Exclusive! Next-Gen Ford Mustang Shelby Spied Testing
It’s only been a few months since the new seventh-generation 2024 Ford Mustang was revealed to the world in a major parade of muscle, but it appears we’re already getting an early look at what’s next for the pony car. MotorTrend has acquired images that appear to show a next-generation Mustang Shelby model already out testing.
Also spotted in the photo is Shelby Vice President of Production and Chief Test Driver Vince LaViolette (the one in the racing suit), who Shelby did confirm was scheduled at the Spring Mountain raceway earlier today with a new Shelby test vehicle. We can’t say for sure it’ll be the next GT500, or perhaps a GT350. Or is it something simpler?
Our exclusive images show a pretty straightforward camouflaged seventh-gen Mustang body, but without any interesting aerodynamic bodywork nor the expected massive rear wing. It does appear to be a Dark Horse, or at least something based on the Dark Horse, given the distinctive grille mesh and wheels, though it goes without the wing shown at the Dark Horse’s launch.
It’s possible we’re simply looking at a Mustang Shelby GT, the tamest Mustang Shelby, a slightly hotter tweak on the standard Mustang GT available from Ford. It was spotted next to a supercharged sixth-gen Mustang Shelby Super Snake, so it could also be new version of that without the bodywork yet. Even though there are shots of the camouflaged car’s hood raised, it’s not easy to see whether it has forced induction; the intake tracts from the airboxes seem to line up with standard 2024 Mustang 5.0 V-8 fare, without any additional bits that would suggest a supercharger or turbos, but again, the view is pretty hazy.
Still, it’s no surprise that Shelby is one of the first to get their hands on developing a hotter 2024 Ford Mustang. We’re not sure it’s the next GT500, but it’s certainly something to be excited about. We should learn more later this year. If you’re curious what we expect the GT500 to really look like, we’ve already rendered it.
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