The plot thickens as newly leaked images all but confirm the GT500’s production.
In a recent thread on the Mustang6G forums, a user posted two photos showing what may be the new Mustang GT500.
The first photo (above) shows an close-up of the engine, clearly outlining the Cobra symbol and “5.2 L” stamped into what looks like a supercharger. The second (below) shows an engine oil requirements spec sheet for a wide variety of engines. On the bottom of that list is the 5.2L Mustang GT350, as you’d expect. Below that, however…a clue. “5.2L Supercharged Mustang GT500”.
The second image is particularly interesting, because it shows a date of 10/13/2017, so it’s fairly recent. It also shows “2020 MY Oil Charts”, which suggests that the Mustang GT500 may emerge as a 2020 model, although most reports suggest it will debut as a 2019 model. Another photo later in that thread shows massive brakes believed to be for the GT500.
So, what can we take away from these images? Well, the new Shelby GT500 is definitely coming. We know it will have a 5.2-liter, supercharged V8 as a step above the GT350. However, how much power it will have relative to its competition remains up in the air.
It’s hard to say exactly where Ford is going to position the GT500, but let’s assume it’s going to be better in every way than the previous model. Way back in the day, the 2013 Shelby GT500 emerged on the scene. With 662 – yes, six hundred and sixty-two – horsepower. The Camaro ZL1 has 650 horsepower, and the Dodge Challenger Hellcat has 707. It depends on how berserk Ford wants to go. We’re betting it will have more than 700 horsepower, based on the previous model’s already ludicrous output.
If the GT350 is anything to go by, a new GT500 will surely be something special.