2018 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Rumored to Pack Over 700 HP

Stephen Elmer
by Stephen Elmer

Ford is still working on its most potent Mustang model and rumors are swirling about what will power the car.

According to a report from Horsepower Kings citing an unnamed source, the next GT500 will make “well over” the 700 horsepower mark, thanks to forced induction of some kind. Exact power is unknown, but you can be sure that Ford is trying to out perform the 707 hp coming from the Dodge Hellcat twins.

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The flat-plane crank 5.2-liter V8 found in the GT350 runs at too high a compression ratio to easily accept a turbocharger according to Horsepower Kings, so the report says that Ford will slap turbochargers onto its 5.0-liter V8, which will also benefit from the installation of a direct injection system.

However, countering this rumor are other reports claiming that the GT500 will use a supercharged version of the 5.2-liter that will feature a cross-plane crankshaft rather than the flat plane.

Additional weight savings will no doubt be a feature for the car with the added use of aluminum, carbon fiber and carbon reinforced plastics.

The new GT500 is supposed to arrive as a 2018 model year, which means that it should debut sometime in late 2016 or early 2017. The Detroit Auto Show in January would be a natural fit for the unveiling of this high-power muscle car.

[Source: Horsepower Kings]

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  • Frank Yoster Frank Yoster on Aug 24, 2016

    And by 2018 dodge is introducing a way lighter platform and a 2nd gen hellcat engine from what i heard is packin 750hp and 700lb of tq...look it up...ford better hurry up cause dodge is winning the hp wars and straight line races!;)

  • Nauticalone Nauticalone on Aug 24, 2016

    Perfect timing for me to upgrade from my 2012 GT Premium!