When Ford dropped an all-new Shelby GT500 from the ceiling of the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, Mustang fans and automotive enthusiasts around the world rejoined the fact that this would be the most powerful production Ford vehicle to date, promising "more than 700 horsepower. ”Well, more than 700 horsepower it has – 760, to be exact, finally delivering to the Mustang capable of rivaling the Dodge Challenger Hellcat or to the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE.
But then, Ford dropped another bombshell by saying The only available gearbox for its hyper-pony car would be a seven-speed dual clutch automatic. While a setup will allow the Mustang Shelby GT500 to record lap records, some fans were saddened. To make things even worse, this new range-topping Shelby features an actual gear selector / shifter, but instead has a rotary gear selector, like the Chrysler Pacifica minivan. Shelby GT500 rotary shifter.
Now, many will argue that once a car goes automatic, the way those gears are selected – whether by way of a liver, a dial or even buttons – it's irrelevant, because the gearbox does all the shifting anyway, especially when you're going full-tilt at the track. That's half true. While, yes, steering column will be available, removing the actual shifter from a Mustang is a big deal.
That's because driving a Mustang is a sensory experience. Even with an automatic, the art of holding onto a big meaty shift liver is part of the thrill and, to many, nostalgia. It is like taking away the Mustang's signature trio or vertical tail lights.
But we get it, Ford is moving to a digital gear selection technology – much like on several Lincolns (via the push-button selectors) and on the refreshed Edge and new Explorer. Even so, the new Shelby GT500's rotary shifter simply doesn't feel right.
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