Is there a limit to how much people will pay for a Ford Mustang? From the sound of it, we’re about to find out. That’s because what appears to be a full pricing list for the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 has leaked, revealing the cost of not just the car but its options, as well. And it’s not cheap.
According to a document posted on the Mustang 6G forum, the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 will start at $70,300. With the $1,095 delivery charge and the $2,600 gas guzzler tax, and you’re looking at a $73,995 price tag even before you add options.
Shelby GT500 Options
As you would probably expect at this price point, those options are pretty expensive, as well. You can get vinyl side stripes for $375, a black roof for $695, and an exposed carbon fiber instrument panel for $1,000. But while a vinyl racing stripe is priced the same as the instrument panel, if you want the racing stripe painted on, that will cost you $10,000. Yes, you read that correctly. $10,000.
You can also add Recaro seats for $1,595 and a technology package for $3,000. But the most expensive option is the $18,500 Carbon Fiber Track Package. Presumably, that will add carbon fiber wheels, a carbon fiber wing, an upgraded aero kit, and stickier tires. So it’s far from cheap, but cars with the package will probably be much more desirable. And if you’re already spending $75,000 or so on the most track-capable Mustang ever built, you should probably take it to a track at some point. In that environment, most buyers will probably consider it money well spent.
As you can imagine, once you start adding options to the GT500, it can easily turn into a six-figure car. Fully loaded, you’re looking at about $110,000. And that’s before the inevitable dealer markups that Ford is unlikely to be able to stop.
Will It Be Worth the Money?
Considering the Mustang starts at $26,395, that’s an eye-watering price tag. On the other hand, the Shelby GT500 makes way, way more power than the base Mustang and its turbocharged four-cylinder. You get a 5.2-liter supercharged V8 that makes 760 hp and 625 lb-ft of torque. Those are supercar numbers.
You also get the benefit of all the lessons Ford’s engineers learned with the Mustang Shelby GT350, the other track-focused Mustang in Ford’s lineup. The Dodge Challenger Redeye may make a little more power, but take both cars to the track, and we guarantee the GT500 will leave the Redeye in the dust. We also get the feeling the humble Ford is going to hand it to a lot of much more expensive cars, as well.
The biggest question we have, though, is how the driving experience will compare to the much more expensive Chevrolet Corvette ZR1. The Chevy is only down 5 hp, but last year, it set a lap record at Virginia International Raceway. On the other hand, even with driver aids on, it’s also a car that’s known for being difficult to drive fast. If the GT500 gives drivers more confidence on track, don’t be surprised to see it regularly laying down faster lap times.
From what we’ve heard, there’s already a waiting list for buyers to get their chance to buy the new Shelby GT500, so we’re pretty sure Ford isn’t worried the price will scare people off. Hopefully, though, Ford puts at least one in the press fleet for us to drive. Pretty please?
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