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The Shelby GT500 Is Almost $80,000 More Than The Base Model

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The Mustang lineup is one of the most expansive in the business. There are more than 10 different variants to choose from once the convertibles, performance packs, and drivetrain options are considered. With the reincarnation of the 2020 GT500, it only gets bigger.

Shelby GT500

The GT500 has long been the daddy of the Mustang range, and the original took the humble “secretary’s car” and turned it into a bona fide legend. The new one has much the same mission, swapping out the modest 2.3-liter four-cylinder in the base EcoBoost for 6.2 liters of supercharged V-8 mania. There are a host of other changes too, and we wanted to take a look at just how different the least and most expensive Mustangs are for 2020.

Let’s kick things off with a little price comparison. The least expensive Mustang money can buy right now will cost $28,410. That’s not bad considering you get more than 300 hp and 31 miles to the gallon on the highway. But if you’re looking to stomp Hellcats and ZL1s on the weekends, the EcoBoost simply will not do. For that, you’ll need the 760-hp supercharged V-8 only available in the latest iteration of the GT500. The hot-rod Shelby starts at $73,995, but if you want the most loaded version of the iconic pony car, you’re going to have to play with the options list. After configuring every possible option, the GT500 comes in at a 911-rivaling $107,080. That’s a lot of coin for a Mustang, but then again, you do get a lot of car for the money.

The changes from EcoBoost to GT500 are extensive. Beyond the engine swap, the passive dampers in the base Mustang have been upgraded to Ford’s magnetorheological setup, the 10R80 10-speed automatic in the standard car is traded for a seven-speed dual-clutch unit by Tremec, the brakes have been uprated to 15.5-inch rotors with six-piston Brembo calipers up front and four-piston units in the rear, and the bodywork has been reshaped to both maximize cooling for that massive engine-and look a bit more sinister. By the way, all of this is standard.

Start stacking up options like the $18,500 Carbon Fiber Track Pack (which includes carbon-fiber wheels, a GT4-style carbon-fiber rear wing, side-mounted splitter wickers, and Recaro seats), the $10,000 hand-painted racing stripes (not kidding), and $3,000 Technology Package and you’ve got yourself the most expensive Mustang ever put on sale. Oh, and don’t forget to add Twister Orange, the most expensive paint option at $495. Compared to the hand-painted racing stripes, it’s a bargain. In total,┬áthe optional extras on the Shelby cost more than a base ‘Stang, which is a lot, so stay tuned to find out if all that extra cash is worth it.

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