The Next Shelby GT500 Wants To Take Down The Challenger Hellcat

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And the new Camaro ZL1, too.

Muscle cars have always been associated with big power, but they've never been as potent as the crop of small-block monsters we have access to today. For sure, we have more modest Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro variants to choose from, but they're juxtaposed by the 707-hp Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat clan and the likes of the new 650-hp Camaro ZL1. And now, according to HorsepowerKings, the next factory Shelby GT500 will be reaching even higher dyno chart heights than that.

Allegedly, the 2018 Ford Shelby GT500 will pack one hell of a forced-induction punch. Thanks to the claimed adoption of a new twin-turbo setup (which almost certainly won't be bolted onto a version of the GT350 family's flat-plane 5.2-liter V8), the upcoming Mustang flagship is expected to be endowed with a rather impressive 740-hp. Though we've seen far higher figures than that from tuned muscle cars in recent years (Shelby 1000, anyone?), and is a bit of a drop from the 800-hp we were initially expecting, it's still a phenomenal amount of power and, if true, will ensure the next GT500 will have the straight line grunt to worry the Dodge Challenger and Charger Hellcat models.

More interesting still, Ford Performance doesn't appear to be relying on turning up the turbo boost in order to increase this 'Stang's power-to-weight ratio. It's understood that this monstrous muscle car will make extensive use of aluminum and carbon fiber, which should help bring the upcoming GT500 to a competitively low weight. In fact, HorsepowerKings is expecting the new Shelby to tip the scales somewhere in the 3,600lbs ballpark - which is eerily close to the GT350R, some 200lbs less than what we understand the Camaro ZL1 will weigh and is nearly 1,000lbs less than the Charger/Challenger duo. If Ford can apply what it learned from developing the GT350's handling balance to the GT500, then this twin-turbo Mustang could be one helluva muscle car.


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