Did Google Accidentally Leak Ford’s New GT500 Details?

Did Google Accidentally Leak Ford’s New GT500 Details?

Google’s all-knowing search engine may have discovered the 2017 Ford Shelby GT500.

Currently if you search “gt500” in Google, you’ll notice that one of the results is a landing page with the title “2017 Ford Mustang Shelby GT 500 | The Cobra of Performance Cars …” with a URL designated for that model.

Unfortunately clicking on the link takes you to the normal Mustang page, but that’s certainly a sign of what Ford has in the works. Spy photographers have caught a heavily camouflaged Mustang model testing, and it has widely been believed it would arrive as a 2018 model. But is Ford going to surprise enthusiasts by debuting it soon as a 2017 model?

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If you go digging into the source code of the landing page, one of the keywords Ford has used is “Shelby GT500 5.8L V8 engine,” suggesting that a 5.8-liter V8 will be used under the hood. As you may remember, the last-generation Shelby GT500 used a 5.8-liter supercharged V8 engine so the keywords could have just been carried over. It has been speculated that Ford would turn to a turbocharged engine for the next GT500, consistent with its EcoBoost strategy, but this website suggests otherwise.

Either way, it’s worth noting that it saves web developers a ton of time to simply replicate an existing page and change the values, rather than building a new page from scratch. So chances are, a template is being re-used for the next Shelby GT500, but what’s most exciting is a sign that it might come sooner than later.

[Source: The Drive]

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