GT500’s Performance Against the New ZL1

Posted on October 9, 2017 in News

CAMARO ZL1

CAMARO ZL1

GT500’s Performance Against the New ZL1

Ford is now working on a new Mustang Shelby GT500, well, maybe! Spy shots and rumblings of a new Mustang and also the name Shelby GT500 is now being bandied about. We don’t know for sure what these prototypes are, what is powering them exactly, or if they are indeed an indication that something cool is headed for production. However, there are too many rumors out there to be ignored, so we can’t wait to gather the rumors, and we are going to refer to it as the GT500. If we look at the spy shots showing the latest creation of Ford in its full-camo, it seems like the GT500 is Ford’s answer to the 650-hp Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and also the 707-hp Dodge Challenger Hellcat. From a video that is showing us a GT500 prototype, we can see that the new car sounds very similar to a GT350. It is reported that GT500 will possibly get two transmission options, a six-speed manual or a new 10-speed auto co-developed between the Ford and GM.

This gearbox is already being used by Ford in the 2018 F1-50 and Mustang as well, and interestingly, the most obvious rival of the GT500 is also already using it, that is the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.

Antoine Joubert, an automotive journalist, caught another shot of upcoming Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 in Arizona. He said that Ford has been pitting the new Shelby GT500 against GM’s Camaro ZL1 because they wonder about how the two stack up. Arizona is the perfect testing grounds for the latest creation of Ford because there is a host of various tracks out there. Sadly, the shot doesn’t tell much about the new creation because Ford put, even more, camouflage right on the front end to cover the appealing part that has been rumored fender vents (where we can see a patch panel covering from the shot). From here, sadly, no one can wait that long until Ford pulls off some of the camouflage to show what the new 2019 Mustang Shelby GT500 is going to look like truly. Besides that, we also keep the real question that is how the latest Ford’s creation will perform when pitted against the new ZL1. Well, if you are so curious about the answer to this question, let’s find out below.

Horsepower of 2019 GT500

Adding more power than the ongoing GT500 is not the only thing to be excited with the new 2019 GT500 because it has a lot more to make you overwhelmed. However, we can; close our eyes from the fact that since the S197 GT500’s debut, Chevrolet Camaro Zl1 has been showing us the incredibly capable 650 horsepower and also beefy Challenger & Charger Hellcat by pumping out 707 horsepower. Well, we don’t mean to mention it, but it is true that the real challenge has come from the Dodge’s latest tease, it is the Demon that is rumored to be a lighter, more powerful and also dragstrip-ready Challenger Hellcat.
We get some clue for answering this challenge; current rumor has it that the all-new Shelby 2019 GT500 is going to be in the ballpark of incredible 750 horsepower. Various sources out there indicate that this kind of power number is delivered through the 5.2L V8 engine of the GT350 with the addition of a supercharger.

However, around the crankshaft, we found there are conflicting rumors about it. Some of the rumors say it is a cross-plane crankshaft version of the 5.2L Voodoo engine of the GT350, while the other some say that on the flat-plane crankshaft version of the 5.2L, Ford Performance slapped a blower on it. It is easy to realize that if Ford Performance were to run with the5.2L engine’s supercharged flat-plane crankshaft version, that the supercharger would run out of steam by the 8,250 RPM rev limiter. We know, some other companies out there have installed roots-type superchargers on the GT350 getting no issues. Still, Ford needs to slap a full drivetrain warranty on this Shelby GT500s for five years or approximately 60,000 miles. It isn’t going to be easy for doing that with 750+ horsepower.

Exterior behind the full-camo 2019 GT500

It is truly not easy to tell through the camouflage what this 2019 GT500 actually will look like in production form. We know it is what the company want to happen to their latest creation which is not ready to be unveiled now. However, we are able to decipher some defining style cues right off the bat with the current spy shots. If we look thoroughly through the camouflage, at first off, we found a clue of the spoiler that is like nothing we’ve seen on a production Mercedes-Benz S550 yet. Well, it may or may not be factory – but if it indeed is, it sure looks functional.

We also got the other cue of the next styling sign that is obviously different than anything that has rolled out of Dearborn are the vents that are located on the fender. Apparently, these vents are used for some sort of cooling whether it is for the engine, brakes, or the tires. From this cue, it will be interesting to see forward of what the new 2019 Shelby GT500 will look like in the coming months. We can’t wait to see it coming.