Ford’s 2020 Shelby GT500 Mustang From The Jay Leno Garage

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By Dave Ashton

It’s not a surprise really that the hotly anticipated 2020 Shelby GT500 gets one of its first public showings from Jay Leno’s Garage. If you’ve missed the headlines, this latest GT500 will be sporting 760 horsepower and 625 pound-feet of torque. Enough umph to please the majority of muscle car fans and all the performance gadgets you would ever need for thrilling track performance.

In this video Jay is accompanied by Ford’s Dave Pericak, who doesn’t just go along for the ride, but also digs into some of the background of the car and why this time around it is so special.

One of the main talking points is the supercharged 5.2L cross plane crank V8, which has been tweaked in all sorts of manner, to produce their most potent powertrain. Other stand outs are the 16.5-inch front rotors, carbon-fiber wheels, magnesium strut tower braces and a rear wing that can cut through the air like an arrow.

One remark which kind of sums up the whole thing from Leno, ‘I think we’ve reached the point where original equipment is as good as it gets. There’s nothing really an aftermarket guy can do to this to make it faster than what it is now, without breaking emissions rules or something of that nature.’

At this point, the 2020 Shelby GT500 is shaping up to be something special from the big oval brand. Once official prices and release dates emerge, it’s going to be interesting how this performance vehicle shapes up against the rest of the market. If sales of the regular Mustang GT are anything to go by, the 2020 GT500 should sell like hotcakes.

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