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2017 Ford Mustang SVT GT500 Successor Spied

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 6/17/2014 Christian Seabaugh

Say hello to the next potential king of the pony car throne. A 2017 Ford Mustang SVT prototype – likely the replacement for the 662-hp Ford Shelby GT500 – has been spotted testing, wearing a wider body than before, more camo, and likely packing a supercharged 5.8-liter V-8 under the hood.

Though we've caught the next SVT-ified Mustang out testing before, this is the first prototype we've seen wearing the correct body work. The heavily-camouflaged front end seems to cover a more aggressive nose, which features larger air intakes, and possibly a grille-less hood opening as seen on the last-gen Shelby GT500. The Mustang GT500 prototype also appears to have a massive hood power bulge, air intakes on top of the front quarter panels, and a big heat extractor near the hood's leading edge.

© Provided by MotorTrend The camouflage is also hiding functional vents just aft of the front wheels, quad-tipped exhaust pipes, and possibly a functional rear spoiler. The Shelby GT500 successor packs Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires, and hiding behind the wheel camo, sporty multi-spoke wheels, and cross-drilled carbon rotors up front and cross-drilled steel rotors in back.

According to the latest rumors, an updated version of the 2014 Ford Shelby GT500's 5.8-liter supercharged V-8 is under the hood of the next-gen Mustang GT500. The V-8 reportedly features a Ferrari-like flat-plane crank, a 7000 rpm redline, and probably Dodge Challenger Hellcat-trumping horsepower figures north of 660-hp. Ford is rumored to having a bit of difficultly developing the updated 5.8-liter mill, with several of the new mills "suffering catastrophic engine failures," according to our source.

SVT's next-gen Ford Mustang is expected to make its debut next year, and go into production in time for the 2017 model year. Stay tuned.

Photo Credit: Chris Doane Automotive

2017 Ford Mustang SVT Prototype Front Three Quarter View© Provided by MotorTrend 2017 Ford Mustang SVT Prototype Front Three Quarter View

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