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Our army of spy photographers managed to snap a few photos of a Ford Shelby GT500 strutting a new intercooler. If you take a close look, you can see piping through the upper and lower grille as well as the vehicle's mocked-up fog light openings. Chances are the new equipment is merely part of a scheme to make the vehicle's supercharger a little more efficient, though it's entirely possible that the big bad snake is rocking something exciting under its hood. Something like a twin turbocharged V8.

Though we've been more than a little skeptical about notions of a forced-induction V6 or four-cylinder Ford Mustang model, we wouldn't be surprised to see the GT500 grow a turbo or two. There's no telling exactly what the engineers at Dearborn could come up with if they scrapped the old supercharger in place of a pair of turbos. Modern variable vane units have all but eliminated lag, and ditching the blower would simultaneously do away with heaps of parasitic drag on the engine. We'll keep our ears to the ground for more on this one.


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      amerifight
      • 3 Years Ago
      if they make a twin turbo v6 it will be super light and most likely very fast. If it is a twin turbo v8 then sorry camaro you failed again. Just think of the 6.2 with twins Makes my heart hurt, im probably being overly optimistic but then again when has old Carol not surprised us?
        MONTEGOD7SS
        • 3 Years Ago
        @amerifight
        What exactly do you think that old relic Shelby has to do with this car besides his name? He hasn't done anything relevant in over 30yrs, and now days does nothing more than put his name on cars that other people design. Give the Ford engineers the credit where credit is due, and stop acting like he has even the slightest input in any of these cars.
          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @MONTEGOD7SS
          The current Shelby GT350 isn't designed or developed by Ford engineers... Wow, I can't believe that I'm responding to the guy who thinks the Veyron and Aventador are in the same market lol.
        recharged95
        • 3 Years Ago
        @amerifight
        A 600HP mustang is already too much for the street. Believe me. It could only work if they can get a 50/50 weight distribution. Otherwise it's a accident waiting to happen. I can see a twin turbo ecoboost SVO version coming. And the GT500 moving into Vette territory: which means that buddy above is going to be on a diet soon. VERY SOON.
          Young
          • 3 Years Ago
          @recharged95
          No it isn't, from the lazy throttle opening (yes, the throttle doesn't snap open like your dad's old carburated big block) to the traction control and stability control. These cars are no more hard to drive than a regular run of the mill GT Mustang. Now if your the sort who thinks only wimps run around with the traction control on then well, Darwin is right again. I have an 09 with nearly 600 hp on tap and its a daily driver and has been for the past two years from rain to snow and I've yet to pirouette across intersections and around corners even with a weight distribution due to the iron block that makes a truck missing its bed laugh its ass off.
      Michael Amisano
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks like the ZL1 is going to be chasing a moving target...
      Rob
      • 3 Years Ago
      It'll be cool if true, but I would sorely miss the simultaneous whine and growl of a supercharged V8. What a glorious sound
      MacK
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sure it was already mentioned...In my eyes all I see is an upgraded heat exchanger for the S/C and some type of cooling loop for the trans or brake fluid... Not some new engine combo. But thats just me.
        Young
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MacK
        Agreed Mack, I doubt Ford would be going through the hassel of doing a TT V8 a few years before the introduction of the next chassis. It would certainly be easier to bump power and power under the curve by fititng a more effcient blower and/or bumping displacement rather than plumbing in a set of turbos.
        Young
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MacK
        Agreed Mack, I doubt Ford would be going through the hassel of doing a TT V8 a few years before the introduction of the next chassis. It would certainly be easier to bump power and power under the curve by fititng a more effcient blower and/or bumping displacement rather than plumbing in a set of turbos.
      Xperson27
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think an Ecoboost V8 is soon to be announced. This is what I think we are all looking at.
      IBx27
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's possible to have a FMIC on a supercharger. The intercooler sandwiches between the S/C and the intake, while the heat exchanger mounts on the front of the car. I wouldn't want a Cobra without that screaming though.
      enorym
      • 3 Years Ago
      Anyone else notice the canards on the red one? http://www.blogcdn.com/www.autoblog.com/media/2011/06/02-ford-shelby-gt500-spy-shots.jpg Looks like ford's really serious.
      Eric R.
      • 3 Years Ago
      GT600?
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Eric R.
        The number in the name never referred to the horsepower. If that were the case, then the 2010 GT500 would of been called a GT540 and the 2011 would of been called GT550. The name is just an homage to the original.
      Turbo_S60
      • 3 Years Ago
      Red one also has map or nuremburg (sp) n says same thing on back
      • 3 Years Ago
      [blocked]
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        Trailer park striping? So what would you have called the stripes on the original GT500s and GT350s? Because trailer parks weren't around in the 60s.
        onewayroll
        • 3 Years Ago
        You can order the GT500 without the racing stripes.
      Joseph
      • 3 Years Ago
      A supercharger IS forced induction. That's what it does, it forces air into the engine.
      Mike K
      • 3 Years Ago
      Did anyone ever think that maybe they just added a S/C to the current GT500?? Chances are the GT500 will stay the same till the anniversary. At that point in time I expect a beast to emerge.
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