Significantly more than previous rumors suggested
Aside from one teaser, Ford’s kept relatively quiet about the upcoming Mustang Shelby GT500 ever since its official announcement at the Detroit auto show. We knew it would have more than 700 hp, and that was about it. But leaks coming out of a dealer event this week may have given us a lot more information.
The first leak came from Instagram, where user sinister_lifestyle posted what appears to be a photo of the new GT500 on stage in front of a large Shelby Cobra graphic—and best of all, the car is completely uncovered. The Instagram user has since stated that he is not the one who shot the photo, but rather it was sent to him via Instagram direct message.
Ford previously released an overhead shot of the GT500, but this new image gives us a much better look at the top-spec Mustang. The blacked-out bumper gives the front end an almost GT-R-like look, with the larger intakes and massive wing helping differentiate the GT500 from the less-powerful GT350. Then there are the wheels, which look similar to the GT350R’s carbon-fiber units but are perhaps even larger. The GT350R’s standard carbon rollers measure 19 x 11 inches for the front and 19 x 11.5 in the rear.
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Later, on the fan forum Mustang6G, user Tomster posted a few more details that they claimed to have gotten from a dealer who was at the event. Supposedly, dealers were told the GT500 will get a six-speed manual transmission or an optional 10-speed automatic, not the long-rumored dual-clutch. Oh, and the supercharged V-8 is also said to make between 780 and 790 hp. If true, that would make the GT500 almost as powerful as the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye.
At this point, it’s hard to tell how accurate these details are, especially since a previous alleged leak showed the GT500 making only 720 hp. We aren’t sure what to believe, but we won’t pretend the idea of a near-800-hp Mustang isn’t appealing. That actually sounds like a whole lot of fun.