16 Jan 2019

Ford Mustang GT500 revealed

Supercharged pony car lands in Detroit
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It’s the ultimate Mustang, and possibly the ultimate Ford.

The blue oval has whipped the covers off its new Ford Mustang GT500, a supercharged beast with first-grade hardware intended to help drivers chase down more expensive metal on track.

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Powered by a supercharged 5.2-litre V8, the Mustang GT500 sends more than 700 horsepower (522kW) to the rear wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission as opposed to the regular car’s six-speed manual or 10-speed automatic options.

Multiple drive modes including a dedicated drag strip setting help the Mustang dispatch the 0-400m dash in less than 11 seconds, while the benchmark sprint to 100km/h is over in less than four seconds. 

Stopping is accounted for by enormous 420mm brake discs gripped by track-bred Brembo callipers, while active shock absorbers and sticky Michelin tyres promise poise. If the naturally aspirated Mustang GT350 is anything to go by, an even more focused GT500R model may feature in the brand's plans for the future.

In any case, customers will receive the most powerful road-going Ford in history. One with closer ties to the brand's V8-powered performance roots than the carbon-clad, six-cylinder-powered Ford GT.

On the outside, purposeful bodywork developed to improve cooling and downforce lends a purposeful look reinforced by carbon fibre spoilers and wheels.

Like the regular Mustang, the GT500 features a digital driver’s instrument cluster and large central infotainment screen hooked up to sat nav, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Deep-bolstered sports seats join a suede steering wheel and rotary gear selector similar to the latest Ford Focus. 

The bad news for Australian enthusiasts is that the GT500 will not be offered locally. 

“We don’t have the volume to support a factory Shelby effort,” a Ford spokesman said.

“We know there’s an appetite for those cars… We would love to offer it locally.

“Unfortunately we don’t have them set up for right-hand-drive.” 

The good news is that stronger-than-anticipated demand for the sold-out Mustang Bullitt limited-edition coupe in Australia should result in new models in the future.

While Ford isn’t ready to announce developments, expect to see a fresh addition to the Mustang range before the end of the year.

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