Shelby Mustang GT500 Limited To 180 MPH Because Ford Hates Fun

The previous Mustang GT500 had a 650 hp 5.0-liter supercharged V8 engine and would top out at around 190 mph. The new 2020 Mustang GT500 has a 700+ hp 5.2-liter supercharged engine, so theoretically, it should be able to go faster than its predecessor.

Unfortunately, level heads prevailed within Ford and the automaker has decided to slap a top speed limited on its latest high horsepower pony car. That means the 2020 Mustang GT500 will stop accelerating once it hits 180 mph – making it slower than a Bentley SUV. Cool.

While the top speed has been purposely nerfed, acceleration is still ample. Ford claims the new GT500 will hustle from 0-60 mph in under three seconds and do a sub 11-second quarter-mile.

There will also be an available Track Package for the new GT500, which will add exposed carbon fiber aerodynamic bits, including a front splitter inspired by the Mustang GT4 race car, along with lightweight carbon fiber wheels. Track Pack models will be faster around a circuit, while the base model’s slippery aerodynamics make it better suited for drag racing and straight line speed.

Ford is still staying pretty tight lipped with regard to exact output and acceleration figures for the 2020 Mustang GT500, so stay tuned to All Ford Mustangs for more information as it becomes available.

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