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Rumor Mill: Ford will use a 5.2L V8 in their Mustang Shelby GT500

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This Instagram photo is starting up the rumor mill that Ford will stuff a 5.2L V8 underneath their GT500

Ford Mustang fans got quite excited after this image reportedly shows what’s underneath the hood of the 2018 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500.

If the rumors are true it looks like Ford will have quite the booth at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show. According to MustangMannyLV and his Instagram post that popped up earlier this week (Dec. 9, 2017) it looks like someone in Ford let loose what kind of engine Ford engineers will stuff underneath their Shelby GT500. Although, at first glance, it looks like Ford might stuff the same engine found in the GT350 and GT350R with more forced induction, more informed car outlets are reporting that Ford will use a variant on Coyote 5.0L V8. Check out the Instagram photo below for yourself!

2019 GT500?

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The Shelby GT500 carries with it a lot of prominence ever since the super Mustang was introduced by Carrol Shelby back in 1967. The last time Ford brought back the GT500 name, they stuffed it with Ford’s 5.8L DOHC Trinity supercharged engine which made it the most powerful Mustang at the time. With 662 HP and 631 lb-ft and weighing just 3,850 pounds, on paper, it was a rightful bearer of the GT500 trim level.

With the introduction of the Shelby GT350 and GT350R, the bar is raised for Ford to top themselves in introducing a GT500 package that’ll surpass 562 HP and 429 lb-ft from the flat plane crank 5.2L Voodoo V8 engine.

According to CarScoops, some of the most common rumors peg the GT500 to come with some kind of forced induction ala twin-turbocharging or supercharging. Keep in mind Hennessey Performance was able to squeeze close to 800 wheel horsepower once they strapped on a supercharger on Ford’s Voodoo 5.2L for one of their GT350 packages.

Whatever Ford comes up with, for sure they’ll be gunning for the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat as top dog in Detroit.

With the push for hybridization, electrification, and autonomous driving, this might be some of the last gasps of muscle cars as we know and love them. If this is the case, you’d better believe Ford will bring out the big guns to make sure they come out on top.

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