“Venomous strike: The all-new 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 will produce 760 horsepower and 625 lb.-ft. of torque, making it the most powerful street-legal Ford ever – with the most power- and torque-dense supercharged production V-8 engine in the world.
That is the entire press release sent out this morning by Ford corporate regarding the final horsepower and torque numbers of the much anticipated 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500. It’s a veritable mic drop by the Blue Oval, but there’s no doubt that it leaves enthusiasts wanting more information about Ford’s meanest, street-legal machine.
According to previously released statements by Ford corporate, the Shelby GT500 powerplant starts with a hand-built, 5.2-liter aluminum alloy engine. Heat management was an important design feature for the engineers and to keep the intake air cooler, they inverted a 2.65-liter roots-type supercharger with air-to-liquid intercooler, which better utilizes the area in the V-8 engine valley, and also delivers a lower center of gravity.
The aluminum alloy block features weight-saving wire-arc cylinder liners and high-flow aluminum cylinder heads, plus larger forged connecting rods, improved lubrication and cooling passages. Beneath that, a structural oil pan adds strength, reduces vibration, and features a patented active baffle system to keep oil where it’s needed.
Likely one of the bigger changes to the legendary GT500 is the implementation of a TREMEC 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. It’s quite the departure from the traditional TR6060 that enthusiasts have come to know and love, and while it is widely known to handle much more power than the stock output, we’ll have to see how the new gearbox handles the hot tuneups and smaller supercharger pulleys that will no doubt be posting performance numbers. At the very least, it should help get the GT500 down track more consistently and quickly, with gear shifts happening in less than 100 milliseconds. The dual-clutch transmission also offers a number of drive modes, including normal, slippery, sport, drag and track, and it features line-lock and rpm-selectable launch control through selectable Track Apps.