Our spy photographers recently caught up with what we believe is a testing mule of the next-gen 2018 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500. This is good news for those who love the GTR and resort to aftermarket design houses to squeeze more juice from its power plant. According to rumors, it was just a matter of time before Ford brought out the “big brother” of the Shelby GT350 and GT350R into the game. The upcoming model is set to tame the rising popularity of the Camaro which is seriously giving the Mustang a good run for its money. Read along for more information:
The upcoming model is set to tame the rising popularity of the Camaro which is seriously giving the Mustang a good run for its money. Read along for more information:
2018 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Exterior
Unlike the last generation, the new GT500 will go on a diet in a bid to improve its performance. The model will benefit from a huge dose of aluminum and carbon fiber. The testing mule we captured making testing runs was heavily wrapped so we couldn’t make much of its styling.
Heavy camo’ at the front is an indication that the model will feature a revised bumper with modified air intakes. The grille will also be revised to help channel more cooling air to the monstrous engine that will be tucked under the hood. The hood will also be revised to feature a huge power dome. At the rear, the testing mule feature a larger wing mounted on top of the trunk-lid. The rear also features a revised exhaust system.
Other performance-oriented features include, bigger wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires and Brembo brakes to provide stopping power for the monstrous engine. The aerodynamics details of the exterior have also been revised to improve the model’s performance.
2018 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Interior
The interior styling is still a mystery. At this point, I bet that the automaker is yet to design a befitting cabin for the GT500. However, I think interior designers of the GT500 cabin will draw inspiration from the GT350. In particular, the dash, center console and door panels will be identical to those of the GT350. However, the model will come with its own unique features to distinguish it as the top-dog of the Mustang lineup.
Expect a new infotainment screen and bespoke gauges tailored to help drivers monitor their performance on the tracks.
The model will also feature quality upholstery with attractive contrast stitching. Being not a solely track-focused muscle car, expect the model to feature a host of convenience features such as a sound system, an air conditioning system, rear seats as well as a rear camera.
Engine and performance
Ford has not revealed the exact mill that will provide the juice for the new GT500. However, rumors doing rounds on the internet allege that a twin-turbocharged engine is the most likely. While this would be a significant move, considering a supercharger was used in the last generation. The new engine would be in line with the automaker’s latest power-train strategy. The “TT” lettering on the testing mule’s windscreen further points to the possibility of a twin-turbo engine.
Ford has already confirmed the engine will be used by the SVT Raptor. Like the GT500 testing mule, the SVT also featured the “TT’ lettering on its windscreen. Actual details of the mill are still a mystery but many enthusiasts argue a modified version of the 5.0 L, Coyote, V-8 mill is likely.
The GT500 will be the only factory-built Muscle car in the market powered by a twin-turbo. According to rumors, the output which is believed to be in excess of 700 horses (could reach 800 hp) will help the GT500 reclaim the top spot among factory-built muscle cars.
Price and release date
Well, it is too early to expect price confirmation from the automaker since even a release date has not been set. However, the GT500 is on track to be the most expensive 6th gen Mustang. The model may cost as much as $80,000. According to rumors, the model will be built in limited numbers; thus if you want one, you better keep yourself updated about its development.
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The 2018 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 will compete with other two impressive, factory-built muscle cars in the likes of Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat.