Ford Shelby GT500 to Get Ceramic Brakes, Bespoke Drive Modes, and 200+ MPH Top Speed – Could Debut in Detroit
The moment draws near... are you ready?by Robert Moore, on
Less than 24 hours ago it was discovered that Ford’s service information included a shot of what appeared to be a supercharged 5.2-liter as part of a wiring diagram. Well, once you dig around, it turns out Ford has already written the book on the GT500, so consider this as confirmation: It’s coming. And, it may be coming sooner than you think. Ford has an off-site event planned just prior to the kick off of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit next month, and the GT500 could very well stretch its wheels in the public eye for the very first time. Want to learn about all of this new information? Keep reading to see it all for yourself.
The Previously Seen Diagram
As mentioned in our previous article, this is clearly the supercharged 5.2. It has the floating throttle position sensor due to a different design, a similar belt routing to the 3.6-liter, a cobra on the intake manifold, and there’s even a different flywheel with a unique-looking flexplate. However, this is just the tip of the GT500 Iceberg – You can read more about this initial leak, or keep reading to find out about top speed.
GT500 Top Speed Could Exceed the 200 MPH Barrier
As you dig around Ford’s service information, it becomes painfully evident that the GT500 has been in the works and that Ford has already updated most of its service information to include it. Case in point – This snippet of the speedometer verification command structure. Take a look at that final entry: 100% at 200 mph. That sounds pretty promising, but look at the indication range: 194 -214 mph! Holy Toledo – we’re talking about some serious muscle from the Shelby. And as you might expect, the GT500 will also have its own special brake setup:
Ceramic Brakes With Wear Indicators
But, that’s far from all, and it gets even more exciting. Check out this information on the new drive modes:
GT500 Drag Strip and Launch Control Drive Models
You see that right, folks. The GT500 will trade off the Snow\Wet and Track drive modes in place of a fresh setup that includes “Drag Strip” and “Launch Control.” So, to put it simply, Ford is building its answer to the Dodge Hellcats (and maybe the Demon?) as well as the upcoming C8 Vette too. The plus side to the GT500, however, is it has that Magride suspension, so guess what? It’ll be able to corner with the best of them too.
Technology and Other Bits
Ok, so Ford has a habit of going all out for GT models, no doubt, but this time around, it’s even giving the GT500 its own HUD. Now, the HUD hasn’t actually be confirmed yet, but service information shows it in the network message chart and tells us that there will be a shift point light. It will probably also display other important information like tach information and oil temperature. We’ve also learned that it will idle at 900 rpm – just a hair faster than that of the GT. Finally, Ford’s Vin decoder shows a Vin “Z” listed as a 5.2-liter, DOHC, Ti-VCT, Supercharged, V-8. Unfortunately, it won’t get the soul that is the flat plane crank, but you’re probably not going to care because this is going to be THE car of 2018, no doubt.
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