Mustang GT500 Confirmed With Supercharged 5.2L V8 and Mega Brakes

Michael Accardi
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mustang gt500 confirmed with supercharged 5 2l v8 and mega brakes

Three leaked images confirm the next Shelby Mustang will once again be supercharged.

The first image shows a flat top, upside down supercharger embossed with Shelby’s infamous cobra and the now familiar 5.2-liter displacement, finally putting to rest rumors of a 7.0-liter V8.

Little else is known about the motor, but a 700+ horsepower figure wouldn’t be ridiculous considering Ford’s flat-plane 5.2-liter V8 already kicks out 526-hp in the GT350.

Accompanying the first image was a snapshot of a sheet showing engine oil requirements for Ford’s 2020 North American engine lineup, which confirms for the first time that the GT350 will actually live on alongside the GT500.

After being left behind in 2017 by the headline-making Dodge Demon and Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE, Ford is clearly looking to revenge themselves with a hot Mustang, and if the size of the GT500’s brakes are any indication, this car’s going to be a scorcher. Gone are the GT350’s aesthetically pleasing cross drilled rotors, for a stronger and higher-performing slotted set, along with what has to be the biggest set of calipers the factory has ever bolted on a Mustang.

mustang gt500 confirmed with supercharged 5 2l v8 and mega brakes

The brakes are also stamped with the code KR3V which seemingly points to their legitimacy. GT350 rotors are stamped FR3V where F=2015 R3=Mustang V= specialty vehicle engineering–the K seen here allegedly points to model year 2019, which potentially indicates a debut at some point during 2018.

It’s possible Ford pulls the sheet on its newest cobra bearing creation in and around the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit this January, but Ford has become increasingly tight-lipped and secretive regarding everything Mustang.

A version of this story originally appeared on All Ford Mustangs.

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  • Nauticalone Nauticalone on Dec 14, 2017

    5.2 litre V8 FPC and Supercharged...thats going to sound wicked sweet!

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    • Roger Roger on Dec 15, 2017

      Most are assuming this will not use the Flat Plane Crank but rather the more conventional crankshaft layout. Probably due to NVH and durability concerns.

  • J-Rob J-Rob on Dec 16, 2017

    I still wonder how well it's going to sell though. I can see most current gt500 owners maybe wanting to trade up for it but I can't see too many gt350 owners opting for basically the same car with a blower on it and most pony owners that want the shelby hp have probably already built their 5.0s to over 700hp for half the price so I don't see there being and exponential amount of these beasts being sold, but I could be wrong. If I didn't already have a beast of 750+hp (turbo 03 cobra), I would maybe have my eyes set on one (being a mustang guy but not so much of a Ford guy if that makes any sense) but it seems most people went with the new vettes or the hellcats since ford took so long to come out with a 700+hp platform from the showroom floor.