Confirmed by the latest spy photos, the 2018 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is on its way. It is a more powerful version of the GT350 muscle car which was unveiled in 2015, but this one comes with a turbocharged engine underneath its hood.
The news quickly spread about this car and as there is still no officially confirmed release date, the pictures are enough to convince us otherwise. The test mule has been spotted doing rounds and the spy photos clearly show a revised version of the GT350 model. The rumors are that the new Mustang Shelby GT500 will be limited edition model and that the engine is going to crank up the power to 700 horsepower.
The original sixth-generation of Ford Mustang Shelby car was released back in 2013 and saw the car revamped by adding new design language both on the outside and inside. There was a new platform added which also featured independent rear suspension and the lineup also offered a turbocharged, 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine. It was also the first Mustang to make it to be European market. It later built things up by releasing the GT350 version in 2015.
With the 2018 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, they are offering an even more powerful version of their sixth-gen car. There are rumors that we might see the car at the Detroit Auto Show next year and that way it might introduce us to the car and show us some more reliable pictures of it.
When is the Release Date for the 2018 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500?
For now there is no confirmation when the 2018 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 officially appears. But based on how it looks so far as a test mule we are predicting that mid-2018 is the best time for the car to come out. The release date might be determined when the car makes its officinal unveiling at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show as it was rumored to do.
2018 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Price Range
The upcoming 2018 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is going to be the most expensive version of the sixth-generation models for this vehicle. Thus we can expect a large price boost for the model with the car amounting to $70,000. The expect MSRP price will be released after the unveiling.
2018 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Exterior Redesign
As for the design of the 2018 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 goes, we are going to get a more aggressive version of the GT350 muscle car. It will borrow a lot of the GT350’s panels but will ultimately offer some of its own. Some of the differences that make this version far more aggressive looking and unique is the larger, fixed wing atop the trunk lid. Also the front bumper will get a massive splitter compared to the base version.
The front fascia will also get some changes. One of them is the larger bumper intakes and also a revised main grille which will be useful in order to let more air into the engine and cool it for better performance. There is going to be a new hood for the more powerful engine and also a new power dome added here. There is also a possibility of adding a revised diffuser and a new side skirts which were not visible on the test mule but will perhaps be added either way.
2018 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Interior Additions and Features
There are not spy photos made for the interior of the 2018 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 but we do have a lot of predictions about the inside of the model. Much of the inside will resemble the layout of the GT350 and the model will ultimately be a recognizable Mustang car. We can expect a similar dashboard, door panels, and center console but there are going to be some unique features as well. Those being the steering wheel, the instrument cluster and an updated infotainment screen as well.
You will probably be able to spot some GT500 badges all across the interior. New upholstery is going to be added with contrast stitching and also sports seats as well. Since the GT500 is not a track orientated vehicle as the GT350 is, we can expect to get some convenience features here which are missing in the GT350. This mean an air conditioning system, rear seats, sound system and a backup camera.
There are going to be some radical changes for the engine of the 2018 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500. The model will probably drop the twin-turbocharged engine and replace it with the supercharged V-8 engine which will be a first for the name brand. It is still unknown which version of the V-8 engine they are going to employ but there is great potential of a 5.0-liter “Coyote” being utilized or perhaps even a brand new engine choice. The current estimations for the output of the car range from 700 horsepower and go even up to 800 horsepower.
2018 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 0-60 mph Acceleration Specs
Since the previous incarnation of the 2018 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 had a 0-60 mph performance of 2.8 seconds, this one will probably shed a few tenths of a second off based on the expanded numbers the2018 version is offering. The top speed will also go well beyond 202 mph of the original version.
Fuel Economy Ratings
The fuel economy rats for the 2018 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 will be given when the engine is confirmed. But we do not expect them to deal too much with this and we see that the previous version’s EPA rating of 15 mpg city drive and 24 mpg highway is a good indicator of what we might expect from the newest version of the car.
Dimensions and Size
In terms of dimensions, the 2018 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 will retain the specifications that the current models has. THE dimensions have not changed for the GT350 model and now will they be changed for the GT500 as well. So a full length of 188.2 in is expected and a wheelbase of 107.1 in with the width and height being 73.9 in and 54.8 in.
Safety Specs and Equipment
As far as safety goes the newest 2018 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 will probably enhance the safety specifications in order to bring us a far safer car. The previous versions already had a good setup and offered a thrilling performance and offer so we can expect the see the same from the newest version. There is also a great possibility that an added and expanded offer is going to be made with some advanced features and safety gear.
In the wake of the release of the 2018 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 car, it will already have a great rouge gallery of rivals that it will be pitted up against. The most obvious and closer contenders will be the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 model. These cars will certainly be able to rival the GT500 in terms of power.