‘740hp’ the magic number for new Ford Mustang GT500?

August 25, 2016

More details about Ford’s mental Shelby GT500 Mustang have come to light, following increased prototype sightings and a report from Horsepower Kings.

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Although numbers of 800hp (596kW) were previously speculated, apparently 740hp is now the magic number (551kW). This will give it enough to out arm-wrestle the Challenger Hellcat’s 707hp (527kW) and throw shade at the Camaro ZL1’s 477kW effort.

The prototypes have ‘TT’ stickers on them, indicating it could be a twin-turbo, rather than supercharged layout. The Ford SVT Raptor prototypes also had the same sticker and they featured twin-turbo setups.

At the moment, the most powerful Mustang is the Shelby GT350R (pictured), with a 392kW ‘Voodoo’ flat-plane V8. It’s not known if the GT500 will use a standard cross-plane or the GT350’s Voodoo layout. If the latter is chosen, it will adopt the same layout as Ferrari and AMG, both showcasing twin-turbocharged, flat-plane V8 engines.

Other attributes of prototypes include Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres, huge Brembo calipers clasping crossed-drilled brake discs, and an aggressive aero kit with a large rear wing. The entire front end is covered up, meaning it could have an entirely different grille and headlight treatment.

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Look for the new car to debut at the Detroit auto show next year, if it is ready in time.

Mitchell was a contributing journalist and features writer at Performance Drive. He has been a passionate petrol-head from a very young age. He is excited by the future of the industry, and considers himself as a bit of a fanatic when it comes to the technical aspects of cars. He is also fascinated by new cars that are popping up in developing markets.