Prior to the arrival of the new (current) generation Ford Mustang, the previous Shelby GT500 Mustang was the most powerful production road car built by an American automaker. With 662hp, the GT500 Mustang was more powerful than the strongest Chevrolet Corvette or Dodge Viper and back in 2014, the 707hp Hellcat Challenger and Charger hadn’t hit the market yet. Back then, if you wanted to brag about having the most powerful stock production car in the US, the Mustang was by far the best choice.
However, when the new Shelby Mustang was introduced, Ford went away from the design theory of the GT500,opting instead for a road-hugging GT350 rather than a big power GT500. That new GT350 has done a fine job of satisfying the needs of Mustang owners who want to dominate a road course, but for those Ford fans who want a big power, straight-line monster – the GT350 falls a little short.
Due to that change in direction, the Ford Mustang fell behind both the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and now the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, but based on new rumors circling around the internet, a new GT500 Mustang is on the way and when it arrives – it could crush the cross-town rivals.
New GT500 Mustang Rumors
Now before getting into this newest batch of high performance Mustang rumors, I should address where this information originated.
Working in the automotive world, I know a great many “car guys” and “car girls”. Many of those hardcore enthusiasts – especially those living in Metro Detroit – have friends who work for automakers and some of those automaker employees are too quick to share classified information with their buddies. Those buddies then rush to Facebook to share that information and that is how these rumors begin without any official support from the automaker in question.
In this case, I know a guy who knows a guy who works for Ford and this guy who works for Ford told one of his friends that the Motor Company is working on a new Mustang GT500. Of course, details are limited, but the one detail that accompanies this rumor is the only on that matters.
According to this unofficial insider information, there is a new Ford Mustang GT500 on the way and when it arrives, it will pack a twin turbo V8 with somewhere in the area of 750 to 800 horsepower.
Now, the odds are good that many of my regular readers are questioning this information and rightfully so, as any unofficial information like this should be taken with a grain of salt, but if the most basic aspect of this rumor is true – this Mustang could be a real beast.
Could It Be True?
I have said since before the new GT350 Mustang was introduced that Ford would not sit back and let the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat continue to claim the title of America’s most powerful muscle car. That being said, I have a hard time believing that it will have 750-800hp. I do believe that it could have a twin turbo V8 with enough power to out-muscle the Hellcat, but in a segment here every inch counts, I do not believe that Ford will offer a GT500 that grossly overpowers the Hellcat. A Mustang with 720hp would not only reclaim the title of America’s most powerful muscle car, but with the lightweight nature of the new Mustang, that big power should make it quicker and faster than the Hellcat Challenger.
Ford could most certainly produce an 800hp twin turbo V8 Mustang, but with rumors (also unsubstantiated) that the Hellcat will be getting a power bump in the next few years, I expect that Ford will roll out a new Mustang with more power than the Hellcat Challenger and the new Camaro ZL1. I also expect that Ford will keep some of that power in their pocket – just in case one of their rivals rolls out a more powerful version of their own muscle car
Now that both Dodge and Chevrolet have introduced their supercharged muscle cars with monster power, I expect that Ford will follow suit with a Mustang that will beat both of the other Detroit muscle cars. Will it really have a twin turbo V8 with 700-800 horsepower? Only time will tell…but the rumors suggest that the horsepower war is about to get even more violent. While I am as skeptical as always, I certainly hope that this newest rumor proves to be true.