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Spy Shots—2013 Mustang GT500: Twin Turbo or Bigger Supercharger?


Ford GT500

With the introduction of the Camaro ZL1, it's no secret that Ford will have to pack slightly more power with its Mustang GT500. Brenda Priddy and her team of sleuthing shutterbugs recently caught the ’13 GT500 prototype rolling around with many of its design elements in plain view.

According to Priddy, the front clip on this GT500 test car features many new design elements—a new grille, bumper and lower intake are easy to spot. It also appears that new fog lights are in the works, though they are unfinished on this early prototype.

A new hood is also visible, with a pair of heat extractors on either side of the power dome that Priddy has never seen on a production Mustang before. The test car is rolling a set of GT500 wheels with Pirelli PZero tires, and the standard GT500 Brembo brake package can also be seen.

While the current GT500 packs 550 hp, Priddy says that rumors suggest the ’13 model will have somewhere between 600–625 hp. How Ford intends to do that is still a bit of a mystery. She has heard that it could be anything from a twin-turbo version of the 5.0L V8 to a 5.8L V8 with a larger supercharger.

Ford GT500
Photo Credit: Chris Doane/Brenda Priddy & Company