Parts found on Ford’s website for the 2015 Mustang hint at there being a 2015 Shelby GT500; could this be true? The rampant speculation surrounding the S550 Mustang chassis has been working overtime for the SVT/Shelby options. We know we are getting a Shelby GT350 and have already seen the badging for it, but could we be getting a Shelby GT500 as well?
GT500 Parts Found on Ford Parts
Initially posted by a Mustang6G forum member, a link to fordparts.com showed 2015 Ford Mustang parts for a Shelby GT500. Directly from the horse’s mouth, there is a parts description for a quarter window with the parts description specifying it is for “North American Markets” and “Shelby Cobra GT500″ which raises a lot of questions.
Before you simply dismiss it as a replacement part for a 2013 – 2014 Shelby GT500, remember that the S550 is a brand new Mustang that has been completely redesigned, which means parts like that would not cross over. Make no mistake, it is not for the GT350 either as Ford has already leaked those badges with confirmation for the new 5.2L Voodoo Engine. It makes us wonder what exactly Ford is planning for 2015.
Nurburgring SVT Testing
A few months ago, enthusiasts got to see some of the very first videos of the SVT Shelby model testing at the Nurburgring. Two different models of Mustangs have been seen testing at the Nurburgring, identifiable by their wheels and camo, ripping around the track and even loosing control. The two different models were speculated to be two versions of the GT350, one being a ‘R’ version that is more track oriented. There has been a shift in thought though, with a growing voice saying that the other model is possibly a Shelby GT500. Given how much faster the one Mustang is than the other it is entirely plausible that we are seeing two completely different versions of the Mustang, not just trims.
2015 Shelby GT500 Engine Options
There have been numerous reports from a variety of anonymous insiders saying that the Condor Engine (Shelby motor) assembly line has been shut down/dismantled. This has lead to mass reporting that there will be no more Shelby GT500, or at least for the 2015/2016 model year. However, the fact that the Condor Engine Line is gone does not mean we might not see a GT500. There are a few other options laying on the table that would all make great options for a 2015 Shelby GT500.
Boosted 5.0 Coyote Motor
The 5.0L coyote motor is an amazing motor that is capable of seemingly endless feats. Granted, in base GT form it has some areas of vulnerability, but nothing that forged rods, crank, and pistons could not solve. The coyote motor has been a tried and tested motor for Ford, seen in various applications and vehicles with different technical specifications. A built 5.0L with a Ford Racing Blower would be easily capable of high 600 HP to mid 700 HP power output. This engine option for a Shelby would arguably be the most cost efficient one.
Boosted 5.2L Voodoo Motor
Ford has spent a lot of time and a lot of money doing research and development on their new Shelby GT350 Voodoo Motor and they still are not done. While it remains to be seen if there will be a flat-plane crankshaft, we are slowly starting to get a better idea of what the 5.2L engine will be, which subsequently asks the question of what other vehicles will we see it in? With the possibility of there being a 2015 Shelby GT500 comes the possibility of seeing a boosted, big power, Voodoo engine make its way under the hood. For NA applications they are projected to be making well north of 500HP/TQ, so with a little bit of boost via a supercharger we could expect to see that number go deep into the 700HP range.
Twin Turbo 5.0 From the Cobra Jet
A few years ago Ford unveiled a Cobra Jet concept vehicle which sported a 5.0L featuring a twin turbo setup. Unfortunately nothing ever came of the TT Cobra jet, however that technology is still around. Not to dissimilar to what was mentioned above about a boosted 5.0L coyote motor, a TT 5.0L coyote engine would be a very cost effective way to make big, reliable power. In the past Ford has teased the public with concept cars/engines that showed up later in one way or another in production vehicles. With Ford’s push on the EcoBoost concept, taking a motor that has been developed and tested and adding turbos on to it is the most likely scenario for a Shelby GT500.
10th Anniversary Cobra?
Also making a special appearance on the Ford Parts website were a few random parts labeled ’10th Anniversary Cobra’ which only adds to the mystery and speculation. As much as I wish it was for an anniversary edition of the 2003 – 2004 Cobra like Bama’s 03 Cobra, that ten year mark has already passed. However, we are coming up on the 10th Anniversary of the Shelby GT500 in 2017, which is when there is supposed to be a refresh for the S550 Mustang. Ford refers to the GT500 as the Shelby Cobra GT500, which keeps in line with these leaked parts.
Back when the S197 initially was released, the Shelby GT500 made it’s appearance the first year of the S197′s production in 2005. Even though it was not until 2007 when the Shelby GT500 was available for purchase, the public got a glimpse of it in 2005. This leads many people to believe that the Shelby GT500 will return in 2017.
A lot is still uncertain; production of the 2015 Mustang has just begun and we are still waiting for them to arrive on dealer lots. As far as SVT/Shelby vehicles, we know the GT350 is on it’s way with a possible reveal coming up on September 19th. There is growing evidence that we are going to be getting a Shelby GT500 which is having people wonder when we may see it and more importantly, what engine will it have? We have heard before that Ford was working on a Shelby GT500 more powerful than the Dodge Challenger Hellcat so could this be it? Are these some of the first parts being produced for it?
What engine would you want to see in a GT500? Do you think a GT500 is on its way? Or did Ford just mislabel some of their parts?
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