There's A Picture Of What Seems To Be The 2019 Ford Shelby GT500 Engine On Instagram

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Over the weekend, a picture of a big slab of metal with a bas-relief snake appeared on Instagram. Importantly, this time the image wasn’t of a belt buckle, but seems instead to be the pulsating, 5.2-liter V8 heart of the upcoming 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby Cobra GT500.

Here’s the image itself, posted by an Instant-grammer named MustangMannyLV:

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Is this our first look at the supercharged beast that will be terrorizing Cars and Coffee crowds for years to come?

All we can really see here is the supercharger housing, and that the engine is the same 5.2-liter Voodoo base engine as the current GT350.

Illustration for article titled Theres A Picture Of What Seems To Be The 2019 Ford Shelby GT500 Engine On Instagram

Rumors about this new engine (allegedly nicknamed “Predator”) are that it will have a cross-plane crank (unlike the flat-plane crankshaft of the GT350), and also that it may be making around 800 horsepower. Of course, these are just rumors.

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Whatever the true number is, however, it’s starting to sound like Ford needs to step it up in the muscle wars. There’s a Camaro with over 640 horsepower, and a Dodge with over 800 horsepower.

We’re still waiting.

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hammerheadfistpunch
HammerheadFistpunch

I know I’m going to get crap for this but...yawn. The HP wars are no fun anymore. Im not saying its easy (or cheap) to create 800 hp street legal warranted motors these days but its certainly not as magic as it used to be.

Not to mention its just a dick waggling contest. Great for habitual dick waglers with more money than smarts I suppose.

With current tire and traction technologies, anything more than 6 lbs/hp is just spinning your tires. Yeah, im looking at you demon.