Ford is making some big changes to the Shelby Mustang for the new generation in 2015. Gone is the supercharger, gone is the live rear axle, and gone is the GT500 name. What will replace it is a high revving, bored out, heavily tuned naturally aspirated version of the 5.0L V8 from the GT, proper independent suspension, and a resurrection of the classic GT 350 nameplate.
This means that the next generation of SVT Mustang will be fundamentally different, and while many are already crying that Ford is ruining it by doing away with the supercharger and turning it into nothing more than a "GT Plus," but we disagree. Firstly, naturally aspirated engines are simply better to drive than turbo and supercharged engines. Secondly, since the Coyote V8 in the next gen GT will make 450 hp, and this will be bored out, running on a flat-plane crank, direct injected, and revving significantly higher, we wouldn't be surprised to see power figures approaching 600 hp. It's not the current GT500's 662 hp, but in the new Mustang, which is to be lighter and more agile, we think it will have a similar result.
Get ready for it to be unveiled at the New Yokr Auto Show on the day of the Mustang's 50th anniversary.
[via Road & Track]