Shelby GT500

Will the next Shelby GT500 get a dual-clutch transmission?

The last Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 came in fifth-generation guise (live rear axle) making 662 hp using a 5.8-liter supercharged V8. It was a beast of a car — and almost undriveable in anything less than perfect weather. The next one, based on the spectacular GT350, should be a little more driveable with the independent rear suspension setup and at least five years of extra software development. But today, we’re talking rumors.

The next GT500 could get a dual-clutch transmission

Now it turns out the next GT500, expected as a model year 2020, could get a dual-clutch transmission. That’ll be a first for the Mustang. We don’t know if it’ll be a 10-speed, an eight-speed or something else not in Ford’s warehouse quite yet. A supercharged 5.2-liter flat-plane crank V8 would be an obvious guess for power, but some of our moles are speculating that it could also be a new 7.0-liter naturally aspirated V8 making north of 700 hp.You can also expect a bunch of new carbon bits inside and out, new wheels (possibly also in carbon fiber like the GT350), and a super aggressive front end as we can see in the teaser shot from Ford’s future product demo a few months ago. We should get a look at the car later this year, or early next.Ford gave the usual comment, “we cannot comment on future product.” Yes we can, and it is going to be awesome.


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