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New Shelby GT500

Miles Branman  | Published on Saturday, September 3, 2016
 
Ford has not yet confirmed it is working on the new model, but with auto show season kicking off in Los Angeles in November (where the last GT500 was introduced in 2013,) it might not be long before it does.
 

The automotive enthusiast community is quite taken with Ford’s Mustang Shelby GT350, and for good reason. The pony car wars have moved far beyond the parameters of a drag racing strip, and the GT350 sports car has proven to be a match even for elite European two-doors like the Porsche 911.

But while the GT350 can rip its way around a road course, Mustang fans still long for a tire-smoking Shelby to wear the storied GT500 badge. It would appear the wait will soon be over, as spy shots and reports of the next-generation GT500 are cropping up on the internet.

Autocar is reporting that the new GT500 won’t just best its 2013 predecessor’s 662 horsepower, it will plow right on to an enormous 800 ponies. This, of course, means the new ‘Stang will completely leapfrog the current kings of power: Dodge’s Charger and Challenger SRT Hellcats. It’s difficult to imagine 707hp being dwarfed by anything less than a Bugatti Chiron, but Ford Performance might just be the mad scientist to make this fantasy real.

With aftermarket tuners already getting over 800 hp out of both of those source engines, it shouldn’t be a problem for Ford to do the same…with a warranty.