We Bought a 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500! Unboxing, Overview and Handling Pack Installation


CARLOS LAGO: That isn’t just any
old Ford Mustang Shelby GT500. That’s Edmunds Shelby GT500. We bought one. And in this video,
we’re going to show you what it’s like to take
ownership of a new GT500. That means removing
all the stickers– we’re going to show
you what we got, including the options that we
chose, the ones we didn’t get, and we’re also going
to take a look at some of the quirks and features. But if that’s trademarked,
we’ll just call it oddities and attributes. Come watch. Click the card to see full
coverage of our ownership experience for this, and other
long term cars at Edmunds. This thing is so new it
still has two digits showing on the odometer. And floor mats. Pressure’s on,
because not only do I have a very sharp
razor blade in my hand, I have to remove this doing
as little damage as possible. This takes me back to the– working at the dealership. Way back when. Oh yeah. [MUSIC PLAYING] (WHISPERING) Ooh, that’s nice. Oh no! Look at all that residue! We’re going to have to
clean off some of this goop. I’m not pro at this. I drive the cars, I don’t
prep them for delivery. (WHISPERING) That’s
so satisfying. [CHUCKLES] It’s been unboxed. Now we could take a deeper
look at the window sticker, or Monroney, whichever
one you want to call it. What do you get when
you get a GT500? Well, your base
price is $70,300. That’s quite a bit of money. But of course, you get that
big V8, with all that power, you get an oil cooler, you
get a Torsen differential, you get 373 rear end. All that fun stuff is
actually listed out here in the standard equipment,
which is pretty cool. Now, what did we option? Let’s start and talk
about the color. When you get a
Shelby, you’ve got a couple of different options. You could do blue
with white stripes, you could go bright
green with black stripes. The former seemed a
little too obvious, and the latter seemed
a bit to garish. So we went subtle
and got orange. And that cost us $500. $495, but you know,
we’ll round up. We also got the Recaro bucket
seats, which were $1,595. We got the technology
package, which is $3,000. And that gives you
nice creature comforts, like navigation, and nicer
display, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, all that stuff that you
need with your 760 horsepower muscle car. We’ve got the black painted
roof, which kind of complements the rest of the black
accessories and stuff on the outside. And that’s $500– I’m sorry, $700. And then we have the
handling package, which we’ll get back to. Because the gas guzzler tax
on this thing is $2,600, because the fuel economy,
the combined MPG is 14, and in the real world
it’s definitely less. We found that out the hard way
with the one we tested earlier. The destination is $1,000,
$1,100 when you round up. And that brings the
out-the-door price to $80,185. Now, the handling package
comes in the trunk. You may be wondering why we
didn’t get any carbon fiber track package. Well, it’s $18,500. And even though, yes, it’s
not my personal money, it’s still somebody else’s. So with that in mind, we
got the $1,500 handling pack, which comes
in these boxes. We’re gonna open them up and
show you what it looks like. [LAUGHS] So in these boxes,
we have, essentially, aerodynamic components. Oil separator, which we’ll
have to install if and when we start doing track stuff. And these are the
splitter extensions that you hang off
the front bumper. Mounting hardware. It looks like instructions,
too, are here. Before we do that,
though, we’re gonna have to go open
the owner’s manual. Do what the internet
says, RTFM so we know how to put them on the right way. Let’s do that. Ooh. Hello, Recaro. All right. Owner’s manual. The contents of–
this is a fun moment, I hope I don’t damage
any part of it. (WHISPERING) Ah,
it feels so good. All right, what do we have here? A VIN placard, quick reference
guide for all Mustangs in general, the
GT500 supplement– this is what we’ll
come back to– SiriusXM, tire warranty guide,
the Mustang owner’s manual– this is the Mustang in general– the Ford performance
owner’s manual sleeve, ooh. [CHUCKLES] Nice. All right. Let’s assemble this. But we’ll get back to the
handling package later. There’s so much to look at. I’m like a kid on Christmas. We’ll start with the hood. How to pop the hood? Seems fairly obvious,
yeah, I know, right? But it’s a little trickier
than you may think, unless you’re already
familiar with this design. This has hood pins. And they aren’t the traditional
kind where, like, there’s a rod sticking up here, and
a pin that goes through it. These are actually
push hood pins. But you can’t just
walk up and push them, because if you could, any old
yahoo could come to the parking lot, and pop the
hood on your car, and do all kinds
of nefarious stuff. What you have to do is
release the hood latch, like any old 700
horsepower Ford Mustang. Then push each pin until you
get that nice positive click. And then pull up on the hood– make sure this fully
releases– pull up on the hood, and then hit the latch. It’s nice that it’s
held up by a strut. Now you get to reveal the
majesty of your 760 horsepower 5.2 liter supercharged V8 to
all your friends at the show and shine. You can bet we’ll
be doing just that. Now, it’s cool, obviously,
to have a supercharged V8. But it’s even
cooler when you can see that on the plaque here,
it says hand built with pride, and the name of the person that
built this engine, Adam Stein. Adam, hope you did a great job. I feel like you already did. Now, it’s cool that you get
the name embossed on there– or engraved on there. And we get to start our
snake counter at one, because it’s on
the supercharger. And I think there’s
another one right there, so we’ll go ahead
and call it two. Above here, what’s
going on here? I thought there was a vent. Yes there is. And it’s blocked off
with these six screws. Now, the GT500 owner’s
manual supplement says you pull that
off, you unscrew those and remove them when
you go to a racetrack so you can help extract all
the heat this engine makes when you’re going fast. And then you put it back
on when you go on the road, so when it rains, you
don’t get a bunch of water through the engine. Now, when it comes to power
and other details in the owners manual supplement, fuel quality. Choosing the right fuel. Ford recommends
91 octane minimum. But says, for
optimal performance, use premium unleaded
gasoline with an octane rating of 93 or higher. We’re in California. We only get 91 octane. Sucks for us. “Our car requires a break in. Drive your vehicle at least
100 miles before performing extended wide open throttle
maneuvers, and at least 1,000 miles before operating
your vehicle at high speeds or track conditions.” I wonder what they mean by
extended wide open throttle maneuvers. How many seconds is extended? Because I feel like
if you’re on the go pedal, wide open throttle
for four seconds, you’re going to be doing
high speeds very easily. Well, we’ll find that out. Now, how do you shut the hood? Again should seem simple, but
we are working with hood pins. Owner’s manual
says, lower the hood and allow it to drop under its
own weight for the last eight to 12 inches. Let’s do that– ooh, I see
we got to actually pull these guys off first, though. Oh yeah. I love finding
these little things. Very nice. So now we’re going to talk
about wheels and tires. So take a seat. And we can add two snakes
to our snake counter, because there’s one here
and one on the other side. That brings us to four now. But, wheels and tires. This is what you get when you
don’t get the carbon fiber track pack, and you don’t get
those really cool carbon fiber wheels. You get forged aluminum
wheels that look like this. Still neat. Not as cool as carbon fiber,
but hey, we’ll save the $18,500. They’re wrapped with
Michelin Pilot sport 4s. Upfront, they’re 305, 30, 20. In the rear, they’re 315s. The carbon fiber track pack gets
half an inch wider rear wheels than this one. But again, not this car. But can we just, again, take awe
at the size of the front rotor here? 16 and 1/2 inches. That’s ridiculous. That’s bigger than most wheels
10 years ago, if not 15. Just insane. Now, if you’re going
to use this for track use– which you should,
because it’s set up for that– you should,
again, read the handy owner’s manual supplement. Because not only does
Ford provide the cold tire pressure and hot tire pressure
settings for track use, they also supply
alignment settings for this car and the
carbon fiber track pack, for street and track. So with this car,
you’re going to add about a degree of negative
Camber upfront, and about half a degree of negative camber
in the rear for track use. And if you’re going
to go to the track, you need to burnish
your brake pads. If you already know what
brake burnishing is, you can skip ahead. That’s not really
relevant to you. But if you don’t know what
brake burnishing is, its a way to, basically, season
your brake pads, I guess, to make sure that they
work to the demands of race track use. Especially when you have a
car as heavy as this one, you’re going to be working
those pads really hard. In the case of this
vehicle, I’m just going to read verbatim what
the owner’s manual says about the brake
burnishing procedure. The step one. “Perform at least 30 stops from
approximately 50 miles an hour at 1/3 of a g deceleration
with 0.75 miles spacing between stops.” Now, once you’ve
done that 30 times, you move on to the
high temperature break betting cycle. Which is, “Begin
with cool brakes, perform 15 consecutive
stops back to back, accelerating at 3/4 throttle
to 80 miles an hour, and then braking to 20 miles
an hour at 1g deceleration. The brakes may omit
an odor or smoke during this part
of the procedures.” So you have to do 15 consecutive
stops from 80 miles an hour at a g. That’s basically a panic stop. Basically the limit
of the brakes. That’s intense, and something
you can really only do if you have a empty back road
or a test track like this one by us. So we’ll do that eventually. But right now, let’s hop
inside and take a look at the interior. At the back– well, not the
back– in the middle front, whatever you want to call it. The Recaro bucket seats, which
bring our snake count up by 2. So two, four, six, and then this
guy right here, number seven, and on the back, number eight. Eight snakes, because
we won’t count– we don’t count digital snakes. Eight snakes is actually
pretty respectable in the world of modern sports cars that
typically put their performance badges everywhere
and in high numbers. I’m pretty content with eight. It’s also cool to see the
chassis number right there on the dash. The big news inside of the
GT500, aside from the power, is the fact that it has a dual
clutch automatic transmission. Yeah, we’ll call dual
clutches automatic, because there’s no clutch pedal. But, you know, semantics. That’s why you have this
rotary shift dial instead of a traditional shifter. Let’s call it that. It’s weird to not have a manual
gearbox in a Mustang, let alone a GT500, but this is
the world we live in now. And actually, from
the previous GT500s that I’ve driven
of this generation, the ones that we tested way back
when, this is actually really, really nice. It’s got some neat features,
too, that are– you know, you’d expect from a dual
clutch transmission, but not necessarily a Mustang. So it’s neat to see
them in practice. You’ve got the shift pedals on
the steering wheel themselves. They’re not on the column,
they’re on the wheel. Up shift on the right,
downshift on the left. But there’s a couple of
neat features baked into it. For example, if you pull
the down shift lever and hold it while you’re
cruising at any speed, the transmission will shift
as quickly as possible to the lowest possible gear. That’s great for, let’s just
say, quick passing maneuvers. Nudge nudge, wink wink. But my favorite part
about the transmission is number 1, 2, 3, 4,
down the bullet list here in the owner’s manual. “Pull and hold both
the right paddle and left paddle for a
temporary neutral position. Neutral remains until you
release both paddles.” Why would you want to
do that, for example? Well, let’s just say
you’re cruising along, and you see some
kids on a school bus, and you want to show them what
760 horsepower sounds like. You can. Just grab both pedals, start
revving the hell out of it, and everybody’s happy. Everybody’s having a good time. It’s a real neat thing
they’ve built into this car. On the opposite column,
though, is a peculiar box. Because the box says, “up shifts
when accelerating recommended for best fuel economy.” That’s right. In a Mustang GT 500
with 760 horsepower and a combined fuel
economy rating of 14, the owner’s manual
explains when to shift at what speed for the
best fuel economy. If you’re interested, you shift
to 2nd at 15 miles an hour, 3rd at 20 miles an hour,
4th at 25 miles an hour, 5th at 30 miles an hour,
6th at 40 miles an hour, and 7th at 50 miles an hour. Congratulations. No one’s happy,
because you’re driving this thing for fuel economy. That’s not how you do it. I need to apologize, because
I have made a grievous error. There are actually nine snakes. I missed the one on
the steering wheel. Now we get back to installing
the parts that we started with. I wanted to do this the whole
time, but I got distracted. Sorry. But we’re going to install
the gurney flap extension– I think, is the
technical name– first. And you get to watch me
struggle through this. [GENERIC ROCK MUSIC] Whoever’s editing this, please
don’t put generic rock music over this. If I hear a guitar during
this, during the edit– I’m serious. [LAUGHS] [MUSIC – “ESCAPE OF THE
DWARVES”] It’s getting chilly. You know, there’s nothing
cooler than unboxing a new toy and then making it
cooler yourself. And that’s exactly what
we’ve done with the GT500. We’ve unboxed it, we
showed all the neat stuff, and some fun stuff in
the owner’s manual. And then, I think we’ve
actually made it look cooler by installing the “track
accessory pack” that came in the trunk. And the rear splitter
was really easy to put on, the front splitter
wickers extensions were a little bit
more complicated, little more time consuming. But not something you
couldn’t do in your driveway with a jack or some ramps. And I think it looks
much better for it. Now, keep watching this
channel, and visit edmunds.com to find out what it’s like
as we continue our ownership experience with this car. You can bet we’re going to do
all kinds of stuff with it. Drag racing, road racing, yes,
even fuel economy, measurement, and all that other
kind of stuff. Thank you guys for watching. And please hit subscribe,
because it allows us to keep doing stuff like this.

100 thoughts on “We Bought a 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500! Unboxing, Overview and Handling Pack Installation

  1. I have a huge gallon of Haterade and I'm drinking it while I say …. This is a Road Car if you take it to the track and pound on it, it will break. Plain and simple. If you want a race car build one! Other than that it's super cool and I would like one for sure.

  2. Not sure the color but otherwise this is exactly how I'd spec one if I bought one. That said, I would immediately get a second set of wheels and tires and just use the ones that came with it for the track.

  3. That was fun! I shared this on the GT500 forum: https://www.fordgt500.com/threads/receiving-unpacking-a-2020-edmunds-buys-a-new-gt500.192177/

  4. How to install the oil separator: https://www.fordgt500.com/threads/2020-oil-separator-%E2%80%9Chow-to%E2%80%9D-install.191843/

  5. After 80k it still looks like any other Mustang. I would have bought a C8, be faster on the street and track, and with looks that would lord over this poverty level every day man, minus idiotic price, Mustang.

  6. I really enjoyed this video. Especially the optimal shifting parameters to get maximum fuel economy in your 14mpg combined GT500 🙂

  7. Best series on unboxing one of these high performance cars. In fact i believe its never been done before. This channel is real world stuff and makes you realize how many you tubers probably never applied proper break in or paid attention to the engineering standards of new ownership. I knew 500 miles was too little for any car. I would still put 2k low stress engine miles before serious acceleration.

  8. I DONT THINK THE FRONT SPLITTER IS INSTALLED CORRECTLY. I NOTICED THERE WAS A BIG GAP BETWEEN THE FRONT FASCIA AND YOUR SPLITTER.

  9. I am a Ford guy . . . However, given the price of this GT 500, I wonder how it would fare against a 2020 Corvette Stingray . . . That costs several thousands of dollars less . . .

  10. Edmunds the dealer didn’t install the front splitter properly. You shouldn’t see those gaps and it could separate from the car at high speeds. I hope to see Carlos in the 2020+ Shelby GT500 Owners group on Facebook!

  11. If you take the 110 highway North all the way to where it ends in Pasadena, there is a gas station on the right of the highway exit that has 100 octane race gas.

  12. Front splitter looked to have excessive gap from the fascia. Might wanna take a look at it becausei believe it may not have been correctly installed. Again I’m talking about the splitter itself not the wickers.

  13. Just subscribed with notifications. Have a Race Red 2020GT 500 no stripes. This was the best review of this awesome Hot Rod I’ve seen and I’ve seen plenty. Looking forward to following segments.

  14. You guys should totally name the car the "Cobra Commander". Great color choice to by the way. Not too loud but still commands a degree of attention.

  15. You should never use a blade on a dry glass. Always spray the area before you use the blade 🤦🏻‍♂️ that glass is scratched!!!

  16. So, I guess I'm the only one interested in the hypermiling mpg performance, too? I love it when I'm told how good I will do, and can do far better.

  17. Great, a video I can completely relate to for when I buy my $80k car with a Fusion gear selector knob… Would have got the GT350

  18. Thanks for doing a video on this. The Mustang Shelby GT500 is one BEAUTIFUL beast! We live in an amazing time to be able to see and hear these fantastic vehicles. Definitely good times. Savor it!

  19. Are you boasting lucky you or i could call you crazy 70k for a car did they give you a jar of vaseline to take away the sting.

  20. Feel sorry for you truthfully!!!! Only a idiot would buy a piece of garbage like that!!!! Shelby = 3 pedals not. 3 pedals it is rubbish pure garbage

  21. I never seen a car unboxing before, but I like. Not something you have to do for every car, but definitely do the same for the corvette

  22. So motor trend's Carlos Lagos is showing off a gt500 that he says "they bought", but in actuality, Edmunds bought, and not Carlos.

  23. I love the car hate the ugly color and you should have let the stupid dealer put the track pack crap on the car other than that it's a cool video

  24. Thanks for showing the prep required to make the GT-500. It was interesting to find out the MPG is so low for this car, hence the gas guzzler tax. My 2014 GT-500 with a few bolt on mods and tune, I am still experiencing on 91 to 93 octane on average 25 MPG.

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