Could these two heavily camouflaged Mustangs spotted in Denver, CO possibly be the new Shelby GT500? Initially reported by autoevolution.com, two heavily camo’d Mustangs were spotted at a gas station fueling up. These two Mustangs are different than the GT350’s we have spotted testing, which leads us to believe that these could be some of the first spy photos for a 2015 Shelby GT500.
By this point we have seen the GT350 pretty stripped down testing at the Nurburgring and have even seen the badges for the GT350. This weekend the GT350 is supposed to be revealed for the first time at the Continental Sports Car Challenge in Austin, which has everyone’s attention while these cars make their way on to the streets for testing.
What Makes This A GT500?
Take a careful look at the hood of these Mustangs and notice the large bump right in the middle of the hood. The GT350, like all other 2015 Mustangs, has a very low hood profile, which is why Ford Engineers said a supercharger would not fit. A large, raised hood like the one in these spy photos lead us to believe that this could be the big brother of the GT350, a forced induction GT500.
In addition to the hood, there is the pronounced (although camouflaged) rear of the Mustang. Even though Ford tried to hide it as much as they could, their appears to be a signature GT500 ducktail spoiler hiding underneath all of the mesh netting. The pronounced hood and ducktail spoiler are both mainstays of the GT500, leading us to believe there is one in the works.
When Will the Shelby GT500 Be Released?
Leaked Ford Parts showing us the 10th anniversary parts listed for a Shelby GT500 seem to point to there being a 2017 release for the Shelby GT500, hallmarking the 10 year anniversary of when the last iteration of the GT500 was introduced. There have been growing rumors from varied [anonymous] insiders at Ford that the Shelby GT500 is in the works for the 2017 year.
Shelby GT500 Engine Rumor?
Worth mentioning, the newest engine rumor for the S550 Shelby GT500 is that Ford plans on using the 5.2L Voodoo Motor with a Twin Turbo setup. With Ford’s push on EcoBoost technology and their new love for turbos, it is not surprising that they would push the envelope with TT Shelby GT500 to compete with Dodge Challenger Hellcat. We can only assume from the few pieces of gossip we have heard, that this would put power in the 700+ range.
Why This Makes Perfect Sense
By this point, the 2015 Mustangs are well under way in their production and are going to be on dealership lots very soon. The GT350 has been all but formally introduced to the public, while each recent public appearance of it reveals new details about the car as it dons less and less camo. It is strange to be Mustangs this heavily camouflaged roaming around now at this point in time, which means Ford is testing and working on something big. We just want to see what’s under the hood.
What do you think? Is this the new GT500? Would you drive a Twin Turbo Shelby GT500?