When it was announced that the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 would not be offered with a “normal” manual transmission but instead with a dual clutch style unit, we were mildly freaked out. It was for a couple of reasons. The first was the easy one. It is just fun to row the gears in a car on your own. The second was a little more comprehensive. If they stop offering the manual on this car, that’s basically a sign that in a short amount of time, it will not be available on any Mustang, right? Probably. Then we started thinking about the implications for TREMEC and the aftermarket in general. That changed when we got some information from TREMEC about the unit their are building for the car. The company has evolved into this market and as long as they are cranking these babies out, they will be cranking out the gear boxes that hot rodders love to swap as well.
We have driven loads of cars with DCT transmissions and when operated manually, they are ridiculous fun. Why? They shift on command and they shift in an infinitesimal amount of time. Some of them are almost telepathic, shifting nearly quicker than it takes to release the paddle to select a gear.
Nothing will replace the traditional stick but we’re way less freaked knowing a little more about this TREMEC DCT.
Here’s the full story from TREMEC – what do you think? DCT better than a stick?
The heart of Shelby GT500 performance begins with a 700-plus-horsepower 5.2-liter supercharged V8 engine. It’s mated to an ultra-fast TREMEC 7-speed dual-clutch transmission and calibrated by Ford Performance with state-of-the-art drive mode technologies. As the most powerful production Mustang ever, the Shelby GT500 powertrain is the primary enabler for the ultimate performance that follows.
When it arrives this fall, the most powerful street-legal Ford vehicle in history is projected to post mid-three-second 0-60 mph times and sub-11-second quarter-mile times for the quickest acceleration ever in a road-going Mustang.
A hand-built double-overhead-cam engine shares the aluminum block, bore and stroke of the Shelby GT350’s, adding block and head structure, improved oil and cooling capacity, plus a cross-plane crank to support its higher horsepower.
Helping to deliver more than 700 horsepower is a 2.65-liter supercharger. A unique roots-type compressor features an inverted design with charged air output at the top for more compact packaging – one that allows for a larger air-to-liquid intercooler for consistent track performance.
“With its supercar-level powertrain, the all-new Shelby GT500 takes the sixth-generation Mustang to a performance level once reserved only for exotics,” said Hermann Salenbauch, global director, Ford Performance vehicle programs. “As a Mustang, it has to be attainable and punch above its weight. To that end, we’ve set a new standard among American performance cars with our most powerful street-legal V8 engine to date, plus the quickest-shifting transmission ever in a Mustang for all-out precision and speed.”