So the new 2020 Shelby GT500 has been announced and it’s coming with 700+ horsepower as we’ve all heard. So many people have been asking me, “Chad, are you going to trade in your ’14 GT500 for the new hotness?” The answer is pretty easy. No. My 2014 GT500 taught me a lot about high speed, high horsepower cars.
One is that cars are no fun if you can’t connect that power to the road. Having a car that constanstantly smoke the tires sounds awesome until you realize that’s about all they can do. My GT500 with its 662hp can roast a set of tires in multiple gears but it’s hard as hell to launch. So when you’re lined up next to someone you really have to count on the supercharger to pull you out of the hole because you most likely aren’t going to win the launch.
So what if the 2020 GT500 has amazing launch control? Then would I get one? Still no. My current GT500 is freakin’ fast . It claims 0 – 60 in 3.5 sec, a quarter-mile in 11.7 seconds, and a top speed of 200 mph. None of that can be experienced when I pull it out of the garage on a sunny day. Mainly I just experience the excruciating frustration of sitting in bumper to bumper traffic with very few openings to actually enjoy what the car was built to do. Certainly there could be track days I suppose but the closest drag strip is over two hours away and requires driving across Toronto.
My 2014 Shelby GT500 is a really cool car with incredible abilities that I never get a chance to use. It mainly sits in the garage which is exactly what the 2020 GT500 would do if I bought it. There was a time I really craved having the highest horsepower machine I could buy. I was drooling for it, but then I got it and it was all a bit of a letdown. On the other hand my 2017 Focus RS is an absolute blast and a car I can have a lot of fun with no matter where I’m driving it.
So I’ve kind of learned my lesson. I’m sure the 2020 GT500 is going to be incredible, it certainly sounds incredible but I’m going to let it pass. I’ll still be interested what others think of it though.