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Just reached a little over 500 miles on the GT500. This car gets a lot of attention. Drawing small crowds when I take it out and stop somewhere in public. I’ll do my best to make a initial comparison to my 19’ Charger Hellcat in an organized manner.

Interior: The interior of the GT500 even though it is now over 5 years old is overall more modern looking than the HC. There are more areas with hard plastics than the HC, but the "high touch" areas are soft touch materials. The HC dash looks more premium, when compared to the stitching molded into the GT500 dash. The GT500 steering wheel is manual and not heated. Love the digital dash in the GT500 . The Base Alpine sound system in the HC is about the same as the B&O system. SYNC 3 is about on par with Uconnect. Overall I prefer the SYNC system better. Backup sensors and reverse mirror tilt not available on the GT500. I liked those features on the HC.

Exterior: not much to say here, fit and finish about the same for both, much prefer the looks of the GT500. Much more sporty, and Ford does better to distinguish the GT500 from other mustang Trims unlike dodge with the HC. Another note my base GT500 while it looks lower than the HC, it rides a little higher and does not scrape in places that my HC did. My exhaust would sometimes scrape coming in and out my driveway on the HC.

Transmission: the DCT is very nice. The torque converter 8 speed in the HC is also very nice. It is one of the best TC transmissions on the market. You could be fooled that it isn't a DCT. The only drawback to the GT500, and it’s just the nature of a DCT, it is more clunky at low speeds and does require more care when moving slowly, like in traffic, or when going up a hill. I have a sloped driveway so I know slowly backing in/out is heating up those clutch disks.

Suspension/Traction: Goes to the GT500 like riding in rails compared to the HC. Stock tires in the GT500 significantly better than the 275 P-Zeros on the HC. The wheels are much more difficult to clean than the HC 5-spokes and because they are gloss vice matte you have to be more careful to avoid swirl marks in the painted finish.

Engine/Performance: Throttle response on the GT500 is not as immediate as the HC. You can tell the GT500 does not have as much torque and it does not come on as low in the RPM range. This massive amount of torque was always immediate and significant at any speed in the HC. Making it feel more powerful in ways. The GT500 is definitely quicker it’s power comes in a more manageable way and is easier to put down. I miss the HC SC whine, but the GT500 exhaust more than makes up for it. Fords application of the active exhaust is more useful than the hellcat and quiet start is wonderful considering I leave for work most days at 4:30 AM. Further, fords application of the driving modes is much more refined and useful as a whole than the HC equivalent.

Overall, I am quite impressed and blown away by this machine. It is different than the HC in almost every way. Both are amazing for what they are, and both have their place. The HC is still a monster, but this GT500 is much more of a street legal race car in many respects.
 

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Great write up. The extra 1 liter of displacement does indeed transmit into a fatter torque curve, which is what you use for everyday driving. My buddy has a new GT500, and although I have not driven it I was the passenger. Once that 5.2 gets into its power band it is ferocious. Like you say different animals both good in their own right.
 

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Thank you. I do miss the whine of the HC supercharger, I was just ready to try something new and this was a natural choice for me. I came from mustangs before I got my hellcat. I will also ad, that this GT500 spends a lot more time at the gas station. Seems like I fill up every other day now, due in part to a much smaller gas tank and slightly worse fuel economy. It also doesnt help that I stay in the gas to hear the glorious exhaust and keep it revved out into its power band.
 

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Same here, Redeye to GT500. The Redeye feels like it had a harder punch off the line, but the 500 makes it up quickly. Agreed, it’s an all world track car and fun as hell to drive. The smaller gas tank is kind of a nuisance…
 

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How many friends can you put in FORD mustang?? :unsure:
I never carried friends in the Redeye either. I usually carried just one kid at a time and they rode in the front seat.
 

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i've been wanting to take a look at one of these but all the dealers in my area are still asking 20k over sticker and actually getting it.
 

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Just reached a little over 500 miles on the GT500. This car gets a lot of attention. Drawing small crowds when I take it out and stop somewhere in public. I’ll do my best to make a initial comparison to my 19’ Charger Hellcat in an organized manner.

Interior: The interior of the GT500 even though it is now over 5 years old is overall more modern looking than the HC. There are more areas with hard plastics than the HC, but the "high touch" areas are soft touch materials. The HC dash looks more premium, when compared to the stitching molded into the GT500 dash. The GT500 steering wheel is manual and not heated. Love the digital dash in the GT500 . The Base Alpine sound system in the HC is about the same as the B&O system. SYNC 3 is about on par with Uconnect. Overall I prefer the SYNC system better. Backup sensors and reverse mirror tilt not available on the GT500. I liked those features on the HC.

Exterior: not much to say here, fit and finish about the same for both, much prefer the looks of the GT500. Much more sporty, and Ford does better to distinguish the GT500 from other mustang Trims unlike dodge with the HC. Another note my base GT500 while it looks lower than the HC, it rides a little higher and does not scrape in places that my HC did. My exhaust would sometimes scrape coming in and out my driveway on the HC.

Transmission: the DCT is very nice. The torque converter 8 speed in the HC is also very nice. It is one of the best TC transmissions on the market. You could be fooled that it isn't a DCT. The only drawback to the GT500, and it’s just the nature of a DCT, it is more clunky at low speeds and does require more care when moving slowly, like in traffic, or when going up a hill. I have a sloped driveway so I know slowly backing in/out is heating up those clutch disks.

Suspension/Traction: Goes to the GT500 like riding in rails compared to the HC. Stock tires in the GT500 significantly better than the 275 P-Zeros on the HC. The wheels are much more difficult to clean than the HC 5-spokes and because they are gloss vice matte you have to be more careful to avoid swirl marks in the painted finish.

Engine/Performance: Throttle response on the GT500 is not as immediate as the HC. You can tell the GT500 does not have as much torque and it does not come on as low in the RPM range. This massive amount of torque was always immediate and significant at any speed in the HC. Making it feel more powerful in ways. The GT500 is definitely quicker it’s power comes in a more manageable way and is easier to put down. I miss the HC SC whine, but the GT500 exhaust more than makes up for it. Fords application of the active exhaust is more useful than the hellcat and quiet start is wonderful considering I leave for work most days at 4:30 AM. Further, fords application of the driving modes is much more refined and useful as a whole than the HC equivalent.

Overall, I am quite impressed and blown away by this machine. It is different than the HC in almost every way. Both are amazing for what they are, and both have their place. The HC is still a monster, but this GT500 is much more of a street legal race car in many respects.
Nice comparison, so how much ADM you pay to get your hands on one? 10k, 15k or 20k over MSRP?
 

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Just reached a little over 500 miles on the GT500. This car gets a lot of attention. Drawing small crowds when I take it out and stop somewhere in public. I’ll do my best to make a initial comparison to my 19’ Charger Hellcat in an organized manner.

Interior: The interior of the GT500 even though it is now over 5 years old is overall more modern looking than the HC. There are more areas with hard plastics than the HC, but the "high touch" areas are soft touch materials. The HC dash looks more premium, when compared to the stitching molded into the GT500 dash. The GT500 steering wheel is manual and not heated. Love the digital dash in the GT500 . The Base Alpine sound system in the HC is about the same as the B&O system. SYNC 3 is about on par with Uconnect. Overall I prefer the SYNC system better. Backup sensors and reverse mirror tilt not available on the GT500. I liked those features on the HC.

Exterior: not much to say here, fit and finish about the same for both, much prefer the looks of the GT500. Much more sporty, and Ford does better to distinguish the GT500 from other mustang Trims unlike dodge with the HC. Another note my base GT500 while it looks lower than the HC, it rides a little higher and does not scrape in places that my HC did. My exhaust would sometimes scrape coming in and out my driveway on the HC.

Transmission: the DCT is very nice. The torque converter 8 speed in the HC is also very nice. It is one of the best TC transmissions on the market. You could be fooled that it isn't a DCT. The only drawback to the GT500, and it’s just the nature of a DCT, it is more clunky at low speeds and does require more care when moving slowly, like in traffic, or when going up a hill. I have a sloped driveway so I know slowly backing in/out is heating up those clutch disks.

Suspension/Traction: Goes to the GT500 like riding in rails compared to the HC. Stock tires in the GT500 significantly better than the 275 P-Zeros on the HC. The wheels are much more difficult to clean than the HC 5-spokes and because they are gloss vice matte you have to be more careful to avoid swirl marks in the painted finish.

Engine/Performance: Throttle response on the GT500 is not as immediate as the HC. You can tell the GT500 does not have as much torque and it does not come on as low in the RPM range. This massive amount of torque was always immediate and significant at any speed in the HC. Making it feel more powerful in ways. The GT500 is definitely quicker it’s power comes in a more manageable way and is easier to put down. I miss the HC SC whine, but the GT500 exhaust more than makes up for it. Fords application of the active exhaust is more useful than the hellcat and quiet start is wonderful considering I leave for work most days at 4:30 AM. Further, fords application of the driving modes is much more refined and useful as a whole than the HC equivalent.

Overall, I am quite impressed and blown away by this machine. It is different than the HC in almost every way. Both are amazing for what they are, and both have their place. The HC is still a monster, but this GT500 is much more of a street legal race car in many respects.
Pics please or it didn’t happen 😁
 

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Crowds aroind the GT500? Find that very hard to believe since it looks not that different from regular Mustangs, at least to the general public.
 

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Crowds aroind the GT500? Find that very hard to believe since it looks not that different from regular Mustangs, at least to the general public.
It looks TOTALLY different than a standard Mustang. The GT500 is a looker.
 

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Same with Corvette shopping for one now $10k to $18k over sticker I'll wait!
So true.. Every new vet and GT 500 is 100 grand what a joke
 
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So true.. Every new vet and GT 500 is 100 grand what a joke
We've got some GT500's locally that are going for 7-8K over MSRP right now. C8's are still sky high, we just recently sold our 2020 C8 Corvette for 97k with 4500 miles on it, that car had an MSRP of 78K.
 

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I paid 4K over the sticker price out the door, including tax, title, fees, window tint, GAP, extending warranty, and PPF. Chassis number M0283. I got the charger originally for more passenger room but we never actually needed it. We always ride in my wife’s car when we needed more room. The GT500 looks significantly different from a standard Mustang. It shares only the door panels with the standard mustang. The fenders are actually widened not clip on units like dodge uses. (Fenders and Hood are also composite for weight savings). I got a very good deal on this and a good deal on my trade in. Similarly optioned GT500s are still going for 120-130 at auctions and dealerships. I walked out the door at 91k. There are less than 180 of these currently for sale nationwide. But good deals can be found.

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I paid 4K over the sticker price out the door, including tax, title, fees, window tint, GAP, extending warranty, and PPF. Chassis number M0283. I got the charger originally for more passenger room but we never actually needed it. We always ride in my wife’s car when we needed more room. The GT500 looks significantly different from a standard Mustang. It shares only the door panels with the standard mustang. The fenders are actually widened not clip on units like dodge uses. (Fenders and Hood are also composite for weight savings). I got a very good deal on this and a good deal on my trade in. Similarly optioned GT500s are still going for 120-130 at auctions and dealerships. I walked out the door at 91k. There are less than 180 of these currently for sale nationwide. But good deals can be found.

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Nice spec, that’s a good deal.
 

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Feel free to ask if you have any specific questions or want to see detail pics of anything. It’s an awesome machine.
 

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I paid 4K over the sticker price out the door, including tax, title, fees, window tint, GAP, extending warranty, and PPF. Chassis number M0283. I got the charger originally for more passenger room but we never actually needed it. We always ride in my wife’s car when we needed more room. The GT500 looks significantly different from a standard Mustang. It shares only the door panels with the standard mustang. The fenders are actually widened not clip on units like dodge uses. (Fenders and Hood are also composite for weight savings). I got a very good deal on this and a good deal on my trade in. Similarly optioned GT500s are still going for 120-130 at auctions and dealerships. I walked out the door at 91k. There are less than 180 of these currently for sale nationwide. But good deals can be found.

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I saw someone that had performance blue on YouTube and Satin PPF wrapped it.. color looked amazing
 

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Performance blue was the color I really wanted. Can’t be picky when there is so few of these for sale. I do love the grabber yellow though. Looks great in person.
 
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