The 2020 Ford Shelby GT500 Mustang, which Ford officially announced at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, has just been spied in cognito, with spy photographers snapping the clearest, most informative photos yet of the forthcoming high-performance pony car. Upon confirming the existence of the new Shelby GT500, Ford specified that it would be the most powerful road-going Mustang the automaker has ever built, with a supercharged V8 engine producing better than 700 horsepower.
The last GT500, sold from 2012 through 2014, was no slouch, pumping out a beastly 662 horsepower from a blown 5.8L “Trinity” DOHC V8.
From the spy photos, which can be found over at Mustang6G.com, it appears that the new Shelby GT500 Mustang will use a headlamp design borrowed from the 2015-’17 S550 Mustang, rather than the lamps of the refreshed 2018 model. The hood features an enormous central bulge with heat extractors for the supercharger, and the grille openings and side inlets have all increased in size markedly.
Notably absent from the rear of the car is any sort of decklid-mounted spoiler or wing, but that’s consistent with other, previous sightings of potential Shelby GT500 prototypes – although it doesn’t necessarily mean the production version won’t have one. The rear of the car has been altered, however, with what looks to be a unique lower fascia portion, and a quadruplicity of exhaust outlets large enough to accommodate a rabbit in relative comfort. Interestingly, unlike the headlamps, the taillights appear to have been borrowed from the post-facelift S550 Mustang.
Also noteworthy: the rocker panel aero aids, which are unlike anything featured on the current Shelby GT350 or previous-generation Shelby GT500.
The next Ford Shelby GT500 Mustang will launch sometime in 2019, Ford says, packing “innovative track technologies”, “performance hardware”, and “aggressive and functional track-tuned styling”. To get your best look yet at the future car, visit Mustang6G.com.