Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Won’t Bring Its 700+ HP To Chicago After All

Over the weekend, a report surfaced which indicated the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 could be unveiled at the Chicago Auto Show next month. This seemed a bit surprising but possible considering Ford released the first teaser video of the model last week.

Unfortunately fans expecting to see the car in the Windy City are out of luck as Mustang6G has retracted the story following confirmation from Ford that the model will not be shown in Chicago.  The site said the mix up occurred because show representatives apparently  assumed the car would debut in Chicago following the release of the teaser video.

While there’s no word on when the car will be unveiled, Ford has already confirmed the GT500 will become the most powerful street-legal car the company has ever produced.  It will be powered by a supercharged V8 engine which is projected to develop more than 700 hp (522 kW).  This would easily eclipse the 647 hp (482 kW) that is generated by the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine which resides in the Ford GT.

Ford has also confirmed the car will come equipped with innovative track technologies and performance hardware as well as “aggressive and functional track-tuned styling.”  All these changes have been made to ensure the model can “stand apart on roadways and race tracks.”

Ford isn’t going into specifics but the teaser video suggested the car will have a front splitter, aerodynamic side skirts, and a prominent rear wing with aluminum supports.  The clip also teased a ventilated hood and lightweight wheels that cover red brake calipers.

The Mustang Shelby GT500 will be launched in 2019 and the model is expected to challenge the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and its track-focused 1LE variant.

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  • SteersUright

    Wonder if it’ll get carbon wheels and carbon brakes and any significant light-weighting measures? Also wonder if any chance it comes in at less thank $70k? Lastly, I wonder how many people wish the Ford GT came with this 5.2 Crossplane, utterly charismatic powerhouse of an engine instead of that V6?!!!

    • I don’t think it will get option like GT350, GT500 were meant to be classic straight line muscle car like the ZL1.

      And frankly I love the V6 in the current GT, It does the job well, it has good sound and fit the impossibly tight GT engine bay.

    • brn

      The GT doesn’t have anything to fear from the Mustang. While both performance vehicles, they serve different purposes. The GT is a technology showcase.

  • Bash

    Yeah, hmm.. just thinking about the idea of this (somehow) looses control and cause a massive human damage makes me think who ever decided not to bring it to the show made a thoughtful idea. #justsaying lol

  • I don’t think ZL1 1LE isn’t the appropriate rivals, GT500 is more against ZL1 and Hellcat.

    But yeah GT500 looks like badly kept secret.

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