Hellcat Killer? Shelby GT500 Gets Confirmed In The Least Likely Fashion
The most anticipated cars usually gets announced in the most unceremonious way. It doesn't involve glossy pre-produced videos or big unveilings with movie stars, it typically involves paparazzi style spy shots with nervous engineers frantically hiding the interior. The GT500's confirmation looks to be less glamorous, with a blurry cam shot of Ford's engine oil requirements sheet.
First of all, everyone and their mothers knew the GT500 was going to come out even before the Shelby GT350 first became available. This "secret" was first spoiled back in 1967 when Ford released the first GT500, and the expectation bar has been set at that level ever since. The release of the sixth generation Mustang Shelby GT350 in 2015 was the antipasto to the GT500 juicy rare steak of an entree. And based on the cropped picture of the engine bay, this GT500 may just deliver one hell of a punch to Chevy and Mopar enthusiasts.
Based on both pictures above and rumors that has been swirling around the interwebs for almost the entirety of 2017, we now believe that the 2020 model year Shelby GT500 will have a 5.2 liter V-8 engine, nicknamed "Predator", and it will require 5W50 oil. Further speculation from the Mustang6G crowd is that the top dog S550 will also have the 7 speed dual-clutch transmission found in the Ford GT and may potentially have more than 800 horsepower!
Adding more details to the unceremonious reveal is another picture of what may be the GT500's brakes. The picture could either be of a fairly hairy child's hand in front of a slotted Brembo rotor, or a normal sized man hand in front of an extremely large set of brakes.
One thing is for sure, if you're a fan of Mustangs you must be extremely happy at this point given that Ford may just have the proper horse to take down the venerable Hellcat, the car everyone on the internet and YouTube videos tries to kill.