Caught in spy photos for years, a turbulent development (first turbocharged, then switched to supercharged), fake news and rumors all around — and now it’s finally been previewed. No detailed press release, no photos, just a few short lines and a video. And it won’t be available until “2019” (not specified as “summer 2018” as in the case of the 2019 Mustang Bullitt, but specifically the “calendar year 2019”).
Even worse, it has been saddled with the stigma of drag racing. What is clearly a car designed for road racing has – at the last moment – had the tag of drag racing added to it. No doubt some Ford executive worried about competing with the (absurdly heavy) Challenger “Demon”, a purely straight line car with 805 factory HP (stock, 840 once you update the computer and find 100 octane gas). Or perhaps it was the Ford dealers who wanted this as an excuse to mark up the car even more than it would be already (and in the 6 hours since the announcement no doubt already has been). In any case, it may be the 2019 NAIAS show before we see the GT500 fully revealed and spec’d out.
Nor is the HP announced, but this is normal this far ahead of production. Declared as “700+”, it will undoubtedly be closer to 750 by the time it reaches production in a year. 755 would put it on par with the 2019 ZL1 Corvette.
Visit out Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Pinterest Board for 12 Pins covering what we know from the video.
And be sure to visit our existing Ford Shelby GT350 Pinterest Board for all the details about a car you can buy right now – and one without the straight-line stigma.
Ford Press Release follows:
Most Powerful Street-Legal Production Ford Ever: All-new Mustang Shelby GT500 to Attack Tracks, Drag Strips in 2019
- Arriving in 2019, the all-new Mustang Shelby® GT500® will be the pinnacle of Mustang performance and highlights the innovation, ingenuity and passion of Ford Performance
- With more than 700 horsepower projected, the all-new Shelby GT500 fast-back coupe will be twice as powerful as the original 1967 Mustang performance model
DETROIT, Jan. 15, 2018 – Loaded with the most venom ever, the all-new Mustang Shelby® GT500® with its 700-plus horsepower supercharged V8 will be the most powerful street-legal production Ford ever.
Embodying Ford Performance team’s motorsport expertise, this new Mustang is engineered to stand apart on roadways and race tracks, thanks to its new innovative track technologies, performance hardware, plus aggressive and functional track-tuned styling.