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22:31  29 november  2018
22:31  29 november  2018 Source:   motor1.com

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We know that the new Ford Mustang Shelby GT 500 will be both exceptionally powerful and blisteringly quick. However, the brand has yet to release any horsepower or torque figures for In the lead-up to the launch of the 2018 model year Mustang, a similar shot of a gauge cluster revealed a 455 hp figure.

Ford officially announced the new Shelby GT 500 ' s incipient arrival earlier this month during the Detroit Auto But if, when the new GT 500 is revealed, Ford declares it makes 772 horses and 743 lb-ft of torque O/TAllright, before you are going all mad at each other in the next bunker again.She did it

Ford says "over 650 horsepower" in LA, but we were told over 700 in Detroit last January.

The new Mustang Shelby GT500 is coming. In fact, we know exactly when and where it will arrive: January 14, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan ahead of the North American International Auto Show. We know this because yesterday Ford opened up a cool display at the Los Angeles Auto Show saying as much, but that display said something else that caught our eye.

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First Drive: 2013 Ford Shelby GT 500 . 662 HP ! I was in traffic in the GT 500 and an olive green Accord pulled up next to me. It only made me realize how absurd the GT 500 looks. It ' s a bulky retro coupe with racing stripes and huge tailpipes and a shift knob out of a '60 s drag racer and a snake on

There' s a new Ford Mustang Shelby GT 500 coming next year, and according to Ford it will pack over 700 horsepower. Yes, we could be looking at a 772- hp GT 500 . That' s not all. We also see that the gauge shows a 74.3-mile reading on the odometer; does this translate to 743 pound-feet of torque?

Did Ford Cut The Shelby GT500's HP Before It Even Launched?© Motor1.com 2020 Ford Shelby GT500 teaser

The new mega-muscle Mustang will deliver “over 650 horsepower.” Sounds neat, but there’s just one problem. Ford already said in its original GT500 teaser video (below) that the car would make over 700 horsepower. Interesting.

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So what’s the deal here? We’ve already reached out to Ford for some clarification on this and will certainly update if we hear back. In the meantime, there’s clearly some conflicting information to scrutinize, and though we’re talking about a relatively minor discrepancy, there could be some major implications. More on that in a minute.

Did Ford Cut The Shelby GT500's HP Before It Even Launched?© Motor1.com shelby-gt500

The obvious interpretation is that Ford has revised its horsepower estimate from the first teaser, suggesting the new car won’t be as powerful as originally claimed. Yes, “over 650 horsepower” could still mean a figure north 700, and yes, automakers do sometimes intentionally underrate performance claims. It makes absolutely no sense, however, to backpedal from a different figure already released just to be coy. Aside from creating confusion, it just makes Ford look bad. Still, putting on a poker face could be the game plan, lulling people with a lower figure in hopes they’ll forget the 700-hp teaser from January, then bushwhack them with something extraordinary at the launch. It sure would be a sloppy move on Ford’s part, but we've seen sloppy moves from pretty much every automaker at some point.

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The 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT 500 is, let' s face it , an absolutely insane vehicle. While Shelby American didn't build this car, Carroll Shelby was on hand to consult and act as a sort of spirit guide. On the dragstrip, the engineer' s skills at beast-taming were even more evident, thanks to a launch

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It could also be a simple mistake. A company as large as Ford will have numerous internal departments as well as outside contractors handing a wide range of marketing and PR functions, and communication isn’t always the best. The crew tasked with representing Ford at the LA Auto Show may have simply got wrong information, not realizing a public confirmation of over 700 horsepower already existed. Anyone who’s worked events for large companies will know this sort of thing happens quite often.

Did Ford Cut The Shelby GT500's HP Before It Even Launched?© Provided by The Motorsport Network 2020 Ford Shelby GT500 teaser at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show

As for the major implications, let’s theorize that the first interpretation is true and Ford has revised its horsepower estimate below the 700-hp mark. The LA Auto Show display also says the new GT500 would be the "most powerful street-legal production Ford ever built." That means it would need at least 663 hp to surpass the previous-generation GT500, but if it's not over 700, that's not a significant improvement for a highly anticipated muscle car that's been off the market for five years. More importantly, it wouldn’t give Ford any bragging rights in the high-horsepower domestic segment, where Dodge’s 707-hp Hellcat engine powers everything from Challengers to the insane Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. And let's not forget the 755-horsepower Corvette ZR1. No, the 'Vette isn't a direct Mustang competitor, but it's still an American performance icon with a lot of power.

One way or another, we’ll get to the bottom of this in a couple months when the covers come off for the Detroit Auto Show.

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