Ford has not yet confirmed performance specifications for the Shelby GT500. A visible leak at the end of August claimed that the car will be powered by a supercharged 5.2-liter V-8, said to do 720 horsepower and 650 pound-torque torque. This force is claimed to go backward through a carbon fiber drive shaft, although the transmission between the two is questioned by different sources. Some argue that the GT500 will use the same Tremec six-speed transmission as found in the latest GT500, while others claim that a seven-speed dual-speed automatic transmission takes up the transmission tunnel.
It’s also unclear whether Ford will whip up a Shelby GT500R to match the GT350 and its own R variant, which dangles the carbon fiber wheel option over the rest of the modern muscle car market. Perhaps the GT500’s closest competitor today is the 797-horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye, which entered the beginning of October.
Drive contacted Ford to confirm that this car is really the GT500, but the automaker refused to comment, referring to its policy not to comment on future products.