At a dealer event just this past week the 2020 Shelby GT500 was unveiled and unsurprisingly someone leaked a pic of the car: https://www.mustang6g.com/forums/threads/leaked-gt500-pics-and-specs-from-dealer-meeting-today.111539/
I honestly think it looks pretty good, but there are some mixed opinions online. I think they played it safe sticking to the 15-17 headlights instead of the 18 update. Not that big of a fan of the black painted bar in the middle of the bumper, looks too much like the 2019 Camaro SS front end and should be painted body color instead. Very excited to see the rest of the car though. As for performance numbers it’s still unknown, I’m guessing around 740-760 HP at the crank. Considering they’ll almost certainly be using the 2.65L TVS blower from Eaton which is also used in ROUSH’s Phase 1 SC kit for the ’18 GT, making over 700 HP should be pretty easy. Transmission options are still unknown with reports of a new Tremec Dual Clutch being the only option as well as a 6 speed Tremec manual being standard and the 10R80 being the auto option. I am curious how the 10R80 would fare in such a high horse power variant of the Mustang as well as how much they were able to dial in the shift mapping. Seeing a dual clutch would be exciting too, we just have to wait and see.
Apart from that I have some anecdotal things about my Mustang I wanted to share. We recently had a cold front in North Texas meaning this was the first time I had my Mustang during 40 degree weather. I noticed somethings that I wouldn’t have before regarding fluids and how long they take to warm up. I’m running 5W50 full synthetic as per ROUSH’s requirement and it takes quite a while to reach operating temperature. A solid 20 minutes of city driving brings the oil temperature needle just a quarter into the green zone (in the gauge mode section of the center display). Because of this I’m unable to rev the motor out for a while which is annoying because I am used to hitting WOT on my morning commute during the summer. The transmission fluid also takes a while to warm up too and shifts feel a lot harder even in regular driving mode before you hit around 125-150 degrees Fahrenheit. Once warmed up though my blower loves making boost since the ambient temperature is so low. As long as roads are dry I am able to really rip the car a lot harder than I did over summer since it was in the 100s most of the time. Should be interesting to see what happens if it snows because the all season P Zero Nero’s are not that great even in the rain.