Ford Could Be Working on an 800-HP Shelby Mustang
Back in 1965, famed racer Carroll Shelby took Ford’s youthful pony car, added a high-rise intake, Holley carburetor, tri-Y headers, plus a handful of other modifications, and the end result would become a track legend—the '65 Shelby GT350 Ford Mustang. Two years later, another famous Mustang would emerge from the house of Shelby—the storied 1967 Shelby GT500, a big-block V8 monster with serious straight-line speed. Fast forward to modern day and Ford has rekindled its GT350 nameplate, but the question in the minds of many Blue Oval fans is this, “will a new Shelby GT500 follow suit,” perhaps even in two years? While Ford has in no way confirmed or even hinted that such a car will arrive, the Internet is yet again abuzz with rumors pointing to the contrary. RELATED: Meet the Ringbrothers' 959-HP Ford Mustang 'Espionage'
The latest comes from Torque News, which cites “a guy who knows a guy who works for Ford,” and they state that a new Shelby GT500 is in the works, soon to pack a twin-turbocharged V8 with anywhere from 750 to 800 horsepower.
Admittedly, that’s far from a concrete source, but if there’s a grain of truth in that, the Dodge Challenger Hellcats and Chevrolet Camaro ZL1s of the world better be on guard.
From a status standpoint, the move would surely make sense. Ford can’t possibly be thrilled about all the buzz that surrounds Dodge’s 707-horsepower Hellcat muscle cars, and even more so considering the Hellcats usurped the late-great GT500’s title of housing the “world's most powerful production V8.”
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If indeed Ford is eyeing a horsepower war though, it has a good car to do it with as well. The current generation S550 Ford Mustang GT (with 5.0-liter V8 in tow) weighs around 700 pounds less than the Hellcat-powered Challenger, which (if generating the alleged power figures) ought to make it more nimble on the road.
And whereas the last-generation Shelby GT500 netted its colossal 662 horsepower thanks to a supercharger, a turbocharged V8 setup would seem the likely route to go for the Blue Oval in any future GT500 endeavors. Ford already sells the current Mustang with a turbocharged four-cylinder, the Ford F-150 with the popular EcoBoost V6 engines, and the all-new Ford GT is going twin-turbo.
Of course, absolutely nothing has been confirmed about any new Shelby GT500, so we’ll all just have to wait and see. Nevertheless, consider our collective attentions piqued.
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