Ford teases its most powerful road car ever


There's been rather a lot of go-faster Mustang talk recently - we had the reveal of the Bullitt just yesterday - but Ford saved the real peach for last; revealing an all-new Shelby GT500 in a teaser video in the final moments of the Detroit show's second press day.

Of course, when we say 'reveal' we mean it in the teaser trailer sense (the car isn't actually due until 2019, and there isn't an actual car in the video). But computer renderings or not, the salient news is hammered home with no mistake: the next Shelby will have more than 700hp, making it by some margin the most powerful street-legal model Ford has ever produced.

That's rather appealing, and even - when you think about it - rather necessary given that the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat already outputs 707hp and the Challenger SRT Demon, 840hp. Rumours have the manfacturer supercharging its rather lovely 5.2-litre V8 to achieve the target; suggesting that 700hp is at the lower end of its expectations. It makes no bones about the car's intended destination either: the accompanying press release insisting in the headline that the GT500 will "attack tracks, drag strips in 2019".

Given the Shelby name's long and illustrious history with motorsport, that's nice to hear, too. Somewhat less pleasing is the unlikelihood of the model ever making an official on-sale appearance at a Ford dealership in the UK. The GT500 will be a limited volume prospect (probably built by a third party) making export to Europe highly improbable.

That's not an insurmountable barrier for a determined (and cash-rich) individual, of course. And there's undeniable appeal in the idea of shipping yourself a Mustang with more power at the wheels than a Ford GT. Alternatively, if the Blue Oval's direct involvement isn't a deal-breaker, you could pay a little trip to the classifieds right now, and ponder dropping £129,750 on a 2017 750hp Shelby Supersnake.

 

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  • RoverP6B 16 Jan 2018

    Pointless. The chances of ever being able to give it full throttle for long enough that it can actually put the power down and hurl you to the horizon, in the real world, are close to nil. 500bhp should surely be more than adequate in the vast majority of circumstances. Leave the drag-strip tuning to the aftermarket.

  • Dr G 16 Jan 2018

    RoverP6B said:
    Pointless. The chances of ever being able to give it full throttle for long enough that it can actually put the power down and hurl you to the horizon, in the real world, are close to nil.
    ...my mid-range hot-hatchback allows me a maximum of about ~6 seconds of full throttle before I'm at illegal speeds so by that definition anything with more than 200 BHP is pointless.

    Hellcats run high-11s on standard tyres and dip into the 10s on drag rubber.

    It'll be a complete hooligan of the car (and not for everyone of course) but the world needs a little madness now and then.

  • RoverP6B 16 Jan 2018

    And my 282bhp furniture-hauler is a similar story, from normal road speeds at low RPM, 6 seconds of full throttle will land me in license loss territory unless I'm going up my local very steep hill... and that's a near-2-ton car. Imagine how much more fun the Ford could be if it was made as light as possible, kept naturally-aspirated, and had a small-block V8 displacing no more than about 4 litres? Get the gearing low enough and you'll still be able to have all the smoky shenanigans and be able to use full throttle rather more... and, let's face it, how many drivers are capable of handling a 700bhp RWD car safely? Frankly, I wouldn't trust the majority of Mustang owners (if YouTube is anything to go by) with my 540i, never mind something with 2.5x the power...

  • jontysafe 16 Jan 2018

    the views atop mine don`t represent mine and I feel truly sorry for you.

    I say hurrah that cars like this exist and people outside of your limited paradigm exist as well....

    Why are you on ph? Is it to celebrate wardrobe movers? (which I love I might add, own a particularly nice XC70).

    Does it have to have a point? My 800bhp/tonne Westfield has absolutely no point and it terrifies me and wants to kill me but I love it.

  • greggy50 16 Jan 2018

    RoverP6B said:
    And my 282bhp furniture-hauler is a similar story, from normal road speeds at low RPM, 6 seconds of full throttle will land me in license loss territory unless I'm going up my local very steep hill... and that's a near-2-ton car. Imagine how much more fun the Ford could be if it was made as light as possible, kept naturally-aspirated, and had a small-block V8 displacing no more than about 4 litres? Get the gearing low enough and you'll still be able to have all the smoky shenanigans and be able to use full throttle rather more... and, let's face it, how many drivers are capable of handling a 700bhp RWD car safely? Frankly, I wouldn't trust the majority of Mustang owners (if YouTube is anything to go by) with my 540i, never mind something with 2.5x the power...
    Buy a GT350R then...

    Drag racing is huge in America this will no doubt sell out pretty much instantly.

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