Ford has their target on high performance vehicles such as Chevrolet’s 650 horsepower supercharged Camaro ZL1. What better way to compete with a sports car with such power than by beating Chevrolet at their own game? We’re, of course, talking about the long awaited, much buzzed about Mustang Shelby GT500. Many people mistook the prototypes of the Mustang Shelby GT350 for the GT500 before it was released, but with the GT350 already on the market, the GT500 is the only option yet to be released.
Car and Driver recently snapped some photos of a prototype that Ford is testing out. Rumor has it, with multiple clues supporting this theory, that this prototype is much sought after Mustang GT500. This version of the Mustang is the only current generation Mustang that is expect that has not been revealed yet. This Mustang is rumored to completely blow the similarly priced ZL1 out of the water and put Ford back on top when it comes to the horsepower wars.
The distinguishing feature of the GT500 is the twin-turbocharged V8 engine, which is covered with a brand new front end that is optimized in a way to feed air into the engine. The vehicle features zippered panels above the grill, which can likely be removed to reveal cooling vents. Neither the Mustang GT or the GT350 have this feature that opens up in this fashion. The inverted spars that separate the low air inlet from the outboard brake-cooling ducts give hints that the pictured model may be the GT500.
Fans of the Ford Mustang can look for the Shelby GT500 to hit the market late in 2017 or perhaps 2018. Your friends here at Preston Ford cannot wait for the new Shelby GT500 to get into our stores. In the meantime, we will have to stick to speculations and rumors to hold us over until the release date.