Competition: BMW M4, Cadillac ATS-V coupe, Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, Mercedes-AMG C63 S coupe." data-reactid="38"Competition: BMW M4, Cadillac ATS-V coupe, Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, Mercedes-AMG C63 S coupe.Anyone who gives you the line "there's no replacement for displacement" when asking about a supercharger has probably never driven a boosted Mustang before.
What It Is: The Shelby GT500, soon to become the most powerful Mustang in Ford’s pony-car stable.
The nameplate isn’t new, but it hasn’t terrorized Chevrolets and Dodges since the previous generation departed after 2014." data-reactid="18"What It Is: The Shelby GT500, soon to become the most powerful Mustang in Ford’s pony-car stable.
The centrifugal supercharger is placed beside or in front of the engine, with air entering the front of the supercharger.
A pulley is mounted directly opposite to the air inlet, and is driven by the engine’s accessory belt system.
Expect the 2018 version to pump out something in the neighborhood of 700 horsepower.
A six-speed manual transmission will be standard, while the same 10-speed automatic used by the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and co-developed by Ford and General Motors will be optional.
The centrifugal supercharger is best suited for producing higher RPM horsepower, as it generally starts providing noticeable boost around 3,000 RPM.
This made the centrifugal supercharger ideal for the 5.0 Mustang, as that pushrod V8 engine was known for producing plenty of low-end torque on its own.
Visible in these spy photos are the GT500’s front-end scowl, large vents behind each front wheel (covered here by zippered panels), and aggressive rear diffuser. Ford engineers have shaved most of the sidewall markings off this prototype’s rubber, but enough was left on the front tire for us to make out that it’s a substantial 305/30ZR-20 Michelin.