By on June 28, 2019

$73,995 will be the cost of entry for the fastest production Mustang ever made, including destination and the gas-guzzler tax. Fully-optioned, the Shelby GT500 can top $100,000, which also makes it the most expensive production Mustang ever made.

The Mustang6G Forum first published leaked pricing and an order guide for the 2020 Shelby GT500, while Motor Authority has verified the information with Ford. At its base price, the 760-horsepower Shelby GT500 costs comparatively more than either the 797-hp Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye ($73,440) or the 650-hp Camaro ZL1 ($64,695) — though we don’t yet know exactly how the performance will stack up.

The GT500 will likely make up for the power deficit to the Redeye via better handling, even in widebody form ($79,440). Comparing to the Camaro ZL1 with the track-focused 1LE package ($72,195), the Shelby has 110 hp in hand over its historic rival. Even if it takes the $18,500 Carbon Fiber Track Pack and $1,500 Handling Package to do it, this author is expecting the GT500 will set the new benchmark for outright pony car track performance.

The GT500 is the only car in this group of 3 that offers a dual-clutch automatic transmission mated to its 5.2-liter, supercharged V8. The Camaro ZL1 comes with a 6-speed manual transmission or an optional 10-speed automatic, while the Challenger Hellcat Redeye is only available with the 8-speed automatic. The transmission alone ought to be worth a measurable amount of straight-line performance on the track for the Mustang. However, as no manual will be offered, 3-pedal champions will need to stick to the glorious Voodoo-powered GT350.

The biggest-ticket item on the options list is the previously mentioned $18,500 Carbon Fiber Track upgrade. Costing as much as an entry-level car, it includes carbon-fiber wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 track tires, an adjustable carbon-fiber wing, the omission of its rear seats, and dive planes on the front bumper. There is also that Handling pack, which will include adjustable strut top mounts (camber plates), removable splitter endplates, and a gurney flap for the wing for more reasonable $1,500.

The Shelby GT500 will go on sale in the fall of this year.


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25 Comments on “Shelby GT500 Pricing Confirmed – $97.36 per Horsepower...”

  • avatar

    I have to think that any of these would be a major handful on the track and their owners would be quite wrung out at the end of a session.

    • 0 avatar

      Their owners will mostly be off track an into wall on the warm up lap. Think I’m joking? I watched a guy smash his Lambo on turn 6 at Homestead during a HPDE event. Turn 6 is literally the first hard braking zone on the Roval course after you exit the pits. He claims the brakes failed – ummm no! I was instructing in the car behind him: he went in too hot (duh), attempted to correct things (mistake #2) by cutting across the grass (fate sealed) and physics took care of the rest. Worse part was he borrowed my brother’s GoPro mount so when the shattered carbon fiber bits returned to the pits (via tow truck) we had to nicely ask if could we please have our mount back. Oh don’t worry… the mount was fine and he was OK too!

      I instructed a guy in a SRT Challenger once. We went thru pretty much every corner sideways as if it was a drift competition. I kindly told him he could request a new instructor because I wasn’t get back into that car unless a roll cage was installed between sessions. He mentioned something about traction control, the poor racing surface (HA!) and the crappy OEM tires. I just shook his hand thankful to still be in one piece myself. Amazing he never bent it… but boy it sure looked like he was trying. Later on he reported sky high oil temps and decided to park it for the day.

      • 0 avatar

        Great story, wow.

      • 0 avatar

        Wow. I don’t envy instructors. Glad you made it out alright. Crazy to think the SRT isn’t even the largest engine you can buy in that car (I assume you would have said if it was the Hellcat+ models).

        • 0 avatar

          Thanks. That was my thought as well – this thing could be even faster? Its almost hard to believe anyone can be allowed to buy such powerful cars. In someways this is the greatest time to be a “car guy” as this article states the power-per-dollar is amazing. Of course the downside is people who simply don’t respect all that power doing stupid things. Now modern traction control is a wonderful thing, you just have to leave it ON. However Top Gear has made everyone thing the key to driving is turning the nannies offs and sliding around like fools.

          I have to say the stories above are exceptions when it comes to HPDE, most people take it easy. For example I instructed a guy at Sebring with a ZL1 Camaro and he was driving around at 1/2 throttle the whole time… clearly scared to death of thing. Can’t blame him – its a beast.

  • avatar

    Way too much for a lowly Ford that looks awful.

    • 0 avatar

      Yeah – what a piece of junk, right?

      Also, “The GT500 will likely make up for the power deficit to the Redeye…” So, 760 to 797 hp is a power deficit that has to be made up? Seriously? The Mustang is what – probably 300 pound lighter – ? And which car do you think probably puts that power down better, especially coming out of a curve…maybe the one with the higher handling limits?

  • avatar

    Does it come with ventilated seats to help air out the interior when the owner shits himself using the 760 hp?

  • avatar

    Up until today, were I to rank my desire to own one of the domestic ponycars, I would go with the Challenger at number one, the Camaro at number two and the Mustang number three. This after having owned three Fox bodied Mustangs at different times.

    But this looks like it might put the Mustang in number one position again.

  • avatar

    I’ve read that Jim Hackett wants to increase profits per unit sold and is willing to see a decrease in total unit sales. OK, I don’t know of many companies that have shrunk to greatness as a brilliant strategic plan, but I think he’s out of his mind with this pricing.

    I bought a 2015 Mustang GT, loaded, with the Performance Package, for $38k. It’s a fun car to drive, a good power to dollars ratio. But double, or even close to *triple* that price? $74,000, or $100,000? For a car that’s still a Mustang, built to the mediocre quality you’d expect of a $38k Ford?!?! I think Hackett is out of his fracking mind.

    There will certainly be some well-heeled collectors who’ll buy the GT500 regardless of price. But I suspect most Mustang buyers still buy cars on monthly payments.

    You can increase the price of something only so much, until unit sales plummet faster than per-unit profit increases, and you find that total revenues end up dropping. I think Hackett might have crossed that line.

    • 0 avatar

      I recently loaded up an M4 and all in its almost 98k which makes a loaded GT500 (Carbon Package and ticking off all the boxes it looks like) a performance bargain in comparison. Granted not as nice a place to be but if your looking for outright speed the GT500 is a pretty good deal in that regard.

    • 0 avatar

      I don’t see how this will reduce volume, it may steal a handful of GT sales and probably GT350 too, but it is an upsell into a vehicle that should generate more profit.

  • avatar
    Michael S6

    Track cars are useless daily drivers given horrible ride on horrible roads. I will rather buy a Mustang GT for half the price as mentioned above. This car is mostly for making noise and showing off.

  • avatar

    Total cost of ownership includes resale value and these will have it in spades. My 19 Mustang GT will be worth 4K in seven years and this thing will still be trading in the high 60’s or above.

    The real question will be how much do dealers tack on to the sticker.

    • 0 avatar

      I’d guess at least $15,000. A local dealer was sitting on that ADM for a GT350 in the showroom for at least a year and a half.

    • 0 avatar

      Im not an expert on Mustang resale but I’d be surprised if a regularly driven (so like 50k miles) $80K GT500 is still worth over $68K in 7 years.

      What’s the value percentage on the prior GT500 (especially the non 5.8L ones), current GT350, or the modern BOSS 302?

      I think these will definitely depreciate shallower than a regular Mustang GT, but I doubt it will have a Ferrari-level curve either.

      • 0 avatar

        Clearly this is all conjecture, as quantity built will surely have an effect on resale and collectability.

        It seems special versions of modern USDM cars don’t get much attention after their production runs, but gain in popularity and price as the years go by. Think the SVT Terminator, Lightning, and even back to the Buick Grand National. This will have its day; it just might not be 7 years from now.

        • 0 avatar

          Anecdotes are not data, but I bought my 2012 GT500 (5.4L car) in April 2012 for ~$49,000 (sticker $53,500) and traded it in with 27,000 miles in August 2015 for $35,000. Private party I probably could have got $37-38. I wasn’t disappointed in the resale, but it’s not like I was overjoyed either.

          I wouldn’t bet on high $60s for this in 2027 either, unless high HP gas cars are extinct by then, or inflation starts going wild. A 50k mile 2013 Viper wouldn’t be worth any more than $70K right now and that car might have had a $140K sticker.

          There will be a high floor under values for this car, but I expect it will start with a 4.

  • avatar

    I like the look of the new Widebody Dodge Charger and Challengers more as well as having more interior space inside too!

    Mustang GT500 will have a higher MAP too! Dodge dealers want to sell as many cars as possible!

  • avatar

    Pathetic automatic garbage

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