Although the way the GT 500 looks is undoubtedly important, photos will always fall short, since the real attraction is the engine. So have some video footage of the GT 500 driving on the streets with clean audio.
Unfortunately, the Mustang only drives away slowly, keeping revs low, but the burble is undeniable. And that gives us pause for thought. The uneven burble gives us the distinct impression that this engine has a cross-plane crank, like the Mustang GT, rather than the flat-plane crank of the GT 350.
Interestingly, the low revs and the speed with which the driver changes gears, leads us also to believe that the manual shifter seen in one of the spy shots that accompanies this post is a cunning ruse, used to throw us off the scent of a double-clutch gearbox.
Although that’s not quite as enthusiast-friendly as a manual transmission, it would make sense for Ford to throw in a faster-shifting double-clutch if it’s going after speed. Leave the GT350 for the enthusiasts and make the GT 500 to chase after crazy 0-60 times and the like.
Unfortunately, there’s still a lot of mystery surrounding the car, since Ford—rather rudely, we think—hasn’t revealed the car yet, but we have some pretty strong indications that power will be in the mid-700 range (horsepower-wise) and will come from a 5.2-liter supercharged engine. Ford has proven that it’s a fan of herring of the red variety, though, so maybe that Instagram post was another ruse, concealing an also rumored 7.0-liter naturally aspirated V8.
Whatever the case, just listen to that engine and tell me you aren’t excited to see the wraps come off this thing. You can’t. It’s impossible.