Shelby GT500 Pricing Confirmed – $97.36 Per Horsepower
$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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