Is this droptop Mustang mule the next Shelby GT500?


What’s that camouflaged Ford Mustang with the wide haunches? What else could it be but the new Mustang Shelby GT500? At the moment, we expect the high-powered pony to arrive in 2025, possibly as a 2026 model.

This test mule, based on the S650-generation Mustang GT, features a modified front and rear fascia, along with a track that’s clearly meant for wider fenders, with wheels that stick out far past the body.

Surprisingly, this prototype is also a convertible, perhaps indicating that the next-gen GT500 will be available as a droptop as well as a hardtop. Out back, there’s a set of quad exhaust outlets similar to the S550-gen Shelby, which was discontinued in 2022, with the inner tips sitting slightly above the outer tips.

It should be a step up from the $60,000 Mustang Dark Horse in power and price, and instead of the Dark Horse’s 5.0-liter V-8, we’re wondering if the GT500 won’t get some version of the Ford F-150 Raptor R’s 5.2-liter supercharged V-8, which pumps out 700 horsepower and 640 lb-ft of torque. It’s similar to the engine in the last GT500, but it’s capable of even more power than the Raptor has, we’re told, and supposedly it will fit under the possibly carbon-fiber hood.

Ol’ Carroll Shelby died in 2012, but he’d be pleased to know his name still means as much today as it did then.


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    For me, take a 2005-08 and drop a kiyoti in it with similar wheels on it. Smaller and more agile. Fords newest Mustangs are just to big in my opinion. Owned a 2014

    Did anybody hear any supercharger noises? Carbon Wheels and the exhaust don’t mean it’s a GT500 or any Shelby necessarily. Maybe it’s me but the hood does not seem to bulge up like it does on the GT 500.

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