Ford is trying really hard to hide all the details on this prototype, so it must be something juicy.
Spy photographers have caught what appears to be the 2019 Ford Mustang GT500 testing on the streets of Detroit. It’s clearly wearing a lot of camouflage to conceal its bodylines, but a closer look at the tires tell a story.
The American automaker doesn’t even want you to know what tires are being used on the prototype, nearly scrubbing off all the markings on the sidewall. What our spy photographers can make out is that they’re sized 305/30/ZR20 on the front and they’re from Michelin. By comparing products on TireRack, our spy photographers believe they’re the new Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires, but the big takeaway is that they’re 20 inches up front, which is larger than the 19-inch standard tires up on the GT350 and GT350R.
Unfortunately they weren’t able to confirm what’s in the rear as there’s nothing readable on those tires, though it’s possible Ford is using 21-inch wheels and tires out back.
The company is also hiding what the wheels will look like with massive camouflage panels attached to them. The last time the American automaker did this, it was trying to cover up carbon ceramic brake rotors on a prototype.
There are plenty of rumors surrounding the new GT500, and it’s still unclear what powertrain Ford will use. Some say it will be a twin-turbo 5.0-liter Coyote V8, or a supercharged 5.2-liter Voodoo V8. It is expected to boast over 700 horsepower, something that’s almost a necessity with the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 pushing 650 hp and the new Dodge Challenger SRT Demon offering a ridiculous 840 hp.
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