Ford to limit Mustang Shelby GT500 to 180mphby Drew Johnson
The GT500 won't be the king of speed.
The all-new Mustang Shelby GT500 will be the most powerful road-going car Ford has ever produced, but it won't be the fastest. That's because Ford has decided to saddle its ultimate pony car with a factory installed speed limiter.
Ford is still keeping the exact details of the GT500 a secret, but Car and Driver has learned that Ford is planning to equip the 700+ horsepower muscle car with a governor that will limit the top speed to 180mph. That means the GT500 won't have the top end to rival top versions of the Chevrolet Camaro and Dodge Challenger, but most owners probably won't mind.
At more reasonable speeds, the GT500 promises eye-popping performance specs. Shifting power from its supercharged 5.2L V8 to the rear wheels via a dual-clutch automatic, Ford says the GT500 will be capable of catapulting from 0-60 in the low 3 second range and covering the quarter mile in less than 11 seconds.
And that lack of top end will probably make the GT500 a better handler. Ford more than likely tweaked the GT500's aerodynamics for maximum downforce, which would improve handling at the expense of top speed. But given how few people actually travel at speeds in excess of 180mph, that's probably a worthwhile compromise.
The 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 goes on sale this summer, so we should have more details on the super pony car in the coming weeks.