Fans of large displacement and forced induction (isn't that everyone?) can officially rejoice today as the recently approved deal between Ford and the United Auto Workers has answered a question that's been on our minds ever since Chevrolet upped the horsepower ante with its Camaro ZL1. Yes, folks, the 2013 Shelby GT500 will be blessed with a 5.8-liter supercharged V8 engine.

While conventional wisdom has always been that the easiest way to increase horsepower and torque was to bore-and-stroke your way to more displacement, an interesting series of spy shots showing one conspicuously oversize intercooler led some to believe Ford was ditching the supercharger in favor of twin turbos. Not so, apparently. Ford's latest contract with the UAW reveals that its Romeo Engine Assembly Plant will receive a $50 million investment to build the 5.8L supercharged mill.

Naturally, contract talk doesn't include a whiff on horsepower or torque, but you can bet Ford is planning on eking out more than the 580 horses that Chevy has corralled from the 2012 Camaro ZL1. Something around 600 seems like a safe bet, but we'll just have to wait for an official announcement from Ford. In the meantime, sweet supercharged dreams.


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      dukeisduke
      • 3 Years Ago
      The 351 will live again.
      m5nm3
      • 3 Years Ago
      IRS please
      SheldonRoss
      • 3 Years Ago
      $50 million investment? I hope their building something other than GT500 engines on that. Otherwise that's a helluva lot of GT500's to sell before you recoup that investment! For fun assuming 10% profit on 50k GT500. 5*10^7 / 5*10^3 = 10,000 needed to be sold just to pay for the investment. How many do they sell a year?
      hdcjm1
      • 3 Years Ago
      try over 600 HP for your knowledge. don't that equate to 351 cu. in.? As if we haven't seen that number before on a mustang.
      mikemaj82
      • 3 Years Ago
      no matter how hard they try, mustang will never beat corvette.
        jtav2002
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mikemaj82
        Uh, what? What does the Corvette have to do with anything?
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mikemaj82
        The Mustang and Corvette have never competed. It's the Camaro that the Mustang competes with.
        LUSTSTANG S-197
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mikemaj82
        Why aren't you comparing it to the Camaro? That's its main competition, not the Corvette.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mikemaj82
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          • 3 Years Ago
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        Young
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mikemaj82
        Clueless I see
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Andrew
      • 3 Years Ago
      II think a hybrid with this motor would be better I hope it offers an automatic transmission
        miles
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Andrew
        LOL! As long as that automatic is a CVT!
        Krishan Mistry
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Andrew
        nice trolling. But we all know gas is going to die and we need electric, none of this ole school crap, right? Saved Dan Frederiksen from commenting.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      unemployed
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hope they get 1000 hp out of it and can swerve potholes at a blink of the eye and texting there girlfriends this is nothing but a penis extension .
        LUSTSTANG S-197
        • 3 Years Ago
        @unemployed
        Let us know when you find a job, so you can have the confidence to walk into a showroom, and test drive one of these, or even a Mustang GT for that matter. Do that and then come back and talk to us. Until then, put down the koolaid and refrain criticizing things you know nothing about. Thanks. Management.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Dean Hammond
        • 3 Years Ago
        U Are Wrong
        XT6Wagon
        • 3 Years Ago
        I doubt that very much. I doubt that 10% of the people here are UAW. Just because we are not snowed by the name plate being more important than the car doesn't mean we belong to a certain organization.
        hdcjm1
        • 3 Years Ago
        They see me trollin', they hatin'
      protovici
      • 3 Years Ago
      2012 Base GT w/ Brembo package: $28K Kenne Bell Supercharger: $8K Sport compound tires: $2K The look on a 2013 GT500's owner's face when you bet his $55K car: $1 (for the cost of film) The look on a ZL1's Camaro's owner's face after you pass him then the GT500: PRICELESS
        JarrodL86
        • 3 Years Ago
        @protovici
        The look on the Kenne Bell GT owner's face when his stock 6-speed gives up the ghost as the GT500 owner slides the Tremec into 6th cruising by (with his warranty intact)...
          AcidTonic
          • 3 Years Ago
          @JarrodL86
          Personally I find more Mustang owners upset after my 400hp Evolution out performs their Mustang in the dry with a little 2.0 I4. Icing on the cake is when the same Mustang owner sees the same car driving around in the snow and it out performs their 4x4 too. All while enjoying just under 30mpg on a richer tune and year round sub 5 second 0-60's. I did absolutely *love* my 1997 DOHC 32valve Cobra though. That was an awesome car and I'll always like Mustangs even though I rip on them sometimes. As long as it's 32 valve yes please :)
        Mike Tarlton
        • 3 Years Ago
        @protovici
        I only paid $47K for my 2011 GT500 with the SVT package. Plus the Getrag has a bunch of issues when you start modding the car outside of stock parameters. Clutch replacement at the very least.
        Mike K
        • 3 Years Ago
        @protovici
        You're right, who needs forged internals, upgraded suspension, and a tremec that's rated up to 800hp??
          protovici
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Mike K
          Not that the 5.4 is bad, but this motor does not have all the forged internals like the 03-04 cobra's.
          AcidTonic
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Mike K
          Not sure why he's being modded down but protovici is right. The 03/04's were making 900rwhp+ on stock motors. Ford initially used Mahle forged parts which are nice aftermarket parts. They internalized to their own forged rods which of course are *not* aftermarket quality but still lightyears beyond the hyper-eutectic internals the masses receive.
      FriskyDingo
      • 3 Years Ago
      Might as well just give it 1,000 hp. These horsepower wars are rather retarded when you cant use it anyway.
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