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Detroit LIVE: 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 [Video]

The 2020 GT500 will be the most powerful street-legal Ford vehicle ever built.

This may be the last North American International Auto Show to be hosted in January, but it's likely going to be among the most memorable. The fine folks from the Blue Oval are helping see to that with the introduction of the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500.

The big snake is back with a vengeance.

In keeping with Ford's recent performance vehicle unveilings, company spokes-folks are being deliberately vague when it comes to the GT500's final power output, saying only that it will be "more than 700 horsepower." Yeah, that's plenty, and fortunately, we have plenty of other details to snack on in the meantime.

Power comes from a supercharged, 5.2L V8 and will be sent to the rear wheels via a first for a production Mustang: a seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission.

That's standard equipment, in case it wasn't clear. The 2020 GT500 will not be offered with a third pedal.

More differentiates the GT500 from the GT350 than just a supercharger and a fancy gearbox, however. Everything has been beefed up, from the brakes (now sporting 16.5-inch, two-piece rotors that put the Hellcat's massive serving trays to shame) to the cooling system (which allows for 50 percent more airflow over its radiating bits), no stones have been left un-turned.

The GT500 gets revised aero with a bump in downforce, a re-tuned suspension with standard MagneRide (which is now available from the lowly Mustang GT on up the line) and, like its smaller siblings, has Recaro sport buckets and some even-more-impressive track packages available as options.

The most interesting offering is an available Handling Package which includes adjustable strut top mounts and a spoiler with an integrated Gurney flap. And then there's the Carbon Fiber Track Pack, and it includes (you guessed it) lots of carbon fiber bits from the wheels to the wing and just about everywhere else in between. Selecting this option also bumps you up from the standard Michelin Pilot Sport 4S to the Pilot Sport Cup 2--a truly track-ready tire for the street.

Ford says all these goodies combine for a 0-60 time in the "mid-3-second" range and a sub-11-second quarter mile. We can't wait to get a closer look. Stay tuned.

Live photos by Brian Williams.

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