Ford has already given us our first look at the vehicle by way of a teaser. The teaser reveals a more aggressive face than on the Shelby GT350R. It looks like there are larger intakes in the front fascia and a nice power bulge on the hood.
From our spy shots, it looks like the front track has been widened slightly. The prototype is also wearing massive Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires and features beefy Brembos with cross-drilled rotors. The rear matches the design of the Shelby GT350R but a larger wing is mounted to the trunk lid.
What’s lurking beneath the hood is a supercharged version of the 5.2-liter V-8 in the Shelby GT350 and Shelby GT350R. The supercharged engine is expected to feature a conventional cross-plane crank instead of the atmo engine’s flat-plane unit, and no doubt there will be upgrades to other internals to handle extra grunt; we’re hearing something close to 800 horsepower (the last Shelby GT500 had 662 hp) is possible. Leaked CAD images indicate a cool cobra snake logo will feature on the supercharger housing.
We’ve also heard that the new Mustang top dog will be fitted with the 10-speed automatic Ford developed with General Motors. GM has already fitted it to the Chevy ZL1 1LE and boasts that the unit is quicker than the best dual-clutch transmissions, including Porsche’s PDK. An alternative could be the 7-speed dual-clutch unit fitted to Ford‘s GT supercar. We hope a 6-speed manual is also offered.
Ford has indicated that the Shelby GT500 will more closely target the Demon than the ZL1 1LE. It will still be able to attack a corner, but for the Mustang buyer looking to hone their track skills the GT350R will probably remain the better buy.
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