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Ford Shelby GT500 spied leaving development grounds?

And could there be a twin-turbo V8 hiding underhood?

Ford Shelby GT500 Mustang Spy Front Exterior
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  • Ford Shelby GT500 Mustang Spy Front Exterior
  • Ford Shelby GT500 Mustang Spy Front Exterior
  • Ford Shelby GT500 Mustang Spy Front Exterior
  • Ford Shelby GT500 Mustang Spy Front Exterior
  • Ford Shelby GT500 Mustang Spy Front Exterior
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  • Ford Shelby GT500 Mustang Spy Side Exterior
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  • Ford Shelby GT500 Mustang Spy Side Exterior
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  • Ford Shelby GT500 Mustang Spy Side Exterior
  • Ford Shelby GT500 Mustang Spy Side Exterior
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  • Ford Shelby GT500 Mustang Spy Front Exterior
Ford may have brought back the GT350 moniker, but as these spy photos reveal, the automaker may not have killed off all plans for an even higher-end GT500. Through the camouflage, we can see the car looks even more aggressive than the Ford Shelby GT350 and GT350R, pointing towards a muscle car that's faster and even more powerful.

The camouflage is heaviest at the front, where the prototype appears to have a much more aggressive front end than Ford's current track-oriented Mustangs. The hood is larger, while the air intakes have also grown in size. At the back, there's a massive wing that dwarfs the one found on the GT350R.

The prototype is riding on Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires, which is a step above the GT350's Michelin Pilot Super Sports and just below the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 rubber on the GT350R. The brakes come courtesy of Brembo and utilize cross-drilled rotors.

While the Mustang tried to dodge our photographers' cameras by weaving through traffic, they managed to spot a sticker on the windshield that reads "TT-0081." The same "TT" designation was spotted on Ford SVT Raptor pickup prototypes and could be indicative of a turbocharged engine. With rumors indicating that the next GT500 should put out between 750 and 800 horsepower, a turbocharged engine would help Ford take the battle to the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. Let's hope that's what we're looking at here.

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