Oh boy, the 2015 Shelby/SVT/GT350 rumors are on the front burner once again. According to sources, an S550 Shelby GT500 replacement with more horsepower than the 2015 Dodge Challenger “Hellcat” might be revealed sometime soon.
The seemingly timeless King-of-the-hill battle for horsepower supremacy in the American muscle car market is heating up once again. After Dodge revealed it’s 2015 Hellcat Challenger would be the most powerful V-8 muscle car ever, CNN and HK say Ford’s 2015 halo Mustang will be revealed shortly and could potentially top the Hellcat. Here’s the exact quote, from CNN:
” A Ford spokesman wouldn’t comment on its competitors car, but a new Shelby GT500 with, potentially, more power is expected to be revealed some time soon. ” – CNN Money
This could be big news for more reasons than just bragging rights for Ford and simply Because Race car. We’ve heard a few quiet rumors and watch a video centering around a 5.2L N/A “Voodoo” engine that could be a potential replacement for the 2014 Shelby GT500’s Trinity motor. However, we’ve also heard what sounds like the Trinity engine testing (most recently here) under the S550’s hood and if Ford is still in the top horsepower running, they’ll likely need to be beefing up the existing 5.8L from the 2014 GT500.
To add more controversy to the hefty pile of speculation that already surrounds this car, there’s also the possibility that we won’t be seeing a return of anything comparable to the 2014 model year (MY) GT500 until MY 2016, and that’s salt on the wounds for a lot of Mustang die-hards that have been salivating for a chance to see and even own a Shelby/SVT version of the S550. Seeing as Ford hasn’t even told us the power figures for the 2015 Mustang GT, V6 or EcoBoost[UPDATE: Ford has released official power ratings for the 2015 Mustang] but is taking pre-order on a car with a expected delivery dates penciled in for fall, 2014 at the earliest, I wouldn’t expect any concrete information our of Dearborn on a GT500 replacement until we at least get all of the base model figures.
One thing is certain–with the Hellcat’s unveiling, we’re all eagerly awaiting Ford to tell us something about the SVT / GT350 variant that is to take the 2013-32014 GT500’s place.