The GT500 has always been the most powerful Mustang on offer but it was usually released at the end of the car’s development process. It seems that this is also the case with the upcoming 2019 Ford Mustang. The regular version of the car already went through a mid-life facelift and it seems the GT500 will still take at least a few more months until it will arrive on the market. Not much has been released by Ford so far but there are some interesting available details about the car.
For starters, the upcoming GT500 is set to become the most powerful production Mustang ever made. Some even suggested the car will become the most powerful US-made mass-produced car ever which is not an easy feat to achieve. So far it seems the GT500 will be based on the GT350R.
This is great because it means it won’t drive as bad as its predecessor. In fact the GT350R is one of the best driving muscle cars ever made so the GT500 shouldn’t be that far off. With the great cornering capabilities the new GT500 will also provide an immense amount of straight line performance. Thanks to that it should have no problem becoming the fastest muscle-car to date.
What we know so far?
It seems the 2019 Ford Mustang GT500 will feature larger wheels than the lesser versions. The camouflaged test mules have been seen with 20 inch rims wrapped in 305mm section tires both in the front and at the back. This likely means the car features larger brakes than those found on the GT350R.
If this is the case then expect it to get carbon-ceramics as standard which would be quite impressive. On top of that, it seems the car gets the same independent suspension setup as the track-ready GT350R. This likely means the car will handle just as good as any other super-car on the market.
2019 Ford Mustang GT500 design – inside and out
The interior of the new GT500 is likely not going to change much from the regular Mustang. In fact some suggested it will be closer to the GT350 than to the R. This would allow Ford to provide a great experience inside the cabin without having to compromise on the comfort of the passengers.
The seats will likely be the leather-wrapped Recaro found on the GT350 while the upholstery and the features will be taken straight out of the top end GT350. Unlike the R, the GT500 is actually expected to get 4 seats as standard. The exterior is not going to change much besides the wheels either. In the front the car will definitely get a more aggressive splitter and possibly a different hood. In the back it will get a more aggressive exhaust and likely a bigger diffuser as well.
Under the hood
Not that long ago it has been confirmed the 2019 Ford Mustang GT500 will come with a twin-turbocharged V8 engine. Even though Ford didn’t say it, all the test mules had the twin-turbo V8 test plates. It seems there are two possibilities here. Ford may go with the 5.0 Coyote V8 or with the larger 5.2 liter Voodoo V8. From the latest rumors it seems the upcoming GT500 might get a twin-turbocharged Voodoo engine. This has been confirmed to make up to 750 horsepower and over 700 lb-ft of torque with just 8psi of boost on regular gas. In contrast, the Coyote can’t make 600 horsepower with the same settings which is what Ford needs for a reliable car. If this is true then the new GT500 should have no problems hitting 60 MPH in less than 3.0 seconds and hitting north of 200 MPH. Unlike its predecessor, it seems a manual gearbox might not be in the cards this time around.