The S550 platform, it’s no wonder that Ford Performance is moving forward with a brand new 2019 Ford Mustang GT500. The rumor has run since the GT350 began to hit the road, that Ford Performance has made it to 11 and go out with a car that simply blows out of the water.
This new rendering gives us our best visual approximation of the upcoming new Shelby GT500 Mustang, and comes courtesy of our OmniAuto friends. It bears of course the updated face on the 2018 Mustang, and draws a number of benchmarks from the less powerful GT350, in this case the white and blue outer stripes specifically.
In addition to the new polarizing headlamps, the front grille with the wider upper opening and smaller lower opening remains in the typical Mustang style. The hood has a large central vent flanked by two small vents, but the general shape of the muscle car remains the same.
The 2019 Ford Mustang GT500 is considered Ford’s answer to the 650 hp Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and the 707 horsepower Dodge Challenger Hellcat, so everyone expects a powerful V8. However, no one seems to agree on the type of V8. The new twin-turbo V8 and supercharged V8 have been proposed as GT500 engines.
Car and Driver think the GT500 will be overloaded, especially with a 5.2-liter V8 similar to that of the GT350, but with a traditional crankshaft. Motor Trend got a picture of a Shelby GT350 with a supercharged engine, claiming that what is shown is a GT500 prototype, but it’s not confirmed. This could easily be a prototype for a factory boost kit for the Shelby GT350, not necessarily a GT500.
Expect to see the new Shelby GT500 over the next year. Rumors suggest a start to the Detroit Auto Show in 2018, with sales starting later in 2018 for the 2019 model year. The 2019 Ford Mustang GT500 is expected to come with a premium on the asking price of $ 54,845 from the GT350; expect to pay somewhere closer to $ 70,000 when it debuts.