Despite that Ford Performance has yet to confirm a thing, we remain steadfast in our belief that a new Ford Shelby GT500 Mustang is, in fact, on its way. It’s rather more a question of when, than if.
To that end, back in February, some stealthy so-and-so with a camera managed to capture a duo of camouflage-clad S550 Mustangs – two cars that could very well be test mules for a forthcoming Shelby GT500 – as they went about testing at the dragstrip. Horsepower Kings published the video, which can be viewed above.
Of course, it’s important to bear in mind that so far, all predictions relating to a future Shelby GT500 are speculative, rooted in inference more than concrete evidence. Horsepower Kings expects the new Shelby GT500 Mustang to launch in time for the 2018 model year, outperforming the Dodge SRT Hellcat with output well in excess of 700 horsepower thanks to a pair of turbos – not a supercharger, as in the previous Shelby GT500.
The folks at Torque News seem to agree, recently claiming to “know a guy who knows a guy who works for Ford,” who has let slip that the automaker is indeed working on a new Shelby GT500. They go on to state that it will pack between 750 and 800 horsepower, indeed utilizing a pair of turbos.
We’d love to be able to either corroborate or reject these murmurings, but while there is much in the way of historical precedent for a supercharged Shelby GT500, it’s also true that Ford has taken a shine to turbocharging in recent years, even using that method of forced induction on the new Ford GT supercar and F-150 Raptor off-road performance truck. It’s likely safe to say that any future Ford Shelby GT500 would indeed make its power with a V8 – that most quintessential of American muscle mills – but whether that turns out to be a (possibly bored-out) version of the Coyote, or a (lower-compression) version of the flat-plane crank Voodoo is impossible to say.
At any rate, Ford has yet to make good on its promise of 12 new performance products by 2020, made at the 2015 North American International Auto Show. A quarter-mile-conquering Shelby GT500 to compliment the track-slaying GT350 and GT350R remains a distinct – and alluring – possibility.
(A special thanks to The Drive.)