Mustang fans have waited for this muscle car for a long time, and their patience has finally been rewarded. Behold, the new Ford Mustang Shelby GT500. This is Ford’s "holy shit" car, and no, I didn’t come up with that description; these are the words of experienced Mustang designer Melvin Betancourt. The Mustang has watched silently as rival models engaged in horsepower wars, for instance, we have seen a 650-hp Chevrolet Camaro and the 797-horsepower Dodge Challenger duke it out. The new Mustang will also be competing against the ZL1 and the Hellcat, and that’s why it has stamped its authority with an outstanding model that offers 700-plus horsepower. I bet you didn’t know that the new Mustang will be Ford's fastest and most powerful vehicle of all time! Yes, you heard that right.
What is the history behind the Shelby GT500?
This muscle car made its debut in the late 1960s, but unfortunately, it was scrapped in 2014. The GT500 boasted a 360 hp 7.0-liter V-8, which was bigger than the GT350’s 4.7-liter engine. In 1968, the GT500 came with a stripe package that was inspired by Le Mans, and in addition to this, it had distinctive features in the exterior and interior. The last GT 500 was released in 2014. Being the most powerful of its kind, it featured a 662 hp 5.8-liter supercharged V-8 engine. Before the discontinuation of the fifth-generation [search label="Mustang" items="Dodge Charger|Muscle Cars|Porsche 911|Hellcat Charger"], there was another edition that that offered a shocking output of 850 horsepower. Future Shelby Mustangs have to bring their “A game” if they are to match up to the standards of the final generation.
What stands out about it?
Hssssssss…….. the first thing that strikes you is a snake bite! Your eyes can’t miss the striking-cobra logo because it has been splashed all over the car, for instance, you can find it in both fenders and the front grille. The rear tail panel can be seen on the infotainment screen, steering wheel and the seatbacks. We are in love with the racy air-extractors and long hood that can be seen from the driver's seat. In the interior, you’ll be mesmerized by the 12-speaker audio system, 12-inch LCD instrument cluster, suede door panel inserts, and carbon-fiber instrument panel design. If you need to find your way to the track, then you can use Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, which are both supported by a Sync 3 touchscreen.
Where does the juice come from?
Under the hood, this muscle car is packed with a 700-plus horsepower V-8 supercharged engine with a capacity of 5.2 liters. This engine rumbles like an African lion. Within the mid-three-second range, it can do zero to 60 mph. The Mustang borrows the Ford GT supercar’s dual-clutch 7-speed automatic transmission to feed power to its rear tires. The vehicle is kept cool by six heat exchangers. The GT500 is faster by half a second compared to the ZL1 because it needs less than 11 seconds to make a quarter-mile run.
How much will I spend?
The GT500’s price is yet to be announced by Ford, but we expect it to cost more than the [search label="GT350" items="Muscle Cars|Sports Cars|Dodge Charger|Used Mustangs"] which goes for $60,000. It will hit the market this fall. However, only a limited number of units will be available.
What is our verdict?
The new Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 definitely tops the list of the most eagerly awaited high-performance Ford Mustangs; it is an ancient Egypt pharaoh that has been exiled for five years. The new coupe is very different when compared its predecessor; it is less of a highway cruiser and more of a track-capable sports car. We are not surprised that it has been pumped with big muscles so that it can compete favorably against the ZL1 and the Hellcat. In fact, we think that it looks better than its rivals. I’m pretty sure that the late Carroll Shelby would have been proud to be associated with this superb muscle car.