The Shelby badge has always been associated with some of the quickest muscle cars of all time. We’ve loved each and every one of them, but in the modern era, the GT500 really stands out. Sure, the handling of the GT350 is amazing, but nothing beats the power and utter lunacy of a supercharged 5.2-liter V8.
We have an all-new generation Mustang out this year, and it already has a mild performance version called the Dark Horse. Though the S650 is improved in many ways over its predecessor, you get the feeling that Ford just re-engineered what it already had. But that’s good news for the GT500 because there was never anything wrong with that car.
The car world needs another Shelby GT500, now more than ever. After 2023, there will be no more Hellcat as Dodge is transitioning to electric muscle cars. Meanwhile, the Germans are either downsizing heavily, like in the case of the C63 or asking for too much money. $140,000 for the BMW M4 CSL, what’s that all about?
Speaking of overpriced, the 5.2-liter Predator is still around, powering the hot new F-150 Raptor R. And you can bet your sweet dealer markup that Ford will make another Shelby with it, better in almost every way than its predecessor.
The 2024 Shelby GT500 by Hycade
Shelby models look different to regular Mustangs in many ways, from the badges to the shape of the bumpers. Ford is most likely developing the GT500 as we speak. However, this is not it; it’s an independent concept from rendering artist Hycade, who specializes in making crisp widebody vehicles.
But the Mustang is the one car where a body kit as extreme as this will be manufactured, by Clinched, Liberty Walk, or some other specialist company.
Hycade’s vision of the 2024 Shelby GT500 involves making the fenders blister out. The hood is a real attention-grabber, not only boasting a cowl with a scoop at the front but also vents. Below that, the bumper has much deeper intakes capped in black trim that’s reminiscent of the Dark Horse.
The artist also gave the GT500 a lowered stance with performance tires and lightweight forged wheels. I kind of resembles a Nissan GT-R from the side. Meanwhile, the rear end sports quad exhaust tips and a large trunk-bolted wing. Frankly, both are oversized for this type of car, but who are we to judge such excellent work?
Blue with white stripes seems like the natural color combo. For the record, the GT500 has already boasted three shades of blue during the last generation, Performance Blue, Kona Blue and Velocity Blue. Green and dark gray aren’t bad either.