Instagrammer Leaks 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
Next-generation Ford Shelby Mustang GT500 looks hungry for air and downforce.
The Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 is a badass. It looks angry as hell, has a bespoke flat-plane-crank V8 that makes it sound even more furious, and takes the performance potential of the S550 Mustang to lofty heights. However, the Shelby GT350 is part of a pair. Whenever we hear the name GT350, it automatically makes us think of the GT500. There hasn’t been a new GT500 since the Trinity-powered model ceased production at the end of the 2014 model year. Thanks to one gutsy Instagram user, Sinister Lifestyle, we now know what the 2020 Shelby GT500 will look like.
Judging by the geotag and the surroundings, it looks as if the 20-year-old also known as Kyle snapped a couple of sneak shots at an official Ford event. It’s likely that Kyle took them at a preview of the upcoming Challenger Hellcat and Camaro ZL1 fighter for Ford dealers. (We are as grateful for his courage as we are worried about his future employment.)
Aside from the wheels and the rear wing, the two pictures show a car that closely resembles our rendering of how we thought the new 2020 Shelby GT500 would look. The gaping maw of a front grille is bisected by a thick bar. Above that is a Cobra badge; below is just mesh, ready to suck in air to cool the powerful engine. Jalopnik thinks that it could be a supercharged V8 capable of generating as much as 770 horsepower and 743 lb-ft of torque. Two more massive air intakes sit below the headlights.
The thin-spoked wheels are most certainly made out of carbon fiber. We could believe it if the same were also true of the massive rear wing. Combined, they give the 2020 Shelby GT500 a handling-focused, track-ready appearance.
It’s a shame that we’ll have to wait until January’s Detroit Auto Show to “officially” see the 2020 GT500, but these pics should hold us over until then. They’re going to have to.