Spied! 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Hits Road with Less Camouflage...Or Is It a GT350?

By Jacob Brown | February 04, 2014
It's no secret that an even hotter follow-up to the 2015 Ford Mustang is on its way. It's just been an enigma shrouded in mystery and decked in vinyl. Well, at least until now. The anticipated 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 is well under development, and further evidence of that has surfaced via new spy photos. While Ford has seen fit to expose the sheetmetal that we've all already seen, it's what we don't see that has us intrigued. First up are the massive 295/35R19 tires, which are the widest tires ever fitted to a Mustang and not too far behind the 2015 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28's 305mm rubber. It should be noted that the Mustang is expected to come in close to 400 pounds lighter than the Chevy.
Seeing as how the Chevrolet super pony cars have between 505 and 580 horsepower, we don't see Ford giving up its 662-horsepower, supercharged 5.8-liter V-8 advantage anytime soon. That makes us skeptical that Ford would give up its GT500 horsepower leadership for something smaller like an EcoBoost V-6 in a GT500. Also of note are the covered wheels on this new car. Why would Ford hide its wheels? Because there's likely something worth seeing behind them, possibly carbon ceramic brakes. Those would be a game-changer. Of course, we don't know quite yet, and we won't get our hands on the 2015 Ford Mustang until summer at the earliest. Until then, we'll give you all the information on the 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 or GT500 as we get it.