The Shelby GT500 will be the most powerful road-legal production Ford yet; and will be joined by a new hybrid version
Steve Cropley Autocar
17 April 2018

Ford is out testing development versions of the Mustang Shelby GT500 before it is revealed next year with a supercharged 5.2-litre V8 engine outputting around 700bhp.

The model, which was previewed in a video (bottom) at the Detroit motor show in January, is being co-engineered by Shelby. The iconic tuning firm's famous Cobra logo and racing stripes will adorn the model.

The super-performance muscle car will revive a model Ford stopped selling in 2015. It will be the most powerful street-legal Mustang offered yet, with more than twice the horsepower of the first-ever V8 performance model of 1967, which is featured in the preview video.

The GT500 uses a further developed and 'charged version of the Mustang GT350's 5.2-litre engine. Although Ford has remained tight-lipped on the car's specifications, rumours suggest the seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox from the Ford GT supercar could be used to channel power to the GT500's rear wheels.

Ford is expected 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.

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Sales are due to begin in 2019, but, like the GT350, the GT500 is unlikely to be sold in the UK. However, the GT500 looks a strong candidate to appear on US racetracks, like so many of its Shelby predecessors. 

Ford has announced the Shelby GT500 will be one of a number of new versions of the Mustang – which will include a hybrid version, part of a major electrification strategy of the firm's North American line-up. Ford says the hybrid system in the Mustang Hybrid will be tuned to 'deliver V8-like performance with more low-end torque'.

Ford will also launch a new GT California Special edition, which features a limited-edition design package. The California Special, likely to be for the US market only, takes its name from an early personalised version of the original Mustang created by a dealer. That model will be one of the first Mustangs to feature a rev-matching system to smooth out gear changes.

A video released by Ford at the Detroit show revealed the Mustang Shelby GT500 with wide longitudinal body stripes, and with two lights set centrally into the grille.

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16 January 2018

If they spent a small bit of the design budget on making the interior a# good as Audi for instance, buyers wouldn’t mind paying a few thousand more because this Shelby version ain’t going to be exactly Focus RS money...!!

Peter Cavellini.

16 January 2018
Peter Cavellini wrote:

If they spent a small bit of the design budget on making the interior a# good as Audi for instance, buyers wouldn’t mind paying a few thousand more because this Shelby version ain’t going to be exactly Focus RS money...!!

 

questionable supposition

currently, and for a long time, Mustangs are bought for other qualities than "Audi" interior

This applies especially for GT500 which is a pure Shelby-500+hp V8-diehard car.

No manual - no fun

16 January 2018
NoPasaran wrote:

Peter Cavellini wrote:

If they spent a small bit of the design budget on making the interior a# good as Audi for instance, buyers wouldn’t mind paying a few thousand more because this Shelby version ain’t going to be exactly Focus RS money...!!

Yeah, but I was on about the interior, I saw a walk around on AutoExpress YouTube and they weren’t allowed I guess to show the interior, same goes on Jay Leno’s web page, so, if even Jay Leno can’t let you see the interior......?

 

questionable supposition

currently, and for a long time, Mustangs are bought for other qualities than "Audi" interior

This applies especially for GT500 which is a pure Shelby-500+hp V8-diehard car.

Peter Cavellini.

17 April 2018
Peter Cavellini wrote:

If they spent a small bit of the design budget on making the interior a# good as Audi for instance, buyers wouldn’t mind paying a few thousand more because this Shelby version ain’t going to be exactly Focus RS money...!!

 

Why exactly would you want an Audi interior in a Mustang? You buy into the Mustang heritage, not a Teutonic one.

16 January 2018
Hopefully the production model runs to 800+. Ford is a leader, not a follower.

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