Next Ford Mustang GT500: No, Supercharged V8s Aren’t Happening

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Come next year, Ford is expected to release the next-gen Mustang Shelby GT500 and the car will become the most powerful Mustang in history. Despite this known fact, nobody knows exactly on how powerful the next-gen GT500 is going to be.

The only official thing we know thus far is that the next-gen Mustang GT500 is going to adopt a V8 engine. Ford has said before that V8s are what made the Mustang special and they are going to stick to it for the upcoming, range-topping model.

If the rumors are to be referred to, the Mustang GT500 is going to come out running on a supercharged V8 mill that can develop 680hp. This sure sounds nice but trust us when we say, it is not happening.

This is because Ford will never offer superchargers with the Mustang when they have invested a lot in turbochargers. The halo car, Ford GT, relies on a twin-turbo V6. Most outgoing models from Ford are turbocharged. As such, it is safe to assume the next-gen GT500 to rely on a turbocharged V8.

We also have strong evidence to back this up. At the 2012 SEMA show, Ford gave us a sneak peek at the twin-turbo V8 they are developing. Then, there is the fact that Ford patented the name EcoBeast before claiming that it is the ultimate turbocharged mill which they are working on. Clearly, turbos are going to be the way of the next-gen GT500.