2026 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Rendered—Massive Wing and All!
The new seventh-generation 2024 Ford Mustang really flexed at last week’s reveal, keeping the dream of manual-shifted V-8-powered muscle cars alive for at least a few more years. For the past few generations, Ford has developed a Shelby GT500 trim as a sort of range-topper in the Mustang lineup, offering more power than a standard V-8 ‘Stang with the help of a supercharger. We can expect heavy use of carbon fiber, intense suspension and chassis upgrades, custom bodywork with more aggressive aero and massive rear wing, and of course the GT500’s signature racing stripes—here are a few renderings of what the 2026 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 could be. We tossed in a version done up like the latest Hertz GT500-H, too, because who doesn’t love a 900-hp rental car?
While it was a bit surprising to not see any hybrid or electrified powertrains for this new generation, as had long been rumored, Ford did still offer something fresh: the all-new Ford Mustang Dark Horse performance model. The Dark Horse will offer the most powerful 5.0-liter V-8 the company has ever tuned for a road car, generating an estimated 500 horsepower.
The Dark Horse also borrows some of the upgrades previously only reserved for the Shelby performance Mustang models like the GT500, including its carbon fiber wheels and specially modified piston connecting rods, without getting the full Shelby overhaul. It seems that the new Dark Horse model takes the midrange performance level for this next-gen muscle car that was previously held by performance trims like the 2021 Mustang Mach 1, which offers around 20 more horsepower than the sixth-gen Mustang GT it’s based on. That still leaves plenty of room for Shelby models like the GT500 to take it even further.
The outgoing supercharged 5.2-liter “Predator” V-8-powered GT500 offers 760 horsepower and 625 pound-feet, and we only expect it to get even more ridiculous with the next generation due in a few years. The outgoing GT500 offers a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic (with no manual option), nice adaptive dampers, up to 16.5-inch brakes, and Michelin Pilot Sport tires wrapping carbon fiber lightweight wheels, and we can expect a similar setup for the new car.
Inside the GT500 will likely get Shelby-specific Recaro front bucket seats, the option for a rear seat delete to save weight, as well as plenty of carbon fiber trim and construction.
This week, Ford Authority has reported via “sources” that the seventh-generation Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 will debut in 2025 as a 2026 model year, with the current sixth-gen Mustang-based GT500 phased out this year. That sounds plausible, so we likely won’t be waiting too long for the debut of the new one.
Source: Read Full Article