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Old 05-04-2017, 08:30 AM   #1
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Lightbulb Video: High Performance (GT500?) Mustang Spied Again

The Mustang prototypes are out in full force now! There's a few high performance variants that have begun testing in Ford's headquarters in the last few days and each have shown slight variations in camouflage and other clues.

In this latest sighting, our photographer captured a prototype similar to the one seen just days prior, but with a few notable differences. First, unlike the previous prototype the entire front end of this latest variant including the lower grille is shrouded in heavy camouflage which extends to the front fenders. The fenders lack the perforated cladding seen in previous test vehicles which have pointed to the existence of fender vents similar to those on the 2015-18 GT350, or any signs (such as this one out testing) of the wheel arch louvers leaked recently.

One major difference is this latest Mustang prototype is wearing Forgeline wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires, in contrast to the one spotted days ago.

Our swift-handed photographer was able to snag a brief video of this new Mustang variant while trying to navigate through traffic. It's not the clearest audio but according to his ears it sounded naturally aspirated, and what we are able to hear in the video certainly reminds us of the GT350. One thing is clear; it sounds properly loud and aggressive.

Ford has already confirmed that the 2018 GT350 will carry over from the 2017 vehicle and our sources tell us the next GT500 successor will be a supercharged 5.2-liter cross plane V8 (paired with a DCT no less), so if the Mustang in this video is indeed sans forced induction -- could this be a refreshed 2019 GT350 in the making? Of course, it begs the question if Ford will extend the life of the GT350 beyond the 2018 model year. There's been some clues that they may.

Given the uncertainties, we're flipping a coin and filing this in the GT500 category. Let's hope Ford takes the wraps off sooner than later.


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Old 05-04-2017, 08:38 AM   #2
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Keep the spy shots and videos coming! I hope Ford Performance continues the GT350 as the NA track specialist and the GT500 as the FI jack of all trades.

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Ecoboost -Because MPG and still fun
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Old 05-04-2017, 08:53 AM   #3
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Old 05-04-2017, 09:00 AM   #4
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Well whatever it is, it's automatic judging by the speed of the shifts. First thought is 2019 automatic GT350 (especially since it's still running the old front end with no curve in the gill DRLs). It has no fender vents though (or they don't mind covering them for this testing), so maybe a 5.2 CPC NA Mach 1?
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Old 05-04-2017, 09:05 AM   #5
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That hood looks totally different than the car we saw the other day. Bulge in the middle not the two on the sides?? Different model I think.

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It's hard to tell from that video, but it sounds like the Voodoo...definitely doesn't sound like a CPC. Super hard to tell with that potato-quality sound...

I do agree with the automatic, though.

Perhaps it's just a refreshed GT350 with an auto?
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It's hard to tell from that video, but it sounds like the Voodoo...definitely doesn't sound like a CPC. Super hard to tell with that potato-quality sound...

I do agree with the automatic, though.

Perhaps it's just a refreshed GT350 with an auto?
A refreshed GT350 with a power bump, rev match manual (for those of us who suck at heel toe), PDK or 10 speed auto would be welcome.
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Would be cool if the person who shot the video could or could not hear the whine of turbo or supercharger..
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maybe a 5.2 CPC NA Mach 1?

Please please please please please PLEASE let it be a 5.2 CPC N/A Mach 1

I suspect its a '19MY GT350 though
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Looks like the fender vents are still there's just no perforated material, but truth be told how much air actually comes out of those?

Looks like the same car, just different camo on it to me.

Sounds like an automatic transmission. They just spent all that money on developing the 10-speed transmission, and they put it in the Raptor. I'd bet the bank that its going in the new GT350 or GT500. I think they need it to compete with the ZL1, which is available (and faster) in Automatic. And they've already said the 10-speed can shift faster than Porsche's PDK (dual clutch) transmission. So I don't see any point in putting in a DCT over the 10-speed that they probably want to crank in mass production to get the cost down.
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Sounds like a 10 Speed Auto or DCT idk can't here if it has a turbo or a supercharger
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Keep the spy shots and videos coming! I hope Ford Performance continues the GT350 as the NA track specialist and the GT500 as the FI jack of all trades.

2019 Mustang Lineup if I was Ford:

Ecoboost -Because MPG and still fun
GT -Value all around performer
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Not a GT350
We'll see...
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