The 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 weighs only slightly less than a small moon
So there's a bit more to this than just the car being heavy. More on that in a bit. But first let's talk about how the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 has been bulking in both the engine and the weight departments.
With the GT500 pushing 760 horsepower, it was bound to be a bit hefty on the scales. A normal Mustang can range anywhere from 3,600-4,000 pounds depending on trim, but the GT500 beats them all with a 4,225 curb weight. This info is gleaned from a forum post spotted on Mustang6g.
760hp is nothing to sneeze at. That's serious power and even if the GT500 was 5,000 or even 6,000 pounds, like some Bentleys, it'd move. Rapidly. But how does it compare to it's biggest rivals in the Camaro ZL1 and the Dodge DRT Hellcat Redeye?
The direct comparison sees it slotting directly between them both:
Camaro ZL1 - 3,890 pounds
Shelby GT500 - 4,225 pounds
Hellcat Redeye - 4,450 pounds
At the end of the day, the weight doesn't really matter here. Yes it's an interesting tidbit, but slotting it between the ZL1 and Hellcat Redeye was something almost anyone could have predicted when looking at the cars these specialized versions are based on. They all go like stink and I'm very excited to see a track battle between all three. What's even more interesting is the power delivery.
You'd think that a supercharged car like the GT500 would have a peak horsepower rating lower in the rev range than it does. But all 760 ponies are unleash at 7300RPM. And those with a keen memory will note that this is 100 rpm lower than the 5.2-liter supercharged V8's redline. So you're not getting optimal power until redline. Which means that 1) you're not wrong in that sounding very VTEC (yo) and 2) Ford wants you to rev the nuts off this car.
Hey Ford, give me a press loaner and I'll be MORE than happy to test that redline out. With your permission of course...