The expected in the Detroit Auto Show, but Ford just gave the teaser photo, which has announced that the unveiling of the fittest model will be on Thursday, January 19, during the auction of Barrett-Jackson.
The new Shelby GT500 will be wearing a V8 5,8-liter engine, which will probably bring double turbo, while not excluding the possibility that time a large supercharger. Whichever way you made the “breathing” of the engine is expected to deliver 800+ horses.
Aesthetically, the Shelby GT500 Mustang has an aggressive design bodykit, sports suspension and high-performance brakes.
The GT500 appears to have started life as a Mustang Shelby GT350R before inheriting a Hannibal Lecter leather mask. That camouflage hides a new front end optimized to feed air to the GT500’s distinguishing feature, a twin-turbocharged V-8. Clues that this is no ordinary Mustang are sprinkled all over the front end. Check out the zippered panels above the grille, across the leading edge of the hood. It’s clear that the section can be removed, which is typically the case when cooling vents hide beneath manufacturer camouflage.
It is all but guaranteed that Ford will equip the GT500 with a twin-turbocharged V-8 engine, as supercharging (used on the outgoing GT500) doesn’t blend with the company’s EcoBoost forced-induction strategy. But the question remains which V-8 the automaker will use. The Mustang GT’s 5.0-liter Coyote V-8 would seem to be as eligible as the GT350’s 5.2-liter Voodoo engine, itself a modified, freer-revving Coyote with a flat-plane crankshaft.
Regardless of which V-8 Ford decides to shove between the GT500’s front fenders, it likely will be crazy powerful and should eclipse the old GT500’s 662-hp rating with ease.