Europe won't be treated to the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

Ford has no plans to sell the most powerful Mustang in the Old World.

Sean Szymkowski
It all started with Gran Turismo. From those early PlayStation days, Sean was drawn to anything with four wheels. Prior to joining the Roadshow team, he was a freelance contributor for Motor Authority, The Car Connection and Green Car Reports. As for what's in the garage, Sean owns a 2016 Chevrolet SS, and yes, it has Holden badges.
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Sorry, Europe. It's not for you.


We know what this feels like, Europe. For years, the continent's residents have been able to purchase an Audi RS6 Avant as we watched in sadness. While Yanks will finally have their chance to buy the super wagon, we're sad to report America will not oblige with the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500.

Ford Performance Marketing Manager Jim Ownes told Muscle Cars & Trucks on Tuesday that the Shelby GT500 will not be sold in Europe. Instead, the US, Canada, Mexico and Middle East will have a crack at purchasing the potent pony car. As a refresher, the Shelby GT500 will come with a 5.2-liter supercharged V8 good for 760 horsepower and 625 pound-feet of torque. That's apparently too much for our European friends.

I say that jokingly because Ownes didn't give the real reason for not shipping the car to Europe. The standard Ford Mustang is available in Europe -- even in right-hand drive for the UK. The lack of GT500 availability likely has more to do with stricter emissions regulations coming into effect soon. It certainly has nothing to do with a lack of Mustang demand. The website cited sales figures that showed the Mustang posted a 27% sales increase year-over-year in the first quarter.

Instead, European residents will need to make do with a Mustang Bullitt as the most-powerful choice of pony. It's hardly a GT500, but it's still mighty, with 480 hp ready and willing.

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