellcat Redeye (whose 129-horse/114-lb-ft per liter figure pales to its total 797 horses and 707 lb-ft), or the ZR1 (122 horses and 115 lb-ft per liter).
All of that power will be handled through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic developed by Tremec, helping to drive the GT500 to the end of the quarter-mile in around 11 seconds out of the box. Though the big V8 will be capped at a top speed of 180 mph, we hope someone out there can not only unlock more power but also remove the limiter just to see how fast it can really go.
Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires will be standard issue, while Pilot Sport Cup 2s will be available as part of the GT500’s Carbon Fiber Track package. The only mystery left, of course, is the price of admission into the carnival of terrifying speed. Only a few months to go.