We all know Shelby as a producer of special versions of the Mustang – the most powerful and fast, since the days of the first generation in the mid-60s. As for the latest generation of Ford Mustang, which appeared in 2015, Shelby has not fully used the potential of the new model. Recently there was a GT350 model and its track-modification GT350R, but this is just the tip of the iceberg. The most interesting Shelby experts left for later – with the release of the 2018 Shelby GT500, which is already actively being tested on race tracks and public roads.
2018 Shelby GT500 release date
The release of a new high-performance Mustang modification is planned around the end of 2017. Perhaps the announcement of the model comes first on one of the car shows.
Release date: late 2017
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2018 Shelby GT500 price
The pricing of the new extreme Shelby car is unknown. It is expected on the level of at least $90,000
2018 Shelby GT500 design
In terms of exterior design, all the same solutions will be used, as for other special versions of the Mustang – the front bumper with large air intakes, front splitter, side skirts, more likely a slight widening body kit, rear diffuser with a spoiler on the trunk lid . There will also be numerous Shelby emblem in the form of an attacking cobra, inscriptions of Shelby and GT500. There will be 18-19 inches rims with a new design.
The interior is expected to have bucket seats with racing seatbelts, D-shaped steering wheel with Shelby logo on it, extra gauges on the center console, instead of one of air vents. In other words, everything is about the same as in the GT350. Do not forget about the many reminders that you are sitting in the cabin is not a simple Mustang, but the Shelby one, even in the most abrupt and powerful modification.
2018 Shelby GT500 specs
As is customary in the Shelby, Mustang will be tuned not only by the installation of a more powerful engine but also with a serious reconfiguration of suspension. The new sports car has a more progressive design of the rear suspension so we might expect really sportscar cornering by the new Shelby GT500.
2018 Shelby GT500 engines
As for the engines used in the new GT500 opinions of experts differ. At the moment, there are so many rumors and speculation, which often contradict each other. Now there are two possible versions of the new 2018 Shelby GT500 power units. The first version – GT500 2018 model year for the first time in the history of the brand will be equipped without V8, instead there will be V6 twin-turbo. This will ensure that not less power, but will significantly reduce the weight of the car, which has a positive impact on its performance characteristics. In our view, it is extremely unlikely – it is still more expensive version does not use the engine less than the GT350 (it has a V8). In addition, the implementation of such a move could have negative effect on sales.
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The second option is more likely – the GT500 for the first time will receive a unique EcoBoost V8 5.0 twin-turbo that will power easily overtake champion – Challenger Hellcat from Dodge. Power super-V8 is expected to reach around 740HP. The probability of the use of this engine is also confirmed by the recent prototype mule testing was equipped with this engine.