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Ford shows next Mustang GT500 from above

by Ronan Glon

Could Ford bring back the GT500KR name?

Ford's Shelby Mustang GT500 teaser campaign continues. The Blue Oval released an image that shows its upcoming Hellcat rival from above. This is the first time we've gotten a real look at the car.

The image first appeared on the cover of Motor Trend's July issue. Though it hides the overall design well, it shows a number of differences that set the GT500 apart from the GT350, including heat extractors cut into the hood and a big wing out back.

This builds on a dark teaser image Ford released in March. It depicted a model-specific front end with a cobra emblem proudly positioned in the middle of a massive grille. The logo has led some to speculate Ford will revive the GT500KR name introduced in 1968 on a high-performance model billed, as the initials clearly indicate, as the king of the road.

We're no closer to finding out what's under the hood. Motor Trend speculates the massive grille hides a supercharged evolution of the GT350's 5.2-liter V8 tuned to make over 700 horsepower. It's unclear whether the eight-cylinder will shift through a 10-speed automatic or a seven-speed dual-clutch.

Ford will release the next-generation Shelby Mustang GT500 in the coming months. Expect the model to arrive in showrooms before the end of the year, likely as a 2019 model.