Ford Provides Mustang Mugshot for 2020 Shelby GT500
Kudos to Ford for doing the shadowy teaser image correctly this week. While the auto industry has decided darkened teasers are compulsory for all upcoming models, some automakers provide photographs resembling Spın̈al Tap’s Smell the Glove album — so comedicaly dark, they become unintentional parodies of the now popular trend.
But Ford’s photo makes us feel like we’ve seen more of the 2020 Shelby GT500 than we actually have without giving up the goods, allowing us to feel simultaneously satiated and hungry.
It’s the clearest look yet of the forthcoming Mustang model, and our first impression is that it seems really angry about something. The grille is expansive, seemingly occupying frontal real estate from the vehicle’s nose all the way down to the aggressive frontal lip.
The coupe retains the headlights of the current-generation Mustang before the 2018 model-year refresh. While it presumably retains the new model’s upgraded tech and interior, exterior styling may have more in common with the older version of the car. Spy shots have even shown the Shelby sporting the straight taillights. (Those could have easily have been swapped — later test prototypes show an uncamouflaged rear end.)
Official details on the GT500 are understandably limited. Ford wants to hit the public with numbers when it’s ready (fingers crossed for the New York Auto Show this month) but there are leaks to give credence to its bestial nature. The motor, which has been given the Predator codename, is expected to be a 5.2-liter V8 making a rumored 700 horsepower — if not more. While the block is expected to be sourced from the GT350, the GT500 is all but guaranteed to ditch the flat-plane crankshaft for a conventional one and some forced induction.
Supercharging is the most likely outcome. American pony cars have — for the most part — eschewed turbochargers when working with larger displacement engines. Tradition also mandates that the meanest Mustangs have supercharger whine instead of the jet-like whistle of a spooling turbo. Regardless, the Shelby will be well positioned to meet or mangle the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat.
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