Earlier this month, rumors started to swirl 'round the web about the next-generation Ford SVT Mustang – the halo version of the all-new 2015 'Stang seen testing in the gallery above. Originally, we heard that the Shelby GT500 moniker would be dumped in favor of "a name you're familiar with," which some sources guessed could mean a return of the Cobra nameplate.

That might not be correct. According to Road & Track, citing a report from Mustangs Daily, the new range-topping Mustang will bring back the Shelby GT350 name – currently used on an aftermarket version of Ford's Pony produced by Shelby American (take a look at our recent Quick Spin of that car). Expect the new GT350 to be quite a bit different than the current GT500 – it will be all motor, using a V8 that's derived from the naturally aspirated 5.0-liter Coyote engine (though it will no doubt have a higher displacement). The GT350 will be a lot more powerful than the next Mustang GT, which is expected to offer something like 450 horsepower, but won't be quite as absurd as the 662-horsepower GT500 we currently enjoy.

The Shelby GT350 will reportedly bow with the rest of the new Mustang range at the 2014 New York Auto Show, which coincides exactly with the original Mustang's debut at the New York World's Fair in 1964. If that seems far out, don't worry, we'll be seeing the rest of the 2015 Mustang range before then, but Road & Track reports that the 2014 Detroit Auto Show stage will be reserved for the reveal of the next Ford F-150 pickup.

Ford will offer the Shelby GT350 as a 2016 model, and Mustangs Daily reports that a new Mach 1 Mustang will be coming for that year, as well. For 2015, however, Ford will reportedly offer a 50th Anniversary package for the Mustang GT.

More and more Mustang reports will surely leak out over the coming months, so stay tuned. Have a glance at our most recent spy shots, above, and revisit our gallery of the current Shelby GT500 below to see what big shoes the GT350 will have to fill.


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      ponycargt
      • 1 Year Ago
      We are at the cusp of what will be seen as a major shakeup in mustang history and its for the best. Still, the 2013 and 2014 GT500 are destined to become highly sought after collectors items due to the power level, the live rear axle and the retro styling. If I had money to burn I'd go out and buy one right now. I'm not concerned that the new car will be very different; it's what the mustang nameplate needs right now to stay relevant. The great thing about mustangs is something it shares in common with Porsche 911s-- no matter what year or generation it is, there's something cool about it. (Ok, maybe not the mustang II)
        Number23
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ponycargt
        The 2013-14 GT500 may prove the high water mark for muscle car HP. The won't have the hood clearance for a FI motor and they're not going to get 662 NA HP from a V8 that will fit in the new Mustang.
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      Chris
      • 1 Year Ago
      As a kid of the 90s, I kind of had my hopes up at the prospect of a new Cobra. It sounds a lot more menacing than "GT350" for sure. The top of the line Mustang should have a bit of a chip on its shoulder, and have a name that suggests that, but with great looks, a nice throaty exhaust note, and very impressive performance to back up all of that swagger. Screw trying to appeal to the turtlenecks/Starbuck's crowd. They can have their much more expensive BMWs and Audis. Don't get me wrong, I love sport luxury cars, but don't think that the Mustang should try to be like one.
        k_m94
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Chris
        The GT350 is an awesome name, though like GT500 its origins are more 60s than 90s. I really dont think you have to worry about the top of the line losing its "swagger", and even without a supercharger a freer breathing bigger displacement version of the Coyote should sound great. The current GT500 is probably way too overpowered for its own good. It's got super long gears that hinder acceleration yet you would probably still get wheelspin up through 4th gear if the tires are not fully warm. If the GT350 has 500hp but makes it usable more of the time (better tires, suspension, lower weight, etc) , it would be both faster and more fun than 660hp that is totally overkill. Save overkill for aftermarket and Super Snake models.
        Prasath Pillai
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Chris
        Well said, GT350 sounds weak.. If they want to change the name, change it to cobra please..
      Arturo Rios Jr.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Boss 429 Anyone? All motor beast pushing 600 ponies.
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        @Arturo Rios Jr.
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      The Wasp
      • 1 Year Ago
      Bring back the King Cobra!! I'm kind of kidding...but that car was pretty awesome in a non-traditional Mustang way.
      The Wasp
      • 1 Year Ago
      The pony car wars have escalated to ridiculous, nearly unthinkable amounts of power. It's silly to think that the Mustang, which 20 years ago offerd not much over 200hp, now can be had with over 600hp. The car admittedly can not make use of that much power except in very limited situations. That said, it will be a bit disappointing if the next version of the top-level Mustang offers any less. I know some are 'pro-motor' -- I'm pro-power. It's fine with me if they keep the supercharger or maybe a twin-turbo 5.0. If they introduce a new, higher-displacement version of the Coyote, I'll be even more confused what the point of the 6.2 Boss engine was supposed to be.
        EXP Jawa
        • 1 Year Ago
        @The Wasp
        If they make the car somewhat lighter, improve the weight distribution and allow it wider tires (all things I have reason to suspect will occur), then they could potentially have a lower rated number but make better use of what the car does have than S197 does. My feeling is that the actual amount of torque that the car can put to the ground will still go up and performance will still improve, regardless of relatively meaningless HP rating.
      k_m94
      • 1 Year Ago
      If adding direct injection takes a Coyote to 450hp (hopefully over 400lbft too), I can only imagine what a performance tuned higher revving Roadrunner (aka Boss 302) version would make with DI. 480hp? Now bump up the displacement even just to 5.5 or so and you're talking a fine 500+hp with none of the weight and cooling issues of a heavy supercharged motor. I could only imagine what one of those V8s would sound like revving to 8000 rpm with an openable quad exhaust like the Boss 302's. And with some weight savings promised from the newer platform, a 3400lb 500hp beast.
        Young
        • 1 Year Ago
        @k_m94
        What cooling issues? Unless your referring to the intercooler - the stock engine cooling system on the GT500 is fairly robust, even the older 07-09 cars could take a big increase in power without any problems (if anybody remembers the modded GT500 vs Challenger shootout in Arizona during the summer with the Challenger puking coolant before completing a lap). Also I think people are waving the DI magic wand and hoping for some substantial increases in power when Ford has said in a cost/benefit analysis DI didn't impress. In a comparison to GM's LT1 the later only has half a point of compression on the port injected coyote motor which is worth perhaps a 2% gain in power if that's about as far Ford could bump compression by going to DI or maybe they could get another 2 percent by going a full point in compression if possible. Personally I'd take a pass on DI as its a pain in the arse when it comes to modifying the engine for big power. The bolt-on guys (and by bolt on I mean all the usual stuff with exception forced induction) probably wont have a problem but big power through forced induction will require an ad-hoc fuel system since simply adding larger injectors and bigger fuel pumps are out.
          Christopher Meyer
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Young
          Regardless of how good the cooling system on ANY positive displacement supercharger is, they ALL eventually have heat soak. It can be largely alleviated, but it's going to be there.
        ngiotta
        • 1 Year Ago
        @k_m94
        Rumor has it the '15 GT will have 475hp. If that's true, it'll be a 50hp bump over the current GT.
      L1011
      • 1 Year Ago
      This all sounds good but here's hoping Ford puts the silly racing stripes to a much-needed end. You don't see racing stripes on Aston Martins, Ferrari's, or BMW's, so why do the American makes feel the need to cheapen their cars and their cars' image with stupid racing stripes?
        Turbo_S60
        • 1 Year Ago
        @L1011
        Le Mans stripes are part of the Mustangs racing heritage for one thing. Also a lot of people like them, me personally I don't but its nice to have the option.
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        Chris
        • 1 Year Ago
        @L1011
        Uh, the Mustang is not an Aston Martin, Ferrari, or even a BMW, nor should it be. You'll find nothing snooty about any Mustang at any point in its history.
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        The Wasp
        • 1 Year Ago
        @L1011
        Sorry, these are the stripes I was thinking of. http://www.bmw.com/_common/shared/owners/accessories/performance/phase5/img/3series/sedan/products/F30-m-performance_top_stripes_black_1.jpg
        The Wasp
        • 1 Year Ago
        @L1011
        http://www.bmw.com/_common/shared/owners/accessories/performance/phase5/img/3series/sedan/large/f30-m-performance_aerodynamic_stripes.jpg
        Prasath Pillai
        • 1 Year Ago
        @L1011
        Thats because its not a bmw, auston martine or a ferrari
      MTU 5.0
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Cobra name is far better than GT350, or even GT500 for that matter. Cobra > Boss > Mach 1 > GT family of names. Hopefully a F.I. top range Mustang will get back to using the Cobra nameplate.
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          Young
          • 1 Year Ago
          Nope, Ford owns the Cobra and GT500 monikers lock, stock & barrel. They did however work something out with Caroll Shelby and the GT350 name before he passed (sorta old news but it really cast doubt on the return of the Cobra). To me having a GT - GT350 - GT500 (if say at a later date the GT500 returns) naming scheme is an intuitive approach. In any event have heart Cobra fans, the name will return as Ford has to trot it out every decade or so in order to retain the right to use it or risk losing it so a Cobra in some fashion will return. Frankly when it does reappear I hope its not some sort of transgenic Mustang but an actual sports car worthy of taking on the Corvette and Viper in stock form.
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        L1011
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        @MTU 5.0
        I never understood the Cobra name. Is it a Mustang (a horse) or a Cobra (a snake)? I'm sure I'll get down voted massively for this, but calling it a Mustang Cobra is lame.
      masteraq
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'd be happy if they simply carry over the 5.0 and all of the performance gain came from lower weight. The original Mustang was under 2500lbs at a time when most Americans were driving 4000lb giants. I'd like to see the Mustang return to the pony car formula of a low-price, compact, sporty car with the engine from a full size. Today that would mean a car the size/weight of a Subaru BRZ with, say, the V6 Ecoboost out of the Taurus SHO.
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          The Wasp
          • 1 Year Ago
          I never said GT and I think the base V8 still has a lengthy future of being the go-to premium (ie 'GT') engine.
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          The Wasp
          • 1 Year Ago
          I'm not sure what magazines you read but you might take a look at what is happening with the F150. Truck buyers, like Mustang buyers, have shown a strong preference for V8s. And still the EcoBoost V6 has sold quite well. Surprisingly well, some would say. Before that happened, there were people who thought a turbo-V6 truck was literally the dumbest idea yet.
        oRenj9
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        @masteraq
        The primary audience for the Mustang are people in their 30s and 40s that would complain about not being able to get in and out of the car if it were too small. So, people would throw the biggest fit if Ford even hinted at reducing the size of the Mustang too much. The top three responses would be: 1. Comparisons to the first time Ford reduced the size of the Mustang (Mustang II). 2. Comparisons to the time Ford attempted to reduce the size of the Mustang for a second time (Probe). 3. A statement that Obama killing American cars (I read AB too much I guess). Don't misinterpret what I'm saying; I agree with your assessment that Ford should reduce the size of the Mustang to about the size of the BRZ, just like when they made the Mustang II the size of the Celica. But people seem to pretend the Mustang II was an utter failure, despite being the most successful generation ever (in terms of production). And when people believe a lie long enough, it becomes the truth.
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        Christopher Meyer
        • 1 Year Ago
        why go through the engineering trouble to make a less capable engine than the 5.0l?
          Christopher Meyer
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Christopher Meyer
          Carguy1701, while this is certainly true, I don't see any advantage in doing this to the Coyote. Ford increased the displacement over the old 4.6l DOHC largely because those engines had issues with shrouding the valves due to their tiny (for a V8) bore size. Ford literally could not get the 4.6l engine to produce much over 320 hp in factory trim, thus why the '03-'04 Cobras were supercharged. The stroke size is barely different at only 2.7 mm over the 4.6l, which was 281 c.i; so an engine de-stroked to 289 definitely would not be enough of a difference to add any high RPM advantage that Ford would be willing to exploit in a production engine, anyway. That, and the loss of a bit of low end torque, which compared to the engines it's competing with is something the Coyote can't afford to lose, would definitely make it less capable.
          Chris
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          @Christopher Meyer
          @carguy1701 That's what my Asian friends say!!
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        Jay-Zeus
        • 1 Year Ago
        Because numbers will be lower on the spec sheet - think of all the comparison 'tests' it will lose!
      over9000
      • 1 Year Ago
      Is it faster than the new Corvette
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        ngiotta
        • 1 Year Ago
        @over9000
        Well, the GT500 is faster in the 1/4 mile and has a higher top speed, so it depends on what you're talking about.
      Stomp and steer
      • 1 Year Ago
      This time Chevy will have the upper hand and see what ford comes out with. They have two current models that out handle any mustang built. And the best one on this old platform isn't even out yet. And to think the next generation will be lighter and handle better. This new mustang better be special.
        stonehunte
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Stomp and steer
        The camaro is an overweight pig. Put some better tires on the Ford and it won't be close. I'm not sure why Ford always skimps in the tire department.
          Turbo_S60
          • 1 Year Ago
          @stonehunte
          Better wider tires n the GT500 brakes overheat n fade badly!
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