We expect it to be the 10-speed unit shared with the Camaro.
For a car that is as fast as the 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is going to be, it seems to be taking its sweet time making its first appearance, or so it seems to the countless fans that are eagerly awaiting its arrival. In the meantime, we have more rumors to discuss. Earlier this week, a camo’d prototype was out on the streets of Michigan and Mustang6G got a hold of some video of it cruising through residential streets.
It’s on its best behavior and we don’t get to indulge in the glorious burbling sound of its supercharged 5.2-liter flat-plane-crank V8 at full bore. Instead, we hear an easy loping idle and almost undetectable gear changes – it must be in some sort of stealth mode.
The guys at Mustang6G and other sites were quick to latch on and raise the debate as to whether it would have the expected dual-clutch automatic of some sort or a beefed-up version of the 10-speed auto currently in use on the more mundane Mustangs. It’s not the manual we are all truly hoping for, but it has all the weight and expertise of both Ford and GM behind it, and it’s proven itself good in the Camaro, even up to the task of handling the ZL1’s torque demands, although the GT500 is another step up again. Ford has already confirmed that it will exist, and that it will have a supercharged engine making more than 700 horsepower.
However, it is widely expected that the GT500 5.2-liter V8 will make 772 hp and 743 lb-ft of torque based on Easter eggs in the 2018 Mustang sales brochure. It could be overactive imagination, but it’s in the right ballpark, enough to establish supremacy over Chevy’s ZL1 Camaro and Dodge’s Challenger Hellcat, though not the 840-hp Demon, for which Ford offers up a Cobra Jet drag-strip special. Unlike the Cobra Jet, however, the GT500 will need some semblance of stopping and cornering prowess, and it appears that carbon-ceramic brakes and Magnetic Ride Control adaptive damping, and of course, drive modes from Normal to Track and for poor weather. In any case, Ford needs to quit toying with us and get that beast on the roads and tracks!