It feels like I have been waiting to write this blog for years. I believe it feels that way because it actually has been years. Ford debuted the redesigned the Mustang back in 2015, and with it, the GT350 and GT350R. When they announced the GT350 and GT350R, I geeked out. Independent rear suspension, carbon fiber wheels, and the ominously named "Voodoo" 5.2 flat crank engine all made me feel a bit tingly in my lower man parts. Finally, proper track focused Mustang like the Shelby Mustangs of the 60's.
However, one big question was on everyone's mind, including my own. What about the GT500?
For years, the public was living off of rumors, spy shots, and speculations. Someone would post a video of it testing in Detroit, and thousands of people would speculate on forms pages what the car would be like. Someone would Photoshop would the car could look like and post it on social media, and it would go viral.
However, all of that came to an end on January 14th, 2019 at the Detroit Auto Show.
Lets jump into the headlines.
The engine: supercharged 5.2-liter V8 that produces over 700 HP. Ford hasn't announced the exact power figure, but they have said it will be over 700 HP. We know that will be more than the Camaro ZL1, and (most likely) more than the Challenger Hellcat.
It will come with a 7 Speed Dual Clutch Transmission from Tremec as its only option. However, this might change. An executive from Ford has stated that they may add a manual option depending if people want it bad enough. I believe this will be added on after a year or two. Ford has done a great job in the past giving Mustang owners what they want. I also love the DCT choice. DCT has a good sporty shift feeling, and Ford stated it will shift in under 100 milliseconds. Not bad.
Another party piece with the GT500 is the adjustable aerodynamics this car will have. The carbon fiber front spoiler and the front air dam provide more than just good looks. The front fascia of the GT500 has a lot more openings than the GT350, probably for air to enter into the engine so that supercharger can gulp as much as it needs.
It also comes with carbon fiber wheels, the carbon fiber wing from the Mustang GT4 racecar, carbon fiber driveshaft, a massive carbon fiber hood vent, ManeRide dampers,16.5 inch rotors, six-piston calipers, and performance tires that Ford claims Michelin specifically engineered for the GT500, with Pilot 4S tires as an option. As well as features such as line-lock (aka burnout mode, aka I can make my tires disappear mode), launch control, track apps, digital gauge display and a 4G LTE hotspot.
This GT500 has been well worth the wait. It brings me joy to see that Ford isn't just putting a stupidly large and powerful engine in an ordinary Mustang and calling it good. I love seeing that a car bearing Shelby's name can do damage on the track. I'm pleased to see that Ford is going to continue to build cars that stomps its American rivals, and makes other manufactures in Europe fear.
Damn. I want it.