Return of the King: 2020 GT500 Wields 760 HP, 625 lbs-ft of Torque

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2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 Engine

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.

2020 Mustang Shelby GT500

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.

2020 Mustang Shelby GT500

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).

2020 Mustang Shelby

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.

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Since launching her professional writing career nearly a decade ago as a fashion blogger, Cameron Aubernon has written for a handful of online and print publications on a wide variety of subjects, including expat issues, fashion, music, and, of course, the automotive industry. The automotive expert was even the editor-in-chief of a popular online lifestyle publication, where she reviewed luxury cars and interviewed fellow automotive enthusiasts.

A graduate of The Evergreen State College Class of 2005 with a bachelor's in liberal arts, Aubernon took a left turn from fashion writing into the automotive realm when she asked a fellow writer via Facebook if she could write for their site. Following an internship, stints with a couple of hyper-local online publications, and a move to Seattle, she made her then-biggest impact with The Truth About Cars, writing full-time for the publication from 2013 to 2015.

Currently, the highly-regarded automotive expert is a frequent contributor to the high-traffic Internet Brands Auto Group websites Rennlist and Mustang Forums, among others.

Aubernon’s expert knowledge of all things Ford trucks has also made her a mainstay as one of the most prolific writers on Ford Truck Enthusiasts and F-150 Online.

Aubernon can be contacted via email at [email protected].

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