Next year is going to be a year that many muscle car fans are looking forward to, especially if you're a Carroll Shelby fan.
Back in January, Ford announced the release of the new Mustang Shelby GT500 set to hit the market sometime in 2019, but they didn't provide much else about the car. Ford had tweeted that the GT500 would possess an impressive projection of 700 plus horsepower, boasting that it would be the most "powerful street-legal production" that Ford has ever released. The original Shelby Mustang GT500 had a little under 400 ponies, making the 2019 remake almost twice as powerful.
Three months later, Ford released the first glimpse at the beast itself with a cryptic photo of the front of the car. Dimly lit and overall lacking in major details, Ford left a lot of the car's aesthetics up to the imagination. However, the picture does show clean lines and a blacked-out grille displaying the iconic chrome Cobra insignia, along with the quintessential dual racing strips down the middle.
All other details about the car are being withheld by Ford until the release date gets closer. Specifics such as supercharged or turbocharged, automatic or manual options, or if it will continue its cousin the Cobra's legacy of weighing significantly less than most racing cars and custom roadsters -- which can get up to 3,400 lbs -- are still unknown.
While the 2019 Shelby Mustang GT500 might be on the shopping list for many car enthusiasts and Shelby die-hards, it will almost certainly be unobtainable for the vast majority. A brand new 2016 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350 base model with no options included can run you around 55k or more, so it isn't hard to speculate what the GT500 with might cost.
While Ford might be releasing the remake for nostalgia purposes, the car will definitely be a performance driving machine made for both the road and track. The world of muscle cars holds their breath for the next year in suspense.