Next Mustang Shelby GT500 Will Beat Hellcat's Horsepower: Report

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
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Ford Mustangs are hot. They’re hot in America, and they’re unusually hot in Europe, too. People like driving them, and they sure as hell like talking about them. But it’s no secret that Ford thinks the Mustang isn’t hot enough, given its third-place standing in the pony car horsepower wars.

We’ve heard that Ford wants a Mustang to HorsepowerKings, citing an unnamed source, claims that the folks at Ford Performance have a GT500 planned for 2018 that offers power “well over the 700 hp mark.”

The ZL1 makes 650 hp and the Hellcat makes 707 hp, meaning Ford could handily beat both. Right now, the top pony in the Mustang stable is the GT350, which makes 526 hp and has developed a nasty habit of generating fiery explosions on the track. As we’ve seen recently with Ford’s trucks, the automaker doesn’t like ceding the power crown to General Motors or FCA.

So, where does the power come from? Nothing’s set in stone, but the same source tells the publication that the development team is working hard on a direct injection engine — one that breathes “through a straw.”

Ford isn’t expected to upgrade the high-compression 5.2-liter V8 from the GT350. That mill would be difficult to modify. Instead, HorsepowerKings speculates that the twin-turbo 5.0-liter V8 spotted in Ford test mules will find its way under the hood of the GT500, possibly with direct injection.

Such an engine would likely take on a familiar name, giving Ford an EcoBoost lineup spanning the gamut from three to eight cylinders. The automaker’s recent developments in aluminum architecture and use of carbon fiber means the next GT500 (which disappeared from the lineup after 2014) could see significant weight savings.

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  • Lou_BC Lou_BC on Aug 24, 2016

    We've seen a power war rage with sport bikes. All of the bike companies have come up with ways to manage power delivery and keep squids alive therefore I'm not too worried about any of these muscle cars being too powerful for Johnnie Street. As pointed out earlier, most problems will occur at launch with all of the nannies switched off. I'm betting that at higher speeds the nannies will reactivate and keep things in line. The HellCat has a "track key" and that alone should help reel in some of the typical commute to work road rage.

  • TonyJZX TonyJZX on Aug 24, 2016

    Make that damn ecoboost 3.5 v6 mustang already. Also I welcome that 750hp Mustang. It'll most likely be the last true gasoline fired Mustang. But Lebanon Ford already has a $39,995 Roush 700hp Mustang....

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  • Robert I have had 4th gen 1996 model for many years and enjoy driving as much now as when I first purchased it - has 190 hp variant with just the right amount of power for most all driving situations!
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