So much for the rumors that the Ford Mustang GT500 will turn twin-turbo. According to reports buzzing around the web, the meanest snake of all will hold onto its supercharger for the foreseeable future. Even so, that blower will supposedly ensure that Ford will have a beast capable of besting the power figures produced by the menacing Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.

Currently, the GT500 is good for 550 horsepower, and some sources have indicated that the 2014 model will come to the table with at least a 20 pony bump in grunt. Even with 570 hp on tap, the vehicle isn't expected to be a complete redesign when it arrives in early 2013.

Instead, a completely fresh Mustang is slated to show its face in 2014 as a 2015 model. Specifics on that particular beast are murky at best, but chances are we'll hear more as the years tick down. Keep your ears to the ground.


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      Making11s
      • 3 Years Ago
      570 hp is pretty great, but I think a twin turbo setup would have really been something special.
        rü$╫
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Making11s
        I bet they are saving the turbo's for 2015.
          EnzoHonda
          • 3 Years Ago
          @rü$╫
          "Introducing the tire-shredding, 600HP, Eco-Boost Mustang." Eco?
          Making11s
          • 3 Years Ago
          @rü$╫
          EcoBoost? No. Twin Force.
        BigJayDogg3
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Making11s
        While I get what you're saying from a performance standpoint, I think this is one of those things that's just traditional. Muscle cars use superchargers, not turbos. Personally, I much prefer turbos. Sounds a lot better, doesn't have parasitic drag, and with modern turbos, turbo lag can be virtually nonexistent.
          BigJayDogg3
          • 3 Years Ago
          @BigJayDogg3
          Now don't get me wrong. The GNX was a damn fast car, and would outrun many a V8. But when I think muscle car I think burbling rumble and 4 on the floor. Not big turbo and slush box.
          Making11s
          • 3 Years Ago
          @BigJayDogg3
          I agree with you to a point, but if things didn't evolve and change for the better, this thing would be rocking a carburetor, a 3-speed manual and disc brakes. Respecting tradition and the past doesn't necessarily mean holding yourself back. The Mustang's real legacy is getting performance, fun and affordability in a somewhat practical FR package. You would get the most bang for your back and practicality with the twin turbo setup.
          BigJayDogg3
          • 3 Years Ago
          @BigJayDogg3
          @humjaba I don't really consider those muscle cars in the conventional sense though. The same way most people will associate muscle cars with big blocks shoved into tiny cars, you associate turbos with imports. I'm not saying there aren't exceptions, I'm not saying that's the way it "should" be. What I am saying is based upon most people's perception of "muscle cars" turbos don't fit in.
          Humjaba
          • 3 Years Ago
          @BigJayDogg3
          I'm not sure about that... The Buick GNX was a muscle car, but with a 3.8L Turbo v6, GMC Typhoon / Syclone with the 4.2L turbo, the Mustang SVO (poor thing) with the 2.3L turbo. Not entirely unheard of.
      Paul P.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The GT500's biggest problem has never been power, but rather traction. Getting the thing to hook is an exercise in futility unless you swap out the factory rubber. Hopefully they better address that with the coming update.
      JR
      • 3 Years Ago
      I like the winglets on the red car. With these kind of power numbers everyone is throwing around,a roll cage/bar would be a nice option.
      onewayroll
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm all in for more power, but FORD please!!!!! give it wider tires (305's?). Traction is the GT500's biggest problem.
      kawwest
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well looks like its on the nurnburg ring. Also look at the trunk lid of the red one is has a nurnburg ring sticker or badge on the rear. Wonder if they are trying to best the Caddy cts-v lap time? In an effort to beat or compare to the Comaro LZ1 time?
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @kawwest
        Nurburgring. It's one word. Please treat it like one. Also, there is no n after the first r. It's also ZL-1. Don't know how you got that wrong when it's right in front of you.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        Uh 20hp isn't that much in terms of modifications. The car already has 550hp (it's making more than that considering multiple sources have dyno tested them close to that 550hp mark), so 570 isn't that far off.
          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          Oh and by the way, the current GT500 doesn't use the 5.4 truck engine anymore...
      SloopJohnB
      • 3 Years Ago
      The real problem with crank-driven superchargers is they take power from the crank to operate..sure you get bottom-end boost, but a 200hp boost probably costs 50hp..the engine has to make 250 hp to get an additional 200hp to the trans. Turbo power isn't free either, backpressure robs horsepower as well and underhood temps can be an issue, but if I had a choice I'd go for turbos.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        NinetySixVert
        • 3 Years Ago
        How can you say typical Ford when Chevy is the one dominating the paper figures right now? Last I check an LS3 bests the Coyote 5.0L as far as power figures are concerned. And while "ox carts" may utilize a SRA, so do drag cars and certain road cars. Any owner of a car featuring IRS is ignorant of its real strength over the SRA... ride quality. Yes, through the twisties IF there are bumps, IRS will be planted far better; but strictly as far as performance, the SRA can best an IRS setup, let alone a poorly assembled IRS setup, like the one found in the Camaro.
        • 3 Years Ago
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          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          Is that right? Hmm, could of fooled me with the 3 second faster lap than the Audi R8 V10 around VIR...
        Oscar
        • 3 Years Ago
        Ox cart suspension? Oh, you mean like the Tahoe and all of the other GM rebadged large SUVs.
      Robert Kyle
      • 3 Years Ago
      How about an IRS for Christ's sake?
        Making11s
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Robert Kyle
        IRS will be incorporated in to the all new model, but for now, I'll remind you that the Mustang GT keeps pace with a BMW M3 around the track even with its live rear axle, something the Challenger and Camaro can't even pretend to be somewhat capable of.
        KaiserWilhelm
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Robert Kyle
        2015....50th Anniversary, big things will happen.
      Autoramblings
      • 3 Years Ago
      almost has that Mitsubishi Evo look on the front end...is that on purpose...boy would that be taking a step back
        kingrat001
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Autoramblings
        As time goes by, Ford seems to be working as hard as possible to make the Mustang as ugly as the Camaro. The pinched nose look just doesn't work, and the tail lights are very odd looking.
        Young
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Autoramblings
        Actually Ford looked to the 427 Cobra for its styling inspiration
      ramairjer
      • 3 Years Ago
      The ZL1 has been SAE certified at 570hp. This broke a few days ago. Don't forget it will have CTSV brakes, CTSV suspension tech, Performance Traction Management from the ZR1, and a better wheel/tire setup than the GT500. Oh, and an auto will be available. Keep drinking the koolaid ford fanbois.
        kawwest
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ramairjer
        True the GT500 is lacking on wheel/tire due to chasis limitations. However the mustang drives circles around the SS. The boss 302 is considered to handle as well or better (Laguna Seca) than a BMW M3. The CTS-V suspenion will prob make the ZL1 comparable in handling, but not as good as the CTS-V due to the body and weight distribution differences of the ZL1.
        KaiserWilhelm
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ramairjer
        I agree with you on most points...but better wheel and tires?
      Nick Allain
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is it just me or did the Boss 302 make this less relevant? They will have to do more than just give it lots of power.
        BigJayDogg3
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Nick Allain
        Not really. Boss = light and tossable GT500 = 1/4 mile monster.
        Paradigm ♂♂
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Nick Allain
        The Boss 302 was never Competition for the GT 500
        kmrk
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Nick Allain
        Regardless of the power they don't handle at all. Ford, Chevy all need to do something to improve handling performance not just keep adding HP....
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