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2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Review Predator V8 M-6007-M52SC
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The 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is an ultimate muscle car. Overall, it wonderfully strikes a balance between a quintessential super GT car, and a fierce and violent track weapon. This is made possible in no small part by its 5.2L supercharged V8 engine, nicknamed Predator. In the application of the GT500, this fire breather makes 760 horsepower at a screaming 7,300 RPM, and 625 lb-ft of torque at 5,000 RPM. On paper, it seems like the perfect Hellcat exterminator. And based on reports, that’s exactly what is going to happen with the next-generation 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor.

Earlier this week, the 2021 Ram TRX was finally revealed. With it came the claims of the world’s most powerful, quickest, and fastest production pickup truck in the world. The 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor may be crashing the party short, however, as Motor1 reports that Ford is not about to take any crap from Ram, and will fit the most powerful V8 engine it has in its arsenal. This would also confirm any suspicion that the new Raptor caught on public roads recently is in fact packing eight cylinders under the hood. But understanding that eight supercharged cylinders could be coming is even better news.

Like what’s eventually expected of Ram, Ford could likely offer the 5.0L Coyote V8 (or 3.5L EcoBoost V6) in a more basic form of the next-generation F-150 Raptor, while offering the Predator V8 as a more top-shelf, more expensive option. It’s unclear if the Predator will be available with the launch of the 2021 F-150 Raptor, or if it will arrive later.

Though the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 produces a staggering 760 horsepower, the Motor1 report says that the engine will make somewhere between 725 and 750 horsepower in the Ford F-150 Raptor. This would be slightly more than the 702 horsepower figure in the 2021 Ram 1500 TRX, and likely not by accident.

For maximum off-road enjoyment, the new Ford F-150 Raptor will also coil-spring suspension setup, and could see some technology previewed in the 2021 Ford Bronco as well. Design-wise, expect a supersized stance, swollen fenders, cab lights, and its signature FORD grille.

Are we ready?

5.2L Supercharged “Predator” V8 Engine. Image via Ford.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.


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  1. Question: If Ford is going to offer the 2021 Raptor with their supercharged 5.2L Predator V8 from the Shelby GT500 (making 760 HP), wouldn’t it make amazingly obvious sense to also offer Ford’s 5.2L Predator V8 from the Shelby GT350R (making 527 HP) as the base model to keep the price down (and everybody happy)?

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