Images of the 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 at what appears to be a private viewing have surfaced after they were posted on Instagram.
The two pictures, taken from quite similar angles, were posted by a Detroit-based user named Kyle, who goes by the handle ‘sinister_lifestyle’.
Over the three hours since they were posted, they’ve garnered thousands of likes and hundreds of comments – though Ford hasn’t publicly acknowledged the leak yet.
The car in the image appears to line up with the teased front-end Ford previewed back in March this year, while the rest of the car looks suitably ‘GT500’.
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Accompanying the teaser image from Ford was a short clip which showed some flashes of detail on the GT500. The wheels, front bumper and grille, side trim, and rear wing all seem to match up with what’s seen in the image leaked.
With these teasers, Ford Performance said, “with more than 700 horsepower (537kW) projected, the supercharged V8 Mustang Shelby GT500 will be the most powerful street-legal production Ford ever, and twice as powerful as the original 1967 Mustang performance model.”
In August, apparent leaked spec of the Mustang Shelby GT500 - posted on a Mustang forum - seemed to confirm these claims, with a data sheet showing claiming 537kW and 881Nm from a 5.2-litre supercharged (Voodoo) V8.
According to these leaked specs, it’ll redline at 7500rpm, but weigh a hefty 1916kg – more than 100kg over a Convertible GT.
A spelling error on the sheet (‘patrol’ instead of ‘petrol’) as well as general scepticism have thrown the leaked specs into question, but Ford’s claimed ‘537kW+’ can at least be confirmed.
MOTOR has contacted Ford Australia for further details, but has received no response. Stay tuned.