Recently this year, the 2018 Ford Shelby GT500 Mustang muscle car has been sighted going on a test drive. The Ford GT350 and GT350R have only just been released, but a new and better version is already coming this way. Although we don’t have that much information about this vehicle as of yet, we can make a clear impression of what to expect. Read on for a preview of this amazing new supercar. See for yourself if it can compete with the best of them, like the amazing 2017 Ford GT and Ford GT350 have done so wonderfully.
We expect the 2018 Ford Shelby GT500 Mustang to feature a bigger and better engine than the GT350, more about this under “Engine specs.” A more powerful engine asks for a more aggressive exterior styling. So, although the exterior looks similar to that of the GT350, which is visible on the spy shots, it also differs from it. The most clear deviation from the GT350’s styling is the presence of a large, fixed wing on top of the trunk lid. Also, a car splitter will be attached to the front bumper. These are both indications that the engine will top the GT350’s. The wing and splitter add more weight and aerodynamics, necessary components to keep the wheels on the ground when reaching really high speeds.
Some of the 2018 Ford Shelby GT500 Mustang body panels are a close copy of the Ford GT350’s. The front fascia looks roughly the same, but will feature larger air vents and a new main grille, also designed to suck more air to the engine. The hood of the car looks specially fitted for the large, heavy drivetrain.
Unfortunately, we are still quite in the dark as to how the interior design will look. Since the exterior is so heavily inspired by the Ford GT350, we expect the interior to do so as well. Taking into account that the 2018 Ford Shelby GT500 Mustang is a Mustang model, the interior will have Mustang details too. Think of the dashboard, door panels and centre console to emit the Mustang look and feel. On top of that, some modern features to distinguish this new sophisticated supercar.
We expect the same steering wheel as the GT350 and a more premium infotainment screen. The more luxurious intention of the GT500 Mustang will radiate from the car’s interior. Think of air conditioning, a premium sound system, rear seats and high-quality stitching. Also, a backup camera comes standard on the 2018 Ford Shelby GT500 Mustang.
We suspect that Ford is going to put a twin-turbocharged engine in the GT500 Mustang. The test car’s windscreen showed the letters TT, which other cars sporting this engine use to indicate its presence. However, this is not exactly certain. After all, a supercharged engine doesn’t particularly stroke with Ford’s aspired EcoBoost forced-induction strategy.
Other possibilities are the Mustang GT’s 5.0 liter Coyote V8, the GT350’s 5.2 liter Voodoo engine or a brand new engine. Speculations go as far as 800 horsepower maximum. The 2018 Ford Shelby GT500 Mustang is going to have a 10 speed automatic transmission, powering the wheels.
In terms of software and safety features we still have no clue what Ford is going to put in. Bookmark this page and check back with us in a while to see if there are some updates.
Price, reveal and sale date
The 2018 Ford Shelby GT500 Mustang is going to be revealed at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show in January. The car is going to be produced in limited quantities. Price is expected to start at around $70,000.