Ford has been teasing the Shelby GT500 for months. We've seen a short video and a single overhead shot of a car with a big wing and a vent in the center of the hood. Beyond that, everything has been speculation. We believe the supercharged V8 might make as much as 720 horsepower and that the engine could be paired with a dual-clutch transmission. Spy shots show the car might be equipped with a roll cage from the factory. Today, at a dealer backgrounder in Las Vegas, the supercharged Shelby was finally photographed in the flesh.
The photo was posted on the sinister_lifestyle Instagram account and was picked up by our friends at Jalopnik. While we can't confirm that the car is the actually the GT500, the picture looks real to us. The photo was also geotagged at Ford Motor Company in Dearborn.
As expected, the car looks like a hopped-up version of the Shelby GT350. The front and rear fenders look significantly wider. The whole front end has been opened up to improve airflow. Take a look at those tires, too. It's hard to say for sure, but it looks like Ford is out to match the 305-section front rubber on the Camaro ZL1 1LE.
Any other details are hard to make out. There are only two photos, both of the car's front ¾, so we can't see what the interior looks like. We still don't know what's powering the GT500. Stay tuned for more news in the coming months.