The new Mustang GT500 has only been previewed with flashes in the video
The 2010 Shelby GT500
A still from Ford's video announcing the new Shelby GT500
Ford has capped an action-packed Detroit Show by revealing an all-new, super performance Mustang Shelby GT500, reviving a model it stopped selling in 2015 and greatly enhancing the performance of the outgoing car.
The new Shelby edition, revealed in a cryptic video (below) at the end of the second show preview day, is claimed to have around 700bhp, and to be the most powerful street legal Mustang ever offered. It is more than twice as powerful as the first-ever V8 performance model of 1967.
The video shows the car with wide longitudinal body stripes, and with two lights set centrally into the grille.
Ford is believed likely to build a limited run of GT500s, and to put the build in the hands of a specialist company, but the company won’t specify the size of the batch.
Sales are due to begin in 2019, but the car is unlikely to be sold in the UK. The recently launched (but slower) high performance model, the GT350, didn’t cross the Atlantic either. However, the GT500 looks a strong candidate to appear on US racetracks, like so many of its Shelby predecessors.