Massive wing and All: 2026 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Rendered!

Jenita Betsy
Sep 21, 2022
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We you a sneak preview of Ford's high-performance range-topping Mustang. Awesome is the response.

The dream of manual-shifted V-8-powered muscle vehicles is still alive for at least a few more years thanks to the new seventh-generation 2024 Ford Mustang, which truly flexed at its unveiling last week. Ford has created the Shelby GT500 trim for the Mustang throughout the last few generations as a type of range-topper, providing more power than a regular V-8 'Stang with the use of a supercharger.

Here are some concept images of what the 2026 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 might look like. We can anticipate significant carbon fibre use, significant suspension and chassis upgrades, custom bodywork with more aggressive aero and a sizable rear wing, and of course the GT500's distinctive racing stripes. Because who doesn't love a rental car with 900 horsepower, we also included a version dressed like the most recent Hertz GT500-H.

While it was somewhat unexpected that Ford would not provide any hybrid powertrains for this new generation, it did nevertheless provide something novel in the form of the all-new Ford Mustang Dark Horse performance vehicle. With an estimated 500 horsepower, the Dark Horse's 5.0-liter V-8 will be the most potent one the company has ever tuned for a road car.

Without receiving the full Shelby revamp, the Dark Horse also inherits some of the enhancements that were previously exclusively available for the Shelby performance Mustang models like the GT500, such as its carbon fibre wheels and specially tuned piston connecting rods. It appears that the new Dark Horse model surpasses performance trims like the 2021 Mustang Mach 1, which has about 20 more horsepower than the Mustang GT it is based on, as the middle performance level for this new generation of muscle cars. That still gives Shelby cars like the GT500 plenty of room to advance the concept.

 The current supercharged 5.2-liter "Predator" V-8-powered GT500 has 760 horsepower and 625 pound-feet, and with the next iteration expected in a few years, we only anticipate it to get even more outrageous. We may anticipate a similar setup for the new GT500, which will likely include a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (without a manual option), excellent adaptive dampers, up to 16.5-inch brakes, and Michelin Pilot Sport tyres wrapped around carbon fibre lightweight wheels.

Recaro front bucket seats made specifically for Shelby are most certainly going to be found inside the GT500. Additionally, there will likely be plenty of carbon fibre trim and construction.

The existing sixth-generation Mustang-based GT500 will be phased out this year, according to a report this week by Ford Authority citing "sources," and the seventh-generation Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 will make its debut in 2025 as a 2026 model year. That makes sense, therefore it's probable that the new one won't take too long to launch.

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  • 2026 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Rendered!

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