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2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
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Powered by a supercharged V-8 with more than 700 horsepower!

Dating back to the late 1960s, the Shelby GT500 returned in 2019 after a five-year hiatus. The first iteration of the sixth-gen Mustang to sport a supercharged V-8 engine, this GT500 is also the most powerful street-legal Ford, even when compared to the Ford GT supercar. The GT500 also borrows some tech from the GT, as well as from the race-spec Mustang GT4. The first GT500 in five years is aimed at the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. And needless to say, it has enough power to leave both its rivals behind in a cloud of dust. Arguably the biggest news is that the supercharged V-8 delivers in excess of 700 horsepower, but enthusiasts also have to cope with the fact that Ford doesn’t offer a manual gearbox. Let’s find out more about that in the review below.

 

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2020 Ford Shelby GT500 Dragon Snake

2020 Ford Shelby GT500 Dragon Snake

Is it a threat to the Dodge SRT Demon?

The 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 is a speed demon in itself but here comes the Shelby GT500 Dragon Snake, a vehicle that Shelby says it designed and developed for blistering performance on the drag strip. The GT500 Dragon Snake packs north of 800 horsepower, is said to be lighter than the regular GT500, and it also puts the power down more efficiently thanks to a retuned transmission and other bits and bobs.

We know the 2020 Shelby GT500 is theoretically capable of blazing from naught to 60 miles per hour in 3.3 seconds and run the quarter mile in 10.7 seconds. Car and Driver, however, estimates that under normal conditions, on regular pavement (i.e. in the absence of a drag race-prepped surface), the Shelby GT500 will need 3.5 seconds to hit 60 miles per hour and about 11 seconds to clear the quarter mile. So, we must ask: can the new 2020 GT500 Dragon Snake accelerate to 60 miles per hour in less than three seconds and match the Demon’s 2.3-second 0-60 sprint? Let’s find out.

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Wallpaper of the Day: 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

Wallpaper of the Day: 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

When Ford introduced the 2020 Shelby GT500 it blew the last-gen model out of the water. Where the old model featured a 5.8-liter supercharged and turbocharged V-8 that was good for 662 horsepower and 631 pound-feet of torque, the new 2020 GT500 pushes it to an all-new level. It is nearly 400 pounds heavier, but it pumps out 760 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque from a 5.2-liter flat-plane-crank V-8 that features nothing more than a big, fat supercharger sitting on the top of the engine. We’re talking mid-3-second sprints to 60 mph and quarter-mile times that drop into the 10-second range. We were there for the big debut, and we’ve seen it on more than one occasion. To be honest, we keep thinking about it, so we decided to make it our wallpaper of the day. We’ve posted our favorite below, but there’s also a big gallery at the bottom of the page if you want to choose something different for yourself!

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The 2020 Shelby Mustang GT500 Will Land In Australia, but the Price Will Make Your Ass Hurt

The 2020 Shelby Mustang GT500 Will Land In Australia, but the Price Will Make Your Ass Hurt

You’re going to have to pay a steep price to own one, but the returns could make it all worth it

Good news, Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 fans in Australia. The fastest Mustang ever built will be coming to the Land Down Under! Bad news, Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 fans in Australia. The fastest Mustang ever built will carry a price tag that’s going to beat your bank accounts senseless!

That’s the predicament our mates now face. On the one hand, the possibility of owning a Shelby GT500 has never been this close to reality, at least if a new law passes allowing variants of the Mustang not sold in Australia to be imported and sold locally. On the other hand, these converted-for-Australia GT500 models could set would-be owners back as much as AUD300,000 to AUD400,000. That converts to around $202,000 to $270,000 based on current exchange rates.

Depending on what the price ends up being, our friends in Australia would have to pay at least three times as much as U.S. customers for a chance to own and drive the fastest Mustang ever built. Is the thrill of owning a Shelby GT500 worth the price — literally — of a Lamborghini Huracan? That’s a question only those who are really interested in a converted Mustang Shelby GT500 can answer.

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Check Out How Ford Builds the 2020 Shelby GT500's Engine in AMG Fashion

Check Out How Ford Builds the 2020 Shelby GT500’s Engine in AMG Fashion

Ford is pulling off the “one man - one engine” creed for the Shelby GT500’s monster powerplant

We all know and love Mercedes-AMG. It is home to some of the world’s most powerful and vocal engines, including those V-12s Mr. Horacio Pagani uses inside his boutique supercars. That sort of high-quality levels and confidence received from fellow carmakers and customers, however, is due to a sanctified concept we know as “one man - one engine.”

In other words, only one technician is tasked with the assembly of a particular engine within AMG. Not two, not three, not a team. Just one. In fact, Affalterbach is so strict about it, that if the engine is not completed during a shift, it will have to wait until the next day, for the same technician to come to work and resume the assembly process.

Ford, on the other hand, seems to have learned its lesson and as a result, decided it should do the same for the V-8 that goes inside the 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500. And for the first time ever, we can show you a video that documents that build process.

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Here's What You Need to Know About Choosing the Color of Your 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

Here’s What You Need to Know About Choosing the Color of Your 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

There are actually a lot of choices

We can’t not like the Blue colors that adorned the Shelby GT500 that was showcased during the car’s big debut. It was a beautiful color, and it fit the car pretty damn well. Of course, it looked even better because of the color of carpet it was displayed on, but that’s neither here nor there. What if you don’t want blue? Maybe you want pull-me-over-red (not that’s not a real color) or some variation of blue or purple even? Well, the Shelby GT500 is offered with your choice of 11 different colors, some of which you can have for free, and others you have to pay for. Oh, and about those racing stripes… we’ve got you covered on that too. Here’s what you need to know.

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Ever Wonder Why the Racing Stripe on a 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Costs $10,000?

Ever Wonder Why the Racing Stripe on a 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Costs $10,000?

It’s not as ridiculous as it sounds, honestly…. I promise

The 2020 Ford Shelby GT 500 starts out at $72,900 or about $1,300 a month if you have amazing credit – that’s some $12,460 more expensive than the base GT350 and $535 cheaper than the GT350R. Does it blow your mind to know that the GT500 can be customized to the extent that it will set you back $107,080? Just how the hell do you add $34,100 worth of options to a freaking Mustang – especially the, arguably, best Mustang you can buy? Well, as I was customizing mine, I noticed something – the GT500 has a $10,000 racing stripe option, one that is now available next to the usual $1,000 vinal stripe. How does Ford justify charging $10,000 for a racing stripe that, regardless of what you think, doesn’t make you go faster? Well, here’s the deal….

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2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 by Hennessey

2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 by Hennessey

You’d better come prepared for savagery when you avail any of these tuning programs for the new Shelby GT500

The 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is the kind of car you buy if you’re into power, speed, and performance. It’s also the kind of car you buy if you’re not afraid of what all of that can do to you. Oh, and it’s also the car you buy if you want to get any of these tuning programs that are available specifically for the 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500. There are three tuning programs in total: Venom 850, Venom 1000, and Venom 1200. Each one offers power and performance upgrades to the Shelby GT500’s 5.2-liter supercharged V-8 engine. I suppose the amount of extra power you want depends on what you can handle on the race track. Let it be said, though, that when Hennessey builds a tuning kit for a muscle car that’s already dripping in power and torque, these kits aren’t the types you buy when you want to use them for your weekend errands. These kits are the types you buy when you want to go balls-to-the-wall on the racetrack.

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Here's How the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Can Go from 0-100 mph and back to 0 in 10.6 Seconds

Here’s How the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Can Go from 0-100 mph and back to 0 in 10.6 Seconds

Hint: the 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 uses a combo of sturdy brakes, custom tires, and a devilish engine of course

First unveiled at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 didn’t reveal itself to us in full straight away. We had to wait until June to find out the exact output of the supercharged, 5.2-liter V-8 and then we found out how much it will cost. However, some pieces of the puzzle were still missing. Now, Ford revealed another metric: the 0-100-0 time of the GT500. As you already read the title, you’ll know the most powerful road-going product of the Blue Oval does it in under 11 seconds and this places the monstrous muscle car in a rather exclusive club as you’ll find out below - yet behind what Dodge and Chevy can do.

When Ford conceived the latest Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 that’ll go on sale starting from $70,300 (without taxes) as a 2020 MY car, it pulled no punches in an effort to squash the Dodge Challenger Hellcat and the Chevy Camaro ZL1. Yes, it’s not as powerful as the 797 horsepower Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye but it’s got 110 ponies on the Camaro ZL1 and 30 horsepower on Ferrari’s F12 grand tourer that costs $320,000 when new. But the Mustang GT500 isn’t all about raw speed as it can also accelerate, stop, and corner incredibly well - if you couldn’t already tell by that GT4-style wing fixed to the tail end.

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2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

Powered by a supercharged V-8 with more than 700 horsepower!

Dating back to the late 1960s, the Shelby GT500 returned in 2019 after a five-year hiatus. The first iteration of the sixth-gen Mustang to sport a supercharged V-8 engine, this GT500 is also the most powerful street-legal Ford, even when compared to the Ford GT supercar. The GT500 also borrows some tech from the GT, as well as from the race-spec Mustang GT4. The first GT500 in five years is aimed at the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. And needless to say, it has enough power to leave both its rivals behind in a cloud of dust. Arguably the biggest news is that the supercharged V-8 delivers in excess of 700 horsepower, but enthusiasts also have to cope with the fact that Ford doesn’t offer a manual gearbox. Let’s find out more about that in the review below.

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Cars That We Can't Wait to See in 2019

Cars That We Can’t Wait to See in 2019

There are so many that we just don’t know what to do

What does the future behold? There are countless future classics ready to slide out from under the sheets of which they’ve been covered, and it’s all set to happen in 2019. There will be new EVs, new muscle cars, and a complete evolution of luxury cars. One of America’s most loved sports cars, the Chevy Corvette, is set move into a mid-engine configuration - something that’s been in the works for decades. With that said, we have a lot to be excited for, and this is a list of the models that we just can’t wait any longer for.

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Want an All-Electric Ford Mustang? Aviar Motors in Russia Might Hook You Up

Want an All-Electric Ford Mustang? Aviar Motors in Russia Might Hook You Up

No V-8 burble from this Mustang-lookalike, but at least it should go fast

The market for restomods is growing as we see more and more cars modified with a modern twist. Now, there’s a new wave of constructors that try to tease you with a slightly altered recipe: a classic-looking car with modern, eco-friendly, propulsion. One fine example of this is the Aviar Motors R67 built in Russia that, as the name subtly suggests, strongly resembles a Ford Mustang from the year 1967.

Have you ever thought of buying a Mustang replica from a Russian company? What about a Mustang replica from a Russian company that’s also electric and has over 700 pound-feet of torque? As strange as it may sound, Aviar Motors is planning to build just that. This new start-up company has showcased its plans for a retro-looking EV that’s nothing more than a slightly modified 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback. As far as we’re concerned, that’s not a bad starting point at all, as long as Ford agrees with the whole thing.

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Is This Really the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500R?

Is This Really the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500R?

At least is a starting point on how it may look

Can we believe what we’re seeing? We’ve barely gone past the news that an image of the 2020 Ford Mustang GT500 was leaked and now the GT500R too? It would be too good to be true.

Last week, we were unexpectedly hit with the news that the new GT500 based on the S550 Mustang has been sneakily photographed during a dealer presentation. It featured the same dual white stripe over blue livery as seen in Ford’s official overhead sneak peek shot, so we think that that is the real deal.

However, we’re not so sure about the GT500R, since we don’t even know if and, if yes when an R version will come for the GT500. We know the GT350 was offered in R form so it would seem natural that its big brother sees a similar treatment, but nothing’s been confirmed yet.

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2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Revealed In Social Media Post

2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Revealed In Social Media Post

Will the Blue Oval’s latest snake leave us charmed?

If you love a thumping big V-8, tire-shredding RWD power, and all the attitude that goes with it, you’re spoiled for choice. Indeed, there’s no shortage of badass muscle cars out there these days, and now, it looks like Ford is getting in on the fun with a new Mustang Shelby GT500, as revealed in a recent Instagram post by user sinister_lifestyle.

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Leaked Document: Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Will Have 710HP; Weigh 4,200 Lbs

Leaked Document: Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Will Have 710HP; Weigh 4,200 Lbs

It’s hard to make out these numbers without any substantiated confirmations from Ford

A leaked product sheet for the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 reveals that the mighty muscle car will have a whopping output of 720 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque. In addition to the uptick in power, the product sheet also shows that the Shelby GT500 will 4,225 pounds, almost 300 hundred pounds heavier than its predecessor. The document looks skeptical, so even with these headline-grabbing numbers, it’s hard to trust what it says without any word from Ford itself.

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First Official Image of the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Shows a Big Hood Vent and Carbon Wing

First Official Image of the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Shows a Big Hood Vent and Carbon Wing

Racing stripes come standard

The most menacing sixth-gen Mustang yet, the Shelby GT500, is coming for the 2020 model year, and Ford just launched the first official photo of the car via Motor Trend. The teaser shows the top of the beefed-up coupe and some of its aggressive design and aerodynamic features.

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Shelby To Produce Limited Continuation of the 1967 Shelby Mustang GT500 Super Snake

Shelby To Produce Limited Continuation of the 1967 Shelby Mustang GT500 Super Snake

Following though on some “unfinished business”

Back in the late ‘60s, Shelby built the GT500 Super Snake as a record-setting beast of a machine, but unfortunately, it never made it to full production status. Now, the American performance company is correcting that with a continuation run of the high-performance muscle car classic.

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The 2020 Ford Shelby GT500 Mustang Just Might Get a Six-Speed Manual After All!

The 2020 Ford Shelby GT500 Mustang Just Might Get a Six-Speed Manual After All!

The first GT500 with a stick just hit public roads

With a few teasers and at least a couple of prototypes spotted on public roads, it’s no longer a mystery that a brand-new Shelby GT500 is underway. However, official information about the drivetrain is still slim beyond the rumors. Word has it that the new Shelby GT500 will hit the road with a twin-turbo V-8 under the hood mated to a dual-clutch transmission for extremely fast shifts and sprints to 60 mph, but new spy shots suggest that the muscle car may also get a manual transmission.

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Ford Teases Shelby GT500, Bronco, And Two New SUVs

Ford Teases Shelby GT500, Bronco, And Two New SUVs

Tons of new products coming from the Blue Oval!

Ford just released an extended outline of its product plan for the next few years, including a good deal of info on its line of SUVs, trucks, and off-roaders. The release also gives us a preview of the Mustang’s battery-assisted future, not to mention a slew of shadowy teaser images that includes a glimpse at the front end of the new Shelby GT500.

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Irony: Man Named "Shelby Mustang GT500 Miller" Arrested for Driving Without a License

Irony: Man Named "Shelby Mustang GT500 Miller" Arrested for Driving Without a License

He made the news for the wrong reasons, but his name will live on in infamy

If we told you that there’s a man in Arkansas named Shelby Mustang GT500 Miller, would you believe us? Better yet, would you believe that Miller was arrested by local authorities last week for three motor vehicle-related charges? As unlikely and ridiculous as this sounds, it also happens to be true. All of it. There really is an Arkansas man with the name Shelby Mustang GT500 Miller, and he really did get arrested for driving without a license, not wearing a seatbelt while driving, and lacking proof of liability insurance.

It doesn’t get any better than this, doesn’t it? I suppose it’s not a good thing because his name is making the news for all the wrong reasons, but the fact that his name is what it is — Shelby Mustang GT500 — is glorious. Unfortunately, Miller’s brazen attitude towards the law is hampering his good name. According to The Smoking Gun, his bond was set at $450, and he has a court date set for March 8.

Unfortunately, Shelby Mustang GT500 Miller is far from a straight arrow. Before this arrest, he already ran afoul of the law numerous times in the past, including another arrest in 2014 after he allegedly got into a fight at a local sports bar, returning later with a hatchet under his shirt, presumably to do some damage with it. He was eventually arrested on charges of public intoxication, weapons charges, and probation violation.

Judging by the plethora of police reports he has incurred over the years, it does seem that “Mustang GT500” is, in fact, his middle name. What’s unclear is whether he got his name from his parents when he was born or whether he decided to string them all together later on with the purpose of eventually finding himself in the news. If it’s the latter, then we salute you, Shelby Mustang GT500 Miller for a job well done. You made the news for all the wrong reasons, but your name will live in on infamy, or at least until we find someone named “Chevrolet COPO Camaro Sanders.”

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Video of the Day: 850HP Shelby GT500

Video of the Day: 850HP Shelby GT500

One mean beast playing in the street and it didn’t even hunt down any people in the process

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Is The Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Headed For a Chicago Debut?

Is The Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Headed For a Chicago Debut?

Leaked listings appear to point to it

With only a month between them, the turnaround time between the Detroit Motor Show and the Chicago Auto Show is usually quick. Just as soon as Detroit ends, the buzz surrounding Chicago begins. This is especially true for a company like Ford, which appears to have an important model that’s scheduled to make its debut at the Chicago Auto Show. Apparently, show organizers mistakenly published lists of vehicles that will be on display in the Windy City, and one of those models is the new Ford Mustang Shelby GT500.

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It Didn't Come To The Detroit Auto Show, But Ford Is Working On A Shelby GT500: Video

It Didn’t Come To The Detroit Auto Show, But Ford Is Working On A Shelby GT500: Video

Yeah, we saw the Bullitt in Motown, but we want the full Eleanor!

The 2018 Detroit Auto Show is now in full swing, bringing with it a glut of fresh metal hot off the presses. This is Motor City, hometown to the Big Three and birthplace of the greatest American muscle cars to ever hit pavement. All of which makes it the perfect venue to drop the new Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, right? Unfortunately, that’s not the case, as the Blue Oval decided to keep its new ultimate pony under wraps, save for the the above-featured one-minute video. Better than nothin’, though.

Composed of a series of close-cropped detail shots, the video gives us a look at the brake and wheel package, exhaust, front splitter, rear spoiler, hood louvers, side skirts, and headlights. All in all, it’s looking like the usual factory-tuned Mustang badassery, and according to Ford, the machine has the specs to match.

“With more than 700 horsepower projected, the supercharged V8 Mustang Shelby GT500 will be the most powerful street-legal production Ford ever, and twice as powerful as the original 1967 Mustang performance model.”

Look for it to make a splashdown sometime next year.

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Ford Shelby GT500 to Get Ceramic Brakes, Bespoke Drive Modes, and 200+ MPH Top Speed – Could Debut in Detroit

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?

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.

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Supercharged Engine in Ford Wiring Diagrams Could be Proof of a Mustang GT500 with a DCT Transmission!!!

Supercharged Engine in Ford Wiring Diagrams Could be Proof of a Mustang GT500 with a DCT Transmission!!!

Somebody over at Ford made a big mistake

Information leaks seem to be commonplace today, and you couldn’t be blamed if you didn’t know which was worse: Leaks from the auto industry or leaks from the U.S. Government. On the plus side, however, the leaks from the auto industry give us a little glimmer of hope and, in this case, it’s hope that a GT500 isn’t only in the works but so far on its way into production that its engine is showing up in wiring diagrams already. That’s right, the guys over at Mustang6G have stumbled upon a supercharged 5.2-liter engine that’s even sporting the Corba logo right on top. This has to be, without a doubt, the engine for the GT500. You can add that to previous leaks as well, including an image of the cobra-baring intake manifold and an internal document about engine oil requirements.

Want to know more? Check out our little breakdown of this latest leak:

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Do These Leaked Images Prove a New Shelby GT500 Mustang is on the Way?

Do These Leaked Images Prove a New Shelby GT500 Mustang is on the Way?

This could mean big news for the Detroit Auto Show!

Up until now, it was largely unknown whether or not there would be a Shelby GT500 or a Bullitt Mustang derived from the sixth-gen Mustang – especially considering the fact that it just went through a major facelift for 2018. Rumors have been flying like pans from a scorned wife, but nothing official. And, there’s still nothing official, but the guys over at Mustang6G forums have posted a couple of intriguing images that point to the GT500 being a near certainty. We’re talking about a supercharger for the 5.2-liter with a Cobra emblem on it and a pair of massive rotors with Brembo calipers. Sure, security over there must suck, but the good news for us is that it looks like a GT500 is in the works. And, it could debut real soon, right next to the new Bullitt Mustang…. Say what? That’s right… two icons could very well make their return with the next few months. Keep reading to learn more.

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Will Ford Surprise us With a 2017 Mustang Shelby GT500?

Will Ford Surprise us With a 2017 Mustang Shelby GT500?

Search for "GT500" in Google and see what happens!

The Ford Mustang has always been an iconic muscle car, but the sixth-gen model that debuted for the 2015 model year just so happens to be the most iconic of all. The sixth-gen model brought about an all-new design language, a brand-new platform with independent rear suspension, and more importantly, it became the first generation of Mustang to find itself in Ford dealerships over in Europe. So far, Ford has launched the first performance variant of the sixth-gen Mustang – the Shelby GT350 – but we’ve seen spy shots of an even more aggressive version, telling us that a Shelby GT500 is likely in the books. So far, we’ve been expecting to see it for the 2018 model year, but it looks like Ford just might bring that bad boy out for the 2017 model year.

No word has come down from for, at least not directly, but if you do a quick Google search for “gt500” one of the first results is Ford’s website with the listing: "2017 Ford Mustang Shelby GT 500 | The Cobra of Performance Cars…” The URL is even “www.ford.com/cars/mustang/trim/shelbygt500.” When you click on the link, it takes you straight to the 2017 Mustang model page, but the URL remains the same, indicating we may see the most powerful version of the Mustang much sooner than we expected.

If the Shelby GT500 does really go on sale as a 2017 model, then Ford needs to get this baby into the public view as soon as possible. That means we could see it in the metal as early as the 2017 Detroit Auto Show, and if not there, the 2017 Chicago Auto Show. At this time, there’s no word as to what will power the beast, but rumors have suggested a twin-turbo V-8 (a big departure from the supercharged mills of the past) that could boast anywhere between 700 to 800 horsepower. It would also sport a performance braking package from Brembo, a race-bred suspension, and probably Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires. More importantly, it should be powerful enough to take on models like the Chevy Camaro ZL1, and anything with a Hellcat badge.

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2007 Shelby Cobra GT500

2007 Shelby Cobra GT500

Ford reignites the high-horsepower pony wars

Ford Motor Company and Carol Shelby have a long and rich history together. Shelby, a WWII flight instructor and test pilot turned professional racecar driver, started his company named Shelby America company in 1962 building a modified version of the AC Cobra. Shelby transformed the small, European roadster into an American muscle car thanks to a Ford V-8. He soon turned his attention to other vehicles as well, including the then-new Ford Mustang.

Shelby’s relationship with the Mustang would be his most iconic. His first would be the 1965 Shelby Mustang GT350. It was followed by the Shelby Mustang GT500 in 1967 and the GT500KR in 1968. After 1969, Shelby stopped modifying the pony cars, but not before making a name for himself.

It was in 2005 that Shelby decided to revive his Ford heritage. The fifth generation Mustang had just been released and its retro design begged for Shelby’s touch. Working with Ford’s SVT team, Shelby and the crew developed the GT500 – a supercharged V-8 Mustang with 450 horsepower, a matching amount of torque, upgraded suspension components, brakes from Brembo, and a bespoke exterior treatment that make the Shelby Cobra GT500 unique. The car didn’t hit showrooms until the 2007 model year, and within that development time, the GT500’s horsepower had grown to an even 500 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque.

The GT500 was the most powerful production Mustang Ford had ever created and helped reignite the high-horsepower wars between Detroit’s Big Three – Chevy, Dodge, and Ford. So without further introductions, let’s take a look at the 2007 Shelby Cobra GT500.

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Next Ford Shelby GT500 May Get Twin-Turbo V-6

Next Ford Shelby GT500 May Get Twin-Turbo V-6

In a move that is likely to cause exploding heads among muscle car traditionalists, Ford could decide to ditch V-8 power for the next Mustang GT500 in favor of the new 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 found in the upcoming 2017 Ford GT supercar. A forced-induction version of the flat-plane crank V-8 from the 2016 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350 is also a possibility, but given that Ford has been championing its EcoBoost V-6 in halo products, including the GT and 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor, there might be something to this.

The news comes courtesy of Automobile Magazine, which says whatever engine the GT500 ends up with, we can expect it to produce over 700 horsepower. The new engine is undergoing development both in Dearborn and on the track in the Ford-powered 2014 Ford Riley Daytona prototype race car in the Tudor United SportsCar Series. The block, heads, pistons and intake are all new, and it uses a dual fuel-injection system that combines port and direct injection. Ford hasn’t shared much more than that, but promised that it will be virtually lag free.

With a startling 662 horsepower, the previous GT500 was a 200-mph muscle car that could be had for about $56,000. The only problem was that it didn’t go around corners so well due to its live rear axle and a heavy supercharged V-8 anchor under the hood. Combined with the Mustang’s newfound independent rear suspension, a lighter, smaller displacement V-6 could improve handling dramatically, making the GT500 more than just a straight-line threat.

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2007 - 2014 Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snake Signature Edition by Shelby American

2007 - 2014 Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snake Signature Edition by Shelby American

Although the modern-day Super Snake was introduced in 2008 for the 2007 Shelby GT500, the name goes back all the way to 1966 when Carroll Shelby built the "Cobra to end all Cobras:" a 600-horsepower roadster based in the Cobra 427. With the fifth-generation Mustang having been retired at the end of the 2014 model year making way for the redesigned pony car, production of the GT500 Super Snake is also set to come to an end. As a result, Shelby American is sending the moniker off into the history books with a limited-edition model dubbed the Signature Edition.

The final iteration of the Super Snake comes as a post-title package that adds a few extra features on top of the regular features offered with either the 662-horsepower or 850-pony package. Read on to find out more about the extras that come with the new Super Snake Signature Edition.

Click past the jump to read more about the Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snakes Signature Edition By Shelby American.

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1968 Shelby Mustang GT500 KR

1968 Shelby Mustang GT500 KR

By 1968, the Ford Mustang had already become one of the most popular cars in the United States. Affordable, available in three different body styles and with a bevy of inline-six and V-8 engines, Ford’s pony was enjoying tremendous success. The arrival of the beefed-up Shelby Mustang and its many versions only made things better, but Ford and Carroll Shelby felt the pony could become even more impressive. Their dream came true in April 1968, when a brand-new version of the 428 Police Interceptor engine was fitted with improved-breathing heads and larger exhaust manifolds, giving birth to the 428 Cobra Jet. The mill quickly found its way into the Shelby GT500, which became the GT500 KR or "King of the Road". Officially rated at 335 horsepower, but actually powered by no less than 400 ponies and 440 pound-feet of torque, the King gained iconic status almost immediately.

The moniker was discontinued for the 1969 model year, only a few months before Carroll Shelby terminated his agreement with Ford. The GT500 KR nameplate returned exactly 40 years later on the fifth-generation Mustang, this time adorning a 540-horsepower muscle car that was motivated by a 5.4-liter V-8. After all of these years, the first-generation GT500 KR is as formidable as it’s always been, but its statute and value have grown considerably in the eyes of muscle-car aficionados and collectors alike.

Updated 07/23/2014: A very rare Mustang GT 500 KR is being offered by RK Motors Charlotte for a price of $189,900. Click past the jump for more details.

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1967 Shelby GT500 Tribute "RK527"

1967 Shelby GT500 Tribute "RK527"

It’s undeniable the impact the Ford Mustang has had on the American automotive market, and this week celebrates the iconic Pony Car’s 50th birthday. Helping commemorate the occasion is this one-off Mustang built by RK Motors based on the 1967 Shelby GT500. We say ‘based on’ because under its factory-fresh appearance lies a host of performance add-ons and go-fast bits that could make a grown man cry. At the ‘Stang’s heart is a hand-built 527-cubic-inch Boss Nine, all-aluminum V-8 cranking out roughly 800 horsepower. It’s backed by a custom-built Tremec T56 six-speed manual transmission that sends power to the pavement through vintage style 18-inch wheels mounted with BF Goodrich G-force sport comp rubber.

A heaping helping of other parts helps this Ford handle like a go-kart. That’s a good thing because this car is no trailer queen. In fact, RK Motors owner and chairman Rob Kauffman will drive the RK527 during the upcoming HOT ROD Magazine Power Tour — a 1,500-mile excursion between Charlotte and Wisconsin. Taking place June 7th through 14th, the challenging even tests man and machine in an endurance-style road trip with only hot rod and muscle car contenders.

There’s much more lurking underneath the RK527’s candy apple red paint, so click past the jump for the complete rundown.

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2013 Ford Shelby GT500 Mustang HFB Special Edition

2013 Ford Shelby GT500 Mustang HFB Special Edition

SpeedTV has prepared a very big surprise for its annual coverage of the Barrett-Jackson automobile auction in Scottsdale, Arizona. They will give-away a 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 Mustang HFB Special Edition and all you have to do to enter is to take part in Speed’s Hagerty Fantasy Bid process and you’re automatically eligible. The winner will be announced on Sunday, Jan. 20.

This one-off Shelby GT500 Mustang HFB Special Edition will be loaded with performance upgrades, including a Ford Racing lowering kit, hydraulic hood struts, full-length stainless-steel headers with high-flow catalytic converters, a Borla exhaust system, high-flow air filter and an Ice Nine modified air intake. The final output hasn’t been revealed just yet, but Speed announced this one-off HFB edition will deliver more than 800 horsepower.

The car will feature an all-black exterior combined with W2 Graphics’ flat black stripe kit and a set of aftermarket wheels wrapped in Nitto 20-by-9.5-inch front and 20-by-11-inch Drag Radial rear tires. For the interior, the model adds custom-made front and rear seats featuring black suede inserts, black carbon-fiber stripes and blue stitching.

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2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Wide Body by Galpin Auto Sports

2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Wide Body by Galpin Auto Sports

Galpin Auto Sports is taking its designation as an authorized Shelby Mod Shop seriously with a pair of programs for the exclusive Shelby GT500. One of these programs was actually displayed as the Shelby show car at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

It turns out that the program comes with plenty of modifications, highlighted by a wide-body kit and a power upgrade that turned the already powerful American muscle into a menacing ride. The first noticeable change made to the car was the installation of a wide-body kit that extends the muscle car’s body by 9 inches and the use of an "Aston Martin Morning Frost Pearl White" finish on the GT500’s body.

The color is then complemented by an interior that now sports a customized Crimson Red raised-grain leather interior that extends all the way to the trunk. If that isn’t enough, Galpin also installed a 7-Channel audio system that delivers an ear-popping output of 1,000 watts and was specifically built for this vehicle by McIntosh.

As far as performance goes, Galpin took care of that too, putting in a Ford Racing/Shelby supercharger that bumps the output from the muscle car’s 5.8-liter V8 engine to 750 horsepower from 650 ponies. Completing the extensive upgrade for the Shelby GT500 are Shelby 6-piston front and rear brake calipers, a Magnaflow Quad Exhaust, and last but not least, a Ford Racing Performance Suspension system.

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2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Super Snake by Galpin Auto Sports

2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Super Snake by Galpin Auto Sports

Galpin Auto Sports holds the distinction of being a Shelby Mod Shop, which means that it’s been authorized to give a car like the 2013 Shelby GT500 Super Snake some aftermarket modifications.

And wouldn’t you know it; Galpin Auto Sports already has a program for the mighty American muscle car, one that carries exterior, interior, and performance modifications.

For starters, the distinctive exterior enhancements performed on the Shelby Super Snake include a fancy Candy Red paint to go along with Gloss White stripes. Adding some color to the muscle car certainly gives it a fresh vibe, especially when you take into account the rest of the upgrades it comes with.

The program also has a new fiberglass Shelby Super Snake hood, a new carbon-fiber front splitter, plenty of Super Snake badging, and a set of 20-inch matte-black forged-aluminum wheels wrapped in P285/35R20 performance tires. Inside, the notable changes include Recaro Sport leather-trimmed front bucket seats and a Shelby short-throw shifter.

Under the muscle car’s hood rests a Ford Racing/Whipple supercharger to go along with a new Borla exhaust and a Shelby Performance Cooling Package. The power reaches the rear wheels via a 3.31-to-1 gear ratio rear end with a Torsen limited-slip rear differential.

Improved handling was another key point, as Galpin did its part by installing an Eibach coil-over suspension and sway bar kit, Wilwood brake kit, Bilstein adjustable dampers and Shelby aluminum Watts Link rear suspension.

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2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Super Snake

2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Super Snake

If the 650 HP coming out of the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 isn’t enough for those speed-lovers out there, Shelby American is ready to shut them up with their famous Super Snake package, which will transform the stout muscle car into a more powerful and agile machine.

The new Super Snake package will upgrade the GT500’s power level to an impressive 662 HP in the base version, or an incredible 850 HP if the additional supercharger is chosen. The model can be ordered in any exterior color combined with Satin Black or Gloss White stripes and new wheels in Satin Black or Bright Silver Metallic. As a first for Shelby vehicles, the new Super Snake will be offered with a choice of rear-only or front and rear "wide body" packages with an optional 13 inch rear wheel and tire package - a tribute to the legendary Carroll Shelby.

The new GT500 Super Snake package is priced at $28,995 for the 662 HP version and $39,995 for the 850 HP model, not including the base car. It will be limited to only 500 units, both coupe and convertible. The official debut will be made at the upcoming Barrett-Jackson collector car auction in Las Vegas on September 27th–29th.

Hit the jump for a full list of specifications for the 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snake.

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2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Cobra Tribute Model

2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Cobra Tribute Model

Ford Motor Company, Shelby American, and Ford Racing have come together to build a special one-off model to pay tribute to the man responsible for creating the iconic Cobra: Carroll Shelby. Called "Friends of Carroll," these companies, along with many others, have put together the Shelby GT500 Cobra, which is based off of the 2013 Mustang GT500, but with some tantalizing modifications.

The team began the build with the GT500’s 5.8L V8 engine which already produces 662 HP, then added a Ford Racing 4.0L Whipple supercharger that catapulted the power to over 850 HP! Keeping this beast safely on the road are 13" rear wheels wrapped around 345-section high performance tires, as well as new Shelby Wilwood brakes.

On the design front, the new Shelby GT500 Cobra was given a Shelby-designed hood, a new rear wide body kit, and new 20" wheels. The exterior is finished off with a Guardsman Blue paint finish and Wimbledon white stripes, as seen on the Cobra roadster of the ’60’s.

“Carroll Shelby changed the performance world forever,” says Luft. “And while he was proud of Shelby American’s achievements, Carroll was far more interested in the next car we build. You will find the spirit and influence of Carroll Shelby in every future vehicle we build as found in the rear wide-body kit and hood that has been integrated into the 2013 Shelby GT500 Cobra.”

The Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Cobra will be touring across the United States and will eventually end up being auctioned off for charity.

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