While a bit unusual, it’s entirely possible that search engine Google just gave away the model year of the next Shelby GT500 Mustang.
If you go to Google right now, type in “Shelby GT500,” and hit Search, one of the top results comes from Ford.com, reading “2017 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 | The Cobra of Performance Cars…” This suggests that the high-powered pony could go on sale one model year earlier than we’d assumed, and possibly make its way to the Detroit North American International Auto Show this January for its debut.
Don’t believe us? Here’s a screenshot of our browser window when we searched “Shelby GT500” for ourselves:
Clicking on the result simply takes you to the Ford webpage for the base Ford Mustang for now.
That said, there is a tad more to the story; The Drive took a gander at the source code, finding the phrase “Shelby GT500 5.8L V8 engine” in the keywords for the entry. That, of course, could just be a reference to the previous Shelby GT500’s supercharged Trinity V8… or the new snake-in-chief could make use of the same basic powerplant. Some rumors had maintained that the new GT500 would use the twin-turbocharged 3.5L V6 from the Ford GT; we’re all too happy to believe that’s not the case.
Either way, we expect to see the new Shelby Mustang pump out more than the 707 horsepower made by SRT’s Hellcats.