We are mere hours away from Ford pulling the wraps off the much awaited Mustang Shelby GT500, an occasion many fans and enthusiasts have been waiting for since the Blue Oval started teasing its arrival at last year’s Detroit Motor Show.
Now that we find ourselves on the cusp of the doors opening for the 2019 event, the likelihood that the car will remain hidden until the official unveil is close to plain squat. Having said that, here are some potentially internet-breaking pictures that purportedly show off the brochure for the new Ford muscle car flagship.
The images here first surface on the social media feed of one Justing Young before spreading like wildfire. Typically these sorts of online leaks only add incremental amounts of information to collective gathering that precedes a highly anticipated launch, but in this case there is plenty of juicy details to absorb.
Assuming these print items are accurate, they confirm the suspicion of many that Ford would utilise a supercharged version of the 5.2-litre Voodoo V8 found in the Mustang GT350. Power, as Ford themselves have confirmed, lies north of 700hp (522kW) but is not disclosed here. Neither is torque.
Interestingly, Ford Performance has chosen to ditch the flat-plane crankshaft that has become something of a signature differentiator of the Voodoo V8 in favour of a more typical cross-plane design. This was done for NVH levels and reliability, perhaps.
Also of note is the fact that this brochure shows the GT500 using a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission sourced from Tremec. Both the omission of the flat-plane crank and a standard-fit manual transmission lends more credence to the argument that Ford is positioning the GT500 as a high performance tourer to complement the racier but less powerful GT350. An optional stick shifter might be available as an option, however.
The exterior now accommodates a very large front grille and fascia to force feed the 2.65-litre Eaton supercharger, but otherwise resembles the GT350 in more ways than a few. This was expected, of course, down to the near identical wheels design and fixed rear wing.
The GT500 will ride on Ford’s MagnaRide dampers and come fit with a Torsen limited slip rear differential that receives drive from a composite carbon fibre driveline. A set of 20-inch flow-formed aluminium wheels are standard, wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres. However, buyers can also opt for Pilot Sport Cup 2 rubber as well.
Inside, the car features Recaro sport semi-buckets seats trimmed in partial leather with Miko suede inserts. Selecting the Technology Package will yield a 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen stereo system, Blind Spot Monitoring with Cross Traffic Alert, and voice-activated satellite navigation. Not optional, though, is the 12-inch digital instrument cluster already found in post-facelift Mustangs today as well as SYNC3 and 4G LTE connectivity.
The shelf life of relevance for this write-up is very short indeed given that the car will be shown in full and with officially sanction in less than twelve hours, but knowing details just ahead of the herd does have its upsides, if only confined to ourselves. Can’t wait to see the GT500 proper.