Ford is upping their game with the new 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500.
The war between American muscle cars is heating up. Ford teased their first image of the brand new Mustang Shelby GT500, a moniker that hasn’t been seen on a car since 2015.
The previous version of the car was a ridiculously powered car, packing 670 hp from its supercharged V8 engine. Now Ford will bring back that same lunacy for an all-new model likely to go on sale in 2019.
From the teaser image, we can tell that the new Shelby GT500 will have a much larger grille than the current Mustang generation, with two massive air intakes on either side and the Shelby Cobra logo smack in the middle. Curiously, the new GT500 will keep the current generation’s style of headlamps rather than the slightly refreshed ones from the 2019 model year.
As for what’s under the hood, that we don’t actually know. Ford hasn’t released any details other than the fact it will be north of 700 hp and be “the most powerful street-legal Ford ever.” That’s a pretty special title for a Mustang to have, and certainly better than the current Shelby GT350s which pack a measly 526 hp from their 5.2-L V8’s.
The teaser image also reveals some pretty bulging fenders, which could possibly indicate wider wheels. Given the car’s 700+ ponies, wider tires might be a necessity to keep the thing on the road and not careening off into outer space.
With the recent announcement of the California Special as well as the 2019 Bullitt edition, Mustangs are on a bit of a tear. Power now ranges anywhere from 310 horses on the Ecoboost Fastback to 475 hp on the Bullitt to well over 500 on the GT350. If you’re looking for something even more track-focused, the GT350R comes with the same 526 hp but distributes them over less weight with the added use of carbon fiber almost everywhere.
The only question remaining is how well the GT500 will fair in the American muscle-car arms race. Dodge still seems to have a lock with the Challenger, with their Hellcat and Demon models producing 707 and 840 hp respectively. The Chevy Camaro ZL1 is no slouch either with 650 horses at its disposal.
Power isn’t everything, but unless the GT500 comes with a few interesting bells and whistles it looks like it’ll land in the middle of the pack.