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Ford teases new Mustang Shelby GT500

Supercharged Mustang flagship set to debut at Detroit motor show

Ford has teased the arrival of the 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500, posting a picture of its supercharger cover on Twitter, along with the date of its expected reveal: January 14, 2019.

While Ford is yet to specify details of the upcoming GT500, the company has previously stated it will be "the most powerful street-legal production Ford ever built", producing upwards of 700 horsepower (522kW).

For reference, the previous GT500 produced 494kW of power and 855Nm of torque.

These numbers will come thanks to the use of a unique version of Ford's 5.2-litre Voodoo V8 dubbed the Predator, built on the 'low volume' line at Ford's engine plant in Romeo, Michigan.

If rumours prove correct, the Predator V8 will be boosted by a 2.65-litre Eaton supercharger operating at 12psi of boost, driving the rear wheels through the same seven-speed dual-clutch transmission as the Ford GT supercar.

Ford announced a full reveal at the 2019 Detroit motor show during the 2018 Los Angeles motor show, in which a 1967 Mustang Shelby GT500 was displayed, along with the numbers 1.14.19, a date which happens to be the first day of the Detroit show. Convenient, huh.

The Shelby GT500 will go up against the 485kW Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and the 594kW Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye, which both feature supercharged V8 engines.

The GT500 is set to go on sale in autumn in North American markets, and is expected to be priced in the vicinity of US$70,000 ($92,500).

It is unknown if Ford plans to sell the GT500 outside of North America, with export variants of the Mustang primarily limited to the regular 2.3-litre turbocharged four-cylinder and V8 GT models.

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