Heart of Gold: New Ford Mustang GT500’s Supercharged 5.2-Liter V-8 Confirmed? ""

By | December 13, 2017


We’ve long heard from our sources that the forthcoming Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 will once again be motivated by a supercharged V-8 engine, this time code-named Predator, and a photo currently circulating on Instagram all but confirms it.

The image came to our attention by way of Instagram user mustangmannylv, who informed Car and Driver that he originally found the salacious snapshot on Facebook via a post in the Ford Mustang GT350 Owners group. The picture appears to show the top of a Roots-type supercharger that has been cast with the classic Shelby snake and “5.2 L” to denote the displacement of the engine it’s strapped to.

2019 GT500?

A post shared by Mustang Manny ™️ (@mustangmannylv) on Dec 9, 2017 at 8:29pm PST

Expected to share its block and other bits with the 526-hp naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V-8 in the GT350, the supercharged V-8 in the GT500 is likely to forgo the GT350’s racing derived flat-plane crankshaft for a more conventional cross-plane unit. The forced-induction V-8’s more traditional crankshaft design is sure to result in slower engine speeds compared to that of the rip-snorting naturally aspirated V-8 in the GT350, which can rev past 8000 rpm.

Despite this, we still expect the GT500 to push out enough power to keep both the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat on their toes. Those cars’ respective supercharged V-8 engines produce 650 and 707 horsepower. Furthermore, we anticipate that the new GT500 will far surpass the 662 horsepower produced by the supercharged 5.8-liter V-8 that powered the previous-generation GT500. Ford is currently keeping mum on the forthcoming model; however, we reckon the Blue Oval will have more to say about its flagship pony car at the Detroit auto show in January.




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