2019 Ford Mustang GT500 Full Prototype Caught in the Wild!

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The next monster Mustang has been spied covering up everything, including the tires!

The Shelby GT350 is a monster of a car, both on the street and at the track. But that’s not the best that Ford can do, and with the competition heating up in the 600+ horsepower category, it only makes sense for Ford to resurrect the GT500 name. Now we have spy shots of that very prototype being tested openly on the streets.

The camouflage is obviously hiding a lot of the good bits, but what Ford is trying to hide tells a bigger story than what we can actually see. What do we mean? Check out the wheels.

Ford has the wheels and most of the tires covered so all you can see is that they are Michelin, and that they are sized 305/30/ZR20 up front. Because Ford Performance announced an exclusive deal with Michelin a while back, it’s unsurprising to see them on board, but because Ford doesn’t want us to know which tires they’re using, it could be a strong indication that this is a much higher-performance Mustang.

Our spy photographers think that they could be the new Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires that were just recently launched.

We expect the GT500 to be a brute. Expect a forced-induction version of either the 5.0L “Coyote” V8 or the 5.2L “Voodoo” V8 to power this car. We’re hoping for the 5.2L because we also hope that it retains the 8,250 RPM redline that’s currently in the GT350.

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Also expect many of the 2018 Mustang changes to carry over to this model. Expect standard MagneRide magnetorheological ride control dampers, and an optional 10-speed automatic transmission — a variant of the transmission fitted to the 650-horsepower Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.

While a lot goes into a quarter-mile time or a lap around a race track, we’re still expecting the GT500 to make more than 600 horsepower. Remember, the Camaro ZL1 makes 650, and the Hellcat twins make 707 horsepower.

We don’t, however, expect it to be straight-line focused like the Challenger Demon.

Stick with us as we get more information. We’ll be sure to share it as soon as we get it!

Chad Kirchner is a regular contributor to Corvette Forum and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other auto sites.

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