The 2018 Mustang Gt 500 offers outstanding style and technology both inside and out. See interior & exterior photos. 2018 Mustang Gt 500 New features complemented by a lower starting price and streamlined packages. The mid-size 2018 Mustang Gt 500 offers a complete lineup with a wide variety of finishes and features, two conventional engines.
What It Is:The most steroidal colt in Ford’s stable, with a higher number in its name and more power under the hood than any other production Mustang. Ford needs an answer to Dodge’s 707-hp Challenger SRT Hellcat and Chevy’s 650-hp Camaro ZL1.
Why It Matters:Ford needs an answer to Dodge’s 707-hp Challenger SRT Hellcat and Chevy’s 650-hp Camaro ZL1.
Platform:For the first time, a factory Mustang Shelby GT500 will have an independent rear suspension. The rest of the mega-Mustang is less groundbreaking: wider tracks, aerodynamic work, fatter tires. As with the previous GT500, this new model wears an enlarged grille with a big lower intake, and the combined visual effect is of gaping holes. Mostly, that maw—along with other various gashes and vents in the GT500’s bumper and hood—exists to route cool air to the brakes and engine. But it also looks mean as hell.
Powertrain:Those yawning orifices up front aren’t feeding a hamster on a wheel. A big forced-induction V-8 will gulp air through them. Everyone is expecting a twin-turbocharged Coyote 5.0-liter V-8. That’s certainly a possibility but would surely sacrifice any pretense of efficiency in order to top the old GT500’s 662-hp supercharged 5.8-liter V-8 and the Camaro ZL1’s output, let alone mount a dark-horse effort to usurp the Challenger Hellcat’s horsepower rating.