The high-performance variation of the next-generation Ford Mustang, which we believe will keep its Shelby GT500 moniker. It is rumored that GT500 will change name to SVT Cobra, because of the likely return of the Shelby GT350. Although it’s not expected this name change to happen, anything goes with the new Mustang, which has yet to be officially revealed in any form. Beside that GT350 model isn’t expected to arrive at least a few years after the 2015 Mustang debuts, so it is safe to assume this is a GT500.
2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Specs
As always with this kind of vehicles, horsepower is firepower—and the more you have, the better to thump your competition. The current GT500 comes packing heat in the form of a supercharged 5.8-liter V-8 producing a brutal 662 hp and 631 lb-ft of torque. It should get just a single transmission option, a six-speed manual. GT500 with Code-named “Trinity,” the blown V-8 is in huge advantage to the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1C—an 82-horses and 75-lb-ft difference that can’t be ignored. The Camaro’s not going anywhere, and neither is the long-running muscle-car rivalry between Chevy and Ford and because of that the next GT500 will need to maintain the current car’s edge.
Next 2015 Mustang will ride on a new rear-drive platform code-named “S550”, and that’s a big change is in store for the pony car’s rear suspension, which for the first time, with exclude of 1999–2004 SVT Cobra, will feature an independent layout. We suppose that this is where the majority of the development work on the GT500 is centered. The engineers must tune the motor’s mighty thrust and unique weight balance. It is clear from the test car in these spy shots that the GT500 will again wear more-muscular and aerodynamically optimized sheet-metal than regular Mustangs.
Estimated Arrival and Price of the 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
The vehicle probably won’t arrive until 2015 as a 2016 model. Price is still unknown, but don’t be surprised if the GT500’s price edges upward from its current $ 54,995 base price, especially if the fancier tires and carbon-ceramic brakes reach production.
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