The subject of rumors for several years after the launch of the current (S550) Mustang, the super-potent Ford Shelby GT500 Mustang will definitely live again, its return having been confirmed by Ford Motor Company at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The new Shelby will be the most powerful street-legal Ford of all time, the automaker says, with a factory rating greater than 700 horsepower from a supercharged V8.
Now, spy photographers have captured the forthcoming Shelby GT500 Mustang for perhaps the first time since the project was publically confirmed. The spy photos, which can be seen on the Motor Authority website, appear to line up pretty well with the Shelby GT500 teaser image released by Ford last week (shown above). That image keeps most of the future Shelby Mustang’s fascia obscured by shadow, but it does showcase a pair of Le Mans stripes that run down the hood and a gaping, menacing front grille whose shape is reminiscent of a cobra snake’s extended hood.
In all other ways, the spied Shelby GT500 Mustang looks pretty much like the facelifted 2018 Mustang, albeit with a massive rear wing hanging off the decklid. The wing appears to be different from anything found on the Mustang GT Performance Pack 1 or 2, or the Shelby GT350/R.
In terms of power, the next Shelby GT500 Mustang is thought to be receiving a supercharged 5.2L V8 about equal in displacement to the Shelby GT350’s “Voodoo” engine, but with a common cross-plane crankshaft instead of the 350’s more exotic flat-plane crank. Thus, we can’t anticipate the same 8,250-rpm redline from the Shelby GT500 – but if a potential “Easter Egg” placed by Ford in a promo image turns out to be accurate, we can perhaps look forward to as much as 772 horsepower.
Visit MotorAuthority.com for the latest Shelby GT500 spy shots, and be sure to check back here for more as we approach the super-‘Stang’s 2019 launch.