So there’s going to be a new Shelby GT500 in 2019. Ford is saying 700+ horsepower and some speculate it will be more like 750 hp. Rumours have the engine as being a supercharged version of the 5.2L voodoo flat plane crank V8 but nothing has been confirmed. Ford just promises it will be street legal. Well I certainly hope so. Hard to say who they are aiming for, the Dodge Hellcat or the Dodge Demon but looking at the horsepower numbers I would guess Hellcat. Ford usually has a Cobra Jet version for drag racing.
As an owner of a 2014 GT500 I’m not thrilled about the news. I was kind of hoping my model year would be the last since it would certainly help keep the 2014 value higher. Mine is at least the last Shelby Carroll Shelby had input in which they can never take away. My Shelby has 662 hp and it would take little more than a cold-air intake and tune to match numbers with the 2019 model. Also my 5.8L while not a flat plane crank could certainly compete with the 5.2L without much trouble. However my car has a solid rear axle with is not ideal compared to the 2019 independent rear suspension.
I don’t really have any plans to purchase one. That of course may change once the details and reviews start coming out but for right now I don’t see the point. My ’14 Shelby is still quite a handful to master and I’m finding a car that spends 6 months out of the year sleeping in the garage is rather frustrating