2018 Ford Shelby GT500: 5L V8 EcoBoost Not Happening

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It is no secret that Ford is developing the next-gen Mustang Shelby GT500 and the car is expected to come out running on EcoBoost engines. This has got the rumours claiming that Ford is developing a new 5L V8 EcoBoost just for the Mustang Shelby GT500.

Well, rumours are to be taken with a grain of salt for a reason and we don’t think the 5L V8 is going to happen at all. Ford has already said before that they are downsizing their cars so that they can comply with the new emission regulations.

The EcoBoost technology is developed to ensure that power is not lost when downsizing and it is a clever move by Ford to offer turbochargers for greater power-emission balance. The 5L V8 EcoBoost will only contradict Ford’s future plans hence it is unlikely to get developed at all.

The way we see it, Ford will be equipping the GT500 with the 3.5L twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 engine that was unveiled back in May this year. The engine will be tweaked intensively so that it can develop about 500hp. What do you think?


  1. Christian

    July 12, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    I’m a ford man but I’m about to give up. Some vehicles need 8 cylinder motors for many reasons. Sound and simplicity are just 2 of these reasons. I can’t wait to see who is paying for these turbos that fail mid life of the car, especially in the economy line of vehicles… That takes a simple ford focus and complicates it way, way too much. The expense of the turbos will negate any fuel savings and power advantage in any of these vehicles. I’ve had 2 ecoboost engines in Lincoln products, then bought the last brand new 14 navigator l I could find in black, because that too is now ecoboost. I refuse to drive a 3 ton vehicle that has the exhaust note of a fart in the tub and no emotion whatsoever. I’m never selling my 8 cylinder truck as 90% of my driving experience is the sound and smoothness in any vehicle I drive

  2. richard

    July 12, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    for me I will go with zl1 2018 if Shelby goes with 500hp engine

  3. Ryan

    July 14, 2016 at 5:31 pm

    After developing a muscle car with what was the most powerful production V8 in the world at the time it was released, creating the legendary 662hp GT500, and with competition as fierce as ever with the now-dominating 707hp V8 Hellcat on the streets, you think Ford is going to release a next-generation GT500 with a V6 making less horsepower than the previous GT500 or the current the GT350?

    What specific displacement or kind of forced induction the next GT500 will use, I do not know. But it will be a V8 and it will have more horsepower than the Hellcat. I can promise you that much.